Posts by Buky

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  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 4 years
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Buky says



There was nothing wrong with the prices before – top items were making good income. And besides why would you want to be more expensive, sure you make more per sale but will that make you more in turnover? You should know that value for money is how you make good turnover on Envato.. for example look how well the Envato bundles do. Think like a buyer – think how you shop when looking for good deals, it’s about value for money to get those sales. A small price increase on higher priced items is still worth while for buyers, however a small price increase on lower priced items is less attractive.. think about it.
Envato Bundles are making good sales due to low price, but in the end they are pretty useless to the buyer. If you get a plugin through bundle you can’t get any updates for it, any support for it. And if you want to use it later, you still need to make a purchase of that plugin on its own to get all the benefits of the purchase. Bundles are cheap because the real value they offer is pretty low. Bundles are OK purchase for items that will not change or you will not require support for, but for themes or plugins, bundles are waste of money.
+1 .. most buyers complain about this – bundles are really useless without support and updates.

Not the case on other marketplaces, for example AJ

6 posts
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 4 years
  • Has collected 100+ items on Envato Market
Buky says

There was nothing wrong with the prices before – top items were making good income. And besides why would you want to be more expensive, sure you make more per sale but will that make you more in turnover? You should know that value for money is how you make good turnover on Envato.. for example look how well the Envato bundles do. Think like a buyer – think how you shop when looking for good deals, it’s about value for money to get those sales. A small price increase on higher priced items is still worth while for buyers, however a small price increase on lower priced items is less attractive.. think about it.

I’m sure Envato is trying to find a sweet spot for maximizing revenue for everyone, it’s what they are living from and only thing to do it is by testing and monitoring. We can talk as much as we want but can’t really do anything.

The really funny part is seeing how low selling Author ToivoMedia explains the triviality of the change.

I do have to say thank you to Creattive for great post about perspective. And while I didn’t notice it before, looks like well doing Authors really are respecting their customers more. Makes sense.

With this post I am done on the topic. It is what it is and I will continue to bring my business to Envato because prices are still acceptable for me. And when (yes, when) the prices change again I can’t say I’ll have the same attitude.

6 posts
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Buky says

oh, that post of mine is a mess now. Forgot to use lines :-/

6 posts
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 4 years
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Buky says

since civilization will not collapse from 1-3$ increase in prices as ToivoMedia trivialized it, same way it will not make authors push more quality content and we all know it. Especially when we take in consideration authors get half of the price increase.

Before I get called out as a greedy buyer or something much worse I have to say I’m content creator myself and I do have respect for a lot of Envato authors. Also the fact I did spend a lot of money doing business with a lot of you. As much as some like to imagine all their work is being used in 1000$+ projects, this is not the case most of the time, and the content is used in smaller projects without big budgets.

My problem is not the current increase of the price, but several other things such as: - the trend and expectation of the constant increase this change will create - the attitude of some Authors towards Buyer concerns. We are also people, not just numbers and ratios and without us you would not be conducting business here and vice versa. Change impacts our work and not only yours. Imagine the outcry if the prices dropped 1-3$. - the fact this is received as “quality boosting update” when it’s so small 95% of the Authors will barely see the increase in generated revenue. Again, especially when Authors get/earn 50% of the price change when Buyers have to give/pay 100% of it. Which basically gives me double rights to call this out then you to defend it :D - and the biggest thing of all, someone already mentioned it … the quality control or lack of one ! A lot of items are dropped in the same price range when the difference in quality is drastic. It’s easy to defend the price when you are elite member, you push high end content and make a lot of sales. But most of, unfortunately, are not and while you get smaller % of the sales for it, Buyers have to pay the same price.

For this I recommend better content review and control. Also price decrease of the less quality work and support. Just 1-3$ price change reflected on end price (instead % of the envato Author tiers), shouldn’t be a big deal as many Authors said in this topic.

Envato marketplaces are popular as they are because of the good value/price ratio, changing this will surely have an impact.

Instead of increasing all of the items by category, IMHO as a Buyer, review and sort content by quality and reflect it in end price !

If I stepped on someones toes, it wasn’t my attention, but try to look at the topic from small entrepreneur Buyer perspective, who basically built your current business with their own.

Peace !

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Buky says


I have to stand out and say, as a buyer with around 250 items in my account and someone who is buying new stuff every week I am not pleased. I love Envato and your value/price ratio, it’s what made you so I can only hope price increases are not going to become a trend ! No drama, just not pleased.

Well, as an Elite Author in the Mobile nieche, I can only say, my templates are priced at 10$, and most of my customers use them for PhoneGap and they up on the AppStore. The cheapest AppStore app is 15.000$ ( using my items ) so… I am actually pleased of price increases!

I don’t mean to come out wrong, but, the prices could be doubled, and 99.9% of the stuff on the marketplaces would still be cheap as hell!

You didn’t come out wrong, and I completely understand your point of view. But the question is, if prices go up do you think you’d retain enough of sales to cover what you used to make or the sales would drop ?

Also, I would be very interested to hear if this price increase difference is going to be added to autors end in whole or is is still same old % base, in which case Envato is greatly benefiting from it (nothing wrong with that, just curious)

I just wanted to voice the other side of the coin, which rarely or never does so on forums.

6 posts
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 4 years
  • Has collected 100+ items on Envato Market
Buky says

I have to stand out and say, as a buyer with around 250 items in my account and someone who is buying new stuff every week I am not pleased. I love Envato and your value/price ratio, it’s what made you so I can only hope price increases are not going to become a trend !

No drama, just not pleased.

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