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hologenicman
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USA
3324 Posts

Posted - Sep 08 2007 :  22:18:27  Show Profile  Visit hologenicman's Homepage
A thread to discuss comercial aspects of SL.

Here's a great link to start the discussion:

http://www.gizmag.com/go/7742/

John L>
IA|AI

HologenicMan
John A. Latimer
http://www.UniversalHologenics.com

"If the Human brain were so simple that we could understand it,
we would be so simple that we couldn't..."
-Emerson M Pugh-

Current project:http://www.vrconsulting.it/vhf/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=816&whichpage=1

DISCOVERY: The more I learn, the more I learn how little I know.
GOAL: There's strength in simplicity.
NOTE: Goal not always achieved.

hologenicman
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USA
3324 Posts

Posted - Sep 21 2007 :  22:57:25  Show Profile  Visit hologenicman's Homepage
Here is another link kinda related(Sims) where a virtual dress has been bought to be made by a real world manufacturer:

http://fashionrunway.sims.yahoo.com/

John L>
IA|AI

HologenicMan
John A. Latimer
http://www.UniversalHologenics.com

"If the Human brain were so simple that we could understand it,
we would be so simple that we couldn't..."
-Emerson M Pugh-

Current project:http://www.vrconsulting.it/vhf/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=816&whichpage=1

DISCOVERY: The more I learn, the more I learn how little I know.
GOAL: There's strength in simplicity.
NOTE: Goal not always achieved.
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mikmoth
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USA
2082 Posts

Posted - Sep 21 2007 :  23:55:49  Show Profile  Visit mikmoth's Homepage
Oooh... That is neat!

I love the Sims...! The game itself is a work of art. Not just the visuals, but the programming. Theres so much little nitty-gritty programming that happens to make it a smooth experience. No wonder it took them 4 years to make it... I mean, 75% of games these days are 9-12 month projects.


 http://lhandslide.com
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Freddy
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United Kingdom
257 Posts

Posted - Sep 22 2007 :  15:16:52  Show Profile  Visit Freddy's Homepage
Good topic, this interests me too - I'll see what I can come up with. Of course we really need GamerT in on this as he is already something of an SL entrepeneur..

www.aidreams.co.uk
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GamerThom
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USA
2550 Posts

Posted - Sep 23 2007 :  22:19:19  Show Profile  Visit GamerThom's Homepage  Click to see GamerThom's MSN Messenger address
Not quite an "entrepreneur" yet freddy. but I'm working on it.
I just lined up a deal to supply custom branded skins to someone.
I'll be needing to do 3 of them next month, for which I'll get
1,000 linden dollars for each skin. That's approximately $4.70 US,
then if I want to convert them back to US dollars by transferring
them into my paypal account, there's a $1 US fee on each single
transaction for doing so. Because of that, it's best to leave the
linden dollars as credit in your SL Exchange acct until you have a
sufficient amount accumulated to make conversion back to US dollars
less costly. The nightclub I have in SL is just now getting to the
point where I'm almost breaking even on it. My hope is that it will
become just profitable enough to give me back some of my initial
cost's from when I set it up. As in RL, that takes some time. RL
businesses can take anywhere from 6 to 12 months before you start
seeing a return on your investment. That is if the business you
start continues to grow and be successful. The same rule applies
to venture's set up in SL. I've also been signed on as a design
and building consultant by a software engineer I met in SL who is
planning on building a small resort empire there. This should also
turn out to be a fairly lucrative venture for me. Another benefit of
owning and operating a nightclub, it's allowing me to meet people
in a more suitable way than just walking around the SL environment
handing out business cards.
Overall, at the level I am playing in SL. I'll be lucky if I ever start
breaking even on the maintenace and membership fee's assessed by
Linden Labs for staying in the game and owning property in SL. I just
don't have the capital to make a large enough investment to make
it really profitable right now.

Here's another point in my education in SL. The buying and selling
of Linden dollars on ebay is a direct violation of the TOS agreement
which members agree to when signing up for membership on SL. This
violation is punishable by forfeiture of your membership and any money
you have invested, as well as possible prosecution if you are caught
doing it.

http://www.gamerthom.com/ IAlAI

Edited by - GamerThom on Sep 23 2007 22:41:34
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Freddy
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United Kingdom
257 Posts

Posted - Sep 23 2007 :  23:56:40  Show Profile  Visit Freddy's Homepage
Hey Gamer, nice to see you

Thanks for the insight you shared, it made interesting reading. You have learnt a lot in a short time, I bet sooner or later you will figure out better ways of making an income. I know that's true in real life and it follows it will be the same in SL. I ran a business for a few years in RL and it took at least 12 months before I got much out of it - you get wise though and you start to pin things down that make you money. In the end it's hard work, but if you enjoy doing it then it's great.

Also, I didn't know that about the Ebay thing...thanks, I won't go down that route when I find more time to be on SL.

P.S. Thanks for the dance invites but I have been busy in RL the past few days and had a few problems with AiDreams that needed sorting out.

www.aidreams.co.uk
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jackgephart
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USA
463 Posts

Posted - Sep 24 2007 :  00:45:31  Show Profile
Gamer you old rascal you, it's good to see you are alive and still around. I thought for sure we lost you to the SL world. We all were just saying a few weeks ago on here how we miss you. Please keep in touch a little more we all miss you. I know you can, you can do anything.

Jack Gephart
denise.gephart@mchsi.com
http://aidreams.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=tpmod;dl=0
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