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Daan says
To be honest I was annoyed by this as well some while ago on a different, now closed buyer account. I think I actually let some funds ‘expire’.
That’s impossible, as these funds expire after a year, and you’re only member for a month (or 2)..

You did read the part where I mentioned I had a different account which is no longer active, right?

Sorry, no :)
I think I was sleepy or something :P

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jkcole says

I have no problem with registering, but I have to agree with the OP’s taking Envato to task for minimum deposits. If I want a specific item for $5, I want to spend $5—not $20 in the hope that I can spend the leftovers over the next year before the credits expire.

I’m also a consumer, not an author, and from that perspective having a “Just Buy It” option simply makes good business sense. I also wouldn’t have a problem with sites that charge more to cover the PayPal fee, as long as I didn’t have jump through a second hoop just to buy something.

All this as I wait for my ‘deposit’ to show up on my account so I can buy the birthday bundle.

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syndix says

I stopped reading after the “Let’s compare this to a strip club” ... The bottom line is this.. and don’t mean this to be argumentative; I mean this to be the god’s honest truth.

You will not find better, higher quality, ready-to-use themes on the internet. Period. I know because I’ve looked.

I’ve purchased numerous themes for numerous projects.. designs that I would’ve paid AT LEAST $500 to START (even though I know capital letters don’t exist on the internet, sorry).

So what.. I have to put down $20 to buy a theme that’s $12? Then I have $8 left that I can’t do anything with.. oh poor me..

Wait.. I just bought a theme for TWELVE effing dollars.. are you serious? So I saved $500 something dollars and I’m going to complain about putting down $20?

No, that would be silly.

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Aw_Shucks says

What I don’t get is why I can’t deposit only $20.00 and not be able to buy every item these marketplaces have to offer with it. I’m an author, but I can wonder these things as a customer too, can’t I? I deserve to get every item these marketplaces have to offer because I’m a loyal customer when it counts. I feel taken advantage of.

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Aw_Shucks says

By the way, I was pretending to be greedy. I’m pretty good, no? :D

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inkaudio says

Based on the consumer responses I’m thinking the best solutions is higher prices or buying credits like istockphoto.com which is probably the biggest stock company online.

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sunschild57 says

It’s funny. I always seem to find a way to spend all of my deposit. A web template here, a graphic there. I love the envato marketplace!

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JeffreyWay says

Hey guys. Just a note that we’re aware of these concerns. We’ve discussed, quite a bit, the idea of offering an alternative payment system. If/when we make a change, I’ll notify everyone immediately.

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circuitbomb says

To be honest, the first time I needed something from a marketplace, I decided to register, and realized the deposit.

Ok well, I was a little like ‘phleack blurby blurby…wtf!’

I won’t deny this feeling, but almost immediately after browsing through the website, I was put at ease, primarily because I knew I would continue to buy products from the great authors here, and because I would want to eventually sell my own.

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stylus1274 says
To be honest, the first time I needed something from a marketplace, I decided to register, and realized the deposit.

Ok well, I was a little like ‘phleack blurby blurby…wtf!’

I won’t deny this feeling, but almost immediately after browsing through the website, I was put at ease, primarily because I knew I would continue to buy products from the great authors here, and because I would want to eventually sell my own.

I agree with that for the most part. I don’t mind signing up. Big deal it takes a few minutes.

What I didn’t care for, and many of you have said this, is why I have to deposit a minimum of $20? Heck, even a minimum of $10 would be cool.

Either way I found ways to spend my cash. Now I rarely make a deposit and use the money from a few sales I made here. So it’s a trade off for me.

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