Well for me as a WP developer this is more than obvious way to go. If I can achieve something with CMS I am familiar with, then I’ll go for it, definitely give it a chance.
Yes users can have their accounts and redownload their purchases, EDD is very versatile and you have many extensions available for it. Not to mention the amazing support they provide.
Main author is Pippin, the most amazing plugin developer I know of, you can’t be in better hands. Check features: https://easydigitaldownloads.com/edd-features/ and extensions: https://easydigitaldownloads.com/extensions/
If it happens when no plugins are active and wp default theme is activated, then it’s probably host issue.
Nothing weird, not the first author to have such deal with Envato.
I don’t see WP going anywhere in the near future, my opinion is go for it.
And as said previously, you don’t need that much time (well it depends on your free time you can dedicate to learning).
+1 for ASO (a smallorange), snatched their plan when they were giving 2x RAM for the same price, guys helped me set it up and it works with no issues since then.
There’s a $2 surcharge if one is not paying from his wallet.
The price you see ($4) is only for those who pay with money thats on their Envato account (either earned by publishing or deposited).