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Dani Ivanov10,732 Points
I am looking at ThemeForest's fees and I can't figure one thing out. What the heck is "The Envato Buyer Fee" for? They add this fee on top of the Author Fee which already is quite high (55% for non-exclusive authors and 12.5% - 37.5% for exclusive authors).
The way I see it selling exclusively on ThemeForest is more expensive at first (37.5% author fee + 20% buyer fee = 57.5%) than if you simply sell non-exclusively on ThemeForest until you sell enough for the author fees to drop.
Here is their official pages explaining this http://themeforest.net/make_money/become_an_author http://marketblog.envato.com/news/buyer-services/
Codin - Codesmite8,600 Points
Lets say you sell an item on themeforest for $100.
If you are exclusive: They take $20 buyers fee leaving $80. Then depending on your sales output they will take 12.5% to 37.5% in Authors Fee. You get the remainder.
If you are non-exclusive: They take $20 buyers fee leaving $80. Then depending on your sales output they will take 55% in Authors Fee. You get the remainder.
Then bare in mind you have to pay tax on your sales.
Themeforest is a terrible place to sell your designs, they take huge fees and are oversaturated with way to much competetion.
I would reccomend looking around at other options, freelance contracts or starting your own online shop exclusively for your designs.