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digitalscience says

acting like you know what’s going to happen in the future is best left to the likes of Nostradamus or the Mayans. :)

well that’s another topic and don’t get me started on that … ask VF :D I did successfully predict 4 million members on the summer/winter solstice, so who knows ;)

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digitalscience says

We have to use our imagination here, but say heavy bloated themes were priced higher – they would still sell but would level the playing field for lighter single purpose themes. So if value for money wasn’t the overriding factor and everything was priced accordingly what would the main factors for selling be: originality, uniqueness, latest trends, quality, front end design, light and clean code, usability etc… this is what would make a better marketplace. If $40 files could become top sellers for the week, then these are the types of new trends we would see.

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digitalscience says

I don’t understand why most of the people think that only multi-purpose themes can have good sales? There are plenty examples out there that prove just the opposite.

Yes generally speaking multi-purpose themes sell the best, but that doesn’t mean all multi-purpose themes become top sellers – that’s not the point. The facts are that most of the top selling items are multi-purpose heavy themes, I think this is obvious.

If authors spending all their time on one single item wasn’t profitable, then authors would spend more time making several themes – but the system is geared towards creating high risk / high reward type files.

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digitalscience says

I agree the way the marketplace is built is contributing to the trend, given that the majority of the buyers gravitate towards the popular section, where most of the themes are multi-purpose. However, to say that Envato started this trend is downright silly. We are the ones building themes, so we had to be the ones who actually started the whole multi-purpose craziness, to give the customer a perception of better value for one’s money, which is what clients want, don’t they?

Authors make what ever sells better… if lighter themes sold the best, more authors would make them… if making heavy multi-purpose themes wasn’t worth the time, authors would stop making them.

If everyone stopped making multi-purpose themes – all the current top multi-purpose themes would continue to sell ;) So authors can’t stop this trend, buyers want value for money.

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digitalscience says

I believe that this whole trend was started by the authors, to make the end-users believe that they are getting more bang for their buck, and therefore, to rise above the competition.

The trend exists because of the platform itself, so it is Envato which sets the trend. If heavy multi-purpose themes were priced say $100, it would balance things out. If buyers wanted a heavy theme, they would understand it would cost more. If they wanted a lighter theme, it would be cheaper. But with the current price caps it turns out it’s more profitable and competitive to have feature packed heavy themes, so naturally authors have picked up on this and have followed the trend, and then buyers will naturally follow along too.

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digitalscience says

Is this bug related to file format / upload errors or something internal with server? Asking this because, it is a new item that managed to sell 19 or something in 1 or 2 days. Without any change in file, suddenly it stopped selling for 3+ days. (Based on OPs message in this thread) Losing 3+ days of sales in first week is nearly a death for a new item here; since any potential file may lose its entry on Weekly popular. To staffs: Now the affected item deserves to be listed back on home page etc to balance its lost exposure?

The situation isn’t ideal.. one of those “tough luck” situations ;) Apparently the issue was caused by not having “active attachments” not sure what that means exactly, but it’s something to do on Envato’s side.

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digitalscience says

I think it’s strange that Envato can’t see that files that are selling consistently between 300 – 1000 sales a week, over months on end might possibly be under priced for the value of the item itself.

It also follows that a price increase on these items would mean more income for Envato. But instead the top slots of the popular page start collecting mega themes and are far better value for money than your standard theme that is approved, so of course they will keep selling which creates a monopoly effect. So we should really ask ourselves is this a fair competitive system because the only way to top a mega theme is to make a mega-mega theme, and then over time the situation just escalates. Is this what authors really want to create to be competitive.. and are these really the type of themes buyers want?

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digitalscience says

@digitalscience,

The devs are already aware of the bug and they’re working on it. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Edit: The bug has been fixed and the item is purchasable again, thank the devs ;)

Great thanks guys!

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digitalscience says

Is it possible that files can be corrupted while on the server? Our file was approved mid week last week, and had about 20 sales without issues, and then on the 30th the preview and download files were missing or corrupted, and users couldn’t purchase the file.

No one on our account accessed the edit page on the file or submitted any updates, so it appears that the server did something to the files, or perhaps a reviewer did something behind the scenes. all I know is we’re not responsible for the files to be missing, and we just feel this is unfair because having a file down for a few days within the first week of upload is going to potentially damage the success of the file. Also we’re still waiting for our update to get looked at :)

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digitalscience says

Hey DS, Please check your email.

Replied and submitted updated files, thanks!

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