I was wondering if I had missed something out ... I noticed that when I search themes on the marketplace e.g. for version 4.20 allmost only themes from one company show up... when I searched for themes some months ago there was many more. What happend?
Now, vendors need to pay for publishing plugin.
Vendors should pay to publish their plugins. The Market place becomes very poor of plugins and this will affect the NopCommerce customer! Any one who needs to use NopCommerce will look for plugins and recently he will not find what he needs in the Marketplace because most of the plugins were unpublished!
Oh, I see, ... well, did the nop team note why they charge purely on publishing items and not per sold items? This would be fairer (but of course only when there is a reliable mechanism that customers buy the items in the nop store and do not go to the store of the vendor).
Since so many vendors disappeard in the marketplace, it is obvious that the this type of charging system is not widley accepted. That's a pity - the success and spread of nopCommerce will strongly depend of the available plugins, which is an indicator how popular (thus future-proof) a software is.
Well, actually I do understand it, from a developers and a business point of view. Nobody want's to work for free. On the other hand it's no good, when everything comes to standstill because of this. Maybe the charging system needs some improvements, e.g. coupling charges on the price of the plugins or any other possibilty to gather (a small amount) of free credit points...
When I 'discussed' it with Andrei, I suggested
a) lower cost for low-cost plugins (e.g. some plugins only sell for 9.99 or 19.99)
b) free credits for MVPs ;)
c) discounts for long term credit purchases (6 mo, 1 year)
They only went with the latter.