I’ve now listed two wearables on the marketplace. For the first one, I used the documentation as a guide and created one manually with a .json in a text editor. The process seemed unnecessarily convoluted (and one of the script URLs in the article is even a dead link), so for my next one, I decided to try using the packaging app that the documentation mentions. Supposedly, this is supposed to automate all the steps I had to do for the first wearable.
Wrong. After submitting the item, I received an email from HiFi telling me I still needed to edit the json and change things in it manually. Okay, what exactly had been the point of using the wearable packaging app then?
So I made the changes manually and resubmitted. It finally gets listed, but I notice later in the evening that it was listed as FREE. I’m 100% certain I had set it to 100 HFC. What’s up with that? Why was the price reset?
To make matters worse, this now-listed wearable is refusing to attach to the position I had set. With the default avatar, the hat incorrectly spawns near the neck, not on top of the head like I had set it to. I can’t go in and fix that because we can’t edit already-listed items yet. What is the ETA on that? For now, people can just adjust the position themselves in the Wear app, but I would rather not inconvenience my customers if possible.
It shouldn’t be so difficult to get a working hat into the market. The moment you require someone to open up a text editor and type in code, you’ve officially exited user-friendly territory. It’s not acceptable to the average user. If you want lots of wearable makers to sell here, this process needs to be MUCH easier. Either upgrade that packaging app so it actually does take care of everything necessary (and add a textbox in it so we can specify position coordinates), OR let us specify the position coordinates of the wearable in a convenient text box right in the marketplace Edit page for the item. Let us also specify the bone name on the Edit page too. Have the marketplace automatically generate the JSON based on that data, completely behind-the-scenes without us having to worry about it. If someone wants to make the JSON manually, they should be able to as well of course.
Anyway, for those who are still looking to sell wearables themselves, a tip from me - don’t bother with that packaging app. Do it manually like the documentation outlines. The manual way can seem daunting, but it does at least work.