Co Lab Logo (All Kits)
Hunts, Linden Sale Days, Midnight Mania, Splash and Dash, Lucky Chairs… are all wonderful Second life promotional tools for your business. 
However they do not offer customers one thing that seemed to be missing from Second life for a long time. What if creators worked together, all creating their own items from a central theme while still promoting their own store?
Filling this need, CoLabs began with its first theme August 2010.

 

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♦ How it works (The Basics):

► 1.  A new theme will start every two weeks. Themes are announced in advance so you can prepare. A Google calendar is sent to members so you can keep track of due dates.

► 2. You will prepare your items for the kit and send the information required about your kit to CoLab Release. (We will never ask for a copy of your work. Just a full perm ad.)

► 3. On Theme start day you will place out your part of the kit in the CoLab Container (Vendor) and leave it in your store for 2 weeks. (All money paid for your kits goes to you.)

► 4. Your store logo and your kit ad will be on display in the CoLab home location with a landmark giver to your store to buy the kit. A one stop place to look and see all items in each kit round.

►5. At the end of the two weeks, you will remove the current round kit from the CoLab container and replace it with the new one, or if you are not in the next round you will remove the CoLab container from your store all together.

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♦ CoLab Creator & Consumer Kits Application Information:

To apply to the CoLab you need to have the following:

►1. A business presence in Second life:

A. A store in world on a Mature or PG sim. (If you are on an adult sim other arrangements will need to be made.)

B. Your store and business need to be established. We do take newer merchants as well, but you must have a store with many items for sale already and are an established business.

►2. Willing to Participate: You must participate in at least 2 kits every 3 months at a minimum. Kits run every two weeks. If you do not participate you will be removed from the CoLab group. You are welcome to apply at another time when you can participate.

►3. Want to be challenged and work on a deadline. New themes are giving in advance and deadlines are set. Two weeks will be given for each new theme.

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♦ CoLab Creators & Consumers Kit Rules:

● 1. Participation-

  • a. You MUST participate in at least 2 CoLab kits every 3 months. Kits run every two weeks. (If you do not participate the minimum, you will be removed from the group. I do not chase down those that do not participate. If you are removed due to none participation you may reapply in the future when time allows you to participate more frequently. Removal is never personal, The rules must be followed.)
  • b. You MUST place a CoLab poster in your store representing you are a CoLab member.
  • c. You MUST send the completed notecard list to your store group by Monday following the release day.
  • d. You are responsible for making sure your landmark and logo is up to date. Landmarks and logos are kept on file and those files are used to make the theme landmark notecard. To update a logo or a landmark use this card (NOT THE  AD SUBMIT CARD.). (See in world notecard to get this card.)
  • e. Kits run every two weeks. Sunday by 8PM SLT – ads and payment are due, Tuesday- Draft Notecard sent to check over. Wednesday – final notecard sent, Thursday – Vendors MUST be out and ready by 8PM SLT.

● 2. Participation fee- There is a $120L fee per store per round you participate in. (This is less than $.62 US.) A second store can enter the same round for a $60L fee with a different kit item. (Each store listing may have up to 6 ads listed. You are welcome to sell more then 6, but only 6 ads will be used.)

Kits submitted without payment WILL NOT be included. No exceptions will be made.

Payments can be made here –
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fairy%20Unique/12/120/466

● 3. Vendors-

  • a. You are required to use the CoLab vendor to sell your kits. (This is checked!) You get all of the money from your kit sales. Our Special CoLab vendors are used to give the landmark notecards to customers automatically and for a similar look. We have 2 prim low profile vendor available is prim is an issue. We also have a vendor that works with Casper Vendor system. Split profit vendors can be given upon request.
  • b. Your Vendors must not be hidden. They must be in sight of the landing point or a teleport to them must be provided.

● 4. CoLab Creators Group-  You must be in the CoLab creators group. All CoLab communications goes through this group. You need to check the group past notices regularly.

