Sunday, December 6, 2009
Ask Eddi - Is Premium Membership Worth it?
I am thinking of becoming a Second Life premium member. Is it worth it?
Dear Intelligent Reader.
If you can afford it, the answer is yes.
Let's work out the math. Assuming that you are not ready to commit to a $72.00 U.S. price for a one-year premium membership, a quaterly permium membership costs $22.50, or $7.50 a month.
For this, here is what you get:
1. Free rent on a 512k parcel that you can use to put up a starter home or store, or apply to a larger lot on Linden land. This is worth U.S. $5.00 a month according to Linden.
If you are not using Linden Land, you can give this allocation to a group, or buy a cheap parcel (they can be had for under 2000 linden in places) , put up a skybox, and rent it out to someone. If your friend lived on Linden Land and has started a group to assign the land to (always a wise idea), you can deed your rent allocation to that group if you are a member.
2. You get 300 linden a week. This is worth about $5.00 a month.
3. You get much better customer service, a separate phone line to call, and chat support for any issues that you may have. You become a first-class citizen. This alone is worth it for many premium members even though they are not taking any free land.
Your $7.50 a month (which goes down to $6.00 a month if you buy an annual subscription) gets you all sorts of goodies; the money and rent on a parcel are worth $10.00 a month. For me, the most important thing is the additional support. So becoming a premium member is most definitely worth it!
I welcome you to send me your questions to email@example.com. I will maintain confidentiality. Lets see if we can put you on the right direction!