What does “Cannot use the site” mean? They only have access to the home page, or they cannot view anything at all except their profile page?
I’ve spoken to the rest of the team and we’ve added the issue to our meeting agenda tomorrow – so it’s definitely on our radar
Hey thanks for bringing this to our attention! Is it possible that you could give some rough, even if it is a very rough, estimate on when this will be functional? I don’t want to spend 2 weeks setting up, customizing, and getting a support ticket and/or forum system set up just to have Envato release one a month later…
@omarabid, those are pretty incredible numbers. Just to add some oil to the flame, there are a number of themes that accumulate hundreds of thousands (not an overstatement) worth of sales. Envato has enough.
Could Envato try giving all authors 75% revenue for 3 months, just to give time for users to create items and sell them, just to see if not only their revenues increase (of course they would) but their net profit too?
Higher prices = less sales. My 2c (from experience). In my opinion they have a perfect balance between author income, author motivation and covering running costs (hosting, advertising, development, legals, etc..)
Higher prices sometimes mean more sales. For example, many people I found were simply downloading my script from Warez sites (I implemented an email notification into my system each time it was installed). When I emailed them asking if they purchased it from CodeCanyon, 1/3 times they said they were testing it because they didn’t think that, since it was so inexpensive, it could be good.
Additionally, sales is not the end goal. Profit is. Finding that equilibrium is not something Envato does sadly. If Envato gave authors more control over prices, we would finally have the means to find an optimal price/sale ratio that will both benefit Envato and us (If we make more money, Envato makes more money). No one loses in this situation and I can see no downside to allowing authors to do this. What is the rationale to why we are not allowed to set our own prices for a product we produce, maintain, market, support, and improve?
I think the better solution would be to raise file prices. Just my 2 cents.
+1 for this one.35$ Fully-featured and flexible wp themes, or 15$ HTML websites … it’s quite a pity…
This would achieve the same result, and something I am definitely in favor for. 50% of $40 is less than 75% of $30. Freedom over prices I think would be a better ideal.
If Envato raised commission rates would that encourage authors to work harder? I doubt it, earning money becomes easier. Keeping the rates lower would encourage authors to work harder to reach their goals – my 2 cents.
If you’re reasoning were true it would apply at the 40% level, 30% level, 10%, 5%; which is obviously not true.
@WPExplorer, There are a number of websites doing the same thing that offer higher rates (Cannot list them here, nor would I want to. What they do not have is market share). Of course overheard is a concern. My point is that I am pretty sure the overheard is being taken care of, but we’ll let Envato’s revenue figures settle that. Even if you were right, they would not lose money in the long run (and probably even short run) if a significant portion of the authors on here stepped up their game due to a higher payment rate.
This is just a discussion about whether someone would or would not quit their day job to work with the marketplace full-time. I would. It sounds like you would not.
...if Envato gave a 75% author rate, and made it permanent?
I am in a predicament. Between maintaining my current web applications/scripts, bug-fixing, adding features, giving constant support, marketing the script, I have no more time to create anymore scripts while still maintaining another full-time job. I love working on personal projects, but time and other duty’s demand more of me. Then, if I fall behind on support, I respond late to questions regarding support that are on the item’s comments page (which should not be used for support anyways). Additionally, I spend a lot of time finding my files being released for free by doing a Google searches (Illegally, but DMCA ’s do nothing). This in turn decreases my sales, which gives me even less of an incentive to create new products.
If Envato raised the limit, it would give me the fuel I have been longing for to create a better product, which I will make more money and offer better support, while at the same time increasing Envato’s revenue. Basically, they would experience ecomies of scale.
I often wonder how much revenue Envato pulls in during those few days it gives authors 70% during the Birthday celebration. Is Envato willing to release these figures (or any revenue figures), keeping in mind the fact Envato knows how much each and everyone one of us makes too?
I was looking through the license agreement regarding ownership, and it appears that we still do have ownership of our files, and Envato does not. However, I have in the past been upset at how widespread CodeCanyon applications can be pirated and redistributed illegally. My question is, if I find a website that does this, do I tell Envato to inform the pirated website owner to take the file down since they are the ones distributing it, or is this something I must do on my own time? My question basically boils down to, “What pro-active steps is Envato making to remove our files from these sites?”
I think a status update as to how many websites Envato has shut down and/or contacted the authorities about would be encouraging and show the community what Envato is doing to make our files secure.
I hope my questions/concerns come off as only that, questions and concerns, and not as an argumentative streak of frustration.