As long as you have genesis installed, look for a genesis-based theme.
IMHO: calculate the amount of hours you need to finish x2 for later adjustments that client will request immediately after you launch the site. So you might estimate 5 hours to buy theme, install, add content. Add 5 more (or at least 2.5) on top of that because almost always clients would require something modified or added that might not be that big of a change to be charged separately.
And since you’re in US (atlien777) I find that kind of low. Quite….
P.S. I’ve read on the forums that some of the templates are being sold for thousands
which isn’t THAT bad considering it’s $40/hour.
Good luck finding the right person.
I think the buyers won’t agree to pay more at this point, things got too far. Besides, don’t fix it if it ain’t broken.
I’m sure Envato will come up with something if things get worse regarding the sales but hey, top items are selling pretty well, the best theme is doing 1500+ sales per week by itself.
I understand your concerns but buyers decide what sells and what not, unfortunately. Give people what they ask for.
Nobody forces you to built MEGA themes. There is no action Envato should take. It’s up to the author to decide what to build.