Linden Lab Acquires XStreet SL and OnRez — Is This Good?

Linden Lab has decided to get into the actual merchandising end of the grid, instead of being just the invisible overlord.  The Big Blog (which links to their press release) informs us that the Lab is purchasing XStreet SL and OnRez, the off-Grid catalogues of virtual goods that are delivered to you in world.  Not surprisingly, they plan to consolidate the two services into one, doing all their selling under the XStreet banner and dropping OnRez.

What do you feel about this?  I’m not sure I’m thrilled with this, but it may be mostly because I’m a storekeeper on OnRez, and I’d have to move everything over to XStreet.  Something about loss of competition also whispers to me, though.  I’d like your opinions to help me get my own together.  So what are your thoughts?

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