I know the options seem a bit useless, but keep in mind that any “one-off” purchase using a credit card also involves a processing fee which in this case is supported by Envato. Also, together with the deposit option, it’s part of an attempt to win you over as a customer, in case you are satisfied with your first purchase. There’s nothing wrong with that really… It’s a simple trade off, and frankly, if one were to follow a specific logic, 6+2 is clearly lower than 20, and hence, it fits the needs of MOST buyers. I know this doesn’t help you further in any way, just wanted to clarify the fact that these options are there for a reason, and not just meant to suck up cash from “unwilling buyers”
I understand credit processing fee’s, shipping costs, etc. This is still “outside of the norm” from all my other shopping experiences (I, like most, do a LOT of shopping online – not just amazon).
I don’t buy that excuse.
Processing fee’s are ~2% (plus whatever monthly membership fee’s. spread over all the sales on a site, I’ll give it ~3%. Maybe ~4%). Not 25% ($2 + $6 is an $8 charge. $2/8 = 25%. Hell… also add the cut that paypal charges to put money in your paypal account, might as well add another $1 cost).
I can pick up any number of one-off purchases, from any number of small businesses without having to pay a $2 fee. Heck on a stick, I can buy a soda from a machine at the beach with my Master Card for the same as it would cost to buy it from a gas-station without paying a $2 fee.
Maybe it’s the wrong perspective you’re looking through. You shouldn’t look at it that you need to pay more when you don’t want to make a deposit, but rather you get an extra bonus if you do so. And what’s 2$ extra for a template?
What’s an extra $2 fee for everything I do then? The nickle and dimes add up. When I buy something for $6, I want to pay… $6 (taxes not withstanding). I don’t pay $1.50 + $2 for a soda… I don’t pay $15 + $2 for a book on amazon. I don’t pay $1 + $2 for a track on iTunes…
Nor do I have to ring up a balance to buy a single app on Google Play. I don’t have to buy a $60 card to purchase a $15 game on Steam.
These options are… bewildering.
I may be weird, but I just wanted to see if I was alone in thinking this, although I probably should have made the title “Why such a weird/bewildering set of purchasing options?”
I’ve only seen a few places to the “buy points” type of system. Purchase points, buy items with points. Wii and XBox being two… EZPass being another. I just love spending $20, to buy a $5 game and then letting the remainder sit in someone else’ bank account earning them interest….
Other option? $2 fee on a $6 theme for the privilege of using Paypal.
I’d love to purchase A theme… $20 for a $6 theme? No. $2 fee for a $6 purchase? No.
Every other place allows me to purchase an item with a Visa/Mastercard. One purchase. One transaction. No other hassle needed.
I’m not trying to flame (although I am ranting a little bit), but why would a site choose such silly options for payment? I hate not being able to buy what I want because of a BS system getting in my way.