If the ads in the shopping cart don’t lead to buyers clicking on them and therefor at least interrupting the checkout - if not leading to a total cart abandonement - then why does envato place the ad there?
If the ad is there it will have an effect, else envato would place it elsewhere.
So assuming that this ruins the checkout experience is fair.
The cross-marketing is not equal from one place to the other. On market there are ads everywhere, on elements, authors are forbidden to place links to market. This alone should tell you something about what envato wants.
The screenshot shown by enabled is misleading at best - as this is not how it looks like when you visit elements. You have to click on “quick links” first to get this overview for market categories. It is not this big by default. I recommend everyone to check out how it looks in reality.
Saying the cross-marketing is equal is very optimistic. In my eyes, it is not. Everyone should make up their minds about this by just visiting both sites.
I am an Envato elements author. I do not like the ads in the shopping cart. Wayman gave reasons for this, well understandable reasons to me.
No threads in the forum will change this however. So it is either leave envato or swallow the pill. Old authors may remember the times where forum threads like this did at least lead to a discussion with envato - but let’s be honest these times are long gone.