Some of you, like me, will be currently finding emails arriving encouraging you to switch your Second Life Marketplace items from the outdated (in their words) Magic Box and onto the wonderful world of Direct Delivery. Merchants are encouraged to switch to Direct Delivery as soon as possible, although if you’re selling items for which you don’t have copy permissions, you’re pretty snookered as Direct Delivery doesn’t support items for which the merchant has no copy permissions.
Direct Delivery has pro’s and cons for merchants. Linden Lab inform us it’s faster and more reliable in terms of delivery and I don’t dispute that. However people have experienced problems with Direct Delivery, such as not being able to drag their items into the merchant outbox.
I’ve migrated items to direct delivery and didn’t really experience any problems, however other merchants have had issues, so be wary, maybe try one or two items before going for a big bulk change.
The one big thing missing from the email is a deadline, there’s no mention of when magic boxes will be switched off. One thing that might help to push people to switch would be a deadline, another would be a figure on how many people have switched.
One result of Magic Boxes finally being closed down will be housekeeping, whether that’s by the merchant themself who decided it’s not worth listing some items or whether it’s simply down to merchants who don’t really pay attention or aren’t bothered, not bothering to switch over.
Now if you’re a merchant and you haven’t yet switched over, you should have all the information regarding migration to Direct Delivery. However, if for some reason you haven’t received the email, here are some useful links:
YouTube Tutorial – Direct Delivery Essentials:
YouTube Tutorial – Converting Item Boxes To Direct Delivery Folders: