Why Are Poser Users Not Supporting Poser Merchants?



  • @theschell You know, you could always do something similar in this forum as far as advertising goes. We already have vendors doing something similar who are making things for PE, Raffael, Biscuits Hair, Paul and Pauline. Now, this is just a suggestion on my part, and of course the admins would have to give final permission. But maybe something could be worked out.



  • @karina said in Why Are Poser Users Not Supporting Poser Merchants?:

    So let's pull ourselves together (sp?) and start something to be noticed again!

    Who joins?]

    It's really simple, actually. Stop the conditioning of your customers to the fact that if they just wait long enough, they will get your products at a fire sale.

    Perfect example - Hivewire added their figures to Renderosity. When they did so, forum posts went out immediately: "Yeah, the HW figures are great, but don't buy them at Hivewire. Buy at Renderosity because they are cheaper, and if you wait for a coupon, they're cheaper yet."

    So, after years of driving traffic to the HW web site, their customers just moved to Renderosity. Waiting for a sale.

    Until that stops, you're tilting at windmills.



  • I'd asked about 3rd party advertisements back when the forums first reopened here and never received a response... Since SM has closed Content Paradise it'd be nice if maybe they could start a specific Poser Vendors forum as an official place for us content creators to advertise to the community since we can't do that elsewhere...



  • @karina said in Why Are Poser Users Not Supporting Poser Merchants?:

    @theschell

    I think you've hit the nail by it's head with your description of the current problem, and how it came to this.

    However, as long as ASDXYZ and the other brokerage are ruling the market, there's little we can change for now.


    But maybe we can start with little steps?

    We now have @eclark1849's "Poser Directory" for instance.
    So whatever you create, freebie or for sale, inlude a link to that site in your download!


    If you have a website of your own,
    learn about "Robots" and how to tag your website with search terms so that everyone looking for "Poser +content +figure +prop +free +download" will be shown your website at least in the first five result pages.
    (Example: load Google and just type "sasha 16" without the "". Which site is on top?)


    Also, spread the word!
    Whenever you post in ANY Poser related forum, advertise Earl's Poser Directory, and tell them of other places where they can find Poser content.


    These are just a few things that spring to my mind.
    Not sure if they are really helpful, but just sitting here like a cony and being mesmerized by the big bad rattlesnake from "You-tar" XD isn't very helpful either (except for the snake).

    As obviously SM isn't inclined to help us by better marketing of their product, and starkly refuses(or isn't able) to support it's vendors like "the others" do, all we have left is ourselves.


    So let's pull ourselves together (sp?) and start something to be noticed again!

    Who joins?

    Karina

    Banner exchanges between smaller 3rd party sites might also help a bit... "I'll advertise you if you advertise me" sort of exchanges... we should really all be helping each other out given the state of things...



  • I don't remember the name of the site anymore, and I know it closed down, but there used to be a site similar to eclarks that was a place to find content from various vendors. It varied from eclarks in that rather than just listing vendors under content categories. You could search for specific things. If I needed a filing cabinet, I could type it into a search box and it would links to filing cabinets (free and pay) at where ever they were located. If that were brought back would it be helpful? Who would have the know-how and willingness to do it? And would it be something that could go along with eclark's work assuming he would want to work with them?



  • @karina (whose family name is not Ulyanov)
    I do not try to push you anywhere, but I really like your idea of becoming number one source for Poser Content.
    For what it is worth: count me in.



  • @glitterati3d said in Why Are Poser Users Not Supporting Poser Merchants?:

    It's really simple, actually. Stop the conditioning of your customers to the fact that if they just wait long enough, they will get your products at a fire sale.

    Perfect example - Hivewire added their figures to Renderosity. When they did so, forum posts went out immediately: "Yeah, the HW figures are great, but don't buy them at Hivewire. Buy at Renderosity because they are cheaper, and if you wait for a coupon, they're cheaper yet."

    So, after years of driving traffic to the HW web site, their customers just moved to Renderosity. Waiting for a sale.

    WRONG! You assume too much Tracy. Renderosity was the first 3D forum I joined back in April 2000, mostly because it was the only forum around at the time that catered to Bryce, my only 3D software app at the time. I didn't join RDNA and DAZ for another 4 1/2 years, so my first 3D purchases were at Renderosity.

