Vendor systems comparison

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Vending systems in Second Life are used to sell items to customers. They range from the most basic level systems which only allow a "pay" option on a box, to large advanced and networked systems with many functions and capabilities. Each one has different benefits and drawbacks; each merchant will need to decide which one is best for them based on their needs.

This page will compare the currently available (as of the last update) versions of some of the larger vending systems with their major features. All vending systems are sorted in alphabetical order, left to right.


Comparison table

Basic Operation Alika BSM CasperVend² KTC Vendor Server MD Vendor System
1-Prim Vendors Yes Script(s) provided; make your own vendor object Yes Yes Script(s) provided; make your own vendor object
1-Script Vendors Use 1 script for minimal feature set Yes Yes No 1 script for standard features, additional features through extra plugin scripts
Config via notecard
(notecard settings for product vending)
Yes Yes No Only for multipanel vendors No
Config via website
(website settings for product vending)
Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Free system upgrades Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multipanel Vendors Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Networked delivery Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Demos & notecards
(Give demos, give information notecards)
Demos: No
Notecards: Yes
Yes Yes Yes Demos: Yes
(extra script)
Notecards: No
Product server holds unlimited products?
(Subject to SL grid limitations)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Extra Vendor Types Alika BSM CasperVend² KTC Vendor Server MD Vendor System
Event-friendly version
Works even at very highly populated events such as Uber, Colabor88, Linden shopping events, etc.
Unknown In development Included Included "Not needed"
Auction Board
Takes bids, sells product to highest bidder
No No No No Separate purchase:
"Bid Board"
Gacha Vendor
Sell a random item out of a set
No In development Yes, in FatPack
-OR-
separate purchase:
"Gacha! Expansion Pack"
No Separate purchase:
MD Gacha Machine
Holo/Rezzing vendor No In development Yes, in FatPack
-OR-
separate purchase:
"HoloVend Expansion"
Included
Additional scripts and setup required
No
Lucky Chair No In development Yes, in FatPack
-OR-
separate purchase:
"Lucky Chair Expansion"
No No
Midnight Prizes No In development Yes, in FatPack
-OR-
separate purchase:
"Midnight Madness Expansion"
No No
Multi-product vendors
Sell multiple products in one vendor
Included
Multi-panel vendors
Included
Multi-panel vendors
Included
Multi-panel vendors
Included
Multi-panel vendors
Included
Uses menu
Texture Vendor
Specifically to sell both single textures and packs
No No Yes, in FatPack
-OR-
separate purchase:
"TextureVend Expansion Pack"
No No
Customization Alika BSM CasperVend² KTC Vendor Server MD Vendor System
Customizeable Vendors Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Vendor API No No read only
(no commands)
Upon Request No
Advanced Features Alika BSM CasperVend² KTC Vendor Server MD Vendor System
Dynamic price display
Price visible on vendor object without hovertext or a click
No No Vendor API supports
price display add-ons
No Yes
Group products in categories Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Scriptless integration with other systems
No SL Marketplace ANS
Smartbots, Corrade Bot, Thoys Bot, ApexBots, SL Marketplace ANS Upon Request SL Marketplace ANS
Multi-language support No In development User guides in
English and German
English and French No
Newsletter/subscriber No Yes In development No Planned for future
Profit sharing Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Redelivery options Vendor only Terminal & vendor Terminal, Vendor, HUD-capable Vendor only Terminal, Vendor, HUD
Sell no-copy items
Breedables or gacha items
No Yes Yes No Yes
Send updated products
Mass redelivery to prior buyers
Separate purchase:
"Update System"
Yes "Product Updates" tab No "Mass redeliveries" tab
Store Partners
Allows partner full access
No No No No Partner must have:
Copy of vendors
MD Labs website account
Store Managers/CSRs
Allows tiered levels of access
No No CSR contact names No Manager must have:
MD Labs website account
User blacklist No Yes Yes No Yes
Built-in video playback No No Yes No No
Wishlist No No Yes No No
Affiliate/Franchise Info Alika BSM CasperVend² KTC Vendor Server MD Vendor System
Affiliate / Franchise Capable No Yes Yes Separate purchases:
"Multi vendor affiliation"
and
"Catalog"
No
Affiliate / Franchise commission fees 2% commission 2% commission 2% commission No commission Not applicable
Gifting Options Alika BSM CasperVend² KTC Vendor Server MD Vendor System
Supports "Buy as a gift" Set additional script to "running" in vendor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gift cards available No Yes Yes, in Fat Pack
-OR-
separate purchase:
"Gift Card Plugin"
Included Yes
Gift wrapping available No Yes Yes No No
Online check before sending No No For all "gift" purchases No No
Group & Loyalty Rewards Alika BSM CasperVend² KTC Vendor Server MD Vendor System
Group discounts No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Loyalty Program available No Yes Yes By vouchers Yes
# of loyalty levels Not applicable 3 levels Unlimited levels Unlimited levels Group & non-group
Loyalty credit option No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Loyalty Cash back option No No Yes Yes Yes
Statistics & Security Alika BSM CasperVend² KTC Vendor Server MD Vendor System
Inworld sales tracking Yes Yes Yes Daily logs sent via IM and/or email Yes
Sale statistics via web Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Statistical graphs via web No Yes Yes No Yes
SL Marketplace tracking XStreetSL ANS Yes Yes No Yes
Vendors use llTransferLindenDollars
(Ensures money is paid before giving product)
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
GDPR Compliance
Unknown New version in development GDPR signage not ready yet
Otherwise, yes
Yes Yes
Privacy Notes Stores complete sales data of merchant and customers, even sales data from other systems, like Marketplace, if configured so by the merchant Stores complete sales data of merchant and customers, even sales data from other systems, like Marketplace, if configured so by the merchant Stores complete sales data of merchant and customers, even sales data from other systems, like Marketplace, if configured so by the merchant All sales transaction data stays in world and only in the private network of the merchant; no sales data is transmitted to the vendor provider. Also, all messages are private and never appear in the public chat. Stores complete sales data of merchant and customers, even sales data from other systems, like Marketplace, if configured so by the merchant
System Costs Alika BSM CasperVend² KTC Vendor Server MD Vendor System
Free/Commission version available Yes No demo version Yes Yes Demo version
Works fully for 15 days
Free/Commission version Cost L$1 purchase Not applicable L$0 free L$0 free L$0 free
commission rates to system creator Free: 5% Commission Not applicable Free: 5% Commission Free: 5% Commission See subscription info
System purchase
(non-demo versions)
Full:
L$3,500
Full:
L$2,999
Premium:
L$ 1,995
Fat Pack:
L$2,995
Paid:
L$1,449
Paid: L$999 + Subscription
Charity concessions Unknown Charities must contact
Redix for details
100% Free to registered charities Charities must contact
Kimpa for arrangements
Unknown
Company Info Alika BSM CasperVend² KTC Vendor Server MD Vendor System
Website alikasystems.com bejamble.net CasperTech English
French
MD Labs
Inworld SLURL Not available inworld VirtualWorx
Vendor near landing point
CasperTech Kimpa Tammas Creations MD Labs Mainstore
Marketplace Store Alika Products Store VirtualWorx Store CasperTech Store Kimpa Tammas Creations store MD Labs Store
Current System Coder Danna Ewing Redix Dollinger Casper Warden Kimpa Tammas Mattia Delwood