Kitely eliminates Market listing fees, plans exports

Update: Read Kitely’s announcement about listing fees and merchant exports here

Kitely continues to roll out improvements to its marketplace, with listing fees eliminated as of tomorrow, and a plan to allow merchants to export their store listings.

Today it costs 100 Kitely Credits (about US $0.50)  to add a new product listing to the Kitely Market, and 25 credits (about US $0.12) to upload a variation of that listing. Listing fees were waived during the initial launch of the marketplace, but now Kitely is eliminating them altogether, CEO Ilan Tochner told Hypergrid Business.

“We post the announcement tomorrow morning,” Tocher said, saying that the policy change will go into effect immediately. There will still be a sales commission on purchases made through the Market.

In addition, Kitely is planning an export feature for its marketplace listings.

The Kitely Market requires a minimum prices of 10 Kitely Credits per item, but for users looking for freebies to get started with, there are plenty of in-world stores.

The Kitely Market requires a minimum price of 10 Kitely Credits per item to reduce clutter, but for users looking for freebies to get started with, there are plenty of in-world freebie stores.

Competing marketplaces looking to attract merchants can accept these exports to allow merchants to quickly move products to their platforms.

“I think people are tired of companies holding their content hostage in order to make it hard for them to switch to using competing services,” he said.

Tochner admitted that the new function will require development effort on the part of Kitely, and reduce merchant “lock in.”

Merchants will be able to use Kitely’s suite of merchant tools — which include a free building sandbox, free content uploads, and free content analyser for detecting and finding problems — all without paying a cent.

“By making this move, they don’t have to bet on Kitely being their ultimate destination,” Tochner said. “They can use it as a free stepping stone to another grid if they want. We believe that you’ll want to use Kitely Market for selling to hundreds of OpenSim grids from one marketplace, but you won’t have to do so in order to take advantage of this free offering.”

The marketplace export functionality will include IAR exports of all content, together with an XML export of the listings and all the data in those listings.

Ilan Tochner

Ilan Tochner

“An XML file format enables other people to develop tools for importing Kitely Market listings with all the metadata into their own grid’s marketplace,” Tochner said. “The fact that it’s in XML enables people to easily view the file, understand the data it contains, edit it with XML editors and write a parser that uploads that data into whatever system they want.”

By building import tools, competing marketplaces that allow imports of Kitely Market data can benefit from the platform that Kitely has already created, and give merchants a bigger choice of markets through which to sell their products.

“It also ensures that no single marketplace can force unfair TOS on merchants as they can easily take all their listings and move to another marketplace,” said Tochner, referring to Linden Lab’s recent changes in their Terms of Service.

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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China.

  • 8bitsandwich

    This was the biggest obstacle for me in using Kitely Market, and now it’s going away. Kitely is looking more and more like the grid where I will be spending the majority of my time in the metaverse.

  • excellent move!!

  • Guest

    This is great news
    Goodman keep fighting the good fight as we burn secondlife into the ground
    Kitely is the next secondlife without being made poor,16 regions 35 a month is a steal

  • Gaga

    There is no doubt Kitely displays amazing foresight. It is clear Ilan and Orwen really believe in the Opensim Metaverse and are willing to share so much. If Second Life’s CEO, Rod Humble – the Electronic Arts hatchet man – and his Overlord, Phillip Rosedale had anything like the same understanding of the product and the community, the Lab would likely be on a high now instead of a downward spiral of blunders. Just think what a Metaverse where Second Life was a leading player would be like – open borders and valuable exports instead of the Linden house crumbling from within.

    • Joe Builder

      Then it wouldn’t be the leader in Virtual worlds, With a million dollar corporation behind it, If it was Open.

  • Sunny Whitfield

    Great, now maybe I’ll add more to the marketplace 🙂

    • Great, make sure to use the product variations capabilities when listing similar items (for example the same shirt in different colors). It can help people more easily discover your content and select the exact item they’re looking for. It also helps your product rankings in the marketplace (e.g. ranking by sales combines the number of sales of all of the product’s variations).

      • Sunny Whitfield

        Thank you IIan. Is there going to be a way to get money OUT of the marketplace and out of Kitely?

        • Hi Sunny,

          You can list items in Kitely Market for either Kitely Credits (KC) or US Dollars (USD). KC are a non convertible virtual currency but if you list items for USD you get USD deposited into your PayPal account when people buy them (details here: http://www.kitely.com/virtual-world-news/2013/08/30/kitely-market-is-open-for-business/ ).

          You’ll note that selling in Kitely Market saves you the hassle of having to deal with PayPal disputes and chargebacks yourself. Kitely acts as a middleman in all transactions, vetting money before it is deposited into your account. Kitely Market also includes built-in tools for item redelivery (latest listed version of the item so you can easily give people updates) and for refunds (via Kitely Credits).

          Once we enable hypergrid-delivery, which should be in a matter of weeks, you’ll be able to automate your entire sales process (including delivery to all those grids) thus saving you the manual work you currently do to deliver purchased items to people in all the grids you sell in.

          • Sunny Whitfield

            Well that is good and bad for me. I guess Total Avatar Shop will be obsolete once that happens. Thanks for the answers!

          • That may be true Sunny but people love your content, and listing in Kitely Market will enable you to get easier access to more potential buyers and more time to work on creating additional content (while eliminating the need to spend a lot of time on the operations side of your business).

            I think that if you act quickly and set up listings for all your items before Kitely Market enables hypergrid delivery then you’ll have a competitive advantage selling to existing hypergrid users once Kitely Market enables them to easily get content into their grids of choice.

            Just make sure to read our product listing guidelines to make sure your store is set up correctly so that you maximize the amount of people who will be able to find your items. See: https://kitely.atlassian.net/wiki/display/doc/Product+Listing+Guidelines