Yes i notice this too, and I think I may able to shed some light on one way this can happen. See I have done a few updates to some of my files, adding features here and there over a period of a few months. So now some of my files have a lot more features than you’d expect for the original price.I understand and agree, but I’m talking about when files are uploaded… I’m referring to the initial prices…
I’ve been thinking about this recently and whether i should request a price change – but this is a hard call to make as you don’t want to mess with something that sells quite regularly.M
Yeah I agree with you there too.
Is it maybe because we have such a varied feature set in Flash files (templates especially) compared to possibly more easily pigeonholed ThemeForest templates?
Even though we often talk about templates here being very similar, for reviewers they maybe start at $15 then add a couple of dollars for each key template feature (music player, deep linking the 6 or 7 standard module pages, fullscreen etc)... then maybe they take of $5, $10 or $15 for quality?
Ya see what I mean – they need the wide range to cover all the possibilities. But then the quality (subjective) judgement means that you get files with the same feature list at wildly different prices.
Add to this – what if the reviewer has their own way of pricing each feature eg someone thinks deep linking is worth $5 more whereas another reviewer thinks its no big deal to bolt on SWFAddress.
Of course as I write this I’m realising that a ThemeForest WordPress developer could claim the same varied list of features in their repertoire.
And the best thing about being a black paw is that the silver paw isn’t far away
Yes i notice this too, and I think I may able to shed some light on one way this can happen. See I have done a few updates to some of my files, adding features here and there over a period of a few months. So now some of my files have a lot more features than you’d expect for the original price.
I’ve been thinking about this recently and whether i should request a price change – but this is a hard call to make as you don’t want to mess with something that sells quite regularly.
It just occurred to me that I hadn’t checked the top authors section for a while to see which page number I’m on. I like doing this occasionally as it is a great way of showing how you are going sales wise relative to the whole marketplace. When i first started looking i think I was on page 37 or something and now I’m on page 22 (yay!) – thats about 15 pages in 5 months.
Just thought I’d mention this in case anyone hadn’t gotten onto it… another statistical procrastination exercise / way to make yourself feel happy about your progress
This would be great – and thanks everyone for helping me understand how ratings work!
See I was a bit confused how recently a few of my five star files went down to four stars… I was thinking someone must have been really annoyed and gave me a really bad rating because the previous 5 stars was from about 10 people so would have needed a 1 star rating to push it down. But of course i probably actually had a rating of 4.51 (for example) so one more 4 star rating may have pushed the average down to 4.49… not such ha drastic situation.
But of course I’m only speculating here and it would be nice to know for sure as this is the difference between me thinking I need to vastly improve the file or just do a few tweaks here and there. Basically it would be nice to know if some of my ratings are 1 star and the rest 5 stars or if they are all 4s or 5s.
http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html Best talk ever, Ken for president!
+1, I’ve lost count of the amount of people I’ve told about Ken. Such a kernel of truth that education systems are essentially geared towards people becoming academics – when 95% of the population just aren’t suited to rigorous research and theoretical study.
I like the idea of having something on the item description page that shows there is some activity in the comments area. The number of comments and perhaps the latest comment could be shown. Or ideally a featured comment as chosen by the author.
comments are something unique compared to most other stock sites. Differentiators are important in a crowded marketplace.
comments do give a bit of an active feel to the page… As in somebody is home, the shop is being attended etc…
Its like in the beginning there were a lot less files than now so the sales were good, and now files that have sold before sell just because they have already been sold so many times. (aka “sort by sales” rule) Sad, but true.
I am not a top author. I just added my first file in 3 months. It has sold absolutely nothing…
My other files have got a great boost this week – showing that buyers may not buy the new file but perhap if the author has got some promise then buyers will check out the rest of the folio.
In the three months I didn’t upload anything my sales have remained steady. Even through December, even though my biggest seller is about 150 sales which aint that high in the sales sort. So I figure there must definitely be a few buyers who search in various ways and discover the less than popular items.
Ofcourse, I am sure there are exceptions to this rule and that there are authors here whose most of the files are really great, much better than my will ever be.
Yep good point, maybe my experience is different to the general trend, but the sheer numbers of buyers that the other guys posted about above must suggest that even if the majority of buyers do the search by sales ranking then there are still enough curious types left over to support those of us who are less popular.