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Stardoll isn’t “greedy”?

Yes you read correctly. I said it. Isn’t.

We hear this phrase over and over again every time some new deal or store is released.

“Stardoll is greedy. They only want our money!”

Well if nobody hasn’t noticed yet – their purpose is to make money. Y’know, the green kind.

This has been discussed everywhere from blogs to magazines to clubs. Basically it’s everywhere. As much as we are entitled to our own opinion it is favoured that we have to base our criticism on fact. Just like every business around the world Stardoll must have suffered from the global economy deteriorating. Obviously with the prices you must keep in mind that they have to add Tax as well.

With more members joining Stardoll this means more staff have to be employed to help the large community and therefore more money has to be made to pump back into the website in order to pay for people’s salaries. I’m not sure on the percentage of how many paying members there are on Stardoll but I don’t need to look at a pie-chart to know that the majority of members on this website are Non-Superstars.

Sometimes I think that as members we are far too critical of Stardoll. We call them a whole bunch of words from “stupid” to “greedy” and another separate list of words that I wouldn’t wish to repeat. Obviously Stardoll aren’t “stupid” if you are still logging onto this website and they’re earning hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Greedy? How can we determine this?

Like everything in our supermarket aisles – prices went up.

Food price inflation in selected economies (food consumed at home)

Taken from Dailymail

This affects almost every household in the country. With more money having to be spent on food, the less disposable income they will have. Therefore meaning Stardoll will be most likely to see a decline in membership and top-up sales.

Stardoll have to make a profit somehow and it is likely they’d have to increase prices. Of course they cannot go back to the days of 2006 where £1.50 would give you 22 Stardollars (according to my old transactions). Now if we think back to the prices in Shop – the relative ancestor of Starplaza – were pretty low as a Hotbuys Corsetto and a Patchwork bag cost me 14 Stardollars altogether.

I’ve just randomly taken the most recent Hotbuys top and a bag and look at that amount.

Obviously things have changed since then and this is not an accurate reading. Ever since Stardoll has noticed how much members buy into the whole “Hotbuys” label idea they’ve been raking up the prices like there’s no tomorrow. And obviously that’s me over-exaggerating.

You see when discussing on these kind of topics we all have a tendency to over exaggerate and put a large amount of emphasis on one negative thing rather than look at all the other factors that are right in front of our eyes.

Although when thinking about that, Starplaza prices have risen for a reason. If Stardoll are providing us with more Stardollars in our membership deals then obviously they’ll want to rake up the amount of Stardollars we pay in Starplaza, or else all hell will break loose.

If someone gave me one thousand stardollars back in 2006 then I could have probably bought almost every single item in Shop. Therein lies the problem. If Stardoll provide too much Stardollars then that means there will be a big loss in earnings as no-one will ever need to have weekly top-ups. Sure more people would be willing to pay for membership if they receive a lot more but it wouldn’t make up for all the lost money in top-ups.

So Stardoll aren’t rising the prices just for the sake of it. They are smart adults.

They know certain members will buy into the entire idea of a Tribute store and therefore will make these items a little more pricey to make them seem “extra special”. They know certain members will support the idea of costly Limited Edition clothing and pets. If they take advantage of this does that make them evil? Not in my opinion. Just because they have a young target market doesn’t mean they have to go soft. Like all tween-aimed websites such as Build-a-bear factory and Club Penguin, they are out there for the money and they’ll discreetly try to ooze out your pennies from your purse through fancy room decorations or new modern clothing for your avatar.

It’s like Simon Cowell taking advantage of the new music market for tweens, just look at Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus and how that’s propelled their careers. Now there is a big market in the music industry for tweens and teenagers and now there’s rumours he’s signed up that 12 year old kid from Britain’s Got Talent (by the looks of it this year, it clearly has very little) and also a young girl from America’s Got Talent who sings opera. He knows there’s a big market out there for talented kids and he knows that there’s lots of money to be made there. Not exactly the same as Stardoll but you get the point.

It’s exactly the same with the Royalty club. Now when I first joined Royalty nobody cared (just about a year ago), nobody was really willing to buy so much membership – or whatever the requirements were – to be a part of the club. When the diamond icon came along people were joining by the pound. There were certainly a few people I knew at the time who would just buy a year’s membership for the sake of having a diamond. This probably made Stardoll happy.

Now obviously I don’t have a university degree in business and I’m not authorised to really make a comment about Stardoll’s financial state since I’m only fourteen but what I can say is that people need to start turning on their common sense and realise that Stardoll is a business, it is there to solely to make money. It probably didn’t start off that way but it’s what happens when big corporations start funding small independent websites.

Stardoll obviously knows that there is a large mass of discontent running through their members and just recently there has been a noticeable difference, as if they are trying to be as generous as they can. Just look at the Non-Superstar deal, for £1 they can have one month membership and fifty stardollars. Not too bad.

