I feel for those in VAT countries, sounds like you’re in for a world of hurt. US sales tax on digital goods is a grab-bag by state, but there’s huge potential for this to get dirty very fast. Every level of government wants their slice.
In the US, if Envato builds good tools for reporting, the impact of this change is small. I don’t have a problem reporting total earnings and taking the author fee as a deductible expense. My tax liability is identical to simply reporting earnings.
@ Envato — Reporting must aggregate figures monthly and annually. I record income from Envato once a month (12x per year) and I want to record my expense at the same time and for the same interval. A shorter period is too much work, and a longer period isn’t granular enough. The annual summary is just nice to see year-over-year trends (I wouldn’t use it for tax planning — the self-employed must pay quarterly in the US).
@ Collis — Respectfully, nobody except Envato believes buyers purchase directly from authors, and that Envato never paid authors via commission. Where do deposits go? Envato. Who keeps an expired deposit? Envato. Who pays who at the end of the month? Envato pays authors.
If authors sell directly to buyers, then…It’s absurd that Envato holds author income for monthly dispersement instead of direct deposit minus fees. It’s absurd that Envato willfully hid buyer information from authors under the guise of privacy laws (they’re our customers not yours, right?). It’s absurd that Envato sets prices for products they don’t sell. It’s absurd that Envato is adding mandatory support requirements for products where their only stake is a listing fee.
I think this pretty much sums it up, and I’d really like to see each of these points addressed officially. Especially how Envato is handling the self-employed quarterly estimated taxes requirement, and double-reporting through PayPal (mentioned in another topic).
If authors now sell directly to buyers (which is a complete about-face in policy), and we take on all the responsibilities that come along with that, then we need far greater control and autonomy over our products. To have Envato retain all the benefits of being the seller (immediate access to funds and holding them for a month, customer data, pricing control, refund authority), but shift more and more of the burdens to the authors (sales tax, support, etc) while taking the same cut, is unreasonable. I’m sorry, you can’t have it both ways.
I know this isn’t a WordPress plugin, so it might not help – but here’s the script they’re using on that site:
See also these WordPress plugins:
Simple Text Rotator (looks like that’s just maybe a WordPress wrapper for the jQuery script I mentioned originally?)
Haven’t tested any of these, just the results of a quick search
Hope that helps
Fix for Envato Purchase Code Verifier for bbPress
In case anyone is using the Envato Purchase Code Verifier for bbPress plugin available on CodeCanyon, you’ll need to add the User Agent string now to make that work. (Seems like this plugin has been abandoned, so I’m posting the solution here)
To fix this, open
tc-bbpress-verify/inc/tcf_bootstrap.php and around line 322 in the
tcbbpressverify_verify_license() function, add the user agent string to the CURL request.
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_USERAGENT, "Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_10_0) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/38.0.2125.66 Safari/537.36");
So the result looks like this:
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, 'http://marketplace.envato.com/api/edge/'.$envato_username.'/'.$envato_apikey.'/verify-purchase:'.$license_to_check.'.json'); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_USERAGENT, "Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_10_0) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/38.0.2125.66 Safari/537.36"); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_CONNECTTIMEOUT, 5); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true); $ch_data = curl_exec($ch); curl_close($ch);
Hope that helps!
And thanks to MarekMnishek for providing a ready-to-use user agent string above
Let’s keep it all in one place as imithemes suggestedhttp://themeforest.net/forums/thread/september-sales/140905
Let’s take a step back here.
When you say the files are deleted – do you mean that they appear in your Downloads page with a notice next to them saying the files have been removed, or do they not appear at all? If they aren’t appearing at all, the most likely scenario is that you purchased them through a different account. In 100% of instances where customers have contacted me about missing files, it’s because they were logged into the wrong account. It’s possible this may be the case for you as well, especially if the files are still for sale on the marketplace.
If the files appear, but a notice beside them explains the files are no longer available, then the only way to get the latest files would be to contact the author directly and request them.
Regarding responses from support, unfortunately those have been pretty slow lately, but do check your spam folder in case they ended up there
Third, I purposely didn’t spell out the words because I didn’t think it appropriate to do so even if I was a bit frustrated. And with today’s society putting the crap they put on TV, added with the so called ‘music” of today, the movies, etc. that magnifies far worse language and visuals than those two letters I wrote by a long shot…..get over yourself. So, if your that offended by the letters of bs that you had to “delete them” and put parenthesizes around them “for “language”, my advice to you is grow up and get a life. And thank you so much for “tattling” on me to the staff for my incredulous remarks so they can “join in”. ...... What are you, in third grade?
There’s really no reason for this tone. The forum rules state that crude language is against the rules, and Paul is enforcing that as he is supposed to. While I understand you are frustrated, there’s no reason you can’t express your concerns respectfully. And he did not “tattle” on you – he requested a staff reply so that they could provide you with an official response and assist in the matter further, if possible, to help get you a resolution. He was trying to help you – I think you maybe just misunderstood what he said.
Hope that helps to clarify a bit.