This past week I came across the Meme Challenge blog posts by Strawberry Singh and thought that it would be a fun way to get back into blogging on a regular basis. Her latest theme is SL Pet Peeves; I try not to complain too much on my blog, but I suppose that we all do need a release every now and then.
1. Designers who do not offer demos or who charge for demos. Nothing annoys me more as a shopper than designers who do not offer demos for mesh clothing, shoes, skin, hair or poses. Since each of these items works very differently with the many different body shapes of the second life avatar, it is really important for me to be able to "try before I buy." I hate wasting money even if it is only a few Lindens. More annoying than no demo is a demo that I have to pay for. To me, asking a customer to pay for a demo suggests that the designer doesn't have much confidence in his or her product and must make Lindens wherever they are able. In each case, you are most likely not going to get my business.
2. Designers who do not put their store name in/on their vendor or in their profiles. As many of you know, I have been blogging for the Second Life event and sales coverage blog SeraphimSL since it began in the summer of 2011. It has been very surprising for me to see how many designers do not include the name of their store somewhere in or on their vendor or even in their profile. Do you not want customers to be able to locate your store? When it takes me five plus minutes to simply try and figure out what the name of your store is, I'm more than annoyed and would never search that long as a customer. You're losing business!
3. The ever expanding unorganized mess that is my inventory. No matter how good my intentions are, I can never seem to be able to completely organize my inventory. It has expanded to the point that I have almost lost hope in it ever being under control again. I seem to accumulate items much quicker than I sort them and put them in their place. I did purchase the Visual Inventory Organizer Wardrobe a few months back and was doing really well with photoing and sorting, but like with all other plans... it kind of fell to the wayside. The biggest thing that annoys me about not having an organized inventory is that I really have no idea what I have. Over the past three and a half years I have easily spent hundreds of real life dollars on items in-world... perhaps even into the thousands. It really bothers me that I cannot find items or even remember what is there. I suppose I should start blogging weekly installments of my Pieces of My Closet series once again to motivate myself to sort through this mess.
4. Designers who add me to their subscribers without my permission. The first time I got a notecard from a designer I didn't recognize, I thought that perhaps I had just forgotten about the store or they had rechristened themselves. However, the more often that it happens, the more convinced I become that some designers actually are adding residents to their subscribers. I completely understand that designers want to advertise themselves and get information out about new designs and sales, but I feel this method is a bit tacky and unprofessional. Flickr is a great way to connect with people in Second Life and gain potential new customers; send me a contact request... I'll be more than happy to add you!
5. Grid lines and disappearing shadows in my photographs. I thought all my photography woes had been solved when my husband and I were finally able to purchase a high functioning gaming computer. I was finally able to see shadows, but I came to realize that there are so many glitches with the actual software that it is almost impossible to take a photo without some type of flaw... be it the ever dreaded grid lines or complete blocks of shadows missing from the picture. I use the Firestorm viewer and have heard that grid lines are a thing of the past with the latest official Second Life viewer, but I have yet to try it for myself. Perhaps I should put that on my list of things to do in the near future!
Clothing: Morning Tank in Solids (Texture Change) by DRIFT
Skin: Asia Skin Light DB by Izzie's
Eyes: Ardent Eyes in Pewter by IKON Group Gift
Lashes: 2011 Lashes Curl by LeLutka