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asmi:
Altium now offers monthly payment option for a maintenance subscription renewal via Altium online store. Just extended mine for another year for 183 CAD/month. I think that's a great option for those who don't want to fork out over 2K$ in one go, and prefer making monthly payments. This option is for maintenance subscription renewal for those who have a perpetual license. And as a bonus, you don't need to talk to anyone over the phone and endure their attempts to upsell you something :)

evb149:
Finally they show a bit of sense in that area.
Since the yearly maintenance cost is not in a very different ballpark  than the entire program sometimes costs (occasionally) and
not all that different than what one can just buy a comparable professional suite of Orcad for, it makes sense to make it at least a bit
easier to swallow paying the maintenance.

Particularly since their justification for the monthly rental model for their subscription based license is how low cost it is incrementally to pay-as-you-go month to month, so why shouldn't that apply to buying the perpetual license or the maintenance.

Though as I recall hearing in years past there really was no "monthly" subscription in that you could just purchase it for a few months then stop, rather it was just monthly payment installments for buying a subscription term of not less than 12 months.

I don't know if that's still true or if such may be the case for the monthly maintenance payments which could be relevant in allowing flexibility to stop it asynchronously depending on financial and project changes that might occur.

They really should also have a lower cost or free maintenance option (and perhaps corresponding license) for say personal / non-commercial / hobbyist use, or very small size / revenue startups, whatever else. 

They put stuff out like circuitmaker and upverter for the "makers" but continually try to upsell / promote their more serious tools but there's such a huge gap between the tools that it's unlikely many people would even show interest in learning / using their higher end tools given such a high cost of entry & maintenance even for those just basically doing it for informal education or non commercial stuff.

dunkemhigh:
One reason to pay the lump sum instead of taking advantage of monthly payments is that you can negotiate that lump and get a discount. Never been successful at doing that in a webshop :)

alexwhittemore:

--- Quote from: dunkemhigh on June 15, 2021, 01:29:57 am ---One reason to pay the lump sum instead of taking advantage of monthly payments is that you can negotiate that lump and get a discount. Never been successful at doing that in a webshop :)

--- End quote ---

This is a very good point, and is what I ran into recently buying the PDN analyzer plugin. They'd negotiate down cost, but wouldn't offer monthly payment on the negotiated price.

OTOH, I negotiated down my subscription renewal, and they DID offer me monthly payment on THAT.

asmi:

--- Quote from: dunkemhigh on June 15, 2021, 01:29:57 am ---One reason to pay the lump sum instead of taking advantage of monthly payments is that you can negotiate that lump and get a discount. Never been successful at doing that in a webshop :)

--- End quote ---
I tried that, but the price they offered was the same as it was on their website with monthly payments. once you do the currency conversion. Renewal fee in their online store is lower than in US, so their initial offer with 10% off just barely matched what's offered online.
Also, with monthly payments, I've locked in fixed payments in my local currency as opposed to USD, which is what I had in the past, when the actual amount fluctuated month-to-month and it was annoying for accounting.

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