Perhaps you should talk to Tyler, looks like he just finished implementing one: http://themeforest.net/forums/thread/dmcasendercom-need-beta-testers/41276
Classica is a plain one with no bells and whistles, but it doesn’t mean it was a 20 minute job to design it, it takes more skills and time to design a minimal website then it does a graphic packed one Not everyone can do that.
Exactly. This is a premium theme marketplace. Users that don’t care about design have a large amount of free themes to choose from in the WordPress theme database. If Themeforest didn’t keep a high standard, there would be no differentiation, at which point we wouldn’t have any more customers.
Not to mention, as a practicality, the standard needs to be kept high. If the marketplace was flooded with hundreds of designs every day it’d be chaos (and no one would make any money). As the popularity of the marketplace and therefore the rate of submissions grows, the percentage of accepted themes has to decline somewhat. Naturally, it make sense only to accept the themes with the best designs.
Awesome, that’s great to know, thanks very much for the responses guys
About the eligibility criteria, I read that as well, but I couldn’t find anyplace on the site that actually allowed you to apply. Perhaps it’s just a matter of waiting till next month to see if the option appears (I guess I expected an option to be there, even if I couldn’t apply yet, with an explanation as to why it was not yet available rather than nothing at all). I’ll contact PayPal about this and see if they can give me an official response, too.
Still curious though if anyone has successfully applied for and received those reduced rates (I know it wouldn’t affect Envato withdrawals, just payments in general).
I think you make an interesting point. Clearly, not all buyers are design connoisseurs. I think that purchases reflect this to a certain extent. Whenever we are designing a product for sale, it pays to know our audience – it’s pointless to create something perfect if no one wants it (or recognizes its perfection).
On the other hand, high quality design isn’t just about selling products. It’s about communicating a site’s message clearly as well as beautifully. And to that extent, aiming for perfection will help create a better product, not only one that sells better. (Hopefully that will be recognized and translated into sales, too!)
In the end, I think many buyers (especially the more experienced ones) can sense perfect design even if they have zero design knowledge. Some designs just work, they pop, they grab your attention with that indefinable quality, and those designs tend to sell like hot cakes (look at Classica, for example). So I think buyers can spot awesome designs, even if they can’t always explain why they’re so great.
Do all buyers hold design to the same standard we do? Certainly not. But I think many are able to recognize good design when they see it, and if you can achieve it you’ll be rewarded
I’m curious about people’s experiences with PayPal as far as account levels and applying for the Merchant Rate, as described here:
For those who are not familiar, apparently PayPal offers reduced transaction rates if you bring in over $3,000 a month – but it’s not automatic, you must apply.
Specifically, I’m wondering (in general I’m talking about all PayPal transactions, not just Envato payouts):
1. Do you need to have an upgraded account to apply? That is, has anyone applied for merchant rates with a personal account?
2. How do you apply? I can’t find any link that actually allows you to apply for these rates, though I’ve found the program mentioned on several pages. (Either they are hiding it very well or you need a Premier/Business account to get the option – though nothing ever explicitly states that that’s a requirement).
3. My experience with Envato payouts through PayPal is that there are no fees (keep in mind this is in the US) with my personal PayPal account. I’m curious if anyone in the US has had a different experience with the Premier or Business accounts (or a similar situation when making that transition outside the US perhaps?).