Moving to OnRez (and why)

This week I’ve closed my store on SL Exchange and have moved solely to OnRez. There are many factors in doing this; one of them is not my working relationship with the Electric Sheep Company. Since the launch of OnRez I have played with the solution for some time, while it does lack some features, it does provide an easier, flexible solution for selling products within and outside of Second Life.

Let’s start with the fact that OnRez does not charge any transaction fees. None. You can post, sell, and list items for free. Add that with an in world vendor system that integrates with the website and you have a perfect networked based solution that you can easily set up in mall spaces, rental spaces and even your own store. The OnRez vendor system is also amazing; there are three ways to use vendors. The first is by just having a vendor in your store for people to flip through items. The second is to have a search based vendor where people can search and attain results from OnRez directly through the vendor. The third is through their “Vendor Pack” options. A vendor pack is a collection of items that the in world vendors would display and sell your items, so you can create a “furniture” vendor pack and your selected OnRez vendor will display the items from that vendor.

OnRez is very easy to use, you home page can be customized and rearranged, adding items are done using a very cool AJAX system, and OnRez provides great tools that link between in world and out world activities. One great example is that you can get really detailed reports on where people are purchasing your items, either through OnRez or in world vendors. One major thing that annoys me is that I cannot download an excel spreadsheet of this information. One really great feature would be the ability to obtain that information, locally. Another great feature of OnRez is the ability to customize your store front (see mine at it still need some work), but your options are limited – you can choose one of four color themes, add a graphical banner; but I wish there was more here. One option I would wish for would be the ability to change how items are presented in my store front (rather than the typical three column layout).

Even with these shortcomings, OnRez is still a better system than SL Exchange. Not only is OnRez better organized and more graphically pleasing, but the system has a ton of other smaller features that SL Exchange does not have. One great feature is delivery confirmation, somehow The Sheep have found a way to confirm that an item has been delivered; there is also the ability to redeliver any copy/no-transfer items.

OnRez is a great system for selling products, and vendor spaces. There are several “lacking” features (a few detailed above), but these features are also lacking from similar services.

4 thoughts on “Moving to OnRez (and why)

  1. Glad to hear you’re (mainly) happy at Shop OnRez, Nex! We’re working on a number of the suggestions you have in this post. We don’t have transaction history downloads yet, but in the meantime you might try the “Email daily summary” for sales notifications. They are emailed in csv format so you can copy it into Excel.

  2. Mainly, naah I’m really happy to be honest, nothing is perfect. As for the email daily summary, your right, and it another great little feature I forgot to mention! That’s great for really short term, week to week quick projections!

  3. Nice post…I’ve played with 3 vendor systems, Hippo, OnRez and another which I’ll keep nameless. Although OnRez has advantages, I’m still happier with Hippo. Transaction history is critical. E-mails don’t cut it. My one complaint with Hippo is what OnRez does nicely with the vendor packs.

    Don’t get me wrong – OnRez is good. But to my mind, Hippo is better. You point out several advantages to OnRez all of which are supported by Hippo. I am NOT a paid spokesperson for Hippo and to be honest vendors drive me nuts at the best of times, but just a few notes:

    - Hippo includes vendors and catalogs. With catalogues, you can give your vendors to affiliates who then earn commissions off the sales. Therefore, you can have vendors in your store but then offer those same vendors in a secure way to others who can place the catalogues in their stores – you get revenue, they get commissions and don’t need to do much.
    - It includes splits – you can sell an item and split the revenues between multiple users.
    - It includes a rental system, which is nice because if you have store items AND you rent space to others then you can access all of it from one Web site.

    The disadvantage to Hippo is, of course, that they don’t have a Web site – it’s purely a vendor system. My recommendation is that if you’re looking for a wide-ranging number of in world vendors and store locations, use Hippo. If you want to sell through a Web site as well, your call – but why not both? It’s an investment of time but then you can track sales. I’m not thrilled with the traffic through the OnRez site but it’s maybe early days.

    All of the above just my two cents, but when it comes to vendors the lack of a good transaction log, the lack of ability to fully modify the appearance of the vendors, and the fact you need to load up each vendor from in world rather than load them “down” to the vendors from the Web site are frustrations I have with OnRez that prevent me from using it more widely for in world vending.

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