Today my Alt avatar visited the Second Life Upgrade/Downgrade your membership page.
I changed from ‘Premium – Annual’ to a ‘Basic Account’ and waved goodbye to L$500 weekly stipends.
Update credit card info to downgrade account? Huh?
No, wait. It told me that I needed to update my credit card information first? WTF? So I did that and of course like too many other things Linden Lab does, it gave me an error message saying that I needed to update my credit card info. Argh.
I waited awhile and it didn’t change from “update pending” so I deleted the credit card info and tried PayPal instead. That worked right away and I was met with the following exit interview Downgrade Survey:
Not a smooth way out for my alt, but I made sure to let them know why.
Sell your land before downgrading
Last week I sold off the 512m land owned for L$5,120 and have joined with my alt the majority of homeless SL residents with Basic Accounts (as soon as the account screen allows me to cancel) once again.
via Second Life Upgrade/Downgrade your Membership page (emphasis mine):
If you choose to downgrade from Premium to a Basic membership, all Premium benefits will be lost, and re-upgrading to Premium at a later date will gain whatever premium account benefits are in effect at the time the account is upgraded. Original Premium benefits will not be restored.
Can you see any tears in my expression to the right? I still have one premium account left that is grandfathered in with the L$500 weekly stipends and was renewed at the beginning of this month. Since our VTOR group voted to allow PayPal payments for splitting earnings from this blog there isn’t as much need for me to have two premium accounts any more.
The Economy Stats for December 2007 show 1.1+ million total member logins in the last 60 days. I’m not sure how that compares to a year ago but I’d guess it is down considering the SL buzz has waned considerably. Why? One only needs to visit blog.secondlife.com and see all the problems. Suggestion for 2008: mix in a lot more positive messages instead of “problem, problem, problem” stuff.
Who else reading VTOR has downgraded their SL accounts recently? I’m thinking the losses to Second Life are greater than the gains in membership numbers, but haven’t seen a report in awhile to confirm. Didn’t I read somewhere that LL wasn’t publishing the premium membership numbers any more? If not, this suggests SL has reached the plateau of the membership mountain and is on a downward spiral.