Going to preface this by saying this isn't for attacking addon authors or XF developers but more of a CONSTRUCTIVE discussion on how it can be better. Some of the "Pros and Cons" are ideas I've seen being posted beforehand not necessarily my views or ideas. Any post that directly attacks an addon author or XF developers will be deleted, warnings may be issued and possible removal from further replies. Starting off here, I've been burned a few times and I'm sure many others have too but what can be done to help reduce the effects of buying a addon, style or service on XF.com RM only to be left with an unsupported product. Also "XenForo Marketplace" is a term I assume would better suit any future chances of it being just that, a place to buy things not a place for links to other sites to buy. I feel the XFRM needs to be able to handle transactions before much of this can change so keep that in mind while making your post. Some of the main issues with Authors: (feel free to add to this and I'll update this post) Author goes MIA Author does not reply to support questions in the support threads Author is leaving but doesn't give a clear indication Author has very slow updates with know bugs causing errors or making the addon unusable Below are some pros and cons of the current XFRM setup (feel free to add to this and I'll update this post) Pros: Easy to use ie: creating resources is easy Open market no fees to Authors for selling Easy to navigate ie: XF 1.x - XF 2.x categories / Paid - Free sorting FAQ tab is nice for both authors and users Cons: Users have to register on many other websites to acquire products Takes a good amount of time to realize a author has given up on the product Giving support in a single thread can be daunting Tracking bugs in support threads is tedious The Marketplace idea is to have a central place to house all transactions, support and possibly bug tracking. Below we can outline the pros and cons of the marketplace idea. (feel free to add to this and I'll update this post) Pros: Possibly better protection for XF customers from buying dead products Single place to get ALL products, no need to sign up at many different sites Safety of audited addons and styles by XenForo (this of course would likely mean a percentage of sales to go to XenForo to cover man hours) Cons: Addons/Style/Services prices increase from having to pay a percentage of sales to XenForo Getting addon and style developers on board with fees Unsupported products could still be an issue and what to do with those Really it's a topic that isn't going to have an end all answer to everything but I'd like to see what others think can be done to help both authors and users. Also would like to hear from users here who've used the IPS Marketplace and how it operates in the sense of the pros and cons outlined above.