If reviewers describe reason of hard reject I will not ask reason on forums and when in forums write about weak design about our items which only based on subjective position , I think we can give our subjective position too about items that authors.
Now about points which you write`
- With all due respect, the design is not that great and certainly not uniquely creative compared to many being released recently on the marketplace.
Design you right is not unique but if you will look at all items which released recently you can find many same design concepts. And I don’t understand why you give your subjective position of design standarts if really stars give only customers not reviewers or somebody else , if item have buyers it means for some customers it good and each item have her buyers.
- The concept lacks premium value, has been done thousands of times before, and again with respect to a higher standard.
You right concept is standard and you can’t find in Themeforest items which concept not repeated. Even nice and good theme like Avada was repeated.
- You don’t have any variations of the layout, pages, structure
Yes you right we don’t have any variations except colors and we don’t want any variations and for Themeforest not necessary different variations of layout or pages or structures. It plus it exists different variations but not rule and you can find in Themeforest items thousend items which have not any variations. I don’t understand why on some items reviewer close eyes and for other items give hard reject , it not professional. Themeforest must have really fixed rules for items design etc. and do not based on subjective reviewer position and each reviewer have her position about item, I have come across this several times.
- The duplicate content on portfolios and blogs just feels unfinished
If you think so please describe not only tell about your feeling, this is not professional speak about feelings without right reason.
- Why have food releated content (pricing table) on what appears to be a marketing /digital template?
I can tell you dear Charlie this is only template not finished website for some customer and each customer must change all text , food content on priceing table or some other content it not important because customers must change this and I can ask from you why in many items Loream impsulm :)) and you think this is reason for hard reject ? maximum soft reject with description to change text.