I have no time for them in many ways since with most of them there is nothing stopping 1000 people all buying the same template and having clone sites with only the content text copy and a few images to set them apart.
It can help people without design skills to get up and running with little fuss, but beyond that I don't see that they offer a great deal to anyone who has the patience to spend some time with a graphics and web authoring package.
This is not just because most of my income stems from web design and development. The whole point to a good design process is that it is sympathetic to a corporate identity or may be used from the outset to help generate one. Colour schemes, graphics, navigation structure, dynamic or static content and all kinds of other things go into a good site designed by someone who knows what they are doing. Try that with an off the peg template and see how far you get.
It's like forcing yourself into an outfit whether it fits or not. Some of the templates look very nice and are well designed. Others are less appealing, but they all share the same thing in common and may all be used and bought in most cases multiple times. I did once see some templates that were offered on a one purchase basis but the cost was prohibitive for obvious reasons.
If you want a template, insteado f buying one, get a copy of NetObjects Fusion and pay an extra £15 or so for the Site STyles CD ROM. NetObjects ships with more site themes, styles and templates than you can shake a stick at and the CD ROM features an extra couple of hundred such templates for you to play with.
Decisions, decisions. Do you buy a template ? Do you buy one template ? If so, how many others will have it and how well suited is it to the project at hand ?
Or do you spend around £100 on NetObjects, £15 or so on the additional CD ROM and have not only several hundred templates collectively available to you that can all be FULLY CUSTOMISED but also one of the best overall WYSIWYG web authoring programs to boot.
You do the maths.
In most cases, I have to give templates a thumbs down. They just don't offer you anything that you can't already get.