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Blinn
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I just finished reading through the blog entry and found this:

“This release of the shopping cart allows logged in users to Add to Cart from item pages and Checkout. In future releases we’re looking to add:

Add to Cart from search results and collections
Add to Cart while logged out
Edit quantity <-- (Best news I've ever heard from Envato Market)
Item recommendations"

Having an Edit Quantity option in Envato’s new shopping cart is like the moment of joy after having a really painful wisdom tooth removed. That’s exactly the thing we needed, especially when buying sound effects. :)

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Not really much I’m looking for in particular, actually. I’ve already bought most of what I wanted (I buy things I want before Christmas arrives because chances are slim I’ll have it given to me as a Christmas present. That way, I’m not disappointed if I don’t get it. ;) ).

That said, I would like to have a few gadgets in my possession, such as:

1: An MP3 player that I can plug into a speaker system. My mom has an iPod Nano and she plugs it into a stand that plays her favorite music through a pair of speakers. If I had my own, I could play my music, sound demos, and ambient tracks on it.

I actually listen to one of my Audiojungle items when I go to bed (called Mystic Ambience 2) on a CD player I have in my room and it helps me sleep peacefully, especially given the fact that I am many times more nervous when sleeping in dead silence than sleeping in the dark. When I was a kid, it was the other way around.

2: An external USB HD, with at least 250 GB on it. Small enough that I can slip it into my pocket and that it doesn’t need to be plugged into a power strip like some of the larger and heavier ones.

3: A decent webcam because I don’t have one anymore. I do have a Kinect, but I’m hesitant to use that on Skype, especially after what happened as a result of me trying to use my Zoom H4n microphone to try and talk to my friends on Skype. When I did that, Skype froze, my computer crashed, and the power in my house went out.

(I’m still unsure if it was the mic that caused the blackout because we had a big storm that day and lighting struck at close range the exact moment my Skype froze. Go figure! :D )

That’s all I’ve got for now.

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Funnily enough, the last item that sold was called Suspense.

By the way, Happy Thanksgiving!

While everyone else in my family is drinking wine, I’ve got Welch’s Sparkling Red grape juice. :)

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I don’t know what’ll happen when this VAT policy goes into effect; I just want to know I’m safe from the evil Tax Fuhrer when he starts knocking on people’s doors to collect. :D

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Hi guys, some broad answers to a few of the comments:

I think the main point here is that authors won’t receive or have responsibility over the VAT paid. In the transaction chain, for VAT purposes, Envato will step in as the supplier and manage the compliance.

If you’re concerned about a specific situation, please don’t hesitate to email taxinfo@envato.com. I’ve been on the phone with ThemePunch (wish we were talking for a more fun reason, but really cool to speak to them!). We are committed to our community and work with authors on specific situations.

Oh thank goodness, I was worried. :)

It’s not the VAT I was worried about, it’s the spaghetti legalese I was dreading.

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After seeing the way this article was worded, I’m a little suspicious of what’s potentially heading our way in 2015. To me it sounds like we’re about to get hammered by more than just a VAT.

Does this mean at some point, we’ll be required to fill out a tax or VAT form in order to stay out of trouble with the EU?

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To be honest, my #1 best-seller only took me about 5 minutes to make when I uploaded it. Since then, I’ve made some improvements to the item’s quality.

And no, it’s not a song at all, it’s my Explosion sound effect. :)

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The latest one that I couldn’t get over is something called “Boost Your Testosterone Power,” that is the most brilliant title for a spam thread I’ve ever seen. :D

It’s just so random and out of place on Envato Market!

I remember a friend of mine on some forum elsewhere using a title like that for his introduction thread and when I opened it out of curiosity, the very first thing he said was “Now that I have your attention :)” (along with the rest of the introduction)

A mod came by and said this “I like you already :P”

Stuff like that is happening on Envato, too! I remember seeing joke threads celebrating their sales numbers with titles like “500 Kitchen Sales!” :D

Spambots, sometimes they make my day just by the titles they use for their forum visits.

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SFX is definitely not worth creating especially in the current marketplace, unless used for marketing purposes like some guys above mentioned. Creating FX needs a lot of time, effort, and planning, and as FxProSound said, it rarely pays off..

As for the future of SFX..

People will always need classic SFX sounds like footsteps, machinery, cars, etc, however I believe that in the near future those will completely be replaced by physical modelling instead of actual recordings. In games for example, instead of having an algorithm ‘triggering’ sounds, they’ll have an algorithm ‘generating’ sounds in real time.

The way I see it, if somebody wants to make a living out of creating standard SFX at this point of time, he should focus on providing the client with a unique way of handling, using and shaping the sounds to his own needs, and providing samples one by one isn’t the right path to get there

Let’s take a closer look at this situation:

Music and Sound Effects both take a lot of time, effort, and planning to create.

There is a market for both Music and Sound Effects.

Generally speaking, people who produce music earn more money than people who produce sound effects. Many sound designers are discouraged because they see the money that many musicians make in comparison to sound designers. Why is that?

Is it because sound design is an unprofitable business? Is it because a good song is more valuable than a good sound effect?

Let’s face it,

You’re selling them too cheaply! :D

How can you expect a profit in the sound industry when you sell your finest work for practically nothing? To keep ahead of your competition? Because nobody will want your work because you price it too highly?

People are actually put off when they see excellent products sold at discount prices! Have you ever wanted to buy something from E-bay and the seller prices it so lowly that you think something fishy is going on?

I wouldn’t trust anyone who sells a polished mahogany dining table for 99 cents, would you? So why are Sound Effects being sold for that kind of a price?

It’s no wonder people are unhappy with the results they’re getting from selling sound effects. They don’t value their own work highly enough to price it fairly.

Buyers can tell how much a person values their work by the way they price it. You’re worth more than that, stop listening to people who tell you to price your work lower than your competition in order to survive in the business world. It’s a lousy piece of advice.

I understand this is Audiojungle and that to a large extent, they control the pricing. There’s not much we can do about that, except suggest a better pricing system.

But listen to your heart, man! You’re not getting paid what you know you’re worth, and it’s mostly because a large portion of the sound industry is caught up in the impossible game of “How cheaply can I sell this and still make a profit?”

Being competitive in sound design is not and will not be based on how cheaply people can get your finest work in comparison to your competition. If that were true, the top 10 best selling music tracks on Audiojungle would all be $5 items.

I don’t know about the rest of you but I take pride in my work, and I’m not about to give up on sound design simply because others have taken a bleak and pessimistic attitude towards it.

Here’s something Zig Ziglar once said about sales:

“I’ve always taught that a poor economy is the best opportunity for salespeople because the naysayers and grumblers have already given up, leaving more territory, more opportunities to be successful than in a good economy when virtually all salespeople are out there, giving it their best.”

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