it’s a dog-eat-dog world and I am trying to stay in the game.
Fair enough. Marketing is a competitive business and if you can make your product more appealing – you should do it. The other side of this coin was mentioned in another post. I’m simply not entirely settled with the fact that giving free files on forums regarded as a dirty promotional trick, which it is, but the same thing via item’s page is legit. I realize the different nature of the forum and item’s page, but still, it’s the same action.
Well, without implying anything to other authors who have their mugshots as avatars, I never put my own picture as an avatar, because I can’t get rid of the feel that there’s something narcissistic in that. But it’s only my personal experience, as I said, it’s totally normal practice.
The same place my flag is!
“European” authors more often are not from actual EU states…why do people do this?
The same reason you put a scantily clad chick instead your own photo on your profile – they don’t believe their real image is good enough.
You know, there are certain stereotypes involved with every country, which can do more bad then good with regard to sales.
I know that submitting different edits is a default requirement in certain libraries, but not on AJ. I agree that making duration edits and excluding certain stems from the mix is rather a ‘technical’ than ‘creative’ task, BUT… it still is providing more than required for the same price. In other words, it’s supplying additional content with no charge, i.e. giving it away for free. So as Gareth said: “item pages only purpose – to sell stuff” – damn right! It’s for selling, not for giving away.
Now, why I think it’s unfair to other authors who don’t practice free giveaways.
The client always can make basic fade in/ fade out edit himself, but sometimes he might need more than that. In that case he should contact the author, who should charge him for custom edit. Not only that some authors express willingness to do that for free, they include those edits beforehand. Therefore, if a client finds two similar happy-clappy-ukulele tracks, one with 5 edits attached and the other one without them, it’s not hard to guess what would be his choice.
Thus, authors who value their work and wish to sell it fairly find themselves in inferior marketing position comparatively to those providing free attachments.
The Note on Self Promotion in forum rules says a very reasonable thing:
Because of the commercial nature of the Envato networks, authors are expected to understand and respect the fact that using the forum to post links to one’s own items, or to give away free files to the community, is not allowed. This practice effectively undercuts the hard work of all authors who wish to sell their items fairly, and as such it is not tolerated.I believe that everyone understands the logic here.
Now, it’s becoming trendy that with the main file authors offer its variations and duration edits (60 sec, 30 sec, 10 sec, etc.) What is this if not “giving files away for free”? Why giving files for free on the forums is not allowed but doing the same via item’s page is fine? What’s the difference?
I feel that this practice “effectively undercuts the hard work of all authors who wish to sell their items fairly”.
One who is determined to steal will find the way. But at least it will prevent these cases:
In the license you specify that it’s valid only if the provided information is accurate, so, if anyone lies about his budget and later you find out, you can sue him for copyright infringement as well. Big corporations like Microsoft, BBC, NASA, Sony etc. that are frequent customers here won’t take risk that later you discover your track in their multi-million advertising campaign and sue their ass. This scheme works on other sites, why shouldn’t it work here? Sure, there’ll always be percentage that lies, but it can’t be worse than it is now.