+1 We should keep things as simple as possible. The pricing proposal is complex and is basically just a way for Envato to siphon off revenue at various stages from an already free service, while authors will have to work on the clock with their support time now being leased out by Envato.
Yearly renewal licence is practical and considering we’re already selling our items at very low prices to begin with, it’s totally reasonable that updates & support expire after a year. And what is the point of providing unlimited updates, but support which can expire? Support and updates must expire and be renewed together, so yearly renewal licence is the way to go.
I guess it depends which half of your brain you use more
I am the left brain. I am a scientist. A mathematician. I love the familiar. I categorize. I am accurate. Linear. Analytical. Strategic. I am practical. Always in control. A master of words and language. Realistic. I calculate equations and play with numbers. I am order. I am logic. I know exactly who I am.
I am the right brain. I am creativity. A free spirit. I am passion. Yearning. Sensuality. I am the sound of roaring laughter. I am taste. The feeling of sand beneath bare feat. I am movement. Vivid colors. I am the urge to paint on an empty canvas. I am boundless imagination. Art. Poetry. I sense. I feel. I am everything I wanted to be.
^ I guess we shall see how customers support expectations change when they’ve paid for it and if the extra dollars will be worth it for authors.
Hey guys it’s hard enough to follow a conversation without flooding it with +1 replies. We realize you may have a different preference for how we handle support but we’ve talked about this on previous threads already and this announcement is for discussion about the pricing model and timelines.
Staying on topic – the pricing is too low, as SevenSparks mentioned in detail. The extended support concept is fundamentally flawed because our time is more valuable. Percentage pricing based on item price isn’t realistic, it’s barely enough for themes and certainly not enough for lower priced items, such as plugins.
Envato can’t sell our time independently for a few dollars – this is a far cry from the original concept of micro-stock selling. What many have suggested (with the plus ones) is a yearly renewal model where support and licence go hand in hand, that way we receive better compensation and we still stick to the original concept of micro-stock selling.
+1 For support to be included with licence which has to be renewed, then we still sticking to the original concept of micro-stock selling – if licence expires and they need support, then buyers have to purchase the item again, it’s a much simpler solution.
As soon as this paid support idea kicks in, no longer will we be selling themes on our own time, we will now be on the clock, working for Envato to meet their buyer expectations. I hope everyone realizes that. This is a massive shift from just selling stock items on a platform, our time is now a commodity being sold – you are now being sold along with your item for micro-stock prices. I dunno about you guys, but this is not what I originally signed up for, the big benefit of selling micro stock was the freedom.