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  1. Mera
    Mar 14, 2012 @ 04:15:49

    Amazing! You are clever! When a customer grows too big its always a risk. Better not to have “all eggs in the same basket”. Very true. I agree with you here and have felt this a long time, that LL should focus on mainland and premium more instead of private island owners as they are more risky. Now that Opensim is a low price alternaive LL have problems to compete on this market.

    Well of course some private island owner will stay but a lot of them will move to cheaper grids. So now its time to revamp mainland and refocus! WOW costumers pays monthly so Im sure LL could find a way to get more premium accounts at different price levels if they gave people more value for their premium money and more options.


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  3. Shug Maitland
    Mar 14, 2012 @ 12:21:52

    Very good analysis! A couple of points:
    – The FairChangs, RL friends of Philip, were the first land barons and had even more influence in the creation of private estates than Anshe Chung.
    – Many people still do not realize that, unless you have disposable L$ income, mainland is almost always a significantly better deal than private estates.
    – Recent privacy tools mostly overcome the illusion of privacy you get from a private island.


  4. Ener Hax (@iliveisl)
    Mar 14, 2012 @ 17:36:46

    ths is a very thoughtful analysis and has changed my view of the region trends

    i’m the first to say that i don’t know better than LL does, if i did know better, then i would run a company like LL!

    thank you for taking the time to explain your logic and to provide an in-depth analysis, you have reframed my perspective on Linden Lab =)


    • Pussycat Catnap
      Mar 14, 2012 @ 18:45:21

      Well I’m not going to say I agree with what they’re up to, just that mainland is where I would be trying to trend ‘overall’.
      – Certainly there are kinds of builds that one can only make on estate land where there is fuller control. So the product has definite value for -us-. There is value for them in that they can then sell customers on a richer experience. But the profit – or at least the larger profit-ratio; that’s in mainland.
      – If they could pack us in like sardines on mainland, they’d get the “most” profit wise. Though it might not be the most comforting grid to live in. 🙂

      For a grid that is healthy as a vibrant community, they need both.

      (We can also consider that the current lab might not like the level of control we have on estate land, and getting more of us onto mainland would let them manage us more.)


  5. Shug Maitland
    Mar 15, 2012 @ 11:03:39

    Reblogged this on Rambling with Shug and commented:
    This is a very thoughtful analysis of Mainland vs. Private Estates from the Linden Lab business perspective. The conclusion is very surprising, but hard to argue with.


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