First off, we are thrilled to be a part of the Envato community. This diverse group of authors are some of the most creative, gifted people doing business on the web today, and we are honored to be a part of it. While there will always be varying opinions, related to the topic at hand, there is a lot of speculation on topics from people with no direct knowledge about what is going on but rather what they think is going on. Over time, these assumptions turn into the discussion at hand which makes the entire topic filled with hypotheticals and opinions based on faulty assumptions and inaccurate representations.
A few days ago we shared that many of these deals have been secured and the first wave of them was happening that week. As some have alluded to, these sort of deals are not easy to create and take months and months of planning with all parties involved. Because of this, there is a schedule for how and when those deals happen as it’s not us deciding on a Monday to find a buyer on a Tuesday and pulling it off on Wednesday. The ultimate size of each deal varies based on many moving parts of the particular buyer and their needs (in the case of one buyer, the size of the deal changes often based on their own fulfillment process). These are unique purchases for unique individuals scheduled based on the needs and requests of the respective parties and negotiated with the buyer and Envato only.
We have several more bulk purchases in the works, some you will see this week, some you will see next week, and some we are working on for the very near future and beyond. While we will not speculate or comment on these deals publicly, all of these deals have been approved and facilitated by Envato, and as Natalia said previously – any author is welcome to do so. We certainly will be both now and in the future.
We look forward to furthering our relationship with Envato and our community of customers well into the future. A tip of the hat to the wonderful staff here at Envato for all they do!
Thank-you to all who shared their kind words and congratulations! Our team has been hard at work developing relationships with key buyers, and we are excited to see the first wave of these deals come to life. A big thanks to Envato as well for helping to facilitate. We have many exciting developments just around the corner, and we look forward to continuing to work with our incredible team and customers!
Thank you Natalia! While I understand it is an incredibly complex situation, the longer term implications of this kind of behavior by governing bodies is far reaching as we all can see. There is a fundamental change going on with regards to how commerce on the internet has been handled to date which in doing so changes the very principles that allowed the internet to get to the point it is. Thank-you again for the insight.
Not to derail the topic at hand, but there has been a question I’ve been wondering about as it relates to VAT that perhaps you all can shed some light on. How can the EU force a non-EU company to charge a tax to EU members? On what authority can they force a company outside of their jurisdiction to collect and remit tax? If this has been addressed somewhere else and you know the link, that would be great…I understand there are other topics being addressed here and don’t want to hijack the thread
This feels problematic for theme authors on many levels, some of which have already been brought up. We discussed the Envato Studios services option a while back with their staff however were told that we would not be able to isolate just our own customers and would instead have to take any potential installation services. Main concerns are:
- There is already confusion on who is who with regards to Envato/ThemeForest/individual authors. This will further muddy the water and is something we’d rather not further complicate for our customers, as I’m sure other authors feel the same.
- It would seem to me this should be an option authors can turn on or off as if Envato is connecting buyers and sellers, we should be able to control what our own buyers are being “upsold” when purchasing our product. I understand why Envato would want to do this from Envato’s perspective, however this type of offering comes at the expense of individual authors by throwing everything into a big commoditized pool where a bad experience from an installer can negatively affect our own customer’s experience which until now we have been able to manage completely. As Envato has stated they are a platform for buyers and sellers, the sellers should be given a high degree of control over how something like this is offered and fulfilled.
- If we do optin for this service, please make it so that we can chose to only get our own customers.
Just a heads up that this is the general ThemeForest forum, so if you need anything related to X in the future, we have our own dedicated forum that you can register for access to here.
Related to your question, we have an article on updating X, and if you need anything further, a member of our development team will be happy to assist in our forum.