natman saidI don’t think that most of us are necessarily saying that the bulk purchase is not legitimate (although the timing of each of the bulk purchases is what is drawing suspicion at the point). But I think most of us are just saying that in order to guard against “buying the top spot” in the future, we ought to adopt the policies of similar industries and not count bulk sales toward the popular files list, and possibly not toward the overall sales of the theme. But at a minimum, it shouldn’t affect the top files numbers.
Hi again, there’s a lot of interesting and thought-provoking discussion going on here, which is awesome, but there are also a lot of assumptions being made, as a few of you have pointed out. I hope everyone here can understand our decision not to disclose purchase details – we are committed to a level confidentiality with buyers. However, as we’ve said before, Envato negotiates all bulk purchases and ensures guidelines are met (e.g., ensuring the buyer is a genuine third party, is the purchaser of the licenses and has purchased a copy for each end user). And while we strongly believe in supporting and upholding a fair and level playing field, we also want to accommodate our buyers’ needs which includes different factors that impact when and how purchases are made. Self-purchasing continues to be against our terms of service. The purchases of X Theme have been negotiated by Envato, and are legitimately purchased by a third party based on the specific needs and resources of that third party.
I’m about to purchase a 13-inch: 2.9GHz with Retina display Mac Book Pro. Could anybody recommend a large screen monitor to go with this please? Do I need one without retina? I’m getting a little confused in regards to what will be the best option for me when working with web design and Photoshop! Thanks in advance. Jo
Got one of first rMBPs on the market. At this point it has many issues like “burning out” display, some issues with graphics card (results in occasional screen flickers), etc.
So I’m planning to get the same machine as you with http://www.asus.com/Monitors/PB279Q/ later this year.
onioneye saidOf course, valid points friends.
@Bedros It doesn’t make any difference. The ribbon is still misleadingly being advertised as part of Envato’s trending feature. And is it really the best selling photo theme? Also, does this piece of text influence the buyer’s decision on whether to buy the theme or not, and does it sway the customer into believing that this item is special? I am not saying it isn’t, but I am pretty sure this kind of advertising is unfair and illegal.
But not “valid” enough to make staff to take an action, I think.
I totally understand your feelings.
Then lets everybody add the same ribbon with “officially most awesome theme” caption to each of our items
Just found out that this item in fact is a trending item. I think it is a clever marketing trick. The blue ribbon is designed and placed in the right spot. The “Trending” icon shows up only on the item page and not in the search section, because the trending icon is not there.
I know at least couple of “clever tricks” that will super-charge the item sales, and will get away with a light “warning” from Envato when they notice it. However I’m not doing so, because I believe in fair competition and respect fellow authors…
Is this allowed:
This author is mimicking/exploiting the ThemeForest interface element (“trending” badge) adding the ”#1 selling photo theme” to it. First I thought “wtf, Envato is highlighting items in this way??”. Then I realized that it’s a part of theme preview image.
2 item author(s). Guys, I don’t know what you were thinking, but IMO it’s a spit into faces of other authors. My 2 cents.
(Please do not report this post – I’m not calling out the author/item and not pointing on any item directly.)
Have you noticed that changing your name in Envato Account does not influence name displayed in invoices that Envato generates?
Thing is site in question does not only sell my theme. It sells themes from all ThemeForest authors.
Therefore sending a single DMCA and ignoring that site is stupid and irresponsible.
Reported a warez site to Envato support and got this reply from Envato Rights Management team>
I’m Sarah and I work with the Rights Management team. I just wanted to let you know that while we are looking into the Web site you reported, Patrisha did pass on the correct information.
As the creator of the item, it’s good to police your own work. Meaning, submitting a DMCA to any site that is violating your intellectual copyright.
Did you know that we have an article full of resources that could potentially help you out?https://help.market.envato.com/hc/en-us/articles/202501554-Tools-you-can-use-to-report-illegal-links-of-copyrighted-work
SarahEnvato Market Help Officer
In other words it is “your problem. f@#$ off”.
If I’m not mistaking, Envato used to deal with such issues. At least they told they were in their support answers.
Guys, can you please remind me, why I’m letting you have 30% of my item price?
Miroslav (from Dream-Theme)
Guys, if I’m understanding correctly, we’re talking about this guide: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vat-supplying-digital-services-to-private-consumers/vat-businesses-supplying-digital-services-to-private-consumers#digital-portals-platforms-gateways-and-marketplacesThis paragraph in particular:
If the platform operator identifies you as the seller but sets the general terms and conditions, or authorises payment, or handles delivery/download of the digital service, the platform is considered to be supplying the consumer. They are therefore responsible for accounting for the VAT payment that is charged to the consumer.
But it does not say a word whether platform becomes “seller” or “VAT agent” or anything else.
I have just run into another issue with the changes – the number of invoices. Right now I am sending one invoice a month to my accountant. After the changes I will have to send one per each sale which is few hundred a month. That means my accountants fee will rise few hundred $ I don’t see any way to avoid this…
That is not the worst part. Did your accountant already told you how to link all those hundreds of invoices to only one payment (coming from Envato – not from those buyers)