This male avatar is for sale, or was for sale in october 2010. Do you want to buy him? Only 20.000 LD… and if Linden Lab finds out, bye bye LD and avatar… as this is, if you read TOS 3.1, illegal: “You may not transfer or assign your Account and its contractual rights, licenses and obligations, to any third party without the prior written consent of Linden Lab“.
Why is that? WOW account sells all the time in MMORP actions? Its not legal but ppl do it anyway. A man got 9000 dollar for a character in wow for example. Its illegal because of permissions of stuff cant be transferred from one person to another. So you need to get permission from LL to transfer an account and they will probably empty the account first. Then maybee they give consent, i dunno? Im sure they have other reasons too. If it is a well known avatar that changes owner there is a risk for fraud.
I have talked to a person who claims that accounts sells all the time. And why? Some people says “its just to create a new account, its free”. But its not that easy. The truth is that its easier to do business with an old avatar. You get more respect and people tend to trust you more if you are older in Second Life. He claims that some landlords has bought their avies to get more business. This might be true. As a forum member said: “If one owned a large estate containing many estate sims with a particular account, and sold all these estate regions to another buyer, one way to avoid the 100 USD transfer charge per region would be to simply hand over the credentials of their account to the new owner. I have seen evidence that this may have been done in the past, but I can not be sure.“
But it this ok? I have talked to people who thinks this is absolutely ok. I´m not sure I agree. I think an avatar its a specific person (even in pixels) and its to deceive people to take over another persons account. If you buy an account from 2004 and you are born in Second Life 2010 ppl might trust your skills a lot more than if you had your original. Them who are for this claims this should only be done with unknown alts, but still…. What do you think?
See also: Forcremes blog about this issue
About selling other virtual stuff I think Entropia has the record. I have been visiting Club Neverdie in Entropia for example: “In the Guinness Book of World Records (2008), the title of “The Most Expensive Virtual Object” went to Club Neverdie which is an asteroid space resort in the Entropia Universe. The resort includes a nightclub, a sports stadium, a shopping mall, bio domes, a space dock and over 1000 apartment buildings. Jon Jacobs bought the asteroid for $100,000, mortgaging his house in order to fund the purchase and he made his money back within a year. The resort is now estimated to be worth $1 million and it generates a large monthly income for him. Jon also paid $10,000 for a rare green egg which is on display at his resort. The Entropia world has an economy which values 10 in-game dollars as 1 real U.S. dollar and people can deposit and withdraw money. The developers estimate the daily turnover on their world exceeds $1.25 million.“
That is major.
The role play and comic character of mine inWorldz, awesomesauze Casanova Vesper Kling, is not for sale. (You would never have enough funds anyhoo so eat your hearts out ;)
Hair: Boudica Destiny <3