After long meeting with my manager here is what I get:
1 – I don’t know what’s going to happen in 2015 but, till then and regarding the past, there is no evidence to prove we have been being the direct sellers the years before. We have no individual tickets/receips/invoices of each customer or bank tracks of those customers. So these same bank tracks prove that we are not direct sellers because we only receive payments from Envato, payments that we manage doing auto-invoices.
2 – By the moment, Envato says that in 2015 they are going to handle with the UE taxes and it means that Envato will take the responsibility of their collection and remittance depending on each customer’s country. In this case, authors have to do nothing because we won’t take care of any tax. We will keep receiving an amount from Envato and we should keep doing the same auto-invoices we did till now.
3 – The only way those 2015 changes affect authors would be if Envato decides to issue invoices in our name from now on (in other words, if Envato decides we are going to be the direct sellers from now on). In this case, if we start to handle with customer’s personal data, my Manager says that we will have to hire a Privacy Data Protection to protect all this information. And, at the same time, if you have many sales, you probably should also hire a Payments platform to handle with all that individual customer’s payments, etc… What would be Envato useful then? Many authors would leave Envato immediately! So, more than likely, authors are NOT going to be the direct sellers in 2015.
So, finally, it would be great if Envato could share the information given by their Managers and check if it matches with the info given by our Managers.
I only have several previous transfer bank receipts where it had been said “Envato Market Transfer” and their bank account, nothing more, just 1 single payment from Envato. But we have NO transfers/payments in our bank accounts/Paypals showing that we were receiving money from Mr.X from UK and Mrs.Y from UE, etc…
So, crystal clear, we never were/are directly selling to buyers and I’m wondering what kind of evidence could have Envato against their authors to refute that.
On the other hand, it could be great to know how is going on with ThemePunch in Germany or any other author/country and, given the situation, if there is any way Envato could finally shift the responsibility to us.
Thank you very much for this useful info Luca!!! Really appreciated
”...every journey begins with a single step” Absolutely agree!
Congrats and keep it up! See you at the Power Elite
Good luck on your new life Carmen!
I’m not quite sure to understand… but to keep the quality standards as high as possible is precisely what we want and what we have been talking about here.
Of course, to do a re-review would be a huge task (besides, removing poor files and letting upload new ones equally poor solve nothing). However, maybe a middle ground solution would be applying these high quality standards on the first review, and let upload only a good selections of files (quality more than quantity).
First of all, I’m no one to tell anybody about what’s good and what’s poor, but I think it would be nice to keep a minimum standards in the first review process:
- Keep the market clean of poor clones (files based on copy/paste the file itself, descriptions, etc…). Several times I’ve been warned by other authors about “suspiciously identical” products. Even that’s not the first time I have to send a DMCA to another author because I directly found parts of my files on it (not imitated, directly added without modify).
- Around a year ago, Envato run a big campaign against Copyrighted images of famous actors/actress/top models/video games, etc… But every week I keep seeing products approved using those same images, while several authors waste time and money buying images or asking for collabs… I think that’s not quite fair.
I know my words may sound hard and grave but, at least, I’m just asking a most substantial control over the files that are approved without meeting these minimum requirements. To sum-up, I’m asking for fair-play my friend!
P.S.: I prefer the caramel ones… mmmmh I still remember their delicious taste! Martin, I envy you right now
It would be nice to know their opinion, indeed… maybe a special caramel TimTam would be a nice incentive to attract their attention
@ Elad Absolutely! You have an impressive eye for it
Ok mates, it seems we are all agree at last! On the other hand… What a pity, we don’t take decisions here
@Pune @Corrella I’m not quite sure.
The point is the quality standard, not the lifetime of a file. For example, there are a lot of great “seasonal items” (like Halloween flyers, Xmas cards, Easter egg vectors, etc…) that get a lot of sales only during a small period of time, and it doesn’t mean that they deserve to be removed.
On the other hand, removing poor files and letting upload new ones (equally poor) solve nothing. From my personal point of view, the most effective solution is still doing a quality selection from the beginning.