Since it seems Linden Lab can’t get themselves together sufficiently to actually complete the data migration for those of us who have had problems with it, I’ve decided to manually list all my ranges on the marketplace myself. And since their mechanism that’s supposed to allow merchants to copy reviews over from XStreet SL to the marketplace also doesn’t work (big surprise there LL) my items don’t have their reviews and so can be found at the end of any search results. Sigh.
Anyway, you can find my store here: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/11509
If you’ve previously bought a range and find you can write a review (I’ve no idea if that’s possible) please do so.
After all the work to get listings ready for the last migration to the new Marketplace, it appears that LL have managed to screw up my items and no data was transferred for them during the migration. So currently you can not purchase or gift any TalTECH firing ranges on the marketplace and LL have stopped all sales on XStreet SL. Great planning there Linden Lab.
You can still purchase or gift TalTECH Ranges in-world at the TalTECH Weapons store.
In preparation for the last data migration from XStreet SL to Linden Lab’s new Marketplace, I’ve had to make a few changes to my XStreet listings.
The Marketplace does not allow you to change the object name associated with a listing, which means if you include the version in the object name and increment it on a new release, you’ll have to recreate the listing lose all the associated reviews. I have therefore removed the version number from all objects associated with listings on XStreet SL and from now on will include the version number in the object description field.
Secondly, I’ve taken the opportunity to finally rename the old “Style 1″ range to the newer “Under Construction” name. The range itself is still identical and old versions will still update to the newer versions.
More incomprehensible changes in the new Marketplace from the XStreet standard announced by Grant Linden.
A note on reviews:
You may have noticed that reviews are showing up on the SL Marketplace Beta site that are not currently showing up on XstreetSL. The way that XstreetSL is designed, no reviews are revealed for a product until four reviews are written. We improved on this feature in the new marketplace, and products on the new marketplace will show reviews after the 1st review is posted.
Now it seems to me that the reason behind waiting for four reviews on XStreet is quite simply to avoid the situation where someone malicious comes along and one-stars an item just for the hell of it, causing that item to be buried whenever someone orders things by rating.
People do take note of star ratings when browsing the XStreet, I certainly do, and skip over items rated very low. It isn’t going to end well if you allow one person to have the power to cause a new item to be one-star rated.
Grant, if your reading this, it’s not a good idea and its defiantly not an improvement.
A few days ago I posted a list of what is wrong with LL’s new Marketplace complaining primarily about LL’s push to add features that would cost the merchants over features that would actually be useful. It seems LL has pushed out a new update with some new features, so lets revisit that list (the scored out items are the updates).
- A listing of items sold and who to.
- The ability to re-deliver items if the original delivery fails.
- Feedback / rating system.
- Traffic reporting.
- Listing templates.
- The ability to change the object associated with a listing (useful if you put version numbers in the name for your products)
- Mass activation/deactivation of items.
- An interface that doesn’t reset to defaults whenever it likes (for example, in your Manage Inventory screen, click the link to show only listed items, click the link to unlist one of the items and the table returns to the default of showing all inventory)
- The ability to sort the inventory table
- Search Inventory function that can search on partial words, not just full word. (for example, searching for Bun in my inventory returns no hits, Bunker returns all my Bunker Assault ranges)
So it’s an improvement at least. But here the big problem, hidden away in a sub-sub-sub bullet point
Ratings and Reviews feature for XstreetSL will be turned off, meaning that no new Ratings or Reviews can be added to the site.
Yup, LL have decided to start neutering XStreet SL in preference to their half-finished, feature-light Marketplace. Some times you have to wonder who comes up with these ideas.
You may have noticed that LL are pushing their new, still in beta, marketplace at the top of the welcome page to XStreet SL. A few people have asked me why they can’t find my firing ranges in the new marketplace. The simple answer is, because they aren’t there.
The new marketplace simply doesn’t yet have the features necessary to make it useful, I’ll list these after the break, but I’d describe the current state of the marketplace as in-development or Alpha at best, there is no way it can be described as beta.
Whats worse is that LL appears to be concentrating on features that the can charge merchants for rather than features that are actually useful, as shown by their recent announcement of if chargeable feature placement on the checkout and cart pages.
In the mean time, you can still find TalTECH firing ranges on the original XStreet SL marketplace.