So, have tried out Themeforest.
I’m genuinely disappointment. Themes claim to sell the heavens, but often are not accessibility ready, don’t follow W3C or WordPress guidelines, can be buggy, include ‘free’ commercial plugins that need to be paid for to stay up to date (or be at the mercy of the theme author). Refunds can be really tough to get, resulting in arguments. Envato customer service is not exactly something to write home about at times.
Envato really needs to step up their game, and especially their quality control.
I don’t see us doing business with Envato anymore at this rate. It’s been one rough, time, and money wasting experience.
A solution could be to be able to check the theme in the admin area, get to work with it before buying. Also stay with realistic marketing, expectation management.
It’s a shame, because the idea is nice, but this just is a pain to use. It shouldn’t be. This is open source, well, or used to be anyway, and I’m fine with people making money on themes or plugins, I support that, it is great to see coders get payed for their work, but I have some reservations on the current way/ progress. For example what happens if an author stops? Who is going to enforce accessibility/ W3C rules?
Envato really needs to enforce W3C rules, some themes are poor at this, and basically ruining web experience, and ultimately the reputation of WordPress. Please improve these aspects.