Anyone of the payment methods for me is fine. If Envato would be able to do this that would be great! It would be a compromise between buyer and author requests that I personally believe would satisfy all worlds!
Also, if Envato cannot accept Deposits anymore, maybe it’s something legal, maybe it costs a lot, maybe it’s a technical thing, maybe it’s not feasible to keep money from buyers I literally have no idea, but I have an idea that maybe might work?
Why not add Coupons? Non-refundable, 365 day expirable, coupons. Buy 100$ worth of coupons that expire in 1 year, if you add more, the expiry date increases. This way it’s not considered a credit, it’s not considered a deposit. It’s a “purchase coupon”. The money goes into Envato’s pocket as an earning, and not as a credit for the buyer. Basically solves all issues. Should have no issues with laws whatsoever or other technicalities . Basically, buyers would get author funds in their accounts. Like we see cash from earnings, they’d see coupons.
No deposits. No refunds for Coupons, No mix purchasing 50 coupons and $10. Should solve all logistical, legal, technical problems and make buyers really really really happy! Plus you guys can have offers for this as well. Discounts, extra coupons, get 100 coupons and get an item free, etc etc. Tons of choices, great for marketing.
$1 = 5 Envatoupons ( Envato Coupons ) , so a template would either cost $10 or 50 coupons. ( do whatever sort of irriteration you want with them )
Would solve most problems really quick, including the fact that they’re not named Dollars, they are not a currency, they are not deposited money? It would be tricky to implement at first, but would be pretty much awesome after!
What do you say @jamesgiroux? Are any of these 2 ideas ( this one or the one with 1 payment gate free of fees ) possible? ( just my 2 cents, might not be a great idea, but I’m putting it out there! )