Second Life dancing is not a cheap hobby. I have spent roughly half a million lindens in dance animations alone. I have created dance sets that costed me nothing because I have so much stuff in my inventory, and also at times build what I need. But I have also spent up to 7k lindens on a set for a single dance. Costumes can cost a fortune. I have one costume for one dance that I spent L$2,700 on. And trying to outfit a group of people for a group dance can get outrageously expensive. You do not always have to spend a king’s ransom to have a great-looking set or a fabulous costume. When browsing on MarketPlace, here are some shopping tips that may help to save you lindens and time. Whether you are linden-rich or not, smart shopping is simply common sense.
Some of you already know the tips herein, so obviously this is for those of you who don’t. *grins*
Refine Search by Copy and Modify
When you enter a keyword search topic, refine the search by clicking copy and modify on the lower left side of the MarketPlace menu. This cuts out all the no copy/no mod items. That way, your time is not wasted looking at stuff that is best not used for a dance set. Items that do not copy and modify will not go in a rez box. It is a nightmare to rez a no-copy set and have it vanish forever, as happens far too frequently in SL. So avoid this misery by simply refusing to even look at items that do not copy and modify. Now, you will find at times the sellers have their items improperly marked as copy and/or modify, then when you buy it, you find it does not copy or modify. That happens from time to time. Just drop the seller a notecard and they will usually pass you a copy/mod version of the item.
You can also refine your search to show only full perm items by ticking Copy Modify Transfer. Full perm costumes can be a great way to outfit a group without finishing up in the poorhouse! Just check the TOS for the items and make sure to follow the creator’s protocol for passing on Full Perm items, so that you do not get into trouble.
Sort by Price: Low to High
Up along the top bar of the “Items Found” MarketPlace pages, at the far right, is a drop-down menu where you can prioritize the order of your search results. Try sorting your items by Price: Low to High. You just may find a great bargain! Of course you do not want cheap, poorly-made items in your dance. But there are many generous people in Second Life who offer quality items for low prices or even free. Don’t be a snob! Be cool like Macklemore! Be smart, and don’t be afraid to show appreciation for the generosity of others. Be gracious and just say “Thank you,” and be pleased that you found a great bargain to use in your dance.
Be be be be be…. That is definitely overuse of the word ‘be’!
Refine Search by Price
Back down we go, to further refine our search. If all those demos are annoying to sort through, you can refine your search to only show items in a certain price range. By cutting out all the zero linden items, you will not have to sift through most demos. Of course you will also lose out on the free gift items, but depending on how much time you want to invest in searching, it might be worth it.
Finally! Just for fun, try doing a search on the keyword Promo. Then go to the categories you are interested in and see what fabulous bargains you can find. Often, some really neat things come up. This is a great way to costume a group as well, if you can find something you love that suits your dance on promo, then go for it!
I would be amiss if I did not acknowledge the fact that there is some controversy over how much one spends on a dance. Some believe the more you spend, the better the dance. Personally, I think that is inane. Lots of lindens do not equate to a great dance. Not to mention, not everyone can afford to spend a lot of lindens. The pure joy of expression through dance should not be limited to those who have a lot of money. Some of the best things are free. I dance because it is how I socialize. For me, it is primarily about fun and friendship. So I guess the reluctance to use low-price items so long as they are quality may come down to, do you dance for fun or for the kudos on how much you spend? If anything, I am impressed with people who can sensibly budget their spending and find marvelous bargains from time to time. In the end, it all averages out. Sometimes we spend a small fortune, and sometimes we get lucky and find a great bargain! Shop smart, be shrewd, have fun… and dance with passion!
If you have any shopping or budget tips to share, please post them in the comments… thank you!