A friend asked me for advice on buying land in Second Life. My reply might constitute a jumping off point for discussion of ways to acquire land in Second Life without incurring prohibitive costs. Here's my fairly brief advice on buying land in Second Life:
There are lots of ways to get land - all complicated and a hassle. Also
You could rent from someone. That is cheaper in the short term. But,
wildly both in weekly rent and prim allotment/size/quality. Buying can
be just as
cheap as renting but is more complicated. There's two kinds of land -
the mainland controlled by Linden Labs and private estates. I own a parcel on the
[Ed. note I just don't even mention Homesteads]
What I did was get a Premium account for $72/year. You can read about
plans at http://secondlife.com/whatis/plans.php A premium account gets
one of which is 512 sq m of land you can buy "tier free" meaning you pay
no monthly fees.
You also get 1000L signup bonus and 300L per week stipend. So, it works
than the alternative which is free basic account and leasing private
land. But private islands
are way way nicer than the mainland.
Here's the cost breakdown of what I am doing:
(assuming 250L = $1.00)
Premium membership $72 per year = 18,000L per year
Signup bonus (first year only) - 1,000L first year
Weekly stipend 300L/wk - 15,600L every year
Net cost of Premium account = 1400L/year or $5.60 the first
year & $9.60 subsequent years.
That is a generous estimate. The actual exchange rate is more like 260L
per $1 and then when
you want to turn your Lindens into US dollars there is a fee. So, it
works out to be a bit more.
Still, under $10 per year for the right to buy 512 sq meters. Then you
have to find the land you
want either at auction or resale. I don't know how much 512 goes for now
but probably a few
more bucks like maybe $5 but that is a one time cost as long as you
maintain your Premium account.
The other thing wrong with my cost analysis is it assumes you cash out
Actually you end up spending them on clothes and cool gadgets :)
That's my intro to buying land in Second Life on the cheap. I might also add it is possible to find Premium account holders who are also private estate owners/renters - those folks don't need their 512 sq m mainland tier allotment. If a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached, private estate Premium accounts can join a group land purchase and deed their 512 sq m to the group thus increasing the amount of tier free mainland available for purchase. The key words in that last sentence are "mutually beneficial" and "tier free".