This sh*t happens very often lately. I’ve got 2 hard rejects lately because it was too similar to other themes on Themeforest and at the same time I see 100’s of other themes approved. What a hipocracy. I was actually wondering too can I sell my rejected stuff on other Marketplaces and still be an exclusive author. Can somebody point me to the right article or a point in T&C?
Yes you can sell your rejected items on other marketplaces or your own website – it’s your own property. You can also sell your own items that you take down from themeforest on your own website or other marketplaces. You only cannot sell items here and via other channel simultaneously.
Have a look at our theme called “Driving School”. It’s a simple design you can use for small businesses.
I’ve got more stories like that, but this is just too much. Submitting a support ticket won’t really solve anything. After several long weeks of back and forth messaging the result will be the same.
I’m afraid not only theme updates, but also new themes will be provided free of charge. Check out the following thread regarding our recently uploaded theme and what reviewer suggested us to do: http://themeforest.net/forums/thread/theme-rejected-due-to-design-similarities-to-our-previous-theme/146946
we just got our newest theme hard rejected due to following reason:
This is far too similar to be a separate item. If you want, you can submit this as an update to your current item or you will have to make changes to the design to make it completely different from your other theme.
New theme is a completely rewritten html&css based on our new theme framework that is natively multilingual and admin is already translated to 18 languages – yes you can administer your website in language other than English. It includes more features then the previous theme and so on.
My question to all designers here – is the design of the new theme too similar to the old one? We’re not going to release the theme as a free update to our old theme nor change the design as we very like it.
GravityDept saidCan we get a response on this from staff? I know they’re very reluctant but one year of update and support for $58 is enough of a value?
UBLThemes saidI’m just wondering why would you want to opt out from this if you can get extra income through support? I mean, you are still providing support anyway, indefinitely but free of charge.
What happens if we opt out of this, but still support on our sites, legally you can not stop us from doing this, so our question is how can you stop this from happening?
I don’t want to charge for support. Support should be free. The limits need definition.
I do charge for customizations. I think authors/buyers have little to no issues with this.
I want to charge for updates. Paid updates scale as a service because they’re don’t restrict my time.Updates are much more valuable than support a year after purchase. If I’m going to charge customers beyond the initial purchase, I want to charge for what provides the most value to them and me.
I’ve opened a thread regarding that more than year ago, but nobody from Envato stuff ever joined our discussion. I completely agree with the above. The current system basically forces us to push new themes in order to make money.
Yeah maybe I provided to less features or the design was not suitable – what you say? Demo: http://demo.felixdorner.com/wunderbar
I think the design is nice. Simple and functional. Yes you might find there bits that could be improved, but that’s definitely not a reason to hard reject the theme.
Good luck mate.
On a more serious note ( in contrast of my previous post )
In my opinion – the only way for authors to keep improving and supporting items is to sell themes on a subscription basis. New devices come out, new Wordpress versions, new browsers with new problems, etc. etc. – the only way to keep supporting items ( and doing customer support ) is with a recurring fee to access updates and support (in other words – to keep your purchase code valid).This approach would let me:
- Improve my item on a regular basis ( Improve doesn’t mean ‘mo options, ‘mo features. Improve as in cleaner code, optimize and test on more devices, etc. )
- Keep supporting the item (again – not “forced/expected/mandatory support”, but actual genuine support)
Customers would buy a “re-subscription” and that would mean that I could eventually make more sales and help us keep motivated to improve our existing themes instead of “rushing” to build a new one. This is the actual problem in my opinion and one that I’ve been thinking about on how to solve for a while now. The current model isn’t sustainable – we always need to “build the next big thing” in order to keep sales going instead of being able to focus on what we already have.
When you think about it – every reasonable piece of software out there charges again for updates. Support is always free. ( ScreenFlow, Tower, Sublime Text, Kaleidoscope, 1Password, – just a few apps that I’ve “upgraded” recently to keep up to date )
I cannot agree more with above. Currently I’d define our business as very fragile. We always have to rush to create new theme instead of fine tuning and updating existing one. Yearly maintenance fees would definitely help here. Buyers will feel more secure and authors will cover their costs.
ait saidBecause they can’t earn money out of your work and time which they didn’t own or support in any way.
Why cannot we as authors offer this service? We currently do all the support free of charge, but cannot ask any fees for installation. Am I missing something?
Here’s a part of the Legal agreement: http://themeforest.net/legal/author
23. As an author you promise to us that you will:
not use Envato Market to offer non-Envato-Market items to buyers;
I don’t mind giving away percentage if marketplace brings customers to my service. My question is why cannot I do it, why there needs to be 3rd party involved.