Originally Posted by Carmissimo
I'm not concerned. It's more that I'm amused over how eager many are to pay substantially more for the privilege of paying in installments. There really isn't a scenario in which going the subscription route is the smart way to go and yet if Adobe is offering this option at this price point, surely some research has been done and a market of sorts identified.
Incredible amounts of money are wasted on virtually nothing by otherwise intelligent people. It's one of those quirks that make us humans so endearing.
I would suggest that it be made clear that the Adobe Subscription is not an Installment plan. Just as renting a car for a weekend or a month or a year isn't.
Perhaps a perusal from folks more informed will help clarify the issue. For example, from ARS,
Some people may balk at “renting” Photoshop, but as someone who paid $3,500 just to get access to the $750 yearly fee to the Autodesk Maya subscription, I can tell you those prices with no up-front cost seem very reasonable. It doesn't quite function as a payment plan towards the full price, but you can get upgrade pricing on new versions if you do subscribe. "The subscription offering is not a payment plan, so you would not be able to simply pay off the remainder of a suite’s or application’s price if you’ve owned a subscription for a certain amount of time," an Adobe spokesperson told Ars. "However, a customer is eligible to pay upgrade pricing for a new version of a Suite or application if they’ve completed a one-year subscription plan, or a six month monthly subscription plan."
Or from TUAW
Adobe has announced a mid-cycle update to its Creative Suite, dubbed Adobe CS 5.5. As CNET notes, Adobe CS 5.5 doesn't provide significant updates for Photoshop, Illustrator or Fireworks, but what has been updated in Adobe's Creative Suite seems particularly focused on smartphone platforms. Adobe says the CS update is focused on "enabling designers and developers to target popular and emerging smartphone and tablet platforms," and provides "substantive advances to HTML5, Flash authoring, digital publishing and video tools as well as new capabilities that kick-start the integration of tablets into creative workflows."
According to Adobe, the company plans to change up its development cycle for Creative Suite, offering "milestone" upgrades every 24 months and (presumably yearly) mid-cycle releases like CS 5.5 providing relatively smaller advances of the feature set.
Perhaps more significantly, Adobe has also introduced subscription-based pricing
Links to above and more… http://www.google.com/search?q=adobe...be03e6833a46ef
P.S. Adobe has offered an option for acquiring one of the most professionally used software products on the market. It is not for everyone to even consider.
However, before making final judgement, it would be prudent to talk to our banks, accountant, tax consultant before throwing it under the bus.
In addition, if it doesn't fit one's financial situation it is not a reason to trash it. And if my accountant were to overtly condemn it as some have done here, it would be his last time I would seek his advice. Brother-in-law or not.