@james yes, I know this is long, but it is important, so not just james but everyone please try to read it.
As a shop owner I feel I have a obligation to two different groups. Those who purchase items at my shop. I should do my best to keep it stocked so they can buy what they need. That if I can’t keep it stocked I will put up a notice that it has been delayed, maybe why (sick, death in family, job, whatever) so they know I am just not ignoring them.
The other group is just as important. And that it the true owner of the Market, Mall or wherever my shop is at unless it is on my base.
I have two shops, at G. Mall I check it every two or three days, I will admit that I don’t as often as I should be after months of doing so twice a day and selling very little I go that it is a miracle if I do sell something and if I can I will restock it as soon as I can.
At Nova Golda Market, I have a obligation to @AeneaGames to keep it stocked not just for those who buy what I sell, but to ensure that the space is not wasted. At the mall with all the empty lots, I’m not keeping someone from a spot, espeically as I am not on the main street. At NG Market, my spot could go to another player who wants to set up a shop and that in some ways affects her as she gets footfall from players visiting my shop.
What is the problem and why is it such a big deal? Because she loses footfall, recognition of having a good place to shop at, confidence from those looking to find items at a trusted locations.
When she had a problem at her other market, she was forced to shut it down. I’m worried we will lose a great player who has a great Market, a great place to find what I and many other need because players have, in a couple shops, not been restocking it or even stocking it at all.
My suggestion is that Boundless should have some boundaries to Protect those who have Markets, Malls, or any place where shop are placed from a player abusing those lots.
These caretakers should be able to have a contract that states that if the lot “renter” is unable to keep their lot stocked, that if a certain period of time has passed and not been notified, that if it is not stocked on a somewhat regular basis, they have the right to put that players items, the stone, wood, whatever is used to decorate it into a storage area that they can get into.
I’m not going to go into who was right or wrong in what happened there, but those of us who had shops there suffered from it, loss of sales, some may have lost items they never collected when the notice when up that it was shutting down. There was I believe plenty of notice but for someone who might have been going through a crisis at that time and missed it, they could have lost items.
Players should Not be allowed to take advantage of these Market, Mall and other locations of shops because they either don’t care, are too caught up in their life events, or are just being spiteful.
I had a couple shops at another small mall, because many had promised the owner that they would set up there after NL Market closed, but then didn’t, I lost out because of the lack of shops that attracted customers, so twice I and the persons who had shops and the one who had in good faith created the lots lost out and I suspect he quit playing out of frustration and other reasons. That was not fair to him, me or others who had committed and went to the trouble of setting up shops.
If anyone agrees with me, and even if you don’t, please state how you feel, respectfully, politely, no bashing of anyone who has been on both sides of this problem, no personal airing of grievances toward a individual, please, just what you think could be of helpful, either way for shop owners, for the player who has created the Market, Mall or other places for shops to be set up; and even for the shop owner who has set up a shop and hasn’t bee able to restock. What do you think could be done to help both sides.
What can we do to protect them so we don’t lose more great shopping areas.
I know that Aenea has had some health issues, surgery, treatments that are painful and she still has a long recovery ahead of her, more treatments, more pain, more negative side effects. I deal with chronic pain that has me at time unable to even play, sitting, standing, walking, sleeping is difficult, now I have to use a cane to keep from falling down. Pain management told me that since I was having a few hours less of pain a month (like two or three hours a day for maybe one or two days a week is a great improvement) they could stop treatment, so now back to constant pain, no sleep. Doctor is upset and in process of finding another pain management center.
Because of what she is going through, and to some extent of what I am dealing with we both at times, she more than me, are not able to play like we want. But we both still try to make time to fulfill our commitment to our customers, to others who had a shop there and me to her, she has been a great help to me in area and gave me strength at times when I was really going through a dark time.
She needs our support, help and understanding when she can’t restock, just I can understand when others can’t restock. But there can come a time when we all have to make a decision, how long is long enough for us to go, I need to close my little shop so she can let others have it and be willing to let her store the items for me or move them to my base or a friends base until I can get back to playing.
Feedback, help, guidance, suggestions, all nice and friendly, please. No name and shaming, no pointing fingers at anyone, just what you think can help.