Kitely Market delivers to 96 grids

The Kitely Market has successfully delivered purchases to customers on 96 different grids, including both hypergrid-enabled grids and closed grids.

Ilan Tochner

Ilan Tochner

“Our marketplace’s reach is continuing to grow,” Kitely CEO Ilan Tocher told Hypergrid Business. “By now it has become quite clear that merchants who take the time to create high quality listings for items in popular product categories can earn a good return in Kitely Market.”

In particular, the top five merchants have seen combined sales of more than US $14,000 on the marketplace, he said.

The top 35 best selling merchants have each sold at least $175 worth of items, he added.

Exportables still growing

Kitely Market statistics for July 2015. (Data courtesy Kitely.)

Kitely Market statistics for July 2015. (Data courtesy Kitely.)

Merchants continue to embrace the hypergrid, as well.

Creators who post on the Kitely Market can choose whether their content will be restrict to just the Kitely grid, or whether people on other grids can also buy the items.

Non-exportable content is protected from leaving the grid in three major ways. Kitely Market shoppers can’t have it delivered to other grids, Kitely residents who buy it locally can’t take it to other grid by hypergrid teleport, and resident also can’t export it by saving it to OAR files.

This is, effectively, the same level of protection as offered on closed grids such as Second Life or InWorldz.

Creators with new or unique content, and in particular rigged or scripted content, sometimes prefer to sell this content only on closed grids in order to protect it from being illegally copied.

But merchants are increasingly embracing the hypergrid, instead, betting that the increase in revenues will more than offset the risk that criminals — instead of simply copybotting the content on Second Life for free — will invest the time and money in purchasing the content first.

This month, there were 510 new exportable items listed on the Kitely Market, and 69 new non-exportable ones.

The total number of different items available on the marketplace is now 9,971, an increase of 579 new items compared to last month. These items are grouped into 4,932 product listings, an increase of 271 new products compared to last month.

Kitely groups items together, so that, say, a red version of a dress and a blue version of the same dress are listed as variations under a common product listings. Variations can have different export permissions and different prices, as well.


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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. Follow me on Twitter @MariaKorolov.

3 Responses

  1.' Alex Ferraris says:

    AviWorlds grid receives Kitely Market items. All you need to do is click on the page and then clcik on the link KITELYMARKET. You will receive your item in AviWorlds grid.

  2.' Joey1058 says:

    Kitely is the closest thing I’ve seen so far to a true universal marketplace that is platform independent. now if we could just get a platform independent inventory management system. -sighs-

  3.' Adam01time says:

    Kitely creates a wonderful service. they work hard at doing things other have tried and failed.
    that said. Is kitely as secure as amazon?. Could be. kitely is a third party server that is allowed to hold your private data and is kept on foreign servers. Depending what country your in. so if you are USA. this does allow the USA to watch and see all your transactions. No big thing they been doing that for years. They fact is when you allow your server to make these handshakes. Private data out and a product in this creates many security issues. None that I have ever seen Kitely address.

    So let look at a simple model say ebay 1997 and look at the security then. Ebay owns paypal . we just keep adding up the servers. Is it good or bad that’s not the question. But amazon ,ebay. papal all have a very well documented security procedures. so if your paying for some data space. AKA a sim and they are using the service of kitely I believe the people need to understand the risk it is to do banking on the internet. what is recorded and what is cached and what do they do with that data.
    This brings us to the point why Linden Labs required you to let them actually own most of your content. That was because a
    court case found out that you an anonymous could not have rights in a law suit against amazon.
    So many people said hey we are not going to do business. now you can file a claim with LL and they have the power to
    defend your work. people say hey LL does not care. Oh yes they do those people are premium users and the average of 54,000 users on at any given time is the power and the incentive to protect there private data and keep them anonymous.
    It was well thought out and extremely secure.

    So how does kitely keep your virtual world private.?
    What encryption layerd servers are they using to handle your transactions.?
    How do you get payed with out giving up your real world privacy.
    These are just the simple questions. Linden labs handle this a long time ago.
    Watching the scams unfold in the virtual world all last year. And I still see the same
    F^&king ripp offs here collecting your data and telling you lies.
    leads me to think what a virtual scam the most of this stuff is.
    sad thing is you have people that want to make money from selling something that is free.
    and they lie to you with free service.
    Take Great Canadian the same scam people from another grid went there
    to start up the alts to create more scams. Remember the server is in Canada you have no right to your data any more you gave it away.
    If I was you i would only do business in the virtual worlds with local companies till national rights are taken seriously.