What I think people need to understand that Stardoll cannot create special updates or deals in which they’ll lose lots of profit such as the suggestion of giving out rares as prizes or handing out free membership to everyone. It just isn’t economical. I’m sure Stardoll would be happy to create such updates if that meant more members buying membership but it wouldn’t work that way since the math wouldn’t add up.

I’ve heard this very recently and a lot of people have been discussing this.

“Stardoll are earning $…. million a year. Isn’t that enough?”

Okay if nobody understands the basic foundations of a business or even making money then we’re all doomed. Nobody sets out with the plan of making so much money then stopping afterwards. They are going to squeeze as much money out of this as they can. For all we known Stardoll could be in debt (doubt it’s true though, just a scenario). Plus it’s what they are earning, not profits.

I don’t want to start up a big debate or an argument but what I would like to finally say that this website is still standing because people are pumping money into it. They cannot just survive on endorsements or advertisements alone as that would bring them no profit. This is what life and business is all about. It’s tough and it’s difficult to get your head around it when you’re young  but we’ll all (hopefully) fully understand this when we’re a lot older.

We’re just members so how can we fully say “Stardoll is greedy”? Of course we have the right to criticise but not just purely on the fact that prises have risen. I found it difficult to save stardollars in 2006 and I still find it so in 2011 – nothing has changed. Stardoll cannot revert back to its older self (post on that another day).

I’m not an expert or someone in the know etc. but I’m expressing my opinion on such matters. I don’t want to start up a big debate and that was never my intentions but I just hope people caught the message of this post. This is hardly correct in any sense it all, it’s just me pulling bits and pieces together and making something of a post. I mean seriously, food prices rising made Stardoll rise their’s? Don’t think so. So don’t take this too seriously, please. Have a nice day.

Lel1996

xoxoxo

Apologies for not posting yesterday. I went off to see Kung Fu Panda 2 and it was amazing. Definitely recommend to go see it and not just because it involves a Giant Panda named Po. Hilarious as well as touching, I can assure you I had tears rolling down my cheeks through several moments of the film. I’m a sensitive creature when it comes to motivational movies like this.

This is my last post for this week as I’m off to Heathrow tomorrow and then LAX airport. My first trip to the West of the globe, all my travels have been to the East (strange). I’m just going to leave this blog stale for then so I will see you next Monday. I might make a post about my trip since I don’t keep a journal or diary in real life. You always forget the special little things. Stardoll blogs should just be more than stating new updates or which “elite” is currently dating another. It should hold that sense of personal value to the writer/writers, not just based on the amount of followers or visitors you have. Shame that’s very rare these days.

Interview I did with Wested6 – Thank you again!

http://stardollobsessedoxo.blogspot.com/2011/06/lel1996-interview.html

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Racism on Stardoll- NonSuperstar and Superstar??

I was on other blogs reading new posts and many have been talking about the First Issue of Rage Magazine. I like viewing these magazines for the amazing graphics people create, I don’t normally read the articles as such – even though I really should- but this title caught my eye.

The words in highlighted in speech-marks really caught my attention. Racism is such a global problem and to think you could compare Non-Superstars and Superstars with that was shocking, really shocking. I was appalled. That was until I read the article.

The writer is right, people do discriminate against each other just because they do not have the same opportunities as others online. When I visit one of the top clubs on Stardoll there is always some sort of argument over the equality of Non-Superstar members. People always say the same things:

“We pay for what we get”

“Non-Superstars get the worst clothes and we have to live with Play & Earn”.

etc. if you’ve read it once, you’ve read it all before.

After the Starbazaar update I could see Stardoll slightly trying to balance the equality between members, it must be very difficult for a global company on updating things like these when all over the world there are recessions and unemployment levels are on the rise – meaning parents cannot afford to buy membership for their children or for themselves. I have a theory that Stardoll is trying to make Stardoll a fairer place but they can’t do so with a big hole in their profits/budget.

Updates take a long time to come into use, that Medoll Editor Survey was released on the 30th of October 2010 and it is only now that we have seen the new updated Beauty Parlor.

I’m just a teenager, I don’t know how to run a business or anything of the sort so I can’t make a fair judgement on whether or not Stardoll are doing the right thing. It’s easy to complain about the treatment of Non-Superstar members and other Stardoll updates in general but we should always remind ourselves that we do not know what is behind the scenes and also there maybe other complications to new updates in which Stardoll staff really have to examine.

 Telling Stardoll that they should make it a fairer place and how people aren’t getting enough opportunities isn’t going to help them in any way. When dealing with a problem you don’t constantly complain about it,  instead suggest solutions.

