Remember just a couple of days ago, at least it seems that way, when Zealeus mentioned that Valve was going to do paid mods where the modders would get some of the money? Remember how they were going to start with Skyrim mods? Well it turns out that apparently the backlash from the community was enough for Valve to already remove this option. Not only that but anyone who did buy a mod or two, or all of them have had their money refunded.
Valve and Bethesda both came out and said that they believed that the community would relish at the chance to not only create their own mods but perhaps gain some success to the point where they could continue to work on their mods, off the money they made.
The fact of the matter is that there are too many people out there trying to make the quick buck and who don't give a damn about continuing their product. I personally had issues with idea from day one, and it appears that I was not alone. Now I don't know what the prices were for these mods, or if the marketplace was flooded with such sludge that this was the end result, or if it might have been that people expected a certain quality to the mods for a AAA title and they felt shorted by the lack of polish of some of these mods.