I think themes should not be bundled with premium plugins. Themes are already ridiculously low priced. Customers will buy additional plugins for $10-$15 anyway.
Thanks for posting more info about planned changes. I’m a bit confused about “Version Updates” you’re going to promote on item detail page.
Currently we sell our items “As is”, without any guarantee for future updates. Many authors provide long terms updates for free until the theme is selling, then abandon the theme. How is it going to be now? Will we as authors be locked into some kind of lifetime unpaid agreement with Envato or customer?
What if the item stops selling, will we have to provide free updates forever?
Please clarify, because if I don’t understand it, it’s be a big chance that none of the clients will do. This can cause lot of confusion and even lawsuits.
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I personally don’t think people will get crazy and start buying $1 themes. Price is not the most important decision making factor.
Even Power Elite authors never get this advantages. How regular items (WP themes with 300 sales, plugins with 40 sales, etc) from regular Elite author (11 level) got this advantage? Elite authors goals always gives something like ONE ITEM promotion in social media, ONE ITEM promotion in email. Here author get advantage for ALL his ITEMS across ALL MARKETPLACES (Codecanyon, Themeforest, etc).
We wanted our theme to be promoted as we reached 13th level in August 2014. The answer was no. I don’t think that it’s an Elite reward.
Does author need to provide support for these sales? Author will get $16-$20 from 1 sale. That’s crazy low.
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I think the theory of declining sales due to increased competition doesn’t work because you can almost pinpoint the exact time when sales began to decline. An increase in competition would happen gradually and almost without notice. But sales for me fell off a cliff in early June, and given that I released a new theme in May, the dropoff may have happened then, but I didn’t notice it until the following month. But May is when people started noticing a pretty steep dropoff.
Regardless of what caused the decline, Envato has to increase the prices of the multi-purpose themes, for their sake and for everyone else’s.
Right now, Themeforest is a car dealership with different quality cars all sold at the same price. You have Bentleys and Toyotas being sold at the same price. If you own a car dealership and sell a Bentley and a Toyota both for $30,000, you’re not going to make as much money as you would if you sold the Bentley for $100,000 and the Toyota for $30,000. Not only would you make less money by selling a Bentley for $30,000, but very few people would actually buy a Toyota, killing their market. So, you’re left with selling a Bentley for far less than what you should be selling it for, and making less money in the process. Sure, you’re selling a ton of Bentleys, but you could make a great deal more money by selling fewer Bentleys at a higher price.I keep saying this, but this is basic economics that you learn on the first day of an econ class.
Well said! I just hope that price for Toyota won’t go down to $5,000 with Bentley still at $30,000
IMHO too many authors expect Envato to feed them, unfortunately you have to get out and do some of the work yourself. Put a couple of hours a week into marketing a theme, it will pay dividends.
Sorry but it’s a quite offensive comment to be honest. Why exactly are authors locked into exclusivity agreement and pay 50-30%? Authors usually spend ages developing items and supporting them. Whole point of Envato market is that authors don’t need to take care about marketing and focus on creativity.
There’s absolutely no point for author to sell item on the marketplace and pay 50-30% if they need to market it themselves.