Something was in the air in Second Life yesterday, because after weeks of unsuccessfully trying to sell some land with a house I built on it, I had three different parties seriously consider it and one who finally bought it. The property and structure was the waterfront castle that I showed and discussed in the last SL entry I did about real estate. While I didn’t make a fortune on the sale, I did make a reasonable profit, so I consider my buy/build/sell experiment a success, if not an overwhelming one.
The timing was good on this real estate sale because I was seriously considering taking down the castle and selling the land by itself. I hesitated because of sentimentality, and I’m glad I did. Of course, the new owner might blow it up and do something else, but that will be on her conscience, not mine!
I have another piece of property in a snowy region of SL where I have an expanded castle and more land. Out back of that I have a store that I’m slowly stocking with furniture I build to furnish the castle. Yesterday was the first time anyone stopped by and then bought something. I’m not surprised by slow sales there because I haven’t advertised and there is more to be done in providing stock. It’s meant to be a self-sustaining hobby business. As I’ve said before, it would be nice if this hobby would pay for itself.
I just went into SL to take the above shot and I discovered that someone else had made a small purchase for L$25 at the store. This is approximately 9 cents in US currency, but I’ll take it. These things add up, you know.
We had a ten year IBM anniversary party for one of my team members (congratulations, Hope!) yesterday at our IBM office building. It wasn’t the same thing as real life, but it wouldn’t have happened in RL either. I was in my hotel in Europe and we had team members present from New York, Connecticut, Texas, Georgia, Colorado, and California.
Update: On February 20, 2007, Linden announced that they were terminating the First Land program. I agree with this: it had gotten unmanageable and was simply a way for real estate people people to take advantage of newbies.