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gljivec says

+1 I agree, requested staff reply. I think it’s a very good way of advertising other markets, but it should definitely be much more distributed among a high number of items.

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Pixelworkshop says

After purchasing an HTML template, I have been offered to buy some Wordpress plugins. Off-topic and misleading.

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erwin_schro says

+1

I’m with you guys if it’s related with fairness and a better marketplace.

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DanThemes says

+1 (this topic most probably won’t change anything, but it’s worth a try)

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greenline says

That’s why I’m always mentioning the unfair competition (beside other tactics)

It would be more fair and normal to show “Related items” instead of “Top items”. Most stores show the related items when you buy or visit an item.

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sightsignal says

Why would the buyer need to see related items if he’s already made his purchase? It’s like telling him he didn’t spend enough time doing his search, present him with a limited choice of files that have similar keywords, and then hope for the best…

If you look at http://envatomarketplaces.com/ it features one item from each marketplace… a solution like that could be placed on the after-purchase screen, showcasing one recent, randomized “Featured Item” from each marketplace. Not ideal, but I think better than just throwing around stuff because it has the same tag words.

But even those featured files on http://envatomarketplaces.com/ have been the same for I don’t even know how long, so it seems proper exposure of authors isn’t a priority.

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digitalscience says

Why would the buyer need to see related items if he’s already made his purchase? It’s like telling him he didn’t spend enough time doing his search, present him with a limited choice of files that have similar keywords, and then hope for the best…

Because that’s what other online stores do… for example you purchase a self help book and it shows you another best selling self help book. Because now Envato knows the buyers preferences, and can then push products which he is most likely to purchase. It doesn’t make sense if a buyer purchased a self help book and then was shown something unrelated like a top selling lawn mower. Basic marketing 101.

I think what Envato’s idea behind all this is to cross promote marketplaces.. so if you buy an image you might want a WordPress theme, or if you buy Audio you might want to buy Video. It’s a half baked idea which isn’t going to be helpful most of the time. If every PhotoDune purchase shows top selling WordPress themes, then that is a huge amount of exposure to those items considering how many PhotoDune items are purchased on a daily basis.

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TanyDi says

+1 your suggestion for fair author exposure…..This is one of the reasons that modest authors like me die slowly in the dust. Also all popular items are on one click distance in the main menu which is the permanent ads. Obviously this is not enough.

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sightsignal says

@digitalscience

I understand, but I’m just trying to think realistically… your screenshot on the first page shows that envato feels the need to advertise the #1 selling theme on themeforest… plus the envatostudio banner still exists disrupting search pages… plus http://envatomarketplaces.com/ features the same items for ages now… it all shows that proper author exposure isn’t a priority, right? So if envato is going to use that after-purchase page to push top sellers, I’d rather have them display recent “Featured Items” from every marketplace.

That said, yes better author exposure would be great, but how?... I don’t know, but some big stock marketplaces seem to have better and more intensive curating… so why not expand the featured items section… or have staff organize collections (as it sometimes happens) of many items within a theme/keyword from different authors, and then properly make buyers aware of them…

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Smartik says

Why would the buyer need to see related items if he’s already made his purchase? It’s like telling him he didn’t spend enough time doing his search, present him with a limited choice of files that have similar keywords, and then hope for the best…
Real example. I’ve purchased a T-shirt that I found in an online shop. After purchase, on confirmation page, were shown a few related products and there I saw another interesting T-shirt. Guess what! I ended to purchase another one even if I had plans to buy just one.

That’s how it should be for digital products also, but not for all. Here should be exceptions.

  • If the user purchase a photo, it may want to buy more relevant photos. Here makes sense.
  • If a user purchase a theme, then there are no reasons to display other themes. The user has made the choice, and most likely it will not purchase another theme this time. Here makes sense to display relevant plugins from CodeCanyon.
  • If a user purchase a plugin for WordPress from CodeCanyon, then it may be interested to see other plugins from the same or a similar category. Also it may also want to purchase a theme for this new plugin. Here makes sense to display a list of plugins and themes.

But showing top items from a marketplace, it’s a big NO. Here are so many beautifull themes that deserve attention and probaly are much better than these monster themes from popular section.

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