There is always going to be this debate and I don’t think it will ever end soon. I’m sure other websites also have debates like these such as Runescape, Club Penguin and Roi-World.

I know people talk about how prices have risen and it is difficult to afford to buy Superstar membership now although this is just our online Dollyworld. Think about all those adults who are redundant, they have no income whatsoever and find it hard to even pay for the electricity bills to heat their homes. Or those drivers who have to deal with the petrol price rise (Which right now is a massive issue occurring in Britain), people are now frightened that Bus and Taxi fares will rise so that no one will use these important services. Those are huge problems and compared to Stardoll, Stardoll’s price rising is really nothing. We don’t need Superstar membership to live, although we do need to pay our electricity bills to keep up warm during freezing Winter temperatures.

I think this teaches us a good lesson, as teenagers we don’t normally think about these topics. I know some of my friends who’d rather discuss how attractive some male is than global issues. Although this ongoing debate on Stardoll is kind of preparing us for adult life. There is always going to be inequality and discrimination somewhere, whether or not it is online, at school or in the workplace. It is something in our lives that we have to deal with at some point or another.

Although back to the original point of this post, with racism you cannot choose which ethnic minority you are from. With Stardoll you are paying for it yourself, you have a choice to make on whether or not you want to spend money online. I don’t think Stardoll is discriminating against Non-Superstars, they have to make their money somehow, although yes – Stardoll is unfair but that’s something we cannot change if we constantly keep complaining.

If Stardoll were to introduce a new way for Non-Superstars to gain Stardollars other than Play & Earn or to win competition then I think people would be a lot happier. I see these survey sites online several times a day, maybe Stardoll could create a system where you have to work for free membership or stardollars – not just by voting for Covergirl etc. something like being online for 4 days in a week for such a certain amount of time or being an active member for a certain amount of time or infuse these rewards with Starpoint packages.

I know in the magazine article they were discussing discrimination against users not Stardoll itself but I just thought I would jump on the other wagon for the majority of this post.

I know some people on Stardoll think it’s okay to have a bash at another member, to call them names or bully them. Leaving nasty comments as such or telling all their friends about some certain person and how they are “stupid” and “ugly” and a whole bunch of names under the sun. I’ve spoken to a lot of people about this debate on whether or not Stardoll is fair/unfair and for the majority of the time it is a mature discussion although on certain on occasions I meet some extremely rude people who call me things like a female dog just for stating my opinion on a certain matter. Calling me wrong and stupid just because I thought it was supposed to be a discussion. No one is wrong when talking about things like these, it’s all based upon someone’s opinion and I don’t think someone can be shouted at just for saying what they feel. Even if you don’t agree I think you should still treat someone with a little respect.

I get comments almost every week on my guestbook from some new member of Stardoll telling me to quit or that I’m ugly, stupid, a female dog and other cursed names. I know people don’t agree with me, it’s inevitable. Although when you are having a debate or a discussion calling someone such names just because you don’t like their opinion is just not right.

I think all this discrimination against other users is because of the jealously or ignorance of some users. I know a lot of people who have quite a large amount of dislike towards others who have more opportunities as them or some who think because they have bought an online membership they can go round treating others like they are beneath them. That’s something I’ll never understand. Although I can understand where Non-Superstars are very angry and that’s something I haven’t really experienced myself, for the large majority of my time on Stardoll I have been Superstar and I’m not afraid to admit that. I would be angry myself if I wasn’t given the same opportunities as others if I had been a long-term member of Stardoll. Although with all this anger you shouldn’t direct it to innocent members and mock them. If anyone can remember my Things That Annoy Me Part 2 post where I was having a discussion and this girl was completely rude and obnoxious to others because they had Superstar membership in which she didn’t and calling people certain names when all they did was state their opinion.

It just fascinates me, Stardoll is becoming somewhat of a microcosm of today’s world in talking about equality among people. I get tired all the time of the constant issues that are always brought back up time after time when people don’t think to suggest on ways to improve our day-today lives online.

I don’t know someone specifically who only accepts Superstar friend requests or members who have the best dress sense. That is pretty wrong and quite idiotic since this is just an online site. You should accept those who you truly can communicate with and talk to instead those who have just pretty pixels.

I can understand what the writer of that magazine article means on discrimination on Stardoll. I’ve seen some clubs on Stardoll were you can only be Stardoll Royalty to join or you can only be Superstar to join and I just think that it is a shame that we are limiting people on what they can or cannot join.

There is always going to be ignorant members on this site and it’s something that we just have to put at the back of our minds and carry on as you cannot try to change someone’s attitude without them realising themselves that what they are saying/doing isn’t mannerly.

