by Sophia Paolino
Striving for ways to benefit residents and merchants alike IO has revamped their Shop the Blocks Program. The point of the program is to provide a shopping location open for all residents where nothing costs over $100P. The program is also a great way for merchants to let residents see a sampling of their items for sale and pick up a LM to their main store.
Booths are FREE and open to all merchants from any genre. Shop The Blocks is located in the in the region Shop the Blocks. The Booths there are not for rent. There is no box to click to renew. Merchants can just pick one out and can set up their booth with a few items and a LM giver to their main location. As long as they have a store open to the public with items for sale, the Shop The Blocks Booths are open for all merchants to claim. If an avatar has more than one store brand, with different items & locations, they can claim more than one Booth per separate store brand.
Example: you have 2 stores with 2 separate store brands in IO. The first is called Home Designs III and sells houses and the other is called Sweet Feet and sells shoes. You can claim 2 booths, 1 for each store brand.
There is one sample booth rezzed at the Shop the Blocks location so merchants can see one idea of how to set up a booth. The sample both has only used 11 prims out of 30 allowed. Prims used: 3 (1 each) for LM giver, free gift and group joiner, 1 for the logo sign, 1 for the background sign, 1 for the Sample Booth sign and 5 for boxed sale items.
There will be low cost AdBoards available to rent in addition to the Free booths.
No item for sale for over $100P.
You MUST have LM giver to your Main store (or other location with more of your items)
You MUST have a sign to identify your Store Brand rezzed in your booth.
Wear your tag to rezz. All items must be set to group (land will auto return all not group items)
Items must be rezzed in your booth (nothing can stick out past the rezzed booth space).
Do not rezz items on top of the booth.
One booth per Store Brand.
Prim Limit of 30 per booth.
No Particles that go outside your booth.
No prims with hovertext on the back wall of your booth.
If selling scripts the scripts must be off, and double boxed.
Scripted items for sale MUST be boxed.
No shouting items, lucky chairs, contest boards, adboards, money trees allowed. You may sell those boxed items but they are not to be rezzed by merchants to draw people to their booth. (we aim to minimize use of scripts here).
Join the Shop The Blocks group and send an IM to Sophia Paolino to get your merchant tag to begin rezzing your items.
-Rezz smaller boxes on the "counter" area rezz larger and flat boxes against the back wall
-Encourage all residents to join the Shop The Bocks group for notices of sales.
-Send out weekly or monthly notices for your Store brand in the Shop the Blocks Group.
-Be creative, you can add a background to the blue strip in the center or rezz a cover prim over the top black prim of the counter and add a different texture.
-Rezz a free item
-Rezz a Group Joiner
-Since there is a prim limit you may want to box items for sale instead of setting the actual item out for sale.
NOTE: If the merchant no longer has a store in IO their items in their booth will be returned.