Yay trending items! This is great
So are these only visible in search? My thinking for the trending items was only for the home page and new items list.. so it’s only for new items for a limited time period – 1 week would be good.. it was purely to highlight good files that are selling and help them along to get noticed and onto popular pages.
But I see that older files can also have trending, like top sellers – but we know those items are trending because they have their own popular pages.. Trending items should be specifically for new items as an additional exposure enhancement – since homepage exposure is less and less these days. This was the original idea from the community, so it’s great to see it partly implemented..
Well I think we can all see that what sells the best here is “best value for money”.. it could be a bundle, it could be a multi-purpose theme, it could be 150 page PSD – they all have something in common, they’re better competitively priced – and if left unchecked can exponentially climb very high. But where there is an increase, there is a decrease. What we really need is more balance with the pricing, it doesn’t have to be a huge adjustment – just looking at what is selling really well, how much value is in the item and adjusting the price accordingly so it’s fairly priced to competitors.
If we don’t do this, we’re just heading for more and more bloat ware items – which at some point is not going to be worth the time to create and higher risk to sell.
I understand the way it works now has helped Envato expand rapidly, but now Envato is the best digital marketplace out there, so there is no where else to go but to fine tune what we already have so it’s going to be sustainable and a better place to sell our items.
Lol, complaining about a $5 increase. Seriously? I think you’re choosing the wrong clients or you’re in the wrong market, no offense. In NY probably the hourly rate for an average programmer is above $50 and you’re getting a full theme for these money. There are agencies that are paid $5k+ for projects based on ThemeForest themes and some buyers complain about $2 or $5 price increases. This is a joke.
You’re comparing two different types of income though… hourly rate vs selling microstock – two different concepts. Pandora_Black makes a point, it’s about being competitively priced on the market you’re selling on. So no, an increase doesn’t necessarily mean more in turnover. Envato should do scheduled price checks and adjustments in each category to make sure there is more balance on the marketplace, instead of just incrementally changing prices across the whole market which can create pricing inconsistencies in particular categories, as OP points out.
What was the last bundle? $200 value for $20 I think?.. that’s 10 times cheaper.. the new bundle is $30 for $1000 value.. that’s 33 times cheaper… Although I can see why Envato uses bundles, it only really benefits a small group of authors, and it’s counter productive for the rest of the authors selling similar items in the bundle – 10 times cheaper I guess is perfect for a bundle.. 33 times cheaper seems crazy we still need to keep some level of healthy competition Envato
June/July usually is slow because it’s summer holidays in US I think. So in theory August should be good.. but with those home page changes, price changes and now this mega bundle – sales seem to down about 25% for me compared to July.. I think Envato should have let things settle a bit first after the major changes beginning of this month.
Envato Market sound good! Now it’s time to fine tune the market for the community and make it an even better platform to sell on.
Started very slow but seems a bit better now after the drop down fixes. I’m thinking buyers might also be readjusting to the new homepage layout so maybe things will improve.
What I would recommend is, to ask the staffs to make search upgrades in timely manner instead of poking the top seller ad campaigns.
But how long have we been asking for better search VF? I think since there was only FlashDen
I don’t think the community is that hard to please, if we had better search, better home page exposure, better internal advertising – top sellers would still make good income, and everyone else would too.. and we wouldn’t be starting threads like this.. less complaints, more happy authors.
Looks like at some point, Envato failed to execute some Plan A of making a proper search and arrange natural sales distribution.
Probably now the Plan B is in process: Put every effort to hike the growth of top sellers so that there will be no possibility of competitive individual shops from top ones.As an author, this is just my observation. Could be wrong but it is inevitable to see this way these days.
+1 But with an increase at the top, there will be a decrease at the bottom. And a pyramid structure can’t support the top if the base falls out.. Balance and harmony is what we need for a sustainable ecosystem.