Oh if only it were practical for me to go fully open source for my job, sadly I need Illustrator on a daily basis (waaay better than CorelDraw for creative working with paths for laser and CNC output...).
I don't mind paying for that so much (although I do philosophically loathe that this cloud subscription mechanic essentially locks me in to an annual upgrade, whereas beforehand I could get away with upgrading every two/three versions).
What really pisses me off though is that I intermittently use PS and FW, but with the tiering system deployed by Adobe, I'd then be locked into a ~£50 per month subscription, wherein I get a load of software I would literally never use nor care about.
What's more, having just checked the prices again, there's a 6p — £0.06 — difference between an annual commitment, monthly-billed, and paying 12 month up front.
I like Illustrator, and have used Photoshop since version 3, but I'll be veering away from Adobe for raster editing in future, as I'm sure as heck not paying through the nose for upgrades there.
As soon as any competition comes up for Illy, I'll be looking there too.
Now if only I could possibly convince my clientbase to send me files in another format... :(
Oh, and just to point out to our American cousins - we pay almost twice what you do in the states in an almost $ = £ conversion, so I'm not just being a cheap-ass here.
I'd probably not care if it were ~$50 a month either.