All true and with most I agree. I don´t spend as much time on template projects as much as I used to, so of course something will get lost on the way. I remember it too well making that kind of items but in the end deleting them cause they generated no or few sales, after spending 4,5 or 7 days on them. Many of you know that feeling.
If there would be enough feedback on those, trust me I would made VH my full time job and invested even more time in making them. Sadly that was not the case.
So, I decided to step down my working time, and produce items that are either currently trending or something that most buyers search. If my items are very specific in use, unique as you mentioned, then they have specific and limited audience. And very few sales. But if I decide to put in 8 hours max in a template, that I want it to look minimal and not terrifying to edit, while still maintaining its purpose and design aesthetics, don´t see a reason it should be rejected simple cause I can do better or my previous items were more detailed.
If you compare these two files, example one and example two, one is 5 day work (COD inspired) and second 4 hour work with almost same amount of sales in less of the time frame. When clearly you can see quality difference.
I know many authors here struggle with the same decision. Hm, should I spend a week on really great file, that will be lost on page two within few hours, hoping for at least decent amount of sales and exposure, or produce something within time where I can afford the loss.
If I need to produce more quality files again, ok, these are the rules and l´ll gladly follow them. But when I see items approved made on same level, style or complexity as mine rejected, then I get a bit worried.