I was talking with a particularly cynical acquaintance the other day who had some less-than-kind things to say to me when I mentioned going to Marketplace-only with Clover’s Kitchen, and no longer having a prim-and-mortar shop in his estate. Two particularly stinging things he said were that I’m “part of the problem” for going to MP only, and that by not having a prim-and-mortar shop, I’m no longer contributing to the economy.
Now, it’s true, I’m no longer paying tier. I am paying group dues for the land I’m essentially freeloading on, but that’s incredibly small.
But I’ve taken up this new hobby recently, and any other avatar with a camera can tell you, it ain’t free. Oh, sure, I can do a little home movie of me playing the harp and put it on YouTube and not spend any Ls to do so. But now that I’m doing an actual Serious Artistic Movie? That’s gonna cost you. So far this past month my contributions to the economy have gotten me:
- A prop camera, so people can tell when I’m filming
- A lovely Victorian nightgown, part of my costume
- A house. A literal, standing, four walls, house.
- A woodstove, some firewood, and a kettle
- Some trees and paths – actually I bought those some time ago
- Mesh daisies
- Mesh day lilies – OK those I already bought previously too
- Sculpted hills
- A herd of mesh cows
- Mesh gravestones
- And let’s not forget uploaded textures…
Never mind all the generous tipping I did at my local club last night to celebrate the fact that IT’S DONE.
So, yeah, call me an asshole freeloader if you really want, but don’t for a second suggest I’m not contributing to the economy. My pockets tell a different story.