I’m actually very unhappy that Envato seem to be continually disappointing users with their response times, but I’d like to say 2 things:
1. Ripoff report is not “credible” in fact for the most it’s basically just what 1 star reviews on amazon are for, showing the “bad apples” in the buying community.
2. That wikipedia entry was modified yesterday, linking to ripoff report as a reference, it doesn’t take a detective to figure out who added that section
Though I appreciate you feel let down, I must echo Jonathans sentiment, why not just buy from authors you trust? Most of us on here do everything we can to produce the best products possible and give the best support, there’s definitely some bad apples in terms of authors also, but you can usually tell these by just reading through the comments for a theme.
Nice one Danny!
We’re only implicated for VAT because of the new author fee system.
This is a new system that Collis claims has always been the case.
When I signed up to Envato the make money page looked like this: https://web.archive.org/web/20120101144347/http://themeforest.net/wiki/selling/getting-paid/payment-rates/
Every time an item is sold on the Envato Marketplaces a percentage of the sale price goes to the author.
This is what I signed up for and agreed to, if the “author fee” model existed then, it would have been mentioned.
Simply put: Envato are trying to save themselves money with the Author Fee system, whether it’s Tax or Accounting Fees who knows, but we know this, all these issues with VAT etc. are purely because of this new system, and insisting that this has always been the case is belittling and a blatant lie.
It’s sad that Envato is becoming a company that’s happy to screw its members just to earn more money for itself.
New authors begin at the 50% level and as sales volume adds up, so does the commission percentage. That means the more you sell, the more you earn!
So you see Collis, this Author Fee system was not always the case, and claiming misuse of the word “commission” is not an excuse.
I signed up for Envato to sell my items and pay me commission, this is what was mentioned in the pages at the time.
It depends on the theme you’re making, assess the functionality you’re planning to create and figure if that can be done by just using simple page templates and post archives.
Don’t include a page builder for the sake of it, it should only be used if absolutely required (if you have complex page layouts for example)
Oh man, I lost like 22!
Sadly it takes Envato around 7 days to respond to most things at the moment, so I fear a more immediate solution is just to leave a comment on the item
I agree with the sentiment of this 100%, some of these themes are just getting silly. With my own portfolio I do what I can to keep my themes simple, and focused, but I also need to make a living for me and my partners so I’ve also tried a few bigger themes.
The issue is that buyers vote with their wallets, whilst the top sellers list is dominated by 1000s of feature themes, then how can we truly expect developers to not want a piece of that action?
Either Themeforest need to do something about the huge 50 demo themes, or buyers need to move toward us developers of smaller, more focused themes, both of which is blue sky thinking I fear.
Here’s an example, there’s a new theme with 40+ demos on the homepage, this is in the item comments:
Wow, lots of nice built-in demos. You could be a contender for BeTheme if you keep adding demos!
Can someone please review my application to be an express service provider? When this was first announced for themes installation a while ago I applied immediately (so I can install my own themes for buyers) but I’m still to hear back about this.
Cheers – Tom
My template is unique and the design also good.
This attitude will not get you approved. Sadly your design is neither unique nor good, I’d suggest going back to some design basics as there’s fundamental errors in your design that simply cannot be explained in a forum post.