I agree with you. I don’t mind selling a script I wrote and losing 50% because I can make it once and sell it many times, but with Microlancer you are trading your time for each project that you accept. Time is valuable and I don’t think a 30% cut is very fair.
I understand they are offering their network which will help your exposure. I would be more interested in paying a monthly fee to use the service, say $29/month or something. It would actually be a good model for them because then they are getting paid whether you land gigs or not. I’m actually going to email them now and suggest a subscription model option as I think many more authors would buy into it.
Well, I see them now. I don’t find them disturbing, though.
After all, many authors promote on their product page another product.
Envato is doing the same thing.
I see these ads as an action to promote Microlancer which maybe didn’t had the expected success.
Though I think it will not have success even with this method, because on Microlancer, a “PSD to website” service for instance, costs 150$, 300$, 700$ even 950$ while on other freelancing websites the same service is usually only 100$ (for the same number of hours! ). The price does matter!
^ and the reason they are overpriced is because envato is taking 30%, causing everyone to charge more for the service.
I have to admit, that it seems pretty disrespectful to authors. It’s saying loud and clear “Hey, maybe you don’t want a template, or an audio track or a theme after all, but you want to get a cheap freelancer to knock it up for you instead.”
Authors do a lot to bring customers to Envato, admittedly with several vested interests, but nevertheless it seems unfair to brazenly attempt to herd those customers straight over to Envato’s latest service.
The only way I imagine most authors might find it acceptable is if the gesture is reciprocated – with massive ads for the marketplaces adorning the search results over at Microlancer too.