Lel1996

xoxoxo

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Stardoll Beauty Parlor- New Eye-brows and Updated Non-SS Hairstyles

Stardoll have really surprised me tonight, the Non-Superstar Hairstyles Update looks amazing. The majority of those hairstyles were there when I first joined in 2006 so it’s nice to see that Stardoll is modernising all the hairstyles. Although they have made some hairstyles a lot worse – but in all honesty I never liked them anyway. Here are my favourite update hairstyles.

They look much more “softer”, the older versions had harsher highlights.

Stardoll has also update two Starpoint Reward Hairstyles, the 800 and the 900 Starpoint rewards.

The hair and eye-brows reminded me of Spock from Star Trek xD.

Stardoll also added new eye-brows:

Some of the eye-brows seem very comical and far too thin. I only would really wear one of the eye-brows (the one highlighted in purple) but I can imagine I could make some tutorials based on these.

With both of these new updates I really want to create a Celebrity inspired tutorial, I’ve had a couple of requests for a Kim Kardashian inspired tutorial and I want to re-do my Demi Lovato and Hayley Williams tutorials. Also maybe re-do my Decades video because I was never really happy with that in the first place.

Sadly these videos may take time to produce since homework – for me – is piling at the pound as the days go by. History notes, English essay on Macbeth, Artwork to finish, Maths Homework paper to finish and also I have to practice Piano for Music examiner in February/March.

I know everyone was asking for new hairstyles for Non-Superstars although I’m sure these will do for now.

Lel1996

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Starbazaar Update- Now for Non-Superstars!

From the Official Stardoll Blog

http://stardollblog.com/2010/12/15/viva-las-vintage/

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We’re happy to announce that StarBazaar – Stardoll’s Vintage Marketplace – is now open to everyone, not just Superstars.

Who can BUY in StarBazaar?

  • Superstars (just like before)
  • Non Superstars (if you have over 500 StarPoints and have verified your email address with us)

Who can SELL in StarBazaar?

Selling your self-designed items in StarBazaar is still a Superstar-only feature,  but if you feel there’s an inner Stella McCartney in you, just upgrade to a Superstar membership and start selling your own beautiful creations to the world!

I think this is an amazing step to a more equal balance on Stardoll. 500 Starpoints doesn’t take very long if you are an active member and registering your e-mail only takes less than 10 minutes. This is what we need more of on Stardoll, compromise.

I read a few comments left on the Official Stardoll Blog and some people aren’t really satisfied by this change. Some Superstars think it is unfair that one their privileges are being taken away, but in all honesty I am not bothered by this at all.

Now Non-Superstars have a chance to earn Stardollars other than Play & Earn which I think is great. Reason why they limit it to 500 Starpoints is so that only really or half active accounts receive this benefit and I think that is fair.

They are only limited to selling 10 items a day, which I think puts a stop to hackers stealing items. You get those hacking cases where they hack someone’s account and steal their rares by selling to a fake account and then re-selling it to their main account. Usually they make their fake account Superstar but now because of this update they won’t be tempted to buying the membership for an account they will never use. Also I don’t think Stardoll wants to give the entire cake to Non-Superstars.

UPDATE: The limit is also for Superstars. (Thanks to Rose_Jean).

An amazing change on Stardoll, I hope they bring out more updates similar to this next year.

Lel1996

xoxoxo

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15th Day of Stardoll Holiday Calendar. Free Gathered Foil Top.

Yet again, something decent and it’s free for all!

Lel1996

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12th Day of Stardoll Holiday Calendar. Free Lace Front Party Heels.

Again, something decent and free.

Thank you Stardoll ;).

About my next tutorial, I didn’t realise Stardoll removed Dracula teeth from Starplaza so I thought it was the end of my Hello Kitty idea. Thank you to EsmeeM. for her amazing suggestions that she sent. I’m pretty tired so I’ll try again tomorrow although I’m just unsure about Hello Kitty and Black Swan combination. It’s 2:25am so I think it’s best I get some shut-eye.

Tomorrow (Well it’s really later on today) I will be posting more about MissCarla90990, yay! Sarcasm there. I found a hilarious comment on -Pop_Tart-‘s guestbook that proves Carla is lying. Plus some immature kid is joining in the fun by making judgements about people that she clearly knows nothing about. I know all these posts really belong on the Misscarla90990.blogspot.com  blog but it seems that the writer is a bit busy since they haven’t posted since Monday, plus I have no idea who their main account is so I really have no way of contacting her/him.

I  really hope I finish editing my video tomorrow since this week at school I’ll be having another test, Modern Studies (Politics, Trade Unions etc.) so I think I really need to focus on finishing this tutorial tomorrow.

Lel1996

xoxoxo

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9th Day of Stardoll Holiday Advent Calendar. Free Snow Print Leggings.

Finally, a free item that’s available to Non-Superstars!

I have to admit, they are actually okay looking:

Lel1996

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