    However, now-a-days I would NEVER purchase any HW products at Renderosity simply because of a "sale", because I can't believe the sale price at Renderosity would ever be lower than one made available in the HW store, very possibly at the same time. Oh, and as far as "coupons" go . . . the usual 10% coupon available for sale items comes to what, a dollar and change because you can only use it on a product that's $10 or more. The large coupon discounts of 35% and 40% Renderosity has issued this month are rare, and can NOT be used on sale items, even if they're over $10, so they're going to waste, because I can NEVER use any Renderosity coupon on software, scripts and the like.

    I don't know where you base your facts on HW customers moving to Renderosity, because I don't see it. I'd much rather purchase a product at the original creator/vendor site. The perfect example being Ali's hair products at Renderosity, because no matter what coupon and/or sale price, his(her?) own site is ALWAYS cheaper, and he(she?) gets ALL the profits. I just purchase additional texture sets at Renderosity, if there are any. Just because you assume folks have left HW to purchase the HW products at Renderosity, doesn't make it so. Will long-time Renderosity customers buy the products there rather than at HW because they don't spend any time at HW? Sure, THAT I can see, but to assume folks who have been purchasing at HW regularly for the past 5+ years will all of a sudden move to Renderosity for their purchases is a poor assumption.

    Oh an yes, your example of the Morphing Fantasy Dress, and all the figure it's been created for? That's one of the main reasons I stopped upgrading my DS past the original 4.0 Pro, and the original Genesis. I came back to Poser for that very reason. I was tired of having to get the SAME DAMN THING for every new character DAZ decided their customers needed. I let my PC+ membership expire 2 1/2 years ago, and I haven't missed it one bit, so assuming ALL of DAZ's customers just keep buying the same product over, and over, and over, again is wrong.

    OK, end of rant.



  • @miss-b said in Why Are Poser Users Not Supporting Poser Merchants?:

    @glitterati3d said in Why Are Poser Users Not Supporting Poser Merchants?:

    It's really simple, actually. Stop the conditioning of your customers to the fact that if they just wait long enough, they will get your products at a fire sale.

    Perfect example - Hivewire added their figures to Renderosity. When they did so, forum posts went out immediately: "Yeah, the HW figures are great, but don't buy them at Hivewire. Buy at Renderosity because they are cheaper, and if you wait for a coupon, they're cheaper yet."

    So, after years of driving traffic to the HW web site, their customers just moved to Renderosity. Waiting for a sale.

    WRONG! You assume too much Tracy. Renderosity was the first 3D forum I joined back in April 2000, mostly because it was the only forum around at the time that catered to Bryce, my only 3D software app at the time. I didn't join RDNA and DAZ for another 4 1/2 years, so my first 3D purchases were at Renderosity.

    However, now-a-days I would NEVER purchase any HW products at Renderosity simply because of a "sale", because I can't believe the sale price at Renderosity would ever be lower than one made available in the HW store, very possibly at the same time. Oh, and as far as "coupons" go . . . the usual 10% coupon available for sale items comes to what, a dollar and change because you can only use it on a product that's $10 or more. The large coupon discounts of 35% and 40% Renderosity has issued this month are rare, and can NOT be used on sale items, even if they're over $10, so they're going to waste, because I can NEVER use any Renderosity coupon on software, scripts and the like.

    I don't know where you base your facts on HW customers moving to Renderosity, because I don't see it. I'd much rather purchase a product at the original creator/vendor site. The perfect example being Ali's hair products at Renderosity, because no matter what coupon and/or sale price, his(her?) own site is ALWAYS cheaper, and he(she?) gets ALL the profits. I just purchase additional texture sets at Renderosity, if there are any. Just because you assume folks have left HW to purchase the HW products at Renderosity, doesn't make it so. Will long-time Renderosity customers buy the products there rather than at HW because they don't spend any time at HW? Sure, THAT I can see, but to assume folks who have been purchasing at HW regularly for the past 5+ years will all of a sudden move to Renderosity for their purchases is a poor assumption.

