Website Templates On Ebay, Bad Idea?
So you want to buy website templates on Ebay? The price almost looks too good to be true for sure but what are you really getting yourself into? Prices for template packs start at just over $3 to $30 so at that price one would jump at buying these packs, we did and here is what we found.
Quality of Templates Not Great, Not Even Good
Yeah, our CD arrived around 1 week later and we couldn’t wait to see how good these templates were. Now please note that the only reason for the purchase was to merely test out the quality of these templates, we had no intention to use these products or resell them (no way would we resell these) more on that later. What we found is a bunch of garbage truthfully, I mean we were not that surprised, over 30,000 templates for $8.00 we really didn’t expect anything special. Out of the whole CD, we found 3 or 4 templates that were acceptable but still needed work to make them semi-presentable.
Say Hello To The Trash Bin
So after 20 minutes of searching each folder, it was apparent that this was a wasted $8, now of course I was not expecting some great Flash design or award winning website templates but maybe a couple good ones at of 30,000 templates would be nice. It was obvious that what I purchased was a template dump. Alot of the templates REQUIRE you to leave a link of the author on the template, removing the link may get you in legal trouble if your found out. More legal issues below.
Be Careful Of Stolen Work
A problem that I have seen is that some people decompile existing flash templates and then resell them on eBay, what this means is that you are buying templates that are already violating copyrights. Some template makers and Ebay have worked on the issue but I still see decompiled templates on there for sale, so be careful. The last thing you want is to be shut off by your hosting company due to stolen work that you had NO idea about or even worse…legal documents.
You know the saying, you get what you pay for…well this is totally the case with buying website templates on Ebay. In addition to the bad quality, you run the risk of buying stolen templates so our advise to is stay away, far away. I know the price is right if your looking to build a website with almost no cost, or perhaps looking to resell them, but to put yourself in the line of fire doesn’t make any sense. Ebay is not at fault, they can’t monitor which templates violate copyright and which ones don’t and I’m sure Ebay works to weed those people out. Still, if there is a buck to be made selling template dumps and stolen property, sadly this will be a continued trend.
Be smart. Become Informed.
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