- Envato Staff
- Community Moderator
- Repeatedly Helped protect Envato Marketplaces against copyright violations
- Has been a member for 5-6 years
- Envato Studio (Microlancer) Beta Tester
- Sold between 10 000 and 50 000 dollars
- Exclusive Author
I would imagine (for buyers) if the demo was very slow you’d take that as indication of poor quality (because it probably is, good hosting is dirt cheap). I wouldn’t think screenshots would make any difference to your purchase decision if the demo performs poorly.
I agree with GravityDept – I would not buy just on screenshots and not working demo, but good shots would make me wait a bit to check demo if back online…
Ivor, I understand, see all the good uses mentioned in my first post – just looking at top selling items made me worried if this is worth the effort.
Oh, now that I think about it – following best sellers example may not be that good idea for (let’s be honest) probably average theme. They have much more going for them: status and history on marketplace, external marketing channels…
A bad demo doesn’t nessasarily say something about the theme, you know. This happens quite often actually. Sometimes I wil buy it anyway if all the other contribution factors such as ratings and item comments are ok. Also author reputation on other items will be checked by me. If all these are fine I tend to buy without a live demo, but that’s just one opinion.