I think that what would really help in PSD reviewing is if Envato would assign a PSD to not 1, but 2 reviewers (without the possibility to talk between them regarding the decision) and if after them the score is 1-1, a third would decide it.
I know this would add some time to the review process, but I don’t think it’s that big of a problem for PSD’s only. I’ve had a lot of PSD’s rejected in the past which have made it really well as WP themes either on my account or others, so it’s a bit strange.
It’s also a bit problematic that somebody’s 1 month worth of work can be thrown out the window by a reviewer in 3 minutes of review, just because he may have a bad day or he may simply not like it. Beauty is a very sensitive discussion when it comes to web design, so I think that Envato could at least grant us 2 pairs of eyes/brains before pooping all over our parades.
I also think that to some extent Envato is against fresh trends and until it really becomes A THING you can’t get in with a new idea of design for the life of you. Happened to me with Flat and now it’s happening with a new style of design (not sure what the name is).
@QuanticaLabs – so you need to pay those 16% income tax (in my country not sure in others) but regardless how much you manage to earn you still don’t have to pay VAT? That’s a bit strange.
Here you need to pay VAT after you pass 65k euros or something like that.
I do however have a huge question to @Collis. (Please allow him to reply if he sees the question, don’t send me your opinions because I can’t use your point of view as defense if the IRS ever asks questions ).
1. As things stand at the moment, should the authors pay VAT or any kind of taxes on the money they make on Envato Market?
2. What about when things will settle down with the new changes?
PS: EU based author.
@Gareth_Gillman, I don’t think Collis’ idea was to “palm” things here, there’s no point in getting aggressive. I truly believe that this situation is way over his head and that it will take quite a bit of time before it’s going to get a viable answer from the EU IRS.
In my case, I do have a company and I’ve chosen to pay taxes on the income I make on Envato (just because I want to be able to sleep well at night) so I’m also extremely interested in what happens with this study because I’d love to stop doing that (paying vat).
Personally I treat the situation like Envato is my client (as advised by my accountant) and I send a paypal invoice to them each month and then mark it as paid for, then declare the income and pay my dues.
Of course I would LOVE to stop doing that, but from my point of view Envato is (at the moment at least) not responsible for that. If they start charging VAT then they should either send that straight to us (do not pass GO do not collect $200), but as things start right now they are just taxing you a %50-%30 fee to allow you to sell on their market and benefit from their amazing site(clients, no support on purchase-related issues, etc).
If you would go and sell apples in the marketplace you’d have to pay a fee there as well, and you’d still have to pay your VAT.
@QBKL Spot on.
Hahahaa +1000 @ChapterThemes, hit the nail right on its head there :)).
Bottom line, from my point of view what @Enabled is saying is dead on correct, and @Umbrella you guys should try and relax a bit more, 1-2-3 weeks added to the theme launch won’t make you bankrupt. You should do your best and create a list of checkpoints to go through before launching anything. Stuff like Monster Widget, TUT, Theme Check, etc. This way 99.9% of theme issues will be already fixed and the reviewers can focus on small things like “add this text to the description”.
I do think that the biggest problem is that devs are like horny dogs when they “finish” a theme, especially with WP. It takes 2 months to have it done and when you’re finally ALMOST ready you can’t wait anymore and miss a lot of things, so perhaps that’s the main problem.
Re’ the review system, I think the current speed is perfect. a 2 day waiting period means a 12 hour front page exposure and I don’t think anybody wants that.
I think that the reviewers are at their worst when reviewing PSD files and offering basically 0 feedback for a theme that looks great but it’s not quite there, throwing the designer’s 3 weeks of work out the window in 3 minutes.
And I also think that for PSD’s there are way too many stereotypes on the marketplace and not many innovations are allowed. If you don’t have a Skills and a Clients section you don’t have a good PSD in most cases.
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