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Here’s my workspace.

I assume you’re wearing sunglasses with the light switched on? ;)

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+1 for one year license renewal

For some reason I think that Envato wants to end this market place without actually saying it. As in they’ve got enough money, now they want to enjoy it without the daily stress they have.

I have to make this conclusion because literally every time the community asks for improvements regarding important things such as ratings, pricing and the businessmodel, Envato comes up with updates such as a different background, more icons, a new login, et cetera; things that really don’t have any priority whatsoever.

This new support update doesn’t make any logical sense to me.

Looking at these kind of ‘updates’ and the depressing amount of sales these days it’s definitely time to move on. I guess the September propehcy will become true after all.

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So is it affect the Sales? I think it maybe affect the sales.

Yes, it will.

“Username does not support this item” will affect the sales, and in my opinion it would be better to leave such a bullet point out. Selling stuff 101, rule #1: never mention anything that isn’t included.

“VW Golf, $ 20.000, fuel not included” “iPod, 16GB, no songs included”

Besides wether or not an item is supported, it’ll affect sales since there are more small letters around the price tag of an item, meaning that people have to pay attention and think more before they make their descision. People don’t want to think, but just experience a safe feeling when they buy something.

“Quality checked by Envato” and “Version updates” are quite nice, but they still need to be read. It makes people think again before clicking the “buy” button. “I have to be aware, there might be items for sale here that don’t include version updates. Or is this something they mention at every item? I’m confused.”

The links “What does support include” and “What is support?”: it’s good to inform users about this, but it has a distracting factor as well. Once clicked, the page should definitely open in a new tab/browser, or else there’s a (big) chance that the person won’t browse back to make the actual purchase.

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(Meanwhile in the same marketplace, the same copycat author is still selling without a shame, and earning dollars by using an other fellow author’s hardwork.)

You should ask Envato if they can hire you to search and report duplicates and clones. I’m not joking, this would really help to make this marketplace a lot better.

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Aha, so this author driven pricing is only available for very specific items on GraphicRiver, which are easy to manage for Envato since there isn’t a big audience for those items?

That is not at all what I said.

I said that PowerPoint templates, fonts etc on GraphicRiver are a different proposition to the level of WordPress themes etc sold here making it hard to compare like for like.

It is about individual product features and sales volume – the marketplace has no importance

Allright, I was under the impression that you – as a moderator – knew more about any potential plan to set author driven pricing on ThemeForest as well and that you stated that it won’t happen for ThemeForest. That’s the reason why I stated that this thread better could be locked. Why discussing something that won’t happen anyway.

I thought that the items being sold on GraphicRiver where some kind of testing things out before every author on the Envato marketplaces could set his own price.

I still don’t know if author driven pricing is going to happen for all authors at this point, but I do know that Envato still has the policy that people buy directly from authors. Author driven pricing would be a logical aspect of that policy, but I’m probably being naive again.

I said that PowerPoint templates, fonts etc on GraphicRiver are a different proposition to the level of WordPress themes etc sold here making it hard to compare like for like. It is about individual product features and sales volume – the marketplace has no importance

I’m not sure if I understand this, but I know some fonts available on GR do look the same, just like there are templates and themes that look the same. So I don’t get why those items can be priced manually and templates and themes can’t.

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Thanks Bedros for your reply; I simply don’t see the disadvantages of setting your own price and I don’t think that any author needs to be affraid of it.

It’s quite something to see that mega-items’ prices are now set by Envato – and are equally priced as normal items. If an author can decide what kind of pricetag he sets for his item, there’s no need to ‘worry’ about it anymore, since everyone is free to ask their own price for it.

What that means is that an author can choose to have a ‘cheap cheap’ reputation, while the other author can choose to set prices based on what they think their item is really worth.

I don’t think buyers will get frustrated over the differences between prices; I think it’ll encourage them to make a better and faster choice while shopping here – especially when they can filter on price.

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This thread will go on and on and I can assure you that there will be a poll on this matter very soon, and there we will clearly see that the 95% of authors will be totally against AuthorDrivenPricing, naturally.

That would also indicate that 95% of authors don’t have any trust in their own items and capacities.

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Can you imagine the chaos doing this will cause with buyers?

“why is this theme cheaper than this theme?”, “what is the difference?”, “what do I get for the more expensive?”

People maybe right – not everyone will always buy the cheapest option (the test on GR proved this) but for absolute certain there will be a % who do, many who do not know enough to judge properly which theme or author is best to buy, and even those who do not are going to want to understand the differences.

The number of people who buy Themes (on here as much compared to the competition) compared to those who buy add-ons or presentations are not even close, that is before you even consider the difference in theme features and capability versus for example a PowerPoint presentation.

This makes it very hard to base any decision on like for like comparison.

This is not even looking at the potential (further) confusion in envato’s back-end and invoicing from this and I would also be extremely surprised if they would risk taking such a hit as to let authors cut price massively on what is one their most profitable categories.

Aha, so this author driven pricing is only available for very specific items on GraphicRiver, which are easy to manage for Envato since there isn’t a big audience for those items?

Then please lock this thread for the sake of unnecessary discussions. Envato should’ve never announced this via a newsletter for every author.

So that seems to be it. There won’t be any author driven pricing on ThemeForest so why talk about it? Is this another move by the managers to test how the mices and rats will react to something new?

What a waste of time.

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It’s almost too funny to watch what’s happening here.

There’s an idea represented that involves freedom. The freedom for an author to choose his own prices. Yet the majority is now screaming: “Please Envato, please be in control of the prices! Don’t let me set my own prices!”

I really ask myself why? Why do people seem to be affraid for this freedom?

Because the neighbour might start selling his items for only a couple of dollars? So what?

It seems that almost everyone here is thinking that buyers will only buy the most cheap items available. Well let me ask you something: Is everyone driving a Dacia? Is everyone wearing a Casio watch? Does everyone wear $5 sunglasses?

If an author with a specific item starts selling it for $ 10,- only, than he might get a lot of sales, but not every client is going to buy that item. There are in fact clients who like to spend more money on an item, just as there are people who like to wear a Rolex instead of a Casio.

Or is every item available here of the same quality, the same service and the same design?

Where the ‘cheap cheap’ authors are making $120 with 12 sales, someone else is making the same amount of money with only 1 sale.

Selling things for cheap has its price (i.e. disadvantages) as well.

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I think this will actually be really great and I’m looking forward to it.

Of course people can start dumping their items for as low as $1, but any author who respects his work, won’t do this. In fact, if authors can set their own price, I’ll definitely set prices for future HTML templates at least to $ 19, and that’s the bare minimum.

If I’d sell a WP theme, the bare minimum price would be at least $ 49 for a blog theme. A theme with more pages (to have something more than a blog only) would be at least $ 79. If I had something like a multi-purpose theme available, I’d set the pricetag to at least $ 129.

Just because you can buy a new Dacia for as low as $ 7000 doesn’t mean that the whole world is going to buy one.

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