You may not agree with this post. I just ask you don’t try to justify the current happenings or change my mind. That won’t go over well with me. Just accept this is how I feel and I have a personal right to feel this way.
The controversy of what to charge for breedables on the marketplace is strong in the Pet Peddlers community right now. It’s been going on for awhile. They want meetings to get everyone to decide on a correct way to price the baggies. I’ve been there before. It’s a place I don’t want to return to.
There’s numerous points here for me:
1 – I was brought up in the breedables marketplace by Amaretto. It was fun selling for a lot of money. I enjoyed it. Still, I was uncomfortable with the selling part. (Fun part was how I got to hang out with a lot of cool and very fun people there.)
I horse traded to start out. Bought cheap. Bred and then sold at 1/2 price to bigger horse sellers. Eventually I made enough to buy the expensive starters and manage a big enough herd to get something new on my own.
There, a strong first showing of a trait or coat would bring in 100-200K or more. An insane amount I didn’t understand and just could not sell for. A close friend bred the horses as part of her day job, so we’d sell the same animals to her for 40K. Still a lot, but at least we felt a little better saving her from spending a lot more to find and get what she wanted.
In comparison, my top seller for weeks went for 25k a baby during one season.
Some seasons I made some extra money this way. It was a fun side-job while I went through my specialized training.
2 – As the marketplace waned down because buyers were starting to realize “hey! I’m spending a whole paycheck on a bunch of lousy pixels” and became smarter buyers, sellers who were used to making easy money started getting into a hissy fit.
I say “easy money” loosely. I alone had to breed 250 of the horses just to get one good sales line out. It ate a lot of the profits and took a lot of working time to make sure the right mares went to the right studs to do that effectively.
And there were a lot who bred more than I.
But I’m cool with this. I was always realistic with this breedables thing. It’s a game and they’re pixels.
Yet, many were not. It was to the point where if anyone tried to sell for less than 300L they got hate IMs and notecards from other sellers.
3 – Perhaps I insist on making this a fun game where money is not an issue for me because I’m a professional in the marketing field in real life. I come here to relax, not work at making a few lindens…and then get all hissy fit about it when someone else excercises their right to sell for what they want.
Now, people who follow me know I have my own battles with this. My line is worth what it’s worth to me and I do like to sell for so much. Then someone moves in next to me, and prices their similar line for 1/2 or less what I’m going for.
Yes, that sucks, and yes, I may whine a bit on my own blog about it…not to the creators. BUT it’s their right to do with their own danged stuff what they want. They could set it out for 0L for pete’s sake and it’s fully within their rights! Just as it’s my right to buy theirs and resell it.
I’ve done just that. I do just that often. And I’ve had people do the same to the ones I choose to cheap sell.
It’s why you don’t see me pay more than a week or two on my normal market spots. I am prepared to move if a copycat parks next to me to try outsell me. (Happy market spots are next to friends with same goals as I, often in different lines or breeds altogether.)
IT’S ALL GOOD!!!
4 – I don’t believe the creator should get involved with the secondary market. AT ALL.
Yes, that may piss you off, but this is my opinion, as both an artist and writer of both physical and digital content.
The breedables are digital creations. The creator of the breedables is the only one truly due a set price for the packs and products they sell. It’s THEIR creations.
What we get as a result of breeding their creations is first luck from the starters, and then some work at breaking the genetic code with the specific combos we get. (This is the fun part for me and why I was so hooked on Amaretto.)
In either case, be it a breedable obtained from a lucky breeding or a specific line for set combination of traits, the price it sells for should be up to the individual seller. NO ONE ELSE.
See, this is called freedom, which is what I support.
Price fixing, whether it’s setting minimum sales amounts, peer pressure, or withholding support to certain markets and places and groups of people who fail to meet your self-imposed guidelines, is wrong. And illegal in most countries.
You can sugar coat it all you like. Don’t try to sweet talk me into thinking otherwise.
I’ve already heard the word “market killer” used once at auction. Honestly, it pissed me off. That’s a term I learned to detest back in the Amaretto days and it really sets me off. I almost killed everything off after that auction…no joke.
5 -Okay – it’s best I get out, because I’m one of the few who continually silently scream “They’re pixels dammit!”
You can’t tell me a fish is worth $40-100USD, or more. Lance is awesome at auctioneering and not even he has convinced me.
In fact, when that out-of-my-comfort-zone pricing started I told Smmu if we got a new breed drop and didn’t want to keep it for breeding for fun, we’d offer to our friends in private for 5K. First new drop of a breed, yes, I see that price. Trait that’s new very few of, or a special trait, I’d pay 2500L if I really wanted it for a breeding project. Just not the prices they’re going after.
And when I do sell something like that, I pay for a pack of food and find a way to pay it forward on what’s left.
Plus the fact that I’ve had loads of traffic with no direct sales for weeks at a time on the fish solidifies it. Perhaps that’s another message to me from the community. Not going to walk in my store and buy.
Not sure what it is about the fish. I had regular buyers and then LL messed with things and I haven’t seen those avis again, anywhere. I think they may have ditched SL. (This was my private sales area for 300L average each at a time others were selling for 1k and more too. I just can’t command the prices they do.)
So…at this time, unless Smmu says otherwise when she returns…I’m going to be chumming for foods and boxing up the rest of excess baggies to give to our friends. Cause I’m done with being involved with sales world of Pet Peddlers.
I reserve the right to sell for 100L, 50L, or 25L if I fricken choose. It MY property!! If I want to sell a darn turtle for 1k that’s my right. Still, don’t want to deal with it, so I picked up my food for sale and random givers. Done with it for real this time.
With the path they’re taking this with the meetings and the discouraging of lower prices…let’s just say I’ve been there. Don’t want to do it anymore.
This makes me very thankful that what turned out the last panel for me to be involved in was a good seller. I was able to “pay it forward” with the panels I bought after and dropping 1k into the tip jar. Even the sploder panel. Didn’t try to win the sploder panel…just wanted to make sure it got at least 3k. I would have stopped then, but got it at 2700L. I stuck another 300L into the sploder after to make sure it went up to 3k.
I’m not mad at PP or the community. I love them. Above is just my opinions about the marketplace and expressing what makes me happy.
If they can command the higher prices and sell at them, then great. I’m totally happy for them and wish them lots of fun doing it. Because when you like the market game and you’re a big player in it, it’s loads of fun.
And Pet Peddlers are wonderful people with an awesome product that very reasonably priced. I recommend it to everyone, whether you want to compete in the marketplace with them or if you just want to go my new route of breeding for fun and nothing else.
I’m choosing the ones I want to breed down into pet fish, and maybe holding back a few select baggies. The rest go to friends who are enjoying the market game or the chum bucket.
And I’m bringing out more BB now. Squee! Having a lot of fun coming up with new combos on the new pony traits. Just need to get Ozzie to bring out another coat to play with and maybe get him to allow more letters in the names. lol
So glad Biobreeds has stayed so fun. Sell for what you want, buy without guilt.
Camilla is so pretty. Thinking about doing a few more beagles.