Don’t get me wrong guys, I do not mean to be sceptical, but…
Actually, that’s pretty interesting. I’m curious myself, if something like this has any impact on future sales.
Sure it has, it makes your item stand out, and seeing how crowded the marketplaces are recently it’s a big thing. Look at it this way – you browse the first page of WordPress themes and see all of them with 0 sales and no stars, but then there is this one with couple of sales and five shiny stars next to it. It stands out.
Lots of good files do not sell very well just because they are buried very quickly and don’t have enough exposure. Some authors abuse the rating system and, with no investment, do nasty things like that to gain some more exposure.
I see 10 sales have 1 stars. If 3 sales have 3 stars . I think this is friendly buyer of author who bought another items .
Seems “fishy” to me seeing as my oldest WP theme has 57 purchases and 7 ratings.
I also notice my CodeCanyon items are rated far more than my ThemeForest ones.
I read in previous threads here that some authors maybe buy his own items to get more sales fast and get a good rating with a few sales from the begining. Is tricky but I guess works for them.
Yeah, that is a strategy to ensure your item starts with a good rating. It’s kinda bad to wait for 3 user ratings and start with a low rating from the beginning.
That can happen because the users are not required to post reviews, to define the good or bad rating they give.
It’s well known that some authors purchase their own products and rate them to bolster sales. Most of us agree that this is a dishonest practice and therefore don’t do it, but since there is no real way to prevent authors from doing this, some will continue to do so. I don’t know that Envato has even stated explicitly that this is not allowed, since such a rule would be virtually unenforceable.
It’s unfortunate, but that’s the state of things. I expect discussing it further will do more harm than good.
Same thing happens on Amazon.