As a side note (but not completely off-topic) I was just thinking about all the things and excuses Envato have been giving in the past to preserve buyer privacy (all those authors asking for more info about who was buying our products, and mostly, who was complaining about them, also) and now i can see in a click even the house they live in, if they have entered that info.
Weird, and funny, somehow.
(...)As I’ve said a few times, I think a platform is a much more powerful approach for our markets, and in the long run I believe authors will prefer it because it puts them more in the driver’s seat.
A driver that doesn’t have steering wheel nor gearshift, but pays the fines.
Sorry for the aside, there is a Google group for Spanish Envato authors to discuss all this legal stuff. Anyone interested can request to join on: https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!topic/autores-de-envato
Arriving late to this conversation (basically i was waiting until you all went crazy trying to clarify the things ). In order to add a simple point of view on this fuss:
I’ve been paying taxes since my begining on Envato, and as far as i can understand, the new system (this doesn’t mean i’m agree with it) hasn’t changed anything really important, from accounting matters:
- I get money from Envato (a reseller or a platform, i don’t care). As i don’t manage the VAT of the transaction, nor i’ve a global invoice (VAT incld.) for it, i include the full amount earned on my yearly income tax, summing all the withdrawals of the year, and converting it to euros calculating the value $>€ of the day i got each withdrawal from Envato.
- Never had a problem with this procedure, and i don’t see why i need to change it with this buyer-author-invoice thingy, as long as i don’t collect the money from the buyer directly, nor i’ve the VAT on it to declare for.
- If an inspection comes, you can clearly prove you’ve paid the taxes (whatever on each country and personal situation) for each buck you have earned. You didn’t got any money from the ultimate buyer, so i’m afraid on last case all this international economic racket will return to Envato, the one you got the money from (clearly shown on your withdrawals).
- Resume: i can’t make proper personal invoices (according to my own country laws) to final buyer, so i won’t declare them as valid VAT incomes. The only thing i can declare is the money paid by Envato. End of story. Or… maybe.
Ibrahim, i’m planning i visit to BCN soon, within a month, hopefully; i’ll be contacting you in case we can share a beer and talks.
I really miss to work with Flash, it was soooo entertaining tool. I’m sure some years after this jumbo-kill-flash trend, it will be remembered as a key word on the begining of internet world.
When my child watchs Peppa Pig on TV, and tell her “this is made with flash”. She looks at me as if i talk her about Shakespeare.
Envato should do their business maths considering all factors and set an unique price to all items. The fee thingy has been a mess since i remember.
A small restaurant calculates the different fees from cards and sets the price for a dinner. If client pays with card, tickets (whatever), they are covered. I can’t imagine a bar menu with 2 prices depending on payment method.
It’s sometimes weird that such a big business as Envato stucks with this kind of stupid (but key) things, when your are capable of running this huge marketplace. Just my 2 cents!
Long time somehow disconnected, now i think i’m having a huge déjá vu, VF & DS discussing about homepage exposure.