I don’t think you’re getting spam from that demo site. It sounds more like the spam is coming through a contact form on your site, but because you imported the demo content, the email template in Contact Form 7 still has the text “This e-mail was sent from a contact form on Arista (http://demo.qkthemes.com/arista)" in it.
I’ve invited my buyers for beta testing. I’ve demanded their purchase code to participate.
Exactly, this is how I always do it. I generally just post a topic in my support forum (where everyone is already authenticated anyway) asking for beta testers. I create a new forum section just for feedback on the beta. Tends to work pretty well.
On your downloads page, you should have two options – Installable WordPress file or All Files & Documentation.
You might want to try downloading the other one – it’s possible the author updated one but not the other by mistake. You might be downloading the one that they forgot to update and ended up with an older version.
I can’t believe anyone still falls for that old scam, they’ve been doing it for years.
They tend to prey on the elderly or technologically ignorant who are more likely to believe that “Microsoft” is calling to help them. It’s really sad. Some people are truly pathetic.
If Envato is sending the IRS that we made $50,000, and then our PayPal account says we only received $43,000, that’s a major issue. This would pretty much guarantee that every US author will be audited. Why are we being saddled with this burden when Envato can just pay us a commission as they always have? Keep it simple.
Exactly. We’re going to be audit targets for sure. I have nothing to hide, but it is a process that I will do whatever it takes to avoid, as it is a huge (unnecessary) burden.
Fact of the matter is, we don’t collect this money and we are never paid this money. Envato’s cut is not an expense, and it shouldn’t be treated as income.
Envato, please don’t make honest authors targets for the IRS.
I feel for those in VAT countries, sounds like you’re in for a world of hurt. US sales tax on digital goods is a grab-bag by state, but there’s huge potential for this to get dirty very fast. Every level of government wants their slice.
In the US, if Envato builds good tools for reporting, the impact of this change is small. I don’t have a problem reporting total earnings and taking the author fee as a deductible expense. My tax liability is identical to simply reporting earnings.
@ Envato — Reporting must aggregate figures monthly and annually. I record income from Envato once a month (12x per year) and I want to record my expense at the same time and for the same interval. A shorter period is too much work, and a longer period isn’t granular enough. The annual summary is just nice to see year-over-year trends (I wouldn’t use it for tax planning — the self-employed must pay quarterly in the US).
@ Collis — Respectfully, nobody except Envato believes buyers purchase directly from authors, and that Envato never paid authors via commission. Where do deposits go? Envato. Who keeps an expired deposit? Envato. Who pays who at the end of the month? Envato pays authors.
If authors sell directly to buyers, then…It’s absurd that Envato holds author income for monthly dispersement instead of direct deposit minus fees. It’s absurd that Envato willfully hid buyer information from authors under the guise of privacy laws (they’re our customers not yours, right?). It’s absurd that Envato sets prices for products they don’t sell. It’s absurd that Envato is adding mandatory support requirements for products where their only stake is a listing fee.
I think this pretty much sums it up, and I’d really like to see each of these points addressed officially. Especially how Envato is handling the self-employed quarterly estimated taxes requirement, and double-reporting through PayPal (mentioned in another topic).
If authors now sell directly to buyers (which is a complete about-face in policy), and we take on all the responsibilities that come along with that, then we need far greater control and autonomy over our products. To have Envato retain all the benefits of being the seller (immediate access to funds and holding them for a month, customer data, pricing control, refund authority), but shift more and more of the burdens to the authors (sales tax, support, etc) while taking the same cut, is unreasonable. I’m sorry, you can’t have it both ways.