I agree with a lot of this. I thought there would be more developers here looking for templates to use with their backends. It also seems that by automatically deciding that templates that don’t fall into the main categories should be priced lower isn’t promoting growth by variations. If someone is looking for a template for a restaurant then they would buy it if it was $15 the same as if was $10 because there is not as many out there. We already know that there isn’t as much of a market for these niche type sites so there won’t be as many sales. Considering that and the fact that you immediately reduce the cost because there outside of the box is not promoting growth by variation.
I’m sorry but I feel like you are still missing the point on this one…the statement I made about that other template being “targeted” was not the only reason it received a lower price. It was one of the factors…and trust me if someone uploads a greatly designed, industry specific, template, that functions well, and has a nice layout…it too can receive the full $15 dollar price tag…its not like we have a rule that, industry specific templates can only get up to $X. And the site in question was not even created specifically for an industry…When I said targeted I meant in the sense that it would work for less uses…where as the other that was being compared, was more open, had more room to play with content, and layout…meaning it had the potential to be used by a larger demographic.
But in the end design, layout, and functionality were also factors, and I admit that I thought the overall rating of the 1st submission was a cut above the second submission, in all aspects of the judging.
So please be aware you CAN upload great, targeted, templates and they do have the potential to be priced at $10, $12, or $15…