    Oh an yes, your example of the Morphing Fantasy Dress, and all the figure it's been created for? That's one of the main reasons I stopped upgrading my DS past the original 4.0 Pro, and the original Genesis. I came back to Poser for that very reason. I was tired of having to get the SAME DAMN THING for every new character DAZ decided their customers needed. I let my PC+ membership expire 2 1/2 years ago, and I haven't missed it one bit, so assuming ALL of DAZ's customers just keep buying the same product over, and over, and over, again is wrong.

    OK, end of rant.

    Well, I signed an NDA with HW and though I am not a vendor there, I feel a moral obligation to uphold it.

    I base my post on FACTS, not loyalty, not personal feelings. That's just the truth.

    That exact post about Renderosity pricing on HW figures was posted at MULTIPLE sites and forum. It doesn't matter if it's factual (it's not, except the coupon reducing the price further) or not. It matters that the customer base believes it and abandons the HW site for Renderosity.

    Again, it's called customer conditioning.


  • Poser Ambassadors

    Hello all,
    I stayed out of this discussion long enough, and my eyes opened after a recent discussion off-site.
    Here our “go” on the issue at hand.

    1. Digital content does not age.

    See the light aircraft industry (where properly maintained light aircraft don't age either).
    Right after WW2, Cessna started the light aircraft industry with the Cessna 120/140 series, and continued with the 150, 170, 180 series. Followed by the improved 152,172;182, and the 206/208 series. They build about a 100,000 light aircraft between WW2 and now.
    Production stopped completely for almost 10 years, (market saturation because those that flew did not age, and everybody, private and flight schools HAD their airplanes). Only recently they started a very limited production again, and are extremely happy if they can sell 50/year. Piper aircraft are in the same boat and Beachcraft like most other manufacturers stopped light aircraft production completely.

    The homebuild market took over where the big brothers left the gaps open, and those aircraft kit build factories sell thousands of aircraft kits a year. Rans, Vans, Sonex and so on, and the LSA and Ultralight aircraft are now blooming business in their segment of the market.)

    1. Detroit was the city of the car manufacturers.
      In the “golden years” cars had a limited life span and needed replacements. But quality and versatility improved, and cars started to live longer and longer and Detroit became a ghost town.

    2. The Poser/DAZ debacle can be broken down to 2 reasons.
      Poser content, good or bad, came free with the app and was never loved by the general public. DAZ found the hole in the market, and since then, everybody wants a date with the newest chick in town and DAZ plays the “refreshment game” like the king on his throne. Plus they have a marketing machine like no other, and keep their vendors on a short leash.

    In short: and more or less in the same order:

    • Digital content does not age.
    • Digital content became higher quality and became “reusable”.
    • Poser users already have what they need for most of the time and for most of their projects.
    • Everybody wants a date with the newest chick in town.

    Only the vendors with the best reputation will survive, just like Cessna and Piper are the only light aircraft builders that survived. (With very-very limited production runs, but they survive, probably on borrowed time also, but they survive.)

    As already mentioned above.
    The best reputation vendors don't need galleries or forums and rarely post a render in a gallery or chit-chat around in forum-land. They continue to build and continue to enhance their reputation in the quality of their products.
    They will find the holes in the market automatically, and they will survive.

    Best regards, Tony



  • Okay, people, let's not turn this into a free for all. My whole point in starting this thread was to list the factors we all believe are causing Poser Customers to not buy from Poser Vendors so we could address those factors preferably to correct or eliminate them.

    One thing I have noted is that there are three sides in this "fight"; VENDORS, BROKERS, and CUSTOMERS, and all three seem to believe the other two are the problem.


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    Allow another, even more "visible" answer.

    Everybody, from West to East, and North to South, (Globally, read that as worldwide) is building and flooding marketplaces AND freebie sites with clothing.
    Vendors must understand by now that trying to "survive" building clothes became wishful thinking some time ago.

    My friend needed to build a garden scene.
    Now, just try to find the "lot" , and I mean "the lot" of garden tools to maintain a garden / forest site.
    We ended up building EVERYTHING ourselves, because there was close to nothing with at least a minimum level of quality available, and the few/little we found had to be adapted anyway. => Faster to re- build from zero.
    Ground, grass, and tree's, some flowers and rocks, yes. All the rest was "home-build".

