I just got news of yet another resignation -- unexplained -- from Dreamland, Anshe Chung's vast continent that must contain at least 600 sims by now, with at least 1500 customers, many of whom are renting multiple sims, and most of whom pay at least $25 US for a 4096 a month.
And that reminds me of a phenomenon I've been meaning to inquire about, look at, get feedback on, something that people are aware of, just under the radar of their consciousness, but don't like to talk about:
o the struggling -- if not failing -- of the three big continents of SL in the land business.
These three big continents are: Dreamland, Azure Island, and Otherland.
This struggle -- which owners and observers might describe as anything between a "seasonal fall off in sales" to "not making money" to "failing" began actually long before the current Linden plan to firesale the sims for only $1000 and start auctions at $750.
In fact, among the many odd and conflicting and mysterious factors that went into the Lindens' decision to devalue land in this harsh and abrupt fashion might have been a really stark factor for them: fall off in purchases of Linden islands from all three of these behemoths of the land industry. Perhaps they're hoping either these three will be their biggest customers and sharpen up their current flat purchases, or perhaps they are hoping to put them out of business so they don't have to depend on them. (I've reverse engineered this problem in Ravenglass if anybody is interested to ask me my findings).