Sent out tweets to a few prominent bloggers in the WordPress community, so we can hopefully get some backing on this.
Its really pretty easy to sum this up if Envato doesn’t raise the price on these do it all, 50+ demos, “swiss army knife” themes I’m basically going to go out of business. That’s a scary thought when I rely on the marketplaces for my full time income.
They should definitely be at least a $100 or more, why would any buyer purchase a singular style theme when they can get a monster with $200 of value added plugins for 3 bucks more?
Something needs to be done, and not like in six months it needs to be now.
Huge +1, the multipurpose “swiss army knife” themes are getting outta control. I mean where does it stop, 9 out of 10 approved daily are the same thing recycled over and over. With 500 different layouts or versions, honestly think Themeforest is over saturated and its definitely hurting sales. Any themes packed with that much “junk” should definitely be a much higher price, otherwise the singular style themes like portfolios not packed with tons of premium plugins that are priced a few bucks less are of course not going to sell as the buyer doesn’t perceive it as the same value.
Personally as a one man team there’s no way I’d ever be able to spend 6+ months creating one of those bloated monsters, packed with $200 of free plugins. This is why I’ve decided to focus on niche themes, there’s definitely an untapped market there and I believe soon we’ll be seeing more and more authors doing the same and the multipurpose theme is going to hit a peak and buyers are going to move in another direction.
Another great one, congrats on all the success Andy!
Nice, might just have to join in on this one!
Being a one man team handling everything from design to dev to support I think the biggest problem is the time frame in which we’ll be forced to answer in. Basically would force me to only do support on a day to day basis, unless I start working 24/7.
I mean Envatos support response time is like a week or more, don’t get me wrong I usually respond to my buyers as soon as I can but without charging quite a bit for support (double theme price) I don’t think this a is a very viable solution.
I think this is a step in the right direction but I feel like Envato is always coming out with half baked ideas and just implementing them.
+1 The easiest way to streamline this would be to add an official “ChangeLog” tab to the item, that authors can populate, and then include a link to the official ChangeLog tag with the update notice.
+1, or for those of us that maintain changelogs on our own servers a way to provide a link in the notification email.