@pRocrea8 towards the first half of this year, you will be able to opt-in to support. this will probably benefit you more than anybody else due to the high volume of support you face after releasing a new version. unfortunately in the meantime, all you can do is bite the bullet and keep providing support or get down voted. there is no alternative.
gifted a one+one sandstone version to my brother last month. i myself use an lg g3 32gb version with 3gb of ram. both are great. brother couldn’t be happier. obviously the lg g3 is better, because it’s mine haha but to give some more perspective, mainly my camera has laser focus. this makes it really fast, if you have kids or want to take a shot of your cat, you will appreciate this. and the phone size is compact for a 5’5, guys at LG did an amazing job containing the size. quad HD sounds sweet as well, though never seen any special difference in display. knowing it’s there though makes me smile:P
phone also looks much more elegant. lg accessories are amazing as well. i’m not a fan of stock android. not sure why anybody would care about performance in this area as both phones come with powerful processors and 3gigs of ram. infact you will appreciate a non stock android for sure. my lg3 has android 5, auto updated a few weeks ago. not noticed any lags or over heating.
opo does not have android 5 yet. most are installing manually. i don’t like this but should be able to autoupdate anytime soon. there’s also so much talk about ditching cyanogenmod in favor of a custom rom made inhouse by opo because they got banned in india lol. it seems cyanogenmod apparently have an exclusivity agreement with Micromax some other phone competitor in the same region. while i like opo which has good price/quality ratio, tbh, when i’m spending money, i do not appreciate having to wait in queue for an invitation in order to purchase a device and any accessories i may need.
try to get the opo outside the official channels and you end up paying 3-4 times the cost of an accessory or much more for the device itself. they do give out invitations once every blue moon and the invitation lasts only 24 hours, after which it expires. so yeah, it’s not everyday I want to get a phone and no invite when i’m ready to make a purchase, this does not workout for sure.
@nmig, what ? did i ruin a happy moment in your life with that post ? didn’t mean to nming. I am so sorry you feel that was directed at you. Especially the part where i falsely included you in the power buyers list. That was very careless of me. Please read that as 1 and it is no longer 2. Let me know if I can make more ammends as I certainly do not want to be threatened for discussing on a discussion forum
ConclusionYou see, you’re asking buyers to give up a fundamental right, which could cost people like me, @nmig and @graphic4444 greatly. When we tell you we’re not keen to give up our rights, we get hammered, slurred and even scolded.
What makes you so special that the marketplace has to stop progressing into a more sustainable business model for authors and buyers alike because you and 2 other “power” buyers happen to have based your entire business on hundreds of hours of unaccounted for developer time ?
The good news is that this discussion mostly ends up being a non-issue: Don’t buy an update as you clearly do not need it and cannot afford it. Your purchase should be fine and in perfectly working condition the way it is.
I’m not asking you to take a hit. I’m just saying the policy has been unlimited access to the file, updates or no updates and all. And buyers aren’t keen for a change, unlike authors who want to monetise it to make more money
Of course I’m in the minority on this forum where only authors trawl But remember, if you kill the golden goose, there won’t be any more eggs. Change the policy to subscription based updates and buyers will leave.But for now, if you want that, find some other platform
Indeed, we are beating a dead horse here. Envato already refused paid updates. The only support plan is the one proposed, which all considered can be nice, just have to wait and see ^^
Paid updates will ultimately hurt the buyer who has purchased more. If I have 5000 products, that’s $150k yearly or more, just to get updates. In comparison, for $4k/year, I can start a powerful Prestashop store with multiple plugins. Or with $2-5k/year, I can run a powerful Shopify store. Sometimes, buyers like us, actually purchase the plugin/theme, not because we need it, but because we want to support the author, seeing that he doesn’t have sales and no ‘ratings’. so we buy and give him a 5 star, in order to help his items get found. I do that.
Agree with hogash, good feedback, but you forget that you, as a “power” buyer means little to nothing to each individual author here. To me, you are an average buyer who may or may not purchase an item. To Envato this is a completely different story but keep in mind that Envato is only the platform, we on the other hand are the developers and the ones developing/supporting our items and the ones paying 50%-70% to use this platform.
Additionally, as sad as it may sound, you do not represent the average buyer. You see where I am going with this ? You’re asking us to take a hit because a small minority happens to have purchased hundreds of items. Well, tough luck, adapt. I get it that you are only looking out for your interest, so am I. It’s a losing battle mate, your in minority. The rest of us have scrounged to survive for far too long, now it’s time to feed the flock
I’m good if I bought from you, and you decide to retire a theme because the sales makes it not worthwhile to update anymore. I’m sure many buyers feel the same way too We don’t expect you to update that theme for life. p/s: Some authors whom I’ve bought before are on this thread you can ask them how I am as a buyer
Don’t think you are a bad buyer at all. Its just does not make sense when you say retire the product instead of updating it for a fraction of the cost. if your OK with retiring the product, then you are fine with not buying an update