If you happen not to have seen the insanely large title of this tutorial, you may not have heard the news: you can sell Outfits
Unlike other types of content creation in IMVU, making and selling an Outfit is really easy. So easy, in fact, that we have spent the better part of the day trying to bring happy Creators back down to Earth. You guys can really get some air when you’re happy.
The ‘Sell Outfits’ flow occurs in your Outfits inventory in IMVU. ie – anywhere you have access to your Outfits inventory, you can call up the Outfit Card and choose to sell it…if its allowed to be sold, that is.
Two things might prevent you from selling an Outfit:
We’ll go over all that in more detail. However, it is important to note that while a website Catalog page will be made for your Outfit bundle and people *can* purchase an Outfit from there, IMVU has focused on the purchase experience in the Shop in IMVU as that is where the majority of people purchase virtual goods.
To get to an Outfit Card, first open your Outfit Inventory by clicking the ‘hanger’ icon in the tool bar at the bottom of any 3D chat mode. You will, of course, need to populate your Outfit Inventory by making some Outfits. Hint. Hint. By hovering over an Outfit widget, you will see the ‘ i ‘ info icon appear. Click that icon to see the Outfit Card in all its glorious glory.
You can still remove products, name, describe, delete and Save your local Outfit all you like.
If an outfit contains an AP product, then the Outfit is an AP Outfit. Otherwise, if it contains only GA items, then the Outfit is GA.
While you can always re-take the Outfit Picture for your local copy of an Outfit, the Outfit Picture you include at the time of submission is the picture that will show up in the Shop forever. It can not be changed at a later date. So, make sure your Outfit Picture is the one you want before submitting.
When you’re ready, click ‘Sell’.
Say THAT ten times fast!
One of the reasons an Outfit may not be sold is if products contained in that Outfit have been marked as ‘unbundleable’. Bundleability is an option that IMVU affords Creators who do not wish to have their products included in other Creators’ bundles. This includes Outfits.
Other than reaching out to the Creator and asking her to allow bundleability, the only option you have available to you is to remove the offending product from the Outfit, Save, and try again.
Already For Sale
IMVU does not allow duplicate Outfits to be sold. If a particular collection of PIDs is already for sale in the Catalog, the Outfit card will let you know. It will also include a link to that Outfit’s product info page.
Sell the Outfit, already!
An Outfit can live in one of two categories: Female Outfits or Male Outfits. In the majority of cases, when you click ‘Sell’, the Card will know which Gender your Outfit is meant to be. In which case, you are meant to simply review and click the ‘Submit to Shop’ button.
However, if the Card does not know which Gender your Outfit is, you must decide by clicking one of the buttons next to Female or Male.
Some people have a valid concern that making Outfits is SO easy that allowing the Outfit Creator to choose any arbitrary profit (like we do with most other product types) would be galactically unfair. We agree. To this end, we have capped the profit that an Outfit Creator can earn to be 100 credits. No more. No less.
Courteous reminder: IMVU retains the right to change the Profit, higher or lower, at its discretion.
Just like any other product, it costs 500 credits to submit an Outfit.
When you click the ‘Submit to Shop’ button, you will be presented with a verification step. This is to make sure you understand that you will be charged 500 credits and that this charge is not reversible.
If you know that you will be charged this amount and don’t want to see the verification step, just click the ‘Do not show…” box in the bottom right.
When your Outfit is submitted to the Shop, the Card will show you the Success screen. This screen contains a link to your Outfit’s product info page should you wish to make any changes.
When an Outfit is submitted, its name and image are automatically generated so that it does not have to go through Peer Review.
Otherwise, just close the Card an you’re done. Easy, yes?
Product Info Page
We’ve made some changes to the Outfit Bundle product info pages to support the ‘straight-to-Shop’ submission and purchase experience.
Obviously, we procedurally generate the catalog image & name in order to ensure that neither violate the Virtual Goods Policy. You can edit the name, catalog image and/or description if you like but that will send your Outfit into Peer Review.
Additionally, we added a little icon prefix next to the Creator name so you can more easily see what kind of Bundle it is you’re looking at.
We have also removed the ability to edit an Outfit Bundle’s contents once it has been submitted. This is to protect against bad actors doing mustache-twirling activities. If you do not like a particular Outfit after it has been submitted, you may hide that Outfit and submit a new one.