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Old 03-29-2010, 03:07 AM   #1
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My question mostly concerns texture sample packs, but it could apply to other areas aswell.


I've noticed a few artists giving away sample packs of their monthly released and I was wondering

A) as a merchant does this work for you? does it improve sales? generate more traffic?

B) as a customer does having sample packs entice you to buy from that artist?

Anything else you want to add feel free to do so

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Old 03-29-2010, 03:39 AM   #2
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As a customer, yes, if the textures are high quality then I would definitely start with creators whose work I have samples of when shopping for textures.

The exception would be if the creator's shop is laid out in such a way I can't easily find what I'm looking for, as I dislike shopping in general.
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thanks for the reply malia its an idea i've been mulling over for quite awhile, I'm just trying to figure out if the end result will be a good or bad thing
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Not for me, I cant even bother to get those free Midnight Mania texture packs. If I need a texture, or texture pack, I go and buy it wherever I can find it (of course I have some favourite texture artists).
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I think we all have a favourites wether its textures or fashion ect and it looks like its half and half, some like samples others don't so I guess its going to come down to personal preference
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The thing about a sample for me is that it will give me a "taste" of what the designer's quality level is at, as in how high. Fair or not, if the sample is clever, sharp and accurate I will expect the same of their "full" product.

If, however, the sample is quickly tossed off (yes I went there) and less than perfect standards, (without notes stating it's a demo or something about it being a less than full quality version) I will conclude that is their standard, par for the course level of competence and bypass purchasing their produce.

So, are samples useful?
Well-made samples will convince me that your product is worth my Lindens.
Cruddy, shoddy samples will drive me to your competition.
Problem is I need to be in the market for XYZ PDQ product.
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The thing about a sample for me is that it will give me a "taste" of what the designer's quality level is at, as in how high. Fair or not, if the sample is clever, sharp and accurate I will expect the same of their "full" product.

If, however, the sample is quickly tossed off (yes I went there) and less than perfect standards, (without notes stating it's a demo or something about it being a less than full quality version) I will conclude that is their standard, par for the course level of competence and bypass purchasing their produce.

So, are samples useful?
Well-made samples will convince me that your product is worth my Lindens.
Cruddy, shoddy samples will drive me to your competition.
Problem is I need to be in the market for XYZ PDQ product.
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