I have had a premium Second Life account since I started. For over five years I’ve paid my $10 a month to have the opportunity to own land. I’ve collected my 300L a week on Tuesdays & used them to pay for advertising for the SLA Review. I dropped down from a large quantity of land to a 512 to house my office. When Linden homes came around I walked around every home sim checking it out. I passed because, although a good idea, I didn’t want to give up my office or have to live next to someone like that.
I’ve rented from countless places. Land. Homes. Shacks & mansions. At one point I even lived in a sewer just to write a review about it.
Yes. I have used the premium member sandbox often. But, if you think about it, you can basically just go to any sandbox to rez something. If you belong to some communities you can just use their sandbox. If you rent land you can just build there. While it’s always empty at a premium sandbox it doesn’t really make too big of an impact on me.
This brings me to the premium gifts offered to those of us that shell out the ten dollars a month. We’ve been given stuff from furniture to a sail boat with few things in between. For paying a monthly fee to be a premium member I feel that we should at least get something every month. Not this every so often in more of a “Oh shit! We need to hand out something” format we seem to follow now.
Our current premium gift is a dune buggy & landmark to a place called “Racers Gulch (G)”. Like the sailboat & railroad thing it’s nice that they include a place we can actually use it. I have yet to find this racing fun they speak of as I have never actually run into anyone at Racers Gulch. As for bringing my friends to race with me that proves to be difficult. One reason is because I am a hermit. The other reason is that none of them actually have a premium account. Some use to but they no longer do. Those that actually have one really have no interest in racing a dune buggy.
From gifts to a sad little stipend a week to a free home that looks like it’s been dropped in the middle of a slum I am starting to fail to see the point of actually paying for a premium account anymore. Owning land? Well…you see…I would have to pay for the privilege of owning land. Buy the land. Pay more on top of my monthly account (if it’s larger than a 512). If I buy a sim or island or whatever I would need to pay even more on top of the monthly fees. I cannot justify spending so much damn real life money on something that is virtual.
So I sat down & really thought about it. I did the math using a L$ converter and a calculator. Took the monthly members account & subtracted the real life money totals from the stipend. Added up the cost of the place that I rent. I looked at how many prims I get from combining the prims from my office with the prims from my rental home. Taking these numbers I compared them to renting a large chunk of land with a nice amount of prims.
What I found is that, despite the sparse gifts & a special sandbox I would save money by just renting land. Land in a community that I spend most of my time anyways. It would put me closer to future projects I have brewing. It would actually benefit my office to be here instead of on this tiny 512 in the sky. I might lose this “premium member” status but in all reality does the title actually mean anything? From this viewpoint it doesn’t mean squat anymore.
What do you think? Do you have a premium account? Did you use to have one? I’m curious as to what others have to say.