Aaaaand now it looks like they’ve all disappeared….
My avatar and profile image disappeared, and I noticed quite a few others have as well, including Themefusion, making our items and profile page look pretty bad. What’s going on here?
You know what would clear up everything and make all the confusion disappear for everyone? If Envato lived up to its tagline and just allowed the authors to do the creative while they actually took care of the rest.
That hollow tagline is a complete slap in the face right now and couldn’t be farther from the truth now that we’re being told we have to take care of all of the responsibility that comes with being the seller. Authors are not just doing the creative anymore, as we once thought we were.
And just doing the creative while Envato handled the rest is what made this place great.
Envato is just setting the table for authors to start to look for other ways to sell their items. Granted that the new VAT rules are making it hard to sell digital goods anywhere, but this stance of making authors the sellers is an active choice on their part, when they could bite the bullet and do what’s best for their authors by taking responsibility as the seller. It’s a decision that could very well signal the end of their growth.
I’m not saying this change will happen overnight, but this decision will almost certainly have an adverse impact on their business going forward. Authors are no longer comfortable with the idea that Envato is all about community and the well-being of its authors. You can’t claim that in your mission statement, and then do the complete opposite by carrying on a blatant lie about the authors being sellers. That’s something that’s not sitting well with me and a (I’d venture to guess) the vast majority of authors here.
That’s pretty simple: can you imagine how much of a cut it would represent on their bank account if they had to declare/pay the whole amount of past VAT ?
They probably just did not incorporate VAT in their business plan and accounting in the past years.
The whole thing could easily be a 10% – 20% cut from their gross sales in the six (or so) past years.It is very unlikely they’ll do it.
Oh, I fully understand the repercussions of claiming liability for past VAT, if that ends up being an issue, but I just mean that it would be incredibly hypocritical to say they’re responsible now, but not then. Especially since authors had no means to actually pay VAT.
My question is if it turns out that past VAT needs to be paid, by someone, why would Envato say they’re liable for VAT from here on out, but then say they wouldn’t be liable for past VAT? I don’t see how Envato could say “we’re responsible for VAT now, but you guys were responsible for it before, even though you had no customer information or ability to actually pay it.”
To me, it’s almost a given that Envato would be responsible for past VAT, just based on them taking responsibility for future VAT.
There’s a reason why people have said that this site looks like the stylesheeet failed to load: 16px is about the standard font size for most browsers, as is the Helvetica/Arial font, and as is the white background. So, if white background/helvetica/16px font is what you would see with no stylesheet, how can you consider that “design”?
I’m not even opposed to the white background, but for reasons already stated, it simply does not work as it’s currently being used.
If anything, like someone mentioned above, change the font family. Do something, other than act like what we’re seeing right now is acceptable in the design world, when we all know it’s not. Especially since if any author on this marketplace submitted a theme with these same standards, that we’d get hard rejected with zero chance of ever getting accepted.
This design (or lack thereof) does not meet the standard set for the products sold here, and it only makes things worse in the future to have an item rejected due to design quality, when Envato’s own design quality doesn’t even meet the standards they set for the products sold here.
It just seems like a very hypocritical stance to have such a plain design that 99.9% of authors are not happy with, but to come back to those authors and reject their work, especially when it would be better received than this current Envato Market design.