Today I started to be a seller on envato and posted my first video.
As everyone, I’m quiet excited to see if my video will be accepted and if I will get some money out of it.
However there are some points which cooled me already seriously down.
Of course the horrific % envato takes away on every sell, the not very transparent price politics …
Ok, one could argue that all the other similar platforms do the same and often quiet close to scam…by example freelancer which uses an exact reversed system and where you have to compete against thousands of other freelancers living in countries where the life costs are often only a fraction of yours.
Once you are in a situation where money and human beings are involved there will always be people who try to cheat, scam, whatever…I know, it is part of the game.
However once it touches creation, Art, creative people, artists, authors… how is it possible to judge someone else’s job apart of a potential client?
Envato uses a reviewer system and this, as such, is in my opinion, a very dangerous approach for any “artistic” creative job. By definition humans are everything but perfect and the envato staff is surely not an exception to this rule.
I would by far prefer that an algorithm, a piece of software based on offer and demand judges my creations than human beings. Because at the end, once it comes to “art” are not all forms, colours, tastes permitted ?
What’s your opinion?