A History of Private Island Pricing

In September 2006, initial setup fee for an Estate sim (also called a Full Region or Island sim, 15000 prims) was US$1250; monthly tier fee was US$195. Initial setup fee for a pack of four Openspace sims (1875 prims each) was US$1250; monthly tier fee was US$195. Openspace sims could only be purchased by the owner of an Estate sim.

  • Estate sim (15000 prims): setup fee US$1250, monthly tier US$195
  • Openspace sims (4 x 1875 prims): setup fee US$1250, monthly tier US$195

Information about openspaces (void regions) 2006-09-21

In November 2006, initial setup fee for an Estate rose from US$1250 to US$1675; monthly tier fee rose from US$195 to US$295. The same price increase applied to a pack of four Openspace sims.

  • Estate (15000 prims): setup fee US$1675, monthly tier US$295
  • Openspace sims (4 x 1875 prims): setup fee US$1675, monthly tier US$295

Price for new private islands to increase 2006-10-30

Private island pricing increase delayed 2006-11-02

Updated information about private regions 2006-11-04

Private island pricing commitments 2006-11-15

In September 2007, Linden Lab adopted a policy of discriminatory pricing, resulting a significant price increase for European residents (COGS in the Vat Machine).

UK resident prices:

  • Estate (15000 prims): setup fee US$1968, monthly tier US$347
  • Openspace sims (4 x 1875 prims): setup fee US$1968, monthly tier US$347

In March 2008, Openspace sims (increased to 3750 prims) could be purchased singly (instead of packs of four). While Openspace sims could only be purchased by an Estate owner, they no longer had to be physically connected to the Estate.

US resident prices:

  • Openspace (3750 prims): setup fee US$415, monthly tier US$75

UK resident prices:

  • Openspace (3750 prims): setup fee US$488, monthly tier US$88

Note: there was a serious error in the pricing of this new Openspace sim. Firstly, by decoupling Openspace sims from existing Estate sims and increasing the prim count to 3750, Linden Lab created a new product. Whereas Openspace sims had been decorative additions to existing Estates, they now became low-cost substitutes for Estates (at 1/4 prims, 1/4 setup fee and 1/4 monthly tier fee). Yet an Openspace sim remained the same physical size as an Estate sim (65536m2), which created a price advantage to owning an Openspace sim over an Estate sim. In other words, the size bonus of the Openspace sim was not factored into the price. Needless to say, Estate owners made a perfectly rational decision to acquire Openspace sims instead of more Estate sims.

Announcing changes to the openspace product 2008-03-08

In April 2008, initial setup fee (for non-Europeans) for an Estate sim fell from US$1675 to US$1000; monthly tier fee remained at US$295. The initial setup fee (for non-Europeans) for an Openspace sim (3750 prims) fell from US$415 to US$250; monthly tier fee remained US$75.

US resident prices:

  • Estate (15000 prims): setup fee US$1000, monthly tier US$295
  • Openspace (3750 prims): setup fee US$250, monthly tier US$75

UK resident prices:

  • Estate (15000 prims): setup fee US$1175, monthly tier US$347
  • Openspace (3750 prims): setup fee US$294, monthly tier US$88

Quarterly land supply and island pricing update 2008-04-08

Details on the Q2 2008 island price change 2008-04-10

In October 2008, initial setup fee (for non-Europeans) for an Openspace sim (3750 prims) rose from US$250 to US$375. Monthly tier fee rose from US$75 to US$125.

US resident prices:

  • Openspace (3750 prims): setup fee US$375, monthly tier US$125

UK resident prices:

  • Openspace (3750 prims): setup fee US$441, monthly tier US$147

Openspace pricing and policy changes 2008-10-28

Update regarding the openspaces announcement 2008-10-30

In November 2008, a new price and product structure was announced. Openspace sims (3750 prims) were renamed Homesteads and a new type of Openspace sim (750 prims) was created. (Linden Lab is notorious for poor terminology.)

US resident prices:

  • Estate (15000 prims): setup fee US$1000, monthly tier US$295
  • Homestead (3750 prims): setup fee US$375, monthly tier US$95
  • Openspace (750 prims): setup fee US$250, monthly tier US$75

UK resident prices:

  • Estate (15000 prims): setup fee US$1175, monthly tier US$347
  • Homestead (3750 prims): setup fee US$441, monthly tier US$112
  • Openspace (750 prims): setup fee US$294, monthly tier US$88

A letter to second life residents 2008-11-06

Openspaces transition for january 2009 2008-12-19

About the homestead launch and script limits 2009-01-04

Homestead pricing to be grandfathered 2009-05-26

Island monthly fee pricing for 2010 2010-02-05

In January 2011, the monthly tier fee for a Homestead rose to US$125. At the same time, all prices for UK residents increased by 2%.

US resident prices:

  • Estate (15000 prims): setup fee US$1000, monthly tier US$295
  • Homestead (3750 prims): setup fee US$375, monthly tier US$125
  • Openspace (750 prims): setup fee US$250, monthly tier US$75

UK resident prices:

  • Estate (15000 prims): setup fee US$1200, monthly tier US$354
  • Homestead (3750 prims): setup fee US$450, monthly tier US$150
  • Openspace (750 prims): setup fee US$300, monthly tier US$90

Two important updates on 2011 land pricing 2010-10-04

In November 2015, the setup fees for Estate, Homestead and Openspace sims decreased by 40%.

US resident prices:

  • Estate (15000 prims): setup fee US$600, monthly tier US$295
  • Homestead (3750 prims): setup fee US$225, monthly tier US$125
  • Openspace (750 prims): setup fee US$150, monthly tier US$75

UK resident prices:

  • Estate (15000 prims): setup fee US$720, monthly tier US$354
  • Homestead (3750 prims): setup fee US$270, monthly tier US$150
  • Openspace (750 prims): setup fee US$180, monthly tier US$90

Decreased land set-up fees and changes to transferring regions

In April 2016, LL offered Estate and Homestead owners a bizarre ‘buy-down’ scheme whereby they could purchase a reduced monthly rate of US$195 (Estate) and US$95 (Homestead) for a one-time fee of US$600 and US$180 respectively.

Want Lower Tier? Now You Can Get Grandfathered Land Rates!

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