So today I am going to write about a topic that really irked me a little. I stumbled upon it on Plurk, a website where a horde of bloggers and creators chitchat, exchange gossip and much more. I edited the title after it was pointed out to me that it couldbe misread in a way that was NOT intended. Thanks for that.
If you are like me and tend to follow events such as C88, FaMeshed and others a lot, then you might have noticed that Hucci’s stall has been removed from the current round of FaMeshed.
Apparently Cracked Mirror, owner and manager of FaMeshed, release a notice in the group which basically said that from now on (not affecting the current round which is fair!), shoes specifically made for Siddean Munro’s SLINK mesh-feet are no longer allowed within the event. Now, why is that so? There have been several arguments:
Apparently, Cracked calls those kinds of shoes a “grey area” since they basically only work with a product that is NOT created by the creator of the shoes, but by a third party. At first glance I thought, okay, valid point. However, the shoes are STILL an original product and I dare say that we are all adults enough to decide wether we already have the fitting feet or want to invest in them to get these shoes to fit to our feet and look awesome. Also, if Cracked is so worried about people getting annoyed about ‘having to’ buy the feet that goes with those shoes, why does she also not allow the opportunity of creators offering BOTH versions: The shoes for SLINK feet and the shoes for the default feet?
That is basically their only argument that has been repeated over and over. Lets have a closer look.
There are four brands that offer shoes this round. Cracked Mirror also owns a store for shoes (quite cute ones actually!) called LaRoo and participates in her own event with said brand. Another brand is GOS, who is apparently (or was it another round?) offering a simple recolour of a previous shoe. Both Hucci and Boom, who sold the shoes made for the Slink feet, apparently had awesome sales during this round of the event. So, why exactly would a manager of an event turn down a WHOLE NEW branch of shoemaking when it obviously makes a lot of people happy? It makes no sense at all.
What does FaMeshed offer to its customers?
Many event sout there offer discounts, exclusive items (and exclusive in the sense of: You can get it ONLY there, and never anywhere else), limited editions, exclusive release etc. FaMeshed however is an event that has NO discount, NO mandatory new releases, NO mandatory, truly exclusive items (in the above sense, you can get them in the mainstore once the event ends), NO limited edition. Nothing of that. So, what IS the benefit of FaMeshed then? My answer: The benefit of FaMeshed is to give awesome creators who make their own mesh a way to showcase their items to a larger population. It gives an overview of who and what is out there and appeals to people who need something RIGHT NOW and cannot wait a bit. Especially considering this angle, banning a whole new, creative branch of items seems odd.
That is the exact reason why I and many others only rarely leave true amount sof Lindens there. Unless something really sweeps me of my stool, I do not buy it there. Instead, I memorize it and will give my traffic to the mainstore once it is released there to support that specific creator. Sometimes I buy nothing at all, sometimes a single item. The only creator I can immediately think of who releases actually truly exclusive items there ( I might forget others? hints please?) is Glam Affair, so if her stuff fits my style, I get it. Otherwise, I look around, smile, take notes and leave. And I know a lot of others think the same way. FaMeshed does not offer a whole lot to its customers that would appeal to my impulsive instinct to buy something right now….and not later. I don’t say this to demean the creators there, they are GOOD, awesome even, however, my money goes elsewhere. Despite the fact that not much (though it has gotten better!!!) at C88 is truly cheap anymore, I leave WAY more money there. Or at The Arcade. Or at Stuff in Stock. Pick whatever other event. FaMeshed is there for the creators to showcase.
It’s like going to a showcase for cars. You don’t go there to buy, you go there to look. Much fewer people buy there than those who just look and leave again. If I had to estimate, I’d say people make more money at C88 than they make at FaMeshed, but I am not sure, the high prices might balance out the lesser buyers.
So, again, why does FaMeshed turn down something that might attract MORE buyers, MORE traffic, MORE sale and opens a WHOLE NEW area of clothing? Since this is event is ALL and ONLY about showcasing?
