As many of you know, Adobe is offering a special deal through December 31st - Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for $9.99 per month. I have received numerous emails from Adobe specifically stating that the $9.99/month price will remain in effect “for as long as you continue your membership.” The clear, plain meaning of those words cannot be denied. However, the TERMS outlined on Adobe’s website states: "After the first 12 months, we will automatically renew your contract based on the current price of the offering.”
According to an Adobe representative the “current price” of the renewal is the price in effect at the time of renewal, not the $9.99 price that is current when you sign up. So the price when they automatically renew you can be any amount they wish. This obviously contradicts the clear terms in the email offer, namely that the $9.99 price applies “for as long as you continue your membership” and therefore, in my opinion, the email offer Adobe sent to me is incredibly misleading.
Even though I don’t particularly need to update my current version of Photoshop I was going to sign up for the $9.99 offer just to lock in the price “for as long as you continue your membership.” Now that Adobe says my renewal after one year will be at the then current price I have no incentive to subscribe now since I don’t need an update now. I can use my current version of Photoshop for another year and sign up then at the then current price. In other words, if you already have a version of Photoshop that’s meeting your needs there’s no reason to take advantage of the $9.99 offer since the price is not assured beyond one year. A year from now, or two years from now, or whenever it is that you do need to update your Photoshop you can sign up then - at the then “current price”.