Posts by digitalscience

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digitalscience says

This is a good idea for popular authors and for their who have lots of works, but for as who are new here don’ t help a lot.

Nope this doesn’t benefit top authors only, but anyone who uploads an item and get’s good sales within a month.

4858 posts Interactive Design
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Has sold $500,000+ on Envato Market
  • Interviewed on an Envato blog
  • Made it to the Authors' Hall of Fame
+8 more
digitalscience says


You’re talking about a well designed card game with great illustrations and a humorous edge, tie into that a “web famous” cartoonist who’s part of the project, and very reasonable prices for getting your hands on the card game and this is simply a great product, I think the terms “waste” & “easy” is a bit of an interesting choice here.
Oh no, I was in no way targeting the game.
What I meant was the 10k target with the 3.7m funding. The idea behind the game may be something. But still that is an insane amount of money!!

Cats rule the internet, so not surprising it translates into big dollars ;)

4858 posts Interactive Design
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Has sold $500,000+ on Envato Market
  • Interviewed on an Envato blog
  • Made it to the Authors' Hall of Fame
+8 more
digitalscience says



I found an important piece of text on the blog:
We’ll be providing a Form 1099 as required, for income starting Jan 1, 2015
They probably haven’t provided the forms or won’t because they realize what they’re proposing is not legal, otherwise they would’ve done it already.
If what I quoted is true, then we won’t get a form 1099 until next year, for earnings from Jan 2015 to Dec 2015. Would still be nice for staff to say “Yeah, this is correct” for reassurance, everything is a bit fuzzy right now.

oh right.. good point, I still don’t see why a website where you sell stuff online should report earnings to IRS, something doesn’t feel right about that.

4858 posts Interactive Design
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Has sold $500,000+ on Envato Market
  • Interviewed on an Envato blog
  • Made it to the Authors' Hall of Fame
+8 more
digitalscience says

I found an important piece of text on the blog:
We’ll be providing a Form 1099 as required, for income starting Jan 1, 2015

They probably haven’t provided the forms or won’t because they realize what they’re proposing is not legal, otherwise they would’ve done it already.

4858 posts Interactive Design
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Has sold $500,000+ on Envato Market
  • Interviewed on an Envato blog
  • Made it to the Authors' Hall of Fame
+8 more
digitalscience says

This is a really great application, nice work! Would be cool to have ‘sales / dollars for today’ on the dashboard.

4858 posts Interactive Design
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Has sold $500,000+ on Envato Market
  • Interviewed on an Envato blog
  • Made it to the Authors' Hall of Fame
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digitalscience says

Can someone explain something here, if an author is from the EU and the buyer is an EU non-business buyer, then there will be additional amount added to the list price? Won’t this make purchasing from EU authors less attractive, since those buyers could rather purchase a similar item from another author in a non-EU country and pay less?

4858 posts Interactive Design
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Has sold $500,000+ on Envato Market
  • Interviewed on an Envato blog
  • Made it to the Authors' Hall of Fame
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digitalscience says

The reality is most buyers will end up seeing top themes like Avada just the way ThemeForest is geared, so it’s inevitable to mention these popular themes in a buyers guide. At least it mentions that buying something popular means you’ll have a website that is not so unique as many other users have the same template.

I think the comment ‘You buy it, you break it, too bad.’ regarding support is unfair and not really accurate. Probably based on some bad experience he may have had with an author, but not accurate for the entire author community here.

But I agree overall the post is pretty one sided, but everyone on the internet has an opinion ;) If this was written by a community member though it would most likely be a more accurate representation of a buyers guide – which is what Envato should be promoting.

4858 posts Interactive Design
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Has sold $500,000+ on Envato Market
  • Interviewed on an Envato blog
  • Made it to the Authors' Hall of Fame
+8 more
digitalscience says

^ The fact that Envato has to create competitions and award cash prizes to encourage growth in particular categories should be sign that pricing in general between categories and types of files should be re-evaluated. If niche type themes were better value for money, they would sell better. Right now it just makes more sense to buyers to go for the multi-purpose themes and spend a few extra dollars since the value of the item is an incredibly good deal compared to a niche theme for example.

4858 posts Interactive Design
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Has sold $500,000+ on Envato Market
  • Interviewed on an Envato blog
  • Made it to the Authors' Hall of Fame
+8 more
digitalscience says

Authors this battle will not be won, it’s all about profit and market share for Envato, not you. Here’s a funny thing however, one of the top selling items of 2014 on another marketplace is a WordPress theme, that is average in function and style in comparison to here on ThemeForest, and is priced at $175. Think about that for a while.

100% agree, Envato since the beginning has learnt it’s all about keeping things as cheap as possible which is why they’ve grown at a phenomenal rate. But unfortunately this tactic only really benefits 5% of authors here for huge returns, whereas the rest will struggle to create anything sustainable.

Since Envato is now the biggest market on the web and they have a strong footing, they don’t need to aggressively push this tactic anymore, instead they could fine tune and balance out the pricing. With so many new authors joining, it’s quite a waste of resources if the market here isn’t a fair playing ground and the only option to compete is to create high risk / high reward type items such as multi demo / multi page themes which can take several months to create.

4858 posts Interactive Design
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Has sold $500,000+ on Envato Market
  • Interviewed on an Envato blog
  • Made it to the Authors' Hall of Fame
+8 more
digitalscience says

So, while we do take things like item functionality and features into consideration (e.g. current pricing for WordPress ranges from $38 for a more general blogging site theme, all the way to $63 for a theme with more unique and advanced functionality

We’d like to believe this but the majority of popular multiple purpose themes that are averaging around 1000 sales a month consistently for over a year or more are priced at $58, but these have all been receiving continuous major updates, new features, demos since creation. These themes should all be increased to $63 in my opinion..a $5 increase is not going to adversely affect their sales, in fact they probably will make more turnover – and in the end, it’s not about sales count, it’s about what the author gets in his pocket. This will help encourage more sales for lower priced niche type themes.

If Envato want’s more niche type themes on the market, then you need to atleast make them good value for money compared to multipurpose type themes – right now the price difference is too small and buyers (and people shopping anywhere) generally go for value for money – most people love a good deal ;)

What Envato should be looking at is the actual value of the item versus performance on the market… if something is selling incredibly well and consistently over years, perhaps a small increase on the price is needed and would make sense for greater profit margins. If we look at magneto themes, they’re price around $80 – $100 yet overall do not really perform well sales wise, in this instance Envato should bring the price down on Magneto themes to encourage sales.

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