As a consumer, do you really need to be paying for expensive creative and productivity software?
Unless you are running a business or an enthusiast; as a consumer do you really need to be paying so much money on creative and productivity software?
I have used Photoshop professionally and personally, and then for fun I tried GIMP but it was too convoluted, slow and ugly for me so I finally settled for Pixlr Editor - a web based advance photo editor that is owned by AutoDesk.
This thing is amazing, it has layer support, fast import and upload, clone stamp tool, transform tool, pretty much everything I ever need for casual advance image editing and I have it here for FREE.
The developers even produced a mobile app with a very nice user interface but didn't skimp on the features.
I think the days for expensive software are numbered and the subsccription model of locking in customers was born because of that.