An image of the starter-pack's promotional graphic on the Amazon.com Web-siteLinden Lab pulled down the Starter Vehicle Pack that was a part of its Friday launch of Second Life on Amazon within just minutes or within a couple of hours of the announcement of its availability, depending on whom you ask.

The pack included a hoverboard vehicle and L$1000 (a little under four US dollars in Second Life currency) and was limited to one-per-customer. Intended to sell for USD9.95, the pack was a free promotion for the weekend, but was removed quite promptly after the announcement.

Peter Gray, spokesperson for Linden Lab, tells us why the offer was pulled.

“This offer was terminated early due to repeated attempts to circumvent the one-per-customer limit, but we saw great demand for the deal and hope to be able to offer similar special promotions in the future,” wrote Gray, in response to my query.

It seems to me that “repeated attempts to circumvent the one-per-customer limit” – for a free pack that contained currency that could be converted and withdrawn in USD – would perhaps rank it very highly in a short-list of the most easily-predictable events of 2013. Just thinking out loud.

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