This week Iâ€™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.
Letâ€™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 â€œVendor Packâ€ 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 â€œfurnitureâ€ 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 http://shop.onrez.com/Nexeus_Fatale it still need some work), but your options are limited â€“ 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 â€œlackingâ€ features (a few detailed above), but these features are also lacking from similar services.