● 5. Your Kit-

  • a. Perms CoLab Creators items must be full perms. (Scripts may be no Mod.) CoLab Consumers items may be any combination of permission except Full perm.
  • b. Creations
    ba. Creators– You must be the creator of your items. (or a business partner.)
    bb. Consumers – You may use premade sculpts, mesh, textures… but the overall design must be yours and be original. (No right out of the box, built from a kit, or copied from an examples items allowed. You must create with your own flair.)
  • c. Types of Items – We accept all types of items. All members may create items that require an additional purchases (slink nails, shoes, mesh clothing, etc…). This MUST be stated on the ad clearly that an additional purchase is required and what it is. Please know this may limit your sales. It is up to you to gauge.
  • d. Rating Keep all kits PG in nature. Adult items are not allowed.
  • e. New ONLY All items for the CoLab kit must be new. No past kits are allowed. However it is suggested that you use the opportunity to place older kits on sale near your CoLab vendor.
  • f. Theme All items must relate to the theme. Please try to stay as close to the theme as possible.
  • g. TOS And DMCA TOS or DMCA violations will NOT be tolerated and will be reported.
  • h. Copyright and Filter use
    ha. Please do not submit copyrighted items. They will be rejected. Do not take pictures or artwork from the internet, books, magazines, etc… unless you know for sure they can be used and altered. Keep documentation of those terms that state from the creator that they can be used in the way you intend. Here is an article about some Copyright Myths that you might find interesting. http://www.templetons.com/brad/copymyths.html
    hb. Creators using Filters – Templates – When using filters, actions, scripts, etc… Please make sure to know the terms of those items before you use them.
    hc. For Creators – All items made with filters, actions, etc… MUST be altered in some other way so we do not get many of the same textures. Please make sure that altering is allowed in the terms of the filter maker as well. But strait from a filter program is not allowed. (This pertains to filters that do not use an original texture to use the filter on.)
  • i. Price Your CoLab kits must be set for sale between $20L – $60L. How much you set for sale is up to you within this range. Must be an ON SALE price.
  • j. Coordinate Kit
    ja. MUST be a new Kit
    jb. You MUST have a Traditional CoLab kit for the round you wish to enter a CoLab Coordinates kit in.
    jc. Your CoLab Coordinates kit must be priced between $61L and $360L. Must be an ON SALE price.
    jd. You may enter up to 5 Coordinate kits as long as you do not go over your 6 total ads for your store.
    je. MUST use the CoLab Coordinate Vendor. (Pink Test Tue)
  • k. Ads
    ka. Ads MUST be submitted on time. Late ads will not be accepted. (Check your transactions with Second Life to be sure it sent.)
    kb. Ads MUST be full perm.
    kc. By submitting an ad you give CoLab permission to use your ad for promotions in our group, on our website and on other social media (Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc..).
    kd. Ads MUST contain a picture of your item and other information about your kit. Suggested items are (name, perms, contents, use policy, logo…) Just a picture of the item will not be accepted as an ad. Details are needed.
    ke. You MUST note if an additional purchase is required to use your items. (slink nails, shoes, mesh clothing, etc…)
    kf. Use the following notecard to submit your items by the due date of each kit. (See in world notecard to get this card.)

● 6. Land Location- Your in world store may only be on a Mature or PG sim. (If you are on an adult sim other arrangements will need to be made.)

● 7. Calendar-  CoLab release date Calendar – https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=bc9ocnpr6u0ru0cfsh1ntvtvcs%40group.calendar.google.com

● 8. Website-  www.colabkits.com

Please note rules are subject to change and will be posted in the CoLab creators group in advance of a rule change.

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♦ To Apply for CoLab Kits:

Make a notecard in world.

Label your notecard either:

Creators Colab Kits Application – Your name Here
or
Consumer CoLab Kits Application – Your Name Here

Place the following information in to the notecard, then fill in.

CoLab Creator / Consumer Kits Application:

»»» Please fill in the following information completely. Applications that are not complete will not be processed. «««

1. Date Of Application:

2. SL Name:

3. SL Business Name:

4. Are you applying as a Creators or Consumers: (Type answer here)

Two types are:
****Creator is Full Perm content creators items like textures, scripts, etc..****
****Consumers Kit is Items for the End User, perms will vary.****

5. What type of items do you plan to make for the kits?:

6. Do you have a business partner who can speak for your business? If yes, then who?:

7. Type Of Store: (ex. texture, animations, home decor, clothing, etc…)

8. Landmark to your store:

9. SLURL to your store:

10. Full Perm Logo For your store:

11. Is your Store on an Adult Sim? :
If yes, what is your back up plan?:

12. What avatar(s) do you want invited to the CoLab creators group?
(Mandatory! Must have one person in group to get important notices and themes.):

13. How did you learn about CoLab Kits?:

14. I understand there is a participation fee of $120L for per store and $60L for a second store or second listing. Type yes:

Please send applications back to CoLab Release.

 

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♦  What other Creators are saying about CoLabs:

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Each kit I’ve created has pushed the envelope just a little bit more for me, whether to try a new technique or to improve upon something I already knew how to do. Each time that theme image is sent out to the creators, it’s a new adventure for the senses. To quote Matt Smith from “The Eleventh Hour” (yay, Doctor Who!)–“What have you got for me this time?”. There’s that sense of playfulness, adventure, and honest to goodness excitement in being a creator for CoLab. ~ Shalenda Littlebird – Designs By Shalenda

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When I was invited to join the CoLab project I was stunned and excited. I was new to texture making, was desperately looking for ways to market my shop and excited at the idea of being a part of a project that was (in my opinion) long overdue in being done in SL. As SL is built on the basis of shared knowledge and experience, the concept of creators interpreting a common theme just seemed to be the perfect fit.
CoLabbing has been incredible in a multitude of ways:
1. Sometimes the colabs that are the most challenging in concept are the most rewarding when it comes to the finished product
2. Inspiration that spawns new products
3. Exposure to new audiences
4. Ability to develop a solid customer base
5. Increased traffic, sales and custom work orders
6. The ability to be part of a community that is working together instead of against each other
~ Mauve Binder – Sick Bubblegum


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