Upload & Sell: On
Easy to think that way now. But in a year or two when your new OS doesn't support the 'old' CS6 and your raw converters don't support your new cameras, you'll pay. Surely there will be new feature you'll crave, as well. I hated Adobe for their stupid idea at first but over time it's probably the same cost as what the upgrades would have been to my apps.
That analogy only holds up if you are in the camp that believes whatever Adobe offers is the only possible option. That mindset is what gave Adobe the foothold and control over their user base they needed in order to dictate such a one-sided offer that is CC. Fortunately, that attitude is changing.
I too, once felt that Adobe software was the only true option. Now, with the CC offering and the single-minded development of Lightroom over the past several iterations, it has been very silly for me to put all my eggs in one software developer basket ... This situation did much to motivate me to explore alternative options I had once been convinced were not worth my effort. If for no other reason than to have a secondary backup for what I use now. This from someone who has been using Ps exclusively since v2.0 circa 1993 and Lr since the very first public beta ...
Though, these other options may be less popular, they do offer an alternative ... plus there will be further improvements to those options because there is now the drive for those smaller developers to grab a larger piece of the pie that previously seemed unattainable. ... and/or future offerings that don't currently exist to come along and compete with the former status quo, now that fledgling developers see there is a chink in the armor that wasn't there a short time ago ... The market is there for an industrious entrepreneur ... one only needs to tap into it.
After all, with the CC subscription model, if an Adobe CC user want's to leave for greener less-expensive with the option to own pastures ... there isn't much to hold them there since they no longer have any real equity in their Adobe software ... it will be easy to test the waters elsewhere, possibly saving some hard-earned cash in the process.
I also know if I take control over all the aspects I should before I depress the shutter release ... I have much less need for moving sliders after the fact in my software to "process" the resulting image ... if all Adobe can come up with in the area of "new features to crave" ... like Camera Shake Reduction (something I have spent over four decades honing my skills to avoid) ... well, I'll get along with my perpetual license for Ps for as long as it is possible ... then look elsewhere ...