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Gareth_Gillman says

HTML emails are fun, tables only and a pain in the proverbial, it feels like I am in 1998 when doing email templates :)

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You’re probably at the back of the queue, all the payments are made automatically and not manually and there will be thousands to make so give it 24 hours to go through.
If all payments are made automatically then it should not take more than a few minutes. Unless they have a computer which has less computing power than a calculator.

They run in blocks, e.g. 250 payments at a time are released, take a chill pill, put some music on and do some work, in 99% of cases it will be in your account by the end of the day

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Gareth_Gillman says

You’re probably at the back of the queue, all the payments are made automatically and not manually and there will be thousands to make so give it 24 hours to go through.

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Gareth_Gillman says

Hey!

This is because you’re clicking the deposit balanace button which you have to put a minimum amount in your account ($60 is the closes to $53).

You can pay for the item without the deposit but it costs you $55 as there is a $2 surcharge

Hope that helps

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Some of the themes on TF went from $45, 50, 55 and now $58? Virtumart themes that were $50 just a few weeks ago are now on the upwards of $55 and $58. I understand how this may help authors in some ways but it also hurts them when buyers will not purchase as many downloads. Envato should re-think their pricing strategies and cap it at a certain point or consider offering a buy one, get half off another item across the marketplace. I realize the margin is a bit bigger for the authors/sellers at the point they get more which I think is wonderful however they may not make as many sales on the same item. I also realize that it’s all about design, ease of use, customer support and that is what makes a good author. A product has to be good enough to buyers and not give the appearance of the “cookie cutter” effect. So what do you all think?

There is a thread on the price increase already (link so this may get locked but my pov as a buyer is, the themes are too cheap, I would happily pay more because the quality is better than most other marketplaces with unlimited support (depends on author but most authors will help you as much as they can). $60 is peanuts for something which I would charge $2000+ to develop is asked by a client.

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Gareth_Gillman says

Happy to help, UK based like yourself and know WP inside out

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Gareth_Gillman says

coming back :

Missing localization : at least 60% losses in sales
– Most buyers speak English so won’t affect sales Not mobile friendly : another good portion of losses
– will slightly affect sales but not so much as the website is usable on a mobile No CMS bridge plugin for CMS stores : superb amount in losses
– how can that affect sales? Product Representation : good portion in sales as well, : ie: those screenshot player, did a 5 years old this ? The way your can present a product is complete for the trash
– all products are represented equally so can’t see how this would affect sales No stats : not really that significant but still : loss in sales
– losses because of no stats? If you sold some more products you get google analytics when you become an Elite author (and you have access to analytics at http://analytics.envato.com/ No price control : Envato keeps for instance the price extreme high for one of my items , make every sale impossible, for whatever reason: thanks again : 100% losses in sales for me
Your items are fairly priced for what they are, the problem is your item isn’t used by the majority of users, it’s a niche item, you could sell for $10 and still get no sales Ridiculous search system : Us, as magazine author for instance, its impossible to find items by dimension and provided source formats. For Indesign authors : good amount of losses in sales.
– I agree on this, the search needs work

Do you need glasses? – why do you have to be so rude, we are all in the same boat but we have different opinions, so no need to name call as it will piss people off and no one will help you.

Your items are ok, they need some polishing and the descriptions need work to make users understand what they do, price won’t affect sales, buyers buy on features and at the moment it’s not 100% clear what your items can offer to my website.

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Don’t get me wrong, I love what Envato are doing and enjoy being a member of the community here but I have trouble believing 50% of every sale is justifiable. If they made it 30% like EVERYONE else you’d hear a lot less complaints around here and probably get a load more authors joining too which can only be good for the site and everyone involved

They do go down to 30% when you get sales, 50% is the start rate and the more sales you get, the less commission Envato take.

At the end of the day, Envato are pushing millions of members onto your items, you cannot get that exposure elsewhere.

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Gareth_Gillman says



50% of a lot is much better than 100% of nothing!
Common statement, but, again, it’s not necessarily true. It would be correct to say that if a sale would not involve any further costs, but that’s not the case. Support, maintenance and improvements all involve a cost, which can vary greatly, depending on the location. In our case, such cost is higher than the revenue generated by any sale made on Envato, which means that every sale is actually a loss. In our case, 100% of nothing would, paradoxically, be better than 50% of the sales made on Envato.

50% of a lot is much better than 100% of nothing!

might be the only & one of the less convincing arguments around. In fact the 50% to Envato are still not justified. Or what has been done for providing a nowadays one-stop-shopping portal? There are still min. 60% in losses which Envator creates. In conjunction with this, the exclusive agreement starts really looking the height of the ridiculous as well.

So, there is indeed harm then to the developer and user after all(50% leads to false prices too btw.) !

I understand the lazy take it or leave it reasoning, but yet. here is more at stake guys, wake up!

As has been repeated a few times, if you don’t like it, take your items elsewhere, Envato aren’t going to take less than 50% for a new author as all the risk is on them to promote a new item.

Envato have a lot of costs to pay for e.g.

- hosting (not cheap) - server staff (keeping site running) - reviewers (need them to get items on the site) - Paypal fees

The more you sell, the more you will earn and the bigger the percentage of sales you get, you will not find a better place to sell digital items, Envato is the digital goods version of eBay, where all the buyers go to get their items. Other places will offer better rates for authors but they don’t have the number of buyers Envato do (Envato do on average 5,500 sales per day on Themeforest and 2,500 on codecanyon.

You can blame Envato for not having a responsive design, not being localized (why though as most people in the world speak English in some form) but at the end of the day, you need to do your own marketing to get more sales.

A quote I really like is “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink”.... Envato are giving you the platform to sell your items, it’s upto you to build the items buyers want and for you to let people know the item exists.

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Gareth_Gillman says

For some reason I’ve suddenly become unable to access the WordPress Codex today, but can access all other websites. This isn’t just specific to my computer, but all computers in my house, and I can get to the codex through a proxy. I’ve tried doing a factory reset on my router, but that didn’t help.

If I ping wordpress.org the request times out. If I use the tracert command it gets to 10ge.xe-0-0-0.linxb.ldn-teleh-dis-1.peer1.net, then times out.

Is it possible WordPress.org is blocking my IP? I haven’t a clue how to fix this, so any help is appreciated!

Thanks in advance, Toby

There has been issues across the internet today (it affected eBay and some other big sites) basically the number of “routes” on the Internet went past 512k but a lot of older routers (used by webhosts) can only handle that 512k so they are having to (if not done already) to new routers without the restrictions / update the software on their router).

My web host in the UK was down (along with my sites) for 3 hours because of this, it won’t be affecting everyone but small amounts of people

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