Is it just me or are the “premium” themes on the Theme Garden ridiculously overpriced?
I love this quote-sort of.
Price is equated with worth. No one goes to a doctor and asks “free?”. And it’s utterly ridiculous to ask civil engineers to do engineering for free. Or lawyers or cashiers, or teachers or really any profession that has worth.
Art (especially digital art-yes, I consider making Tumblr themes art) faces the worst aspects of capitalism then I’d argue any other profession because of the ability to efficiently distribute goods and because anyone can distribute goods.
Very few people are qualified to be doctors or lawyers and even fewer do those professions with exceptionally low pay (doctors without borders etc) and these professions can’t be done by laypeople.
Anyone can learn how to make a Tumblr theme quickly. The same can’t be said for being a doctor.
Making Tumblr themes as a hobby is definitely doable-whereas dabbling in the medical profession? No.
This means sadly that being taken seriously and making a living out of making Tumblr themes is extremely difficult.
This means that the art world is much more controlled by the buyers rather then then the sellers (unlike the medical profession). And that’s dangerous because people love getting things for free and exploiting the crap out of other people.
Making Tumblr themes is hard work and the price you attach to a theme should exemplify the quality of the theme.
And that’s the biggest problem I have with Premium Themes
$49 for Tumblr means top tier (the lowest premium theme offered here is $9). Which means it should be exceptional.
It should be well documented, well coded and of course have exemplary design. And I don’t see that.
I’ve never bought a premium theme but from what I can tell, Pixel Union themes are well worth the price. I’ve used the free ones and the code is just beautiful. They really know their stuff. Also the customer service is first rate. If I could afford it and didn’t know how to code, I’d absolutely buy a theme from them.
On the other hand, Ultralinx themes have alright coding. They don’t run as smoothly as Pixel Union’s and their themes are (in my opinion) not very unique. Therefore I think they are overpriced but what they’re selling is the current rage (minimalism) so there will be buyers.
As long as the price matches the worth, there’s nothing wrong with premium themes.
Free themes are awesome and making them is really fun because for me there’s not this huge burden of making sure the code is absolutely great. Or the fear that I shouldn’t be making them because I’m a self taught web designer who’s only been making themes for a year so I know my coding isn’t even on the same plane as Pixel Union’s.
It’s fun and I love doing it but there are people out there who want to make profit and theme making does have value. People should give theme makers as much respect as any other profession. The work they do is worth far more then $0. If they choose to make it free it’s out of the kindness of their heart (or apathetic demeanor)