I agree that the prices should go up. but wait a minute… PSD with over 100 pages? Now what if that becomes a new trend, like it happened with overcrowded/feature rich themes? Did anyone think of that? First of all I am not going to make 100+ PSD files for that price, not even for $20. Why? Because I think that quantity isn’t the same as quality… But hey, what if this becomes a trend? I think none of us who are also a developers would want that..
It’s already becoming a trend, point is that uniqueness was the thing that makes you different but lets face it devs and designers figured out that if you go to much out of frame with unique designs you will not sell. On the other side envato and there army of reviewers still judge as it was b4. Change is needed but will it come… that’s a different story.
Yeh this is the same trend that has happened over and over on each marketplace and each category. Two factors are 1) Market saturation 2) Price caps. When the marketplace becomes saturated, competition increases, exposure decreases, and the only real way to sell is to take advantage of the price cap by making our file better value for money with the quantity factor (quality can also come into play)
The bundle concept, was pretty much born on the first marketplace, FlashDen when the marketplace became saturated, authors started bundling already approved files into one mega file which hit the max price cap to beat the competition which eventually caught on and became a trend. Although there was a huge out cry first, it became accepted, even adopted by Envato with the Birthday Bundle, which everyone loves to hate, except of course if you’re profiting from the bundle
Then of course we have our mega themes, which are also price capped, but contain an insane amount of features and content owing to an obsessive amount of author updates, which again is a sales tactic to be value for money and will beat out the competition.
All of these problems are caused because Envato is too slow to adjust the site as the marketplace grows. When the pricing for PSD’s was set a few years ago, no one thought we would have PSD’s with 100 files in it… but now that we do, someone needs to reevaluate how things are priced. Problem is, Envato takes too long to make changes, unless it becomes a huge problem on the forums.
But my thoughts are Envato allows this because it draws huge traffic, no where else on the internet can you buy a PSD with 150 pages for $12, or buy elaborate feature packed themes for a mere $50. So Envato makes their money, and the authors involved make their money too, the only real persons that are losing out on opportunities are the majority of authors.
To sell here, it’s not always about what you create, it’s about understanding how the Envato ecosystem works, and when the martetplace becomes saturated Authors have no choice but to come up with new ways to pull sales. It’s just a product of Envato’s slow adaption to the ever growing marketplace.
Simply told price dumping, we all earn from envato some more some less but price dumping isn’t the way to go. The problem is that some can afford working month on a theme and bundling everything in other cannot that is why it is creating a monopoly.
But you’ve hit the point strait on.