Thank you both, Gifky and digitalimpact, your answers definitely help and bring light to my question.For digitalimpact:
It’s definitely not illegal (many people buy on behalf of their clients); I would only call it immoral to take credit for all the work.
But isn’t it illegal to sell a product when you don’t clearly state that the product is not unique or that the owner is not the only owner of that product? I mean, if someone expects that his/her website is custom-made for them and later finds out that, in fact, the “same” look/template is on 100 other websites I’m guessing there’s going to be a long face. It’s not that the client would be lied to on purpose, it’s that omitting to say that he/she is not the only owner of that template could come back and bite hard. I’m only guessing, obviously; regardless of any legal issues there’s always a moral issue that needs to be addressed, like you well said.For Gifky:
That way you can get both types of jobs.
That’s what I was planning to do, yes.
One more question (if I’m not breaking any rules by posting it here) and I’m done: is the TF affiliate program worth the while or it’s usually a lot of work with little satisfaction? I’m asking from the perspective of someone who never blogged about WP, themes or Open Source.
Again, thank you very much for your answers!
I hope I’m in the right forum with this issue.
I would like to know more about the themes business, the “how to” and “when”. I want to buy themes from ThemeForest and install them (modify them if necessary) to my clients.
But how do I get to do this? I can’t advertise myself as a web designer and then give them ready-made themes (it must be illegal as well not to make this clear) and I can’t find clients if I’m stating with big fonts that I’m not doing much of web design work, just buying themes and customize them if needed.
I don’t know how to / when to ask a client if he’s alright having a TF theme or tell him that I’m going to use a TF theme for his company website. To send him have a look on ThemeForest and pick a theme he /she likes will probably result in him not going through me and just buy it from TF in the first place and maybe ask some one else to install it / customize it.
So what I’m asking, is it possible and if it is, how does one do this?
I want to be honest with my clients and convince them to hire me to take care of their website issue, from A to Z. Basically, they need a website and I can address their need properly, even without making the template myself. But I need to inform them that the theme has been bought from here and it wasn’t custom-made for them in particular.
Thank you very much for any input, much appreciated. I just hope I’ve managed to make some sense with my questions.