Talking as a buyer here, I don’t think i bought as much the last 6 months as I used to do…
What I am seeing is that the variety in the last 6 months ( in general, there are some exceptions ) is not realy there. All designs are flat have a parallax background , animations and come in different colors. Looks like all the reviewers like is those mass appeal cookie cutter themes and more unique ones get rejected.Themeforest used to be a site where i got a lot of new ideas and either bought the template to use or bought the template to show my support for the author but lately its all the same
+1 this; also it seems a lot more mediocre/so-so stuff across marketplaces is being approved than was the case 2 years ago; I’d recommend dramatically increasing quality standards to get Quality vs quantity… “more so-so stuff from newbie authors” does not a compelling marketplace make. I’m busy and don’t want to search through hundreds of items to find 1-2 gems.
The challenge for established authors too (esp. VH) is with so many new people submitting content, exposure is lower for top-quality content since it’s lost in a sea of daily new submissions. I used to buy a ton of top-quality AE templates on VH, but not much recently since top authors understandably not as motivated to put dozens of hours of work into a masterpiece that drops off page-1 listing the next day.
In earlier years, they’d get 3-4 days of first-page exposure. As submissions increase, their exposure/sales decline since their top quality projects quickly get lost in a flood of new daily submissions by so-so authors. I’d vote ‘increase quality standards a lot’ to attract back top buyers like myself (and motivate top authors to return). hope that helps…
that’ll be a real issue for people who only have V2 installed yet buy a V1-only compatible template… I bought original V1, and I think I upgraded to V2, how to ‘roll back’ reinstall V1 for use where needed for V1-only compatible aeps here? thx..
thx to felt_tips years ago for tip re SSD, I bought one for main o/s (samsung) and it’s a huge productivity booster; faster w7 boot, program launches and more. likely good idea re more ssds for cache/project files, smart idea.
i did read somewhere that multiple reads/writes to SSDs shorten their lifespan, so my main o/s, on SSD, I seldom write to, using usb external drive for project assets and internal ide for cache
if i were an author I’d be very concerned that the new Jan 1st VAT laws are NOW in effect, and i don’t see specific answers here; it would be helpful if envato would immediately publish legally binding, correct, compliant TOS VAT updated new explanations for the authors, I’d recommend at least if it was my business.
Or is it already published somewhere now that the new January 1 regulations are in effect? Just curious.
Authors, any summary of exactly what info you’d like answers about? a bullet-item brief list?
thx Doru …
Envato staff: I’d like to know specifically what envato means on that blog post re:
“We’ll be introducing limited buyer information against each sale.”
thx themepunch for answering there as well
For UK users, read the last paragraph here. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vat-supplying-digital-services-to-private-consumers/vat-businesses-supplying-digital-services-to-private-consumersDigital portals, platforms, gateways and marketplaces If you supply e-services to consumers through an internet portal, gateway or marketplace, you need to determine whether you are making the supply to the consumer or to the platform operator. If the platform operator identifies you as the seller but sets the general terms and conditions, or authorises payment, or handles delivery/download of the digital service, the platform is considered to be supplying the consumer. They are therefore responsible for accounting for the VAT payment that is charged to the consumer.
Thanks! Now that’s an official ruling from the UK. Glad you found that, it’s official. Would be useful in determining prior VAT liability as well. Nice to finally see a specific well explained ruling from the UK on official VAT “who’s the seller” liability. Very likely the ACCC would concur, worth looking into.