Tips and Advice
Car driving room nodes
Many people don't know how to place a car onto the moving nodes in IMVU rooms that have animated driving built in.
First and most important: Do not use Ctrl while moving the car! Do not slide or turn it! Do not do anything except moving the car from the yellow furniture placement dots to next dots until you have placed the car on the marked dots (nodes). Then (not before) type the driving trigger (usually drive or drive1, check the product page for the actual triggers) and the car should move. After that you may slide or rotate the car any way you like as long as it stays on a driving node and doesn't jump to any other node (it can happen if you accidentally move it with the Move tool).
If you mess up and the car still won't move, then reset or delete the car, use the stop trigger to reset the driving spots, and start over.
I have this one room called The Giga World which doesn't have any markers on the road so you will have to find the nodes with the help of the product page (see the pictures there). The nodes do work, it's just trickier to get the item onto them. The instructions above apply as well.
Product theft and stolen products
Many IMVU users and creators need to be educated about shopping and product creation. There are two main problems, the second one is probably the worst.
Many people (especially new IMVU users) don't know about Zero Change Derivations (ZCD) that have higher price than necessary.
Secondly, lots of people buy stolen products without knowing about it, and lots of so called creators are actual thieves, although some of them are victims of stolen files they may have downloaded or purchased without knowing about their origin.
Always check the derivation chain! It's not recommended to buy Zero Change Derivation (ZCD) products because you can get the exact same product cheaper AND it loads a bit better in IMVU client.
How to detect a ZCD? You have to go to a product page on IMVU website. Then look to the right, below "Add to cart" and "Buy now" buttons. There should be "Derived from: [product name] | Derivation tree". Click on "Derivation tree" and look what is the first product after IMVU's own base product. If it's the same product you are interested in, then it can be much cheaper than the one you were looking at before.
Example: A user X creates a product that costs 660 credits. Now a user Y derives from it, changes nothing and uploads to their catalog with the price, say, 800 credits. There's no reason to buy from the user Y and spend 140 more credits if you can get the exact same product for 660 credits from the user X.
* I'm not referring to any actual creator here.
If you want to support real creators NOT thieves, then you should pay attention and keep your eyes open. The following is not always 100% like that, there can be exceptions which happens rarely, though.
Reminder: Zero Change Derivation (ZCD) is NOT considered a stolen product. It's not a good thing, but it's also not considered theft.
Also check the creator's homepage if you suspect anything; more information below. Read on.
HERE is our "thief database" -- a large list of discovered thieves or creators who have used stolen files. Anyone can add to that list, those creators are not always added by me.