kh2838 saidPretty much sums it all up!
Too much calculation, too much confusion
Things are clear, Envato vs author: Envato +1 Author -1
The $2 surcharge is now going completely to envato and is not getting split up between the author and envato, like in the past.
Personally, with a single calculation, I will lose about $ 4,200 / year. with this new “Envato More Balanced Market”. Envato strangulate more the authors by this inequitable system.
As mentioned previously this fee will likely be removed in the future, which will increase the overall sales for all authors (buyers are scared of fees)
if the fee will get removed then will be great. still why is not removed now? if not possible to remove it now, why removing the author benefit?
It may look as small percentage for one author but at marketplace level this is a nice amount of money.
we know envato have a lot expenses, staff to pay, office rent, amazon servers and what not, but we have our issues too.I may be ok with losing that percentage of my earnings if those money will be utilized for better future projects of the marketplace, but lately the directions is not something that I like. I’m not saying is bad, is not this the point, is just that I don’t like the “72 hours”, I hate the new homepage (just released an item and probably no one saw it as it have no sales – the same with previous projects I’ve made in the last months), even the badges change.
I Agree completely.
Osetin said$2.00 had effect on sales. I was contacted numerous times by potential buyers that refused to pay something that was not part of the price in the first place. We have all lost potential sales because of it. It is better for buyers to see the price and pay that price, not to be forced to pay surcharge because they don’t want to deposit money and leave it unused.
sfxstudio saidIncrease in prices reduced sales ( you can see it by the total popular items sold per week). $2 processing fee had no effect on sales
Ooooooooooook, That’s why we had 2$ increase prices recently !
I doubt you want to have a person who complaints about $2 transaction fee as your customer, such people most of the time are really hard to work with and satisfy, and will probably give you a 1 star rating out of nothing.
BAD! This change is very bad for authors, it’s about 5-7% drop in profit for authors, before I had like 80% of sales made with a higher price (because most buyers did not deposit money to their accounts). So for an item which costs $43 ($30.1 my profit), most of the people used to purchase it with a $2 fee which resulted in a total price of $45 ($31.5 my profit) , and now all the items are being sold for $43, which means I am losing $1.5 from every purchase, it’s 5% of my profit which is A LOT.
Hey, for the last month and a half my new WP theme was selling very good, at least 10 sales per day stable and every week got to the “Popular Files” page. But for the last 48 hours there are 0 sales. Is there any reason for that? Maybe change in search algorithms? Let me know if somebody else has the same issue.
Multi-purpose HTML Template: http://themeforest.net/item/venera-responsive-html-template-retro-colors/3525769
I agree with the others, this theme should have definitely made it on the marketplace. Even right now there’s multiple themes which are riddled with errors (per item comments) and look starkly similar to 90% of the themes in the business/multipurpose category.
It’s awful how theme reviews/approvals have been lately. Try CM (dunno if I’m allowed to spell it out) – less traffic but at least you’ll get a little bit of return for your hard work and you know it’ll be accepted (no review process, just the initial shop review).Rich
Thanks for your kind words Rich, I really appreciate the support. Its more petty to me because I always try to provide great support for my items and fix all the errors as soon as my customers report them to me (4.93 average rating based on 80+ ratings) , and my previous items made it to top sellers of the week.
Not sure why TF decided to move this route and accept themes based on the amount of bundled plugins shipped with them (sometimes a theme that costs 12$ says it has premium plugins which in total cost more than 200$) I think these sort themes/templates damage the marketplace and especially the plugin providers. It turned to be a race between plugin stuffed themes – who has more plugins stuffed into their theme – wins. Sad.
p.s. I really like your home site http://themebeans.com/
Just got a response from Envato after I fixed validation errors, looks like its time to say goodbye to Envato and try to sell themes on your own:
We have reached a point where we have enough of these minimalistic designs. If your design doesn’t bring anything new to the table, unfortunately it can’t be accepted. If you want to submit any more files that falls into the similar-items category they not only have to be up to our standards, but really outperform any existing ones.