This is my first post here so please excuse me if I added it in the wrong place. I have no idea how my idea could be executed or even if it should be, just throwing it out there.
I have been a member for a while but I’ve only started using the marketplace for resources in the past month or so. I’ve bought almost 80 items now and I always buy what I use obviously.
For me a really great feature would be to be able to download a full version of a product before I buy it. I can “design” great things by taking elements others have made and slightly modifying them but I am rubbish when I need to create the elements on my own. For me, buying something, trying it and failing is part of the process. Being able to download either rasterized versions of vectors, or just use the preview image with transparency would be awesome (for logos for example).
I realize this is very hard to implement as it can easily be exploited. I was wondering if anyone has any ideas on how this could be done?
Perhaps a fixed monthly fee? Or if you buy more than $2,000 worth of items you can download items for free? Perhaps your downloads could be tracked and if you don’t sign a virtual document stating that you will not use it unless you buy a license in the next 5 days you are automatically billed?
I know that all these ideas have their (deep) flaws, it would just be nice if the honest folk could browse to their heart’s content and just buy what they use. I’m quite sure this will never make it, but I’m hopeful some nice ideas could arise!
I think this is a very complex situation. Haven’t seen this around stock sites except some photo stocks that allow you to download a low-res version of the photo to use in certain cases (some with watermarks, though).
I agree. I think that due to the complexity (which basically arises from the ease of exploitation) this will never be implemented. However, for me it would definitely mean a better workflow and I would still pay for whatever I use.
On my end I would gladly pay $30 – $50 per month for this option in addition to buying what I use. This would allow me to try out 10 logos on my projects without paying $290 for the quality files. I mostly create themes so I only need these logos for the demo site. I still want to make it the best it can be but due to the nature of these projects I would love to be able to go through 10-20 logos to see if anything fits perfectly.
I agree with you that this is a very unique concept and I wouldnt even know how to think about making this possible. I would think it wouldnt be possible but thats just me, but great idea!
Cant think of any way to implement that feature without facilitating the use of the item for thiefts, we already have enough to concern about, dont make it easier for them!
As everyone has said, that would be an extremely complex setup (if it could be done at all).. and even then, items would probably still get ripped off.
Having said that, I think if authors were encouraged to make videos of their items it would really help buyers see the ins-n-outs of the product. Some authors already make tutorial videos for their items that the public can watch before buying, and I think this sort of thing really gives buyers a clear understanding of what is included and how it works. This would be the best way to see a full version of a product before buying… but of course, it would require the author to take the time to record videos for each of their products. I think it would be great if we (authors) did videos for all our products.
I think that providing a low res, transparent png file (with watermarks) could work easily for some categories, such as logo’s & vectors. Of course you couldn’t easily change colors or text, but it may be enough to get an idea if it will work for you.
@Kevinhamil, The video idea should probably be used more and it seems like a good way to get a little more exposure to your items. That made me think of an idea too.. GraphicRiver should set up a channel on youtube that we can submit our videos to for an even higher level of exposure then most of us would get on our own.
I think the low res transparency is definitely a great idea. For me color is less of a problem, you can usually use the hue/saturation settings to recolor simple things.
On my end a video wouldn’t really be helpful on GraphicRiver. For VideoHive and ThemeForest I think it is a good idea though, I just created a video for a theme It’s not just helpful for users but it’s good exposure. I think users would lean toward a theme which has a good video just for reasons of looking professional. The same may be true for GraphicRiver of course.
I understand that GraphicRiver and PhotoDune is MUCH more prone to theft than with the not so much out of the box items like themes, however these are exactly the resources theme makers need.
This is for sure a delicate situation but there might be an idea that could help out there. I was thinking that I would even pay a deposit, in the thousand range – maybe more – to be able to get this feature. Users could pay $2,000 to ThemeForest. This would be kept for a year. In this period you could try things for free. You would still need to buy it if you use it of course. After a year you get 90% back.
This still doesn’t prevent me from stealing $10,000 worth of themes but I’m not sure how you could monetize on it on that scale, surely it would stand out.
The negative side here is that the authors of items aren’t getting more money out of this, it’s only Envato and the user who downloads the file. Although this could lead to more sales in general?