Starting a web design company and selling WordPress themes. Is it ethical?
When I started selling web design it was because one of my partners is really good at doing it. I basically find the clients and handle all the money and support between us and the buyer. My programmer/designer will handle everything on the design side and talk only to me, so his job is pretty stress free lol.
But what I was thinking is if it was possible to start a web design company and sell people themes that you can buy on themeforest?
I don't do this because I never really thought it would work. We do 100% custom designs that take 1 to 2 months and we turn a decent profit whenever we can get a client.
This type of web design is kind of shady, but I know some people who have done it in the past and made an easy $1,000 profit because of it. They didn't know any kind of programming or design skills but they had access to people who wanted/needed new web designs. They undercut the competition and after they made a sale they would just go to themeforest and purchase a theme in order to upload it to the clients hosting account. They would configure everything and set it up to show all the proper content, logos, images, etc. The theme would be completely set up and all the owner would have to do is pay for the hosting after this guy was done.
I do know that in his TOS and contracts that it actually said he would be using a premium wordpress theme that he would configure to show everything the client wanted. So did he actually play the client in any way since it was in the TOS and Contract?
But isn't there some kind of ethical code with this that is being broken? The buyer/client can easily go to themeforest and purchase the theme themelves, but they don't know how to do any of the work. Hell, they may not even know about themeforest or even what wordpress is lol.
This falls into the middle man role, similar to how someone would resell an SEO service as their own. The only difference with selling a themeforest theme as your own design is that people can figure out what theme you used to do this and they wouldn't be able to figure out what SEO service you used when you resold it to them.
What is your opinion on this?
Do you think there is something unethical going on with this type of business model?
Are you ok with someone marketing to potential buyers and selling them a predesigned theme as their own?