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QBKL says
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QBKL says

avoid paying a tax they should be paying (i.e. VAT on goods they buy)

I really hope this doesn’t come across as rude but, a tax “they should be paying”? Really? Rather they’re coerced to pay. VAT is one of the most senseless, idiotic and discriminating tax in history. As a business you have the option of balancing VAT. You charge people, you get VAT. You’re charged yourself, you pay VAT. But as a consumer you ONLY paying VAT. You have no option of balancing it out and you always pay it out of you budget, cause you know… salaries don’t come with added VAT.

So maybe saying “they should be paying” is kinda harsh. The fact that something exists under the letter of the law doesn’t automatically make it right and just. Just saying…

Sorry for the interruption.

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I don’t think so. EU isn’t a Country, so why don’t You use your Country Flag instead of EU?

Neither is UK a country, yet I don’t see the flags of Scotland, England, Northern Ireland or Wales, which ARE actually countries.

UK is a state, which just as the EU, is nothing more than a political, not physical/geographical, form or organisation. A union of countries with a certain degree of autonomy.

So yes, if you keep the UK flag why not the EU? I, for example, believe in the EU principles and love to identify myself as both EU and Romanian. I do find this move disappointing and discriminating too, as it should be my choice which flag I want to display as primary.

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Someone mentioned a simple theme that is meant as a framework would not pass Envato review. Would be great to hear a staff answer on that.

That is indeed a problem, I believe. While some authors (like Orman Clark) might pass the review process with their minimalist approach, which is a very good approach indeed, others might now without adding “SWAG” to their themes. It’s probably also a matter of reputation and for a guy like Orman, reputation of clean good coded items adds to the sales value while for an up-comer, there’s nothing to speak in favor of the sale other than the demo itself. And a minimalist, framework-like demo won’t really stand a chance. Reviewers realize that the sales potential is drastically reduced and at least soft-reject it with requirements of adding at least a bit of the basic functionality everyone looks for.

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QBKL says

5. Forbid multipurpose themes.

You know, multipurpose doesn’t really mean bloat. In terms of design, multipurpose means exactly just that. A theme with a flexible yet un-niched design. I see nothing wrong with generic themes. Having tons of built-in bloat, that’s something else. This issue is with coding standards actually, not the multipurpose scope of design.

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QBKL says

The greatest back-up and asset you have is your knowledge and skills. If you keep challenging yourself even while creating themes for TF, you’ll have good chance to quickly adjust if this all goes to waste. In regards to WP themes and over-saturation… it’s a huge market and it’s not a static market. It’s one that constantly gets refreshed. New sites are being created, old sites are being updated, the future doesn’t really look that grim. If you put out great products, they’ll find their way to those that need them.

Regards, Alex

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QBKL says

yes but sadly if you look at the top sellers list, they are the type of themes that have 1000+ variations…. :/

Trouble is a lot of authors believe or hope they can pull out the next Avada. In reality, only the tiniest percentage will have a shot a that, no matter how much functionality (read it “bloat”) they will add to their themes. If you look beyond those top sellers you will see guys like LoveThemes, KrownThemes, tommusrhodus and others (please forgive not mentioning many other authors) that give a special attention to how they code their themes with focused code and functionality, with great design and following the K.I.S.S. principle.

And still, these guys pull off great sale levels. Instead of focusing on making a one hit wonder, I’d rather think about creating the next X little wonders.

@horizonq8: Thank you so much for your feedback and pointers! It’s refreshing and excellent to read a knowledgeable buyer’s opinion.

Regards, Alex

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But in my experience it was always like this. Whenever you release a new item you get more sales (not tons of sales for old items but still you get a small increase) [...]

This seems to be true now more than ever. If before releasing new items was a good thing, now it’s kind of a must. And that contradicts the “support and update the old items” vision. If I can’t support the sales without constantly releasing something new, I don’t see why going back to update an item that barely sells anymore would be a good thing. Anyways, that’s a different topic. Back to sales and numbers!

Had a decent couple of days, but since this behavior has no consistency, won’t get my hopes up. Good luck everyone!

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QBKL says

Tell him that if he finds at least 10 bugs in the minified jQuery you’ll give him your full portfolio.

Jokes aside, some people are stupid, some have no decency, some both. But dollah had purchased free theme.

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QBKL says

I don’t see any decrease in sale, but an increase.. It seems that some balance was added to the market :D

It’s relevant to which items you see this increase. Is this increased sales volume coming from older items that in the pasts slowed down the sales volume, or is it due to the recent release of that gorgeous new theme of yours, KON/CEPT? :)

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