what counts legally, from an FTC/ACCC perspective, is what business standards were in place at original time of purchase, point-of-sale (check w/any trade attorney), including license terms and what was seen as ‘general practices’ here, Not what’s changed via tos/changed license terms, subsequent to original purchase.
many of us spent thousands here seeing that unlimited (within reason) support and updates were INCLUDED when we Originally bought. So that’s the precedent condition and all Grandfathered purchases must be honored with what was in place when we originally bought, as ‘observed standard business practice’ (whether or not spelled out in current tos; the buyer’s standard experience is what holds up in trade law court).
Envato’s free to change their business model whenever they want, but that only applies for New purchases made under New tos/terms. Grandfathered purchases must be honored w/update/support policy that was in place at original time of purchase (or envato will likely get a lot of ACCC complaints by disgruntled customers). Doing what’s fair and honest is important.
what counts is how the ACCC/FTC classifies the buyer/seller relationship in this marketplace, and relevant tax authorities; which everyone should inquire about, to get professional/direct guidance
smart comments leokoo… and multi-year buyer of backup buddy, it rocks
Leokoo brings up good points; from us buyers’ perspective there’s a Lot of theme companies that offer unlimited site usage and lots of themes for one annual low price, which includes solid dev support from forums; I’ve bought a lot myself.
and though the themes here are best, and deserve higher pricing by a bit, it’s not a good idea to jack up prices here a lot more, since you limit theme usage to a single site, unlike virtually all your competitors, who offer dev. licenses for a fraction of cost here for using say on 4 of my sites.
look at your competitors, TF is already more expensive per theme (with, except for topsellers, offer less support and updates than dedicated theme sites)
“don’t kill the goose that lays the golden egg”; whenever Envato raises prices I just buy less, as I’m sure most other buyers do. If I spend say $200/month on stuff here, it’ll be the same $ amount, just less quantity, if you keep raising prices just means less sales for other authors.
i always download my stuff immediately, plus make backups; on dvd/external drive; eventually many things go away
the primary issue is prior-year VAT liability; I’d recommend checking w/legal counsel/CPA/tax professional/ACCC/FTC helpline for advice
Here in the USA, tomorrow’s Thanksgiving Day. I just wanted to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving, a good time to reflect on what we’re thankful for, like all the great creative content you authors produce—thanks!
It’s also important from a regulatory compliance standpoint that Envato/authors follow applicable ACCC/FTC consumer protection regulations in this regards, or they’d very likely run into a legion of consumer complaints and fines initiated from disgruntled/misled buyers.