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haopei
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Hello,

I am a web developer, I can hold my own in HTML /CSS, but not very well in photoshop. Is it possible for me to purchase a template from ThemeForest, and resell it as my work to my clients? I will be offering customizing and other support, of course.

I’m thinking that this will be similar to outsourcing, but I get the feeling it is ethically wrong.

(Just to be clear, I am talking about blatantly presenting my client with a theme from ThemeForest (the client will not know that the theme is from ThemeForest, nor its cost), and if he likes it, I will purchase it, customize it, and manage it for an additional profit margin.)

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ThemeBlvd
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Can you? Sure, you can. You are free to go out and scam whoever you want, I guess.

And yes, I would consider presenting a client with a design that was purchased from a template website as an original design a scam. There is a difference between an originally designed website and one that comes from a template that anyone on the internet has access to buy. Taking this decision out of your client’s hands by keeping it from them would be scamming them.

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BoxyStudio
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I agree completely with themeblvd. At the marketing/development firm I work for, we’ve been using ThemeForest as a source for “cheaper” clients. We tell them immediately that we would be choosing from templates/themes. They know they’re not getting custom design work, which is why it’s more affordable. Most of the time, they are completely fine with it.

If they are not fine with it and cannot afford something custom, they move on. We keep our dignity and they more than likely end up hiring a lousy firm instead of us. ;)

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VagrantRadio
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I’m sorry, but this kind of crap really pi**es me off. Don’t claim other peoples work as your own simply to profit from a client that doesn’t know any better.

We work really hard on our templates only to sell cheaply to someone who rips off another person for more money.

Go learn Photoshop and create your own stuff.

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Daniel_R
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No. Now go learn some skills and make your own work.

you are being mean kid

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Daniel_R
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I agree completely with themeblvd. At the marketing/development firm I work for, we’ve been using ThemeForest as a source for “cheaper” clients.

I do the same with my company. If their budget is small, we use templates and let them know. If the want something original, we make a proposal for something with a different price.

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VagrantRadio
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No. Now go learn some skills and make your own work.
you are being mean kid

Not really a kid, thanks.

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dtbaker
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We give customers a direct link to themeforest.

Most find themeforest difficult to navigate so we end up picking 5 or so to match their business and they choose one from there, but they always see themeforest and the prices and no probs there.

eg:

Template web design services

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hansv
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Come on people…. It is wrong what he says, but at least he asks the community if it is wrong.

The answer to your question, haopei, would be:

You have to give credits to the original author. You are not allowed to say that it is your design, because it is not. If your client is interested in a website then you show him some designs from Themeforest (as dtbaker said) or you give him a link to themeforest so that he browses through all templates.

You then charge $$ for customizing the design to the client needs.

The cost of the template is “low” so if you are corncerned that the client will think your customization should also be around $20 or $30 dollars…. you have to remember the client that the template is selling in mass. Your customization is not.

But you cannot claim that it is your own theme…. because you bought it here from a great designer/coder who sells his templates here.

By telling the client where you get your stuff… you are not loosing anything, but earning respect for being honest.

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CreativeMilk
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One thing to mention, if you are using a template more than once for you clients please use the right kind of license, this will save you money and troubles!her

Well i dont use templates for my clients but as many e ,do it is an smart way to provide cheap sites.

As a couple of people here, it is indeed smart/better to tell your clients that this is an template from TF. It’s wrong to claim something that isn’t yours, right?

The authors here put an lot of effort here in there work so credits and respect in anyway are always welcome.

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