Yep, it’s the Premium Membership, actually the New Improved Premium Membership. Celebrating the Launch of the Premium Membership…. 50% Discount… really?? well, no actually. Like all these cons, otherwise known as advertising, you have to read the small print… “This limited-time discount offer is available only for memberships on the Quarterly billing plan. Discount will be applied to the first quarterly billing cycle only and all future charges will be at the regular Premium price. To qualify, Second Life members must have an active Basic account or create a new Second Life account. Discount offer begins on Monday the 21st of November at 8:00 am Pacific Standard Time (PST) and expires on Monday the 28th of November 2011 at 8:00 am Pacific Standard Time (PST).”
So…if I work this out right… $75 divided by 4 (quarters) is $18.75 per quarter unless you live outside the USA where sales tax is collected by the Lindens on behalf of your Government. 50% of $18.75 is, obviously $9.37. That is actually 12.5% discount by my calculations…
It would be possible for the Lab to advertise a 95% discount on membership if they stated in the small print that that applied to the first X number of days (can’t be bothered doing the maths, but you get my drift.)
So, the new membership is exactly the same as the old membership as far as I can see. Free house, which I don’t need, along with furniture I would not be seen dead on.. and… let’s see…
- A personal and private home [yukk]
- Sign-up bonus!**[ $3 … don’t get excited]
- Immediate access to Adult-only areas [I get this with age verification anyway]
- Expanded support, including Live Chat [ha!… a rant follows….]
- Exclusive mainland building rights [is this the sandboxes..?]
Now… the Expanded Support…. well, several other people have already mentioned the total lack of any support whatsoever as it seems to be most people’s experience that after 6 days you get an email saying how sorry they are that it’s taken so long and would you please file a Ticket.
The customer support that the Lab gives is the worst of any company I trade with, bar none.
Rodvik has run out of time, the honeymoon period where we all thought ..’oh, let’s wait and see … he might be just what we need’ is over…. by a long chalk. The amount of money they say they are earning, the size of staff they have or could afford, the fact that they are aware they have a problem….all these factors mean to me that they are not going to do anything to improve the situation and are happy to let it continue as it is while saying the words about how they are “working towards improving the situation”….. “please be patient with us we are just a poor struggling little company”..etc etc.. vomit.
Lies seem to be tolerated far more than they used to be. I realise this is a generalisation but I have lost track of how many times I have heard either politicians or CEOs say the infamous words “lessons have been learned”. Platitudes, half-apologies, spin all used to be called lies.
Promoting a 50% discount on membership is a con. Its a 12.5% discount. Tell the truth it wont kill you!
The whole idea of a sale is stupid anyway … but then we know the Boys have some of the poorest business acumen it is possible to pool into one building and still survive.
Lying is not a business plan.