Tuesday, 22 February 2011

TRU Textures Ltd in Avination.com

Store and textures created by Linus Humphreys

How blessed am I to have Linus Humphreys build the TRU store in avination.com?
He always creates a mixed feeling of spiteful envy and admiration within me lol

What Linus is good at is shading.
Hands down, he just knows how to add depth and realism to a build and as I have told him on numerous occasions, the TRU store in AVN is by far the best I have ever had in my 6 years of trading.

It’s the first time in my 7 years of being in virtual worlds that I had an opportunity to be creative with the build because we’re not limited to the tight restrictions of having 6000 vendors to squeeze into one sim.

That said, I have already begged and pleaded for him to replicate the textures and ambiance of this store in our Second Life store.

Of course, we won’t have as much terrain and free space that we have in AVN but the textures inside and out applied to a new build in SL would at long last make the TRU store “look” like a texture store.
By that I mean, it will represent what we’re all about, textures.

We haven’t really began to fill the walls yet because whilst I own Second Inventory, it doesn’t run on a Mac OS so I am forced to log into SL select the textures I want to offer in AVN, download them one by one, then upload them one by one into the AVN store and needless to say, it’s painfully slow.
Sat outside the TRU Store in Avination

As for sales, well, they are not coming in thick and fast yet, but then I never expected that in the first place.

Relatively speaking, Avination is still in it’s beta days compared to Second Life,  but I can say without doubt, it is far more advanced than Legend City Online ever was and the amount of people and business coming over is huge.

With sims costing just $60.00 a month (with no upfront set up fees)  and the 15,000 prims you get with a full island compared to Second Life which gives you half of that (with a Homestead sim) it’s a no brainer for those who can’t afford the $280 a month Second Life would set you back. (Not including the set up fee for an island which for me, back in the day was $1200

Avination.com has most of the features SL has but at a fraction of the cost. So, if owing your own piece of virtual paradise where you can build and be creative is your thing, then I can highly recommend it.

If you're a business, the good news is “profit” and “purchase” are not dirty words at Avination.com 

Freebies are not tripping you up when you log in and I hope that remains because I for one am sick and tired of the freeloader culture SL has developed were you are labled  “greedy and evil” by people if you expect a financial return for your work, time, skill and expense of creating content and running a business.

Who is greedier? 
Those who require a financial return in exchange for their work or those who expect that everything should be made freely available? (or as good as)

Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying it’s full of people throwing C$ at merchants. Well, a hand full of merchants are doing well but then everyone has an avatar and by default they are always butt ugly at first so that’s always the first priority, get your avatar looking “human”
Skins, hair, clothes, animations, eyes, shapes are all things people want before they even think about land.
So fashion and avatar related stores are taking full advantage of that gap especially as very little fashion related content in SL is sold full permissions so people just “expect” to have to start over when it comes to a new avatar.

I was in one of the avatar type stores when I was new and I was guided around from skins to hair and AOs even eyes (I have my own eye textures but, in the spirit of supporting fellow AVN stores I bought some) and eventually a shape was suggested.
I stopped spending at that point.
Hell, I’ve been in SL 7 years! I am sure I can knock together an avatar in 15 minutes lol so I did, right there in the store!
I felt a little guilty but I think 2K is enough in one shopping trip in one store! :)

But textures, well, that’s a tricky thing people will often do anything they can to avoid buying textures if they can export them over freely despite it being against our User License.
I dare say, if all SL content was sold full perms almost everything in SL would be scattered all over the virtual metaverse.

Plus, there is still the die hard mentality of many ex SLers and new comers who expect land should be free and the first question they ask is “Where’s all the freebies?!” 

I don’t think for me at least, AVN will replace SL in terms of amount of sales,  as SL has thousands of more residents than any other SL type grid.

But I do think Avination.com is giving SL a run for it’s money and they do take copyright issues very seriously explaining fully on their website how the permission system in SL does not grant the end user the legal right to export and import another persons content.

I have always been a firm believer that you have to spend money to make it and nothing annoys me more than people who gloat how much money they used to make in SL before "ABC happened” then adding: “And I didn’t have to spend a penny!”

Great. That’s exactly what any thriving economy needs, loads of people who "cash out" but woudn’t dream of putting some back into the pockets of fellow residents and companies or Linden Labs bank account. 

If it wasn’t for the consumers who buy currency to spend in merchants stores SL would cease to exist. It’s not rocket science.

Island View
Avination.com has most of anything you need to set up and look and feel as comfortable as you would in SL.

Crashes are almost none existent. There’s a few bugs and glitches like I can’t TP anwhere without taking all my attachments off, logging out and then back in, then I can TP (bald and attachment-less) and put them all back on and have no further issues for the rest of the day.

But I think that’s just my particular bug,  I haven’t heard much complaining at all over log ins or TP issues and compared to Legend City Online, Avination.com is light years ahead.

I am enjoying the challenge of “starting over” and so far about 50% of store visitors have not heard of TRU in SL which was an eye opener for me.
Then again, we have been “hidden” on page 25 of All Search for 2+ years up until recently so we have months or years of catching up to do.

You can visit the TRU store in Avination.com by clicking this link I recommend using the Pheonix viewer which can be found here.

View From Store Front

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