Very cool video!
+1 on the author driven refunds, I have quiet a bit of use for that!
As for the pricing structure: I might have to get used to it and after a few days it will be all fine but right now it seems a bit too confusing for me, still. I think simpler is better
Finally, those handling fees are going away. That was always an annoying conversion barrier.
The breakdown of prices into three categories is really confusing even as an author, and even with an additional explanation.
- Envato Author Fee (Envato keeps it)
- Envato Buyer Fee (Envato keeps it)
- Net Author Earning (Author keeps it)
How does presenting two fees and the author earning make the aggregated price more palatable to buyers? It would be a lot clearer to say:
Price: $100Then buyers would know exactly how much money the author is getting and what Envato is taking from that sale. That would be double-effective in telling buyers that Envato is not producing the items, which is frequently misunderstood by first-time buyers.
Split: 70% Gravity Department + 30% Envato
I agree – it is super confusing
I don’t get the new fee structure. Will I earn the same amount per sell or less or more? Super confused…
I would guess 80% is rejected. But just a guess.
Seems like a regular update with all pros and cons we are in general more excited about new features than afraid of the work related to updating our themes. I am really looking forward for the plans for mobile in wp 4.x…
They respond within 72 hours for sure, ha
You need to buy a buddy press theme then. Just browse for it here on the marketplace and you will find plenty of options.
It’s a 30/100. You won’t make this theme being accepted by tf. Keep improving and maybe team up with a designer and you can make it next time
On a more serious note ( in contrast of my previous post )
In my opinion – the only way for authors to keep improving and supporting items is to sell themes on a subscription basis. New devices come out, new Wordpress versions, new browsers with new problems, etc. etc. – the only way to keep supporting items ( and doing customer support ) is with a recurring fee to access updates and support (in other words – to keep your purchase code valid).This approach would let me:
- Improve my item on a regular basis ( Improve doesn’t mean ‘mo options, ‘mo features. Improve as in cleaner code, optimize and test on more devices, etc. )
- Keep supporting the item (again – not “forced/expected/mandatory support”, but actual genuine support)
Customers would buy a “re-subscription” and that would mean that I could eventually make more sales and help us keep motivated to improve our existing themes instead of “rushing” to build a new one. This is the actual problem in my opinion and one that I’ve been thinking about on how to solve for a while now. The current model isn’t sustainable – we always need to “build the next big thing” in order to keep sales going instead of being able to focus on what we already have.
When you think about it – every reasonable piece of software out there charges again for updates. Support is always free. ( ScreenFlow, Tower, Sublime Text, Kaleidoscope, 1Password, – just a few apps that I’ve “upgraded” recently to keep up to date )
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