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May 3, 2009

Protip: Freebies

Filed under: Manners — ziggyquirk @ 7:17 am

Protip: Freebies

Back in the stone age when I joined SL, there was 1 freebies place, run by the Lindens and sending out little outfits and things to get people started in their Second Life (and also to rip to bits and learn how to build). Stores also offered the occasional freebie, be it something the person had made for fun, for promotion of their product or just something they felt like sharing. These were fun things to find. Group owners would sometimes toss out a freebie in a group notice, perhaps one of the new hair style they’d made, or one colour of shirt, to thank the group for their support and to entice you in to see the other colours.

None of this is enough anymore, apparently. The “I am entitled to anything I want in my Second Life without spending a single Linden” mindset is become all too familiar to designers who are running around creating freebies, setting up hunts and handing out gifts left right and center in order to appease the grabby handed and keep up with the new way of doing things.

At this point, I’d like to share some notes a friend of mine got on releasing a new limited edition item. For the purpose of not making it all obvious, we’re going to say the new item was a Widget. Because it was.

I just wanted to let you know that I think you have let all of your group members down as you have not given away any free stuff last month.

And now you are asking $600 and $850 for a Widget?!

It is pretty, but I would not pay that much for just a widget.

Please consider giving something away soon to thank your group members for being in your group and consider keeping your prices low so that everyone can afford them.

Update groups, for the record, are just that – groups that store owners and designers use to let people know there’s new items, sales or whatever. Sometimes there might be a group gift from time to time, or special group rates on vendors. An Update Group does NOT in anyway imply you will get every release for free. And why should you? If you think about it, if every designer stopped charging for their stuff, they’d have no way to pay land tier or mall rentals and therefore they’d not be designing anything at all. Okay, note two:

I just wanted to let you know how sad I find it that you’ve become one of the greedy bitches SL seems to be full of these days, who keep raising their prices regardless of the fact the economy is bad and people have no money.

I have beloned to your group on my alt for a long time now and you used to give beutiful things away for free. Now this 850 widget is just ridiculous. you should think about how unfair it is to people like me who want to own nice widgets but can’t afford it anymore.

Thanks for nothing!!

“You used to give beautiful things away for free”. This designer spends DAYS on her widgets, she’s detail orientated and creates seriously some of the greatest widgets in SL, but she should give them away for nothing?

So let’s all try this: Designers, stop giving stuff away. What’s the point, honestly, if all you get is demands to make everything you sell available for nothing? Shoppers, being demanding and ungrateful for what the designer has GIVEN you for NOTHING is a really awesome way to make sure they never give you anything else.

Edit: Wow. Hi everyone. More from my brain on this issue can be found at my slightly less ranty blog



  1. A brilliant post Zig, Lets hope the tide will turn… Attitudes have got to change, it’s destroying any resemblance of a community that we had in SL.


    Comment by Faery Sola — May 3, 2009 @ 7:55 am | Reply

  2. Great post. The behavior some of these people have been displaying is absolutely abhorable and embarassing. Who raised these people?

    Comment by Saiyge — May 3, 2009 @ 3:07 pm | Reply

  3. […] of some of them, you start understanding some of the designers’ protests like the most recent call for ban of the freebies. While most of us see a freebie as a gift and promo stuff, others see it as something that is […]

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  4. I do understand the problem, but I don’t think it’s going to be solved that easily, with just a freebie ban. But it’s good to start talking about it.

    Comment by dandellion — May 3, 2009 @ 7:23 pm | Reply

  5. Speaking as a sometimes maker of sometimes things, I like to toss the odd freebie into the mix. Partly because sometimes I make something that I think is fun, but not worth money, partly because it’s super good promotion.

    I don’t think a ban on freebies will come to pass, but i DO think it’s time to start looking at a way to reward customers and promote businesses without creating these grabby handed brats.

    Comment by ziggyquirk — May 4, 2009 @ 1:29 am | Reply

  6. […] issue escalated when Faery Sola and Ziggy Quirk called for a ban on freebies. Something which Ana Lutetia and myself debated several months back. […]

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  7. […] issue escalated when Faery Sola and Ziggy Quirk called for a ban on freebies. Something which Ana Lutetia and myself debated several months back. […]

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  8. /me applauds vigorously

    Freebies are out of control.

    I offer new items as gifts to my group members because they are loyal, and support what I do. When there are blogs and in-world groups whose soul purpose is to alert their members that a group gift has been released so they can pilfer it from the people it was meant to show appreciation for, it just feeds the entitlement mindset of a lot of these freebie vultures.

    I’m not saying that everyone who’s ever picked up a freebie has this attitude, but it’s becoming MUCH more prevalent, and it’s something content creators have brought on themselves.

    Comment by Chez Nabob — May 5, 2009 @ 9:12 pm | Reply

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  10. It’s a similar situation to the L$50 hunt we did a while back. Each hunt item was worth at least 250, but people took offense at being asked to pay anything that they had to hunt for. Apparently the act of walking around on a computer screen was taxing enough to give them a sense of entitlement. Nevermind the fact that what they were getting for their small payment was worth several times more. And if they were unsure if they would like what was inside, they could have easily gone into the store and looked at the sign (and the regular price as well). But then, you know, more walking.

    Comment by GM Nikolaidis — May 6, 2009 @ 5:08 pm | Reply

  11. “greedy bitches SL seems to be full of these days” — The definition of ‘greedy’ is upside-down in SL these days, when charging _willing_ customers for your work is ‘greedy’… but demanding an endless stream of free stuff? Apparently that isn’t ‘greedy’.

    (Then again, I keep seeing accusations of Linden Lab being ‘greedy’ based on equally inverted reasoning!)

    Comment by Cee Ell — May 15, 2009 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

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