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rassilon says

I searched google for a specific PHP product. I really liked this one offered on your website. I wanted to buy said product. I had to fill out a registration to buy(?). Then I had to deposit more money than i wanted to spend(?).

Really?

How does this make any sense “GIVE US INFORMATION AND MORE MONEY BEFORE YOU GIVE US MONEY ”. I wonder how much money you could make if you just put a paypal button next to a product.

Oh well…good luck with that. BTW – If you didn’t get the vibe from my post, I didn’t buy that product.

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ThemeKioken says

1 unhappy among 10.000 =) acceptable lol

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contempoinc says
1 unhappy among 10.000 =) acceptable lol

werd lol

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jremick Envato team says

I believe Envato is working on a solution to the issue of needing to register and deposit money in order to purchase items. I would imagine there will be a nice sales boost when/if something is implemented.

Anyway, in regards to your post Rassilon, it’s not as stupid as you think.

1) In order to purchase anything from many large online retailers it is common to require registration. No biggy, I’d imagine most people are already used to this.

2) You aren’t giving Envato your money. You’re depositing money into your account which you can use as you wish. The reason for requiring a deposit is because payments go through Paypal, which charges fees. To minimize these fees, requiring a minimum deposit was necessary.

It’s too bad you chose not to purchase the item you wanted solely based on these reasons. Especially considering how many other fantastic and amazing items are available across the many different marketplaces. It’s likely you’ll be back for one item or another anyway. ;-)

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dtbaker Moderator says
I wonder how much money you could make if you just put a paypal button next to a product.

hardly anything compared to here, check item visitor stats over a 1.5 day period

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much more exposure for authors on this website than trying to run their own.

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rassilon says

Well im just not sure whats going on here, what envato is, or even what resellers are trying to accomplish by being lulzy. I’m just a CONSUMER .

I go to themeforest.net to buy a product. I can’t buy that product without withdrawing more money from my paypal account. I could care less where it goes, just that its gone.

Is their someone at Target that asks for a twenty before you can walk in the door? Name one other industry/website/product that does business this way except for strip joints with a high cover and 2 drink minimum.

Bottom line, look at in from a customers point of view. This is my first time visiting themeforest.net, and look what my first impression was. All I wanted to do was buy a product thats available from hundreds of other “retailers” around the web in different shapes or forms, similarly priced. So I’ll use the strip club analogy, I’ll go to the spot that doesnt have a high cover or minimum, because when you get down to brass tacks, they’re both offering the same “product.”

Anyways, i would think from a affiliate point of view some of you would be a little sore. 99% of you would have your $20 checks cut to $8 checks if they did direct sales, but hey, they do code here right? Maybe I shouldn’t trust buying some php from a site who can figure out how to pass aff links through paypal.

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jremick Envato team says
Well im just not sure whats going on here, what envato is, or even what resellers are trying to accomplish by being lulzy. I’m just a CONSUMER .

Envato is a company that owns several marketplaces, Theme Forest being one of them. If you click on the box at the top right of this site it will drop down a list of other websites they run. The first set is the other marketplaces available. Once you register on one, you have access to all.

I go to themeforest.net to buy a product. I can’t buy that product without withdrawing more money from my paypal account. I could care less where it goes, just that its gone. Is their someone at Target that asks for a twenty before you can walk in the door? Name one other industry/website/product that does business this way except for strip joints with a high cover and 2 drink minimum.

Target isn’t going to let you walk out of the store with the product. You can walk into Target and view what they have to offer (the same with Theme Forest and all the other marketplaces from Envato) but you can’t have the product until it’s been paid for. Theme Forest is no different than Target other than the method of payment before you leave.

A similar retailer would be Amazon. You are required to register before you can complete a purchase. The difference is Amazon can afford to process your payment directly from your payment source. Which, like I mentioned earlier, I believe Envato is working towards as it continues to grow. Envato can’t do this because of the fee’s involved with Paypal.

You won’t be withdrawing more money because you didn’t have to withdraw any money in the first place. If you decide you want a product, you make a deposit into your marketplace account. The money from your marketplace account is used to purchase items. This is common practice for marketplaces that offer low priced items to reduce the amount of fee’s incurred.

I’d like to reiterate that Envato is not charging you anything extra in order to purchase your item. The money is still yours and you can still use it to purchase other items.

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jonathan01 says
So I’ll use the strip club analogy, I’ll go to the spot that doesnt have a high cover or minimum, because when you get down to brass tacks, they’re both offering the same “product.”

What the fetch is that analogy!?

I must of missed that lesson at analogy 101 I guess…..

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JeffreyWay says

Actually, many sites require that you purchase credit before buying. For example, iStock functions this way.

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ThemeKioken says

I hate it when a buyer starts arguing for top notch quality on sale for less than 20 bucks.

There are some themes I downloaded sometimes even paid $40 to some of them and all the reason was that I liked a button in it, a button.

I’m not too rich, but never ignore awesomeness. Some people have to respect talent and quality.

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