I don't even want to say it out loud but...I'm getting fed up with my meeroos.
They are an expensive hobby and I'm starting to resent the prims they are taking up on my parcel. I still really like them and think they are very cute, it's just that every time I have to dish out another $1600L's for food, I cringe a little. I would be happy if I could sell enough nests to pay for the food. The berries last a long time, but when I have to buy 3 or 4 of them within a few days, it kind of hurts my pixel wallet.
Things change so fast in Meeroo land. It wasn't that long ago that I sold a tiger ears nest (and it was a common winecoat) for $3000L's. The other night, I sold a tiger ears/highland coat for $750. I'm okay with that, just saying how fast things change.
Not that I have ever been in it to get rich. Like I said before, I would be happy to make a little $L's to pay for the food, and/or rent a little plot to keep them (which leads me down the path of the cost to rent land with enough prims in SL, but that's a whole other issue...or is it?)
Roaming around last night, I felt so discouraged seeing the price tags for some of these nests. $25,000L's? I've seen prices as high as $75,000L's. I saw another on a bidboard with a whopping opening bid of $30,000L's. I love the little creatures too, but some of these prices are so outrageous with a capital O it makes it so out of my reach and therefore, undesirable. I'm not about to dish out that amount of money for a pixel pet, not matter how cute it might be.
I don't know. I'm big on supporting the breeders market, I bought all my first meeroos from the breeders and not Malevay Studios. I don't want to knock the market, but when I see some of these asking prices I have to wonder, is making a buck really all this is about? Nothing wrong with making some cash, but to me the meeroos are more than that. I see the main appeal being about meeting people, bartering, cooperating, networking...isn't it?
Speaking of which, I have a hard time believing that the release of Sim Pets is going to be the "huge competitive threat to breedables in SL" as Hamlet Au suggests. We have Sims Pets at home, I've played it and I think it's boring. Without the interaction for trading and selling with other people, I just don't get the appeal. Yawn.
My sense is that if anything is going to hurt Meeroos and breedables in SL, it will be the ridiculously high price tags attached to some of these nests from the breeders themselves. Does anyone buy these nests?
If it is going to cost me that much money to fill up my Tome, I'll pass and leave the meeroos altogether, like several people I have talked to recently.
That kind of game is just too rich for my blood.