Remember where I said that Cracked has her own horse in the race here? Right. I might draw assumptions here, and while I think that the -way- Eboni, owner of Hucci, reacted on Plurk (personal insults etc.) was not exactly fitting and a good choice, she has several valid points. It does reek of jealousy, of trying to protect her own brand while others moved forward already. I do wonder why she bans the whole Slink stuff instead of offering shoes for those as well? Well, given she did NOT react very friendly towards Siddean on Plurk, that might be a hint. I am not sure though, observations here.
It seems like a lot of unnecessary protectionism of her own brand (and possibly GOS – a clarification here, because after re-reading this for the 5th time, I see this could be misunderstood: I did not mean to say that GOS agreed with Cracked on that rule or supported her doing so, but that Cracke did so on her own, -possibly- to protect both brand without being asked to do so by Gos. My bad and apologies for failing to see that.) here by tossing a whole, awesome new idea aside and disregarding the fact that offering shoes for both SLINK and default feet counters her argument (third party, not original mesh by the creator, loss of customer swho have no slink-feet) immediately. If she was TRULY just worried about the latter, she’d have picked up on that choice and offered it to her participating brands. A pity really. And I think this is the reason why it is a bad idea to participate in your own event as a creator, unless you are extremely fair. This does not seem fair and people will assume the worst, even if she truly only had the best on her mind for her creators. It was the first assumption that came to -my- mind and I doubt I was the only one.
I cannot see a single reason as to why FaMeshed would promote ugly default feet or annoying feet you have to tint every damned time you change your skin. It sucks. But okay! Her event, her rules, even if those are very dubious at best. I can deal with that and instead buy other stuff there even if it strikes me as weird.
But the story goes on – not a cool thing to say.
All the above aside (Her event, her rules) there was one thing that really, really, really irked me. As I said, I strongly (!) disagree with HOW Eboni presented her point, however, that does not make them any less valid. Also, keep in mind that Cracked, wether it is on her ‘private’ Plurk or not, is a representant of her own event, a conglomeration of very wellknown, good stores. In the ensuing drama (I have no other worlds for it), Cracked and Eboni continously insulted each other etc. pp. Oh well. What boggled my mind (and that of several other people as well) was this:
I deleted the name from that Plurk because this is a quote. Apparently, Cracked realized just HOW shitty this was to say and deleted it from the original Plurk, or I am just too damned blind to find it, in that case I apologize. I browsed it three times. However, the following statements imply the same, even if less obvious, and they are still on there:
Mind you, I can UNDERSTAND how things can get heated, especially when you get insulted in quite a few bad manners (Eboni was quite guilty of that) and we are all humans, managers, creators, customers, bloggers, but I do NOT think that that is a reasonable excuse for this shit. Basically, what is expressed here, is a VERY condescending attitude towards so called back up designers. This is not a personal isnult only, but one towards every damned back up designers out there. And I don’t get it. I think every eventmanager out there who ever had a spot left open knows just HOW glad youa re when one of these awesome people says “Yes, I will help you out.” They have my eternal thanks for sure. This is one really shitty, mean thing to say and heated discussion or not, if -that- is your attitude, it is best to shut up and step back and take a breath. It really stinges just to read that and I can see how that must have struck quite a few people right in the face.
I am not impressed. At all. I did add Cracked as a friend on Plurk (she had her TL on public anyways to my knowledge) because I thought they were going really hard on her and I saw not too much fault with her. Her event, her rules. But I reconsidered after reading those tidbits. Meh.
However, I do hope FaMeshed will go on and maybe some things will be reconsidered, even if I am likely going to eat a ban for this. I think I have made it more than just a little clear that I value the concept of the event as well as the designers (all!) highly. If you still insist of interpreting this as me bashing designers, that is your decision and not true.
PS: I also learned something new: Desaster is german, not UK english as I was told by my obviously not so awesome teacher back in highschool. 😀