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contrastblack Envato team says

Hey guys,

As you might know, there have been reports of Authors making purchases of their own items. This is not something we allow and it’s made clear by a warning that is issued whenever you try to purchase one of your own items.

Here are a few major points we’d like to address:

1) We want to make it clear that it is not permitted to purchase your own items to ramp up sales and ratings. When you purchase your own Items via multiple accounts it leaves traces. We are aware of this practice and even if you have not been warned, we are investigating the issue across our Marketplaces.

2) We want all items to be fairly represented to both buyers and the general Community! We believe that the practice of purchasing your own items numerous times is unfair towards fellow Marketplace authors. After the investigation is complete, the consequences can range from a one-time warning, to account disablement in case of repeat offenders. We are big advocates of fair competition, and really believe that it is for the best of all in the end, to have a fair chance at it :)

3) If you suspect there might be any actual issues with the purchasing system you should simply contact Support and we can assist. Taking matters into your own hands in this case is counter-productive, as you’re breaking the rules in the hopes of verifying an issue that we should be creating a fix for.

4) You do not have to purchase a license to your own files if you intend on using the item in question for your own clients outside of our Marketplaces. This is covered in the Licensing FAQ’s which can be found here: http://themeforest.net/licenses/faq (Particularly under “Author licensing FAQ”)

We just wanted to make sure that this information is clear, and that no future misunderstandings can get in the way. If you have any questions, or suggestions with regards to possible scenarios that might genuinely require the ability to purchase your own item, please ask, and we will be more than happy to clarify.

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djjeep says

Hey guys,... After the investigation is complete, the consequences can range from a one-time warning, to account disablement in case of repeat offenders. We are big advocates of fair competition, and really believe that it is for the best of all in the end, to have a fair chance at it :)

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Igorek89 says

Hey guys,

As you might know, there have been reports of Authors making purchases of their own items. This is not something we allow and it’s made clear by a warning that is issued whenever you try to purchase one of your own items.

Here are a few major points we’d like to address:

1) We want to make it clear that it is not permitted to purchase your own items to ramp up sales and ratings. When you purchase your own Items via multiple accounts it leaves traces. We are aware of this practice and even if you have not been warned, we are investigating the issue across our Marketplaces.

2) We want all items to be fairly represented to both buyers and the general Community! We believe that the practice of purchasing your own items numerous times is unfair towards fellow Marketplace authors. After the investigation is complete, the consequences can range from a one-time warning, to account disablement in case of repeat offenders. We are big advocates of fair competition, and really believe that it is for the best of all in the end, to have a fair chance at it :)

3) If you suspect there might be any actual issues with the purchasing system you should simply contact Support and we can assist. Taking matters into your own hands in this case is counter-productive, as you’re breaking the rules in the hopes of verifying an issue that we should be creating a fix for.

4) You do not have to purchase a license to your own files if you intend on using the item in question for your own clients outside of our Marketplaces. This is covered in the Licensing FAQ’s which can be found here: http://themeforest.net/licenses/faq (Particularly under “Author licensing FAQ”)

We just wanted to make sure that this information is clear, and that no future misunderstandings can get in the way. If you have any questions, or suggestions with regards to possible scenarios that might genuinely require the ability to purchase your own item, please ask, and we will be more than happy to clarify.

Justice is the key to success in any business! Completely agree with you! ENVATO your are THE BEST! :)

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loveetc says

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revaxarts says

Ok great. I’ve bought a few of my items for clients but now you say I’m not allowed to do this? I can use it for free but I cannot charge my client? Basically I can give away my files to anyone (calling them “client”) for free?

Than I charge $ x,—for implementation and bypass the whole exclusive rule. (I’m not going to this btw just an idea)

My items rely on the purchasecode. How do I get one without purchasing?

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Coriiander says

+1

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mitdralla says

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Leupsi says

What a speech!



But honestly, thank’s for these great information! Didn’t know about this (like revaxarts) too:

4) You do not have to purchase a license to your own files if you intend on using the item in question for your own clients outside of our Marketplaces.
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CipheredDesigns says

Ok great. I’ve bought a few of my items for clients but now you say I’m not allowed to do this? I can use it for free but I cannot charge my client? Basically I can give away my files to anyone (calling them “client”) for free?

Than I charge $ x,—for implementation and bypass the whole exclusive rule. (I’m not going to this btw just an idea)

My items rely on the purchasecode. How do I get one without purchasing?

Well said my friend, well said..

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Sonicbyte says


Hey guys,...

:)

After the investigation is complete, the consequences can range from a one-time warning, to account disablement in case of repeat offenders. We are big advocates of fair competition, and really believe that it is for the best of all in the end, to have a fair chance at it :)

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