I knew that one day I would have to come to terms with the fact that sales have always been low, but lately, my sales have been nearly non-existent. Is it the global economy? Is it that my products merely suck? Is it the particular shade of green in my logo? I expect its a combination of a number of things.
You see, things in my life have been rather hectic for some time. Whenever I think things are settling down, something comes along to stir up the mess. And what a mess it has become.
I’ve found precious little time to be in-world, so I haven’t produced any new items for a while. I have a few products that have been waiting for release, such as the rocket ship sky diving lift, the steam-powered street clock or the maniacal, mechanical monk (steam powered and capable of holding a conversation…. It learns too!), but I’ve not found time to do the finishing touches. I expect that by not continually introducing new products, my shops on OnRez and XStreetSL have become stale.
Well, imagine my surprise when I go to OnRez and find out that they’ve been purchased by the Lab. Yes, they, along with XStreetSL are now owned by Linden Lab. To boot, OnRez is shutting down on February 11th. Well, due to the number of items I have for sale, I don’t have enough prims available in my small shops for individual vendors and since XStreetSL has cancelled their in-world vendor project, well, the smaller shops must go.
Sadly, the smaller shops have accounted for the most sales. Most being a relative term. Since the downturn in the economy, I’ve seen a steady decline in the number of sales. I never broke even in-world, but at least it wasn’t costing too much. With what sales have become, I can no longer afford to keep my shops. So….
Writer Steam Works is going out of business. February 11th will be my last day. I will sell my remaining plots of land (one 1024m plot and one 512m plot in Steam SkyCity) and close my last stores.
I might still pop in from time to time, but my grand plan to sell items in order to cover the cost of selling items has turned out to be a complete failure. Much like me.