    There are so many holes in the market left, so much virgin ground left for vendors.
    Another area is construction work tools. Trucks, bulldozers; dozers, cranes, handtools, but yeah, I know, they are not sexy.....

    Also, here an example of a vendor limiting his own sales.

    • Glasses for V8. => Since when did glasses become "figure" dependent?
      Just a stupid example, I know, but there are thousands of those flying around.

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    @eclark1849
    Earl, there is no fight going on except that all clothing closets are full. (Overflowing)
    The clothes department is saturated, and everybody with any 3D app, can cut up any existing clothing for re-use on any other figure if required, and even retexture it with Gimp or Krita or whatever.

    • Hair will always sell.
    • Shoes are harder to convert, so shoes are a good thing to sell too.
    • Scenes and houses, and workforce items will always sell. (Limited numbers, but they will sell)
      Remember the Cessna and Piper examples above. If one part of the market gets saturated, move over to the next.


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  • @vilters This is just complete bunk. Not every Poser user wants to convert clothing. Not every Poser user chooses to fight with clothing that doesn't fit the model they are trying to use. Not every Poser user uses V4 exclusively.

    And, most importantly, not every Poser user chooses to deal with modeling, converting and messing around to create a render.


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    @vilters said in Why Are Poser Users Not Supporting Poser Merchants?:

    The best reputation vendors don't need galleries or forums and rarely post a render in a gallery or chit-chat around in forum-land. They continue to build and continue to enhance their reputation in the quality of their products.
    They will find the holes in the market automatically, and they will survive.

    Best regards, Tony

    I disagree about that vendors don't need galleries and connect on forums and that sort of thing.
    In my opinion it's important to connect with the community, show interest in others and their art.
    Isn't an open mind what creating is all about afterall, talk to artists inspire and be inspired.



  • I think Evolution disproves Tony's comments completely. If Poser users agreed with Tony Vilters, Evolution would have taken off like a hot potato. Ero provided all the tools to make Tony's philosophy true.

    And, yet, Evolution still hasn't taken the Poser world by storm. One has to wonder why, and it boils down to simple reasoning - the customers discovered they had to pay (gasp!) for her.

    I purchased Evolution. Given how few renders we see of her except from her loyal fan club, I'd have to say I was in the minority.

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    @biscuits
    I agree that it is best to talk and have an open mind.
    @Glitterati3D
    Correct that not everybody wants to invest time in converting, but you missed some of the rest of our remarks.

    Your comment about Evolution is valid. She requires work from and is too complicated for the load and render end user.
    She is a good figure, but not for everybody.



  • @vilters said in Why Are Poser Users Not Supporting Poser Merchants?:

    @Glitterati3D
    Your comment about Evolution is valid. She requires work from and is too complicated for the load and render end user.
    She is a good figure, but not for everybody.

    That to me is the only reason she hasn't taken the Poser world by storm. I like her, and I even modeled a nice dress for her which could be worn either during the day, or in the evening, as I had also created 6 textures for it.

    Why hasn't it been presented to the public, even as a freebie? I've only gotten into modeling clothing this past year, as most of my modeling experience is for props and environmental stuff, and I still don't know how to rig. Evolution is just NOT the first character you should be using to learn to rig. True Erogenesis included a lot of goodies to make it easier, but I can't even think about trying to rig for Evolution without prior successful attempts to rig clothing for characters that don't require the amount of work she does.



  • @eclark1849 said in Why Are Poser Users Not Supporting Poser Merchants?:

    Okay, people, let's not turn this into a free for all. My whole point in starting this thread was to list the factors we all believe are causing Poser Customers to not buy from Poser Vendors so we could address those factors preferably to correct or eliminate them.

    One thing I have noted is that there are three sides in this "fight"; VENDORS, BROKERS, and CUSTOMERS, and all three seem to believe the other two are the problem.

    This customer does not view vendors or brokers as problems. Market forces are impersonal. Blue Tree Studio, long a Poser-only vendor, just started releasing DS versions of its products on a brokerage that caters to both platforms. They are following the money, even though Poser users buy their stuff.