I just wanted to express my disappointment and frustration with the way Adobe is set up. Earlier in February I needed to take up a plan for school in order to edit for my photography class at school, but now I no longer need the program and can no longer afford this. I do not even use it. Therefore I decided to cancel the plan but I have been hit with both a cancellation fee plus the usual fee for the month. I spoke to customer care and they could not help me. It is frustrating because this is not explained properly when getting these programs, and I have browsed through the forum and saw that others have been through this as well and the lack of transparency has also costed them loads in cancellation fees as well. Would not use this ever again or recommend these "plans." Pay the fee or continue to pay for a full year for something you don't use. Great options.
I’m sorry about that situation. If you are lacking the funds it is not easy, I know. I would counsel you to Contact Customer Care again and may be by being persistent, you will have more luck this time.
I have, however, some remarks:
Where I went to school, an Annual Plan = 12 months. See screenshot.
You can pay monthly for 12 months or prepay the whole year up front. Your choice. But canceling before the 12th month means you pay an early termination fee (50% of remaining months). There is nothing hidden about it. This is a very standard business model used by many companies worldwide. Next time read the subscription & cancellation terms before you agree to them. And if you don't understand them, ask your parents or teachers to help you.
I completely understand your frustration. I almost missed this too. Yes, it's in the fine print but it's not possible to read all the fine print for every product that we purchase. It's standard practice with apps to pay for a month at a time and a reasonable assumption to make. I'm really disappointed in the company for taking advantage of students and teachers: making them continue to pay for a full year or face fees for cancelling. Often students need the program for one semester. Really disgraceful.
That's the price you pay for a 60% discount.
If you're willing to pay full price, you can get month-to-month option. But if you do the math, you'll find that a student/teacher discount with 50% early cancellation fee is still way cheaper than month-month at regular rates.
Full Price (month-to-month): $82.50/month x 6 months = $495
Student/Teacher Price(annual): $20/month for 12 months = $240 + 50% penalty fee = $300
So you see you're still getting a very generous discount, even if you cancel early.
What's wrong with that picture?
What's wrong with the picture is that it's not clearly explained.
Here is what you agreed to when you clicked "Agree and subscribe" to sign up for your Yearly plan.
What specifically do you think is not clearly explained, or could be more clearly explained?
I did not click because I googled around and luckily found this thread. I should not have to do research to figure this out. If you click on "See terms" on this page: https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/buy/students.html you will see the following. It is not clear what the fees will be if you cancel before the year is up.
You should take "requires a 12 month contract" to mean "you promise to pay for a whole year". I can't see any other meaning of this. In fact, Adobe give a very generous discount of 50% on what you promise to pay. However, it's a pity the document not spell this out, and also does not mention that it automatically renews, I think. You can have Photoshop with the right to cancel with no penalty for $30 per month. After 4 months the Photography Plan is cheaper.
It is generous if you use it for a full year. As a parent and an educator for many years, I know that students will not necessarily fully understand the terms. Adobe can offer whatever they want to whomever they want at whatever price they want, that's not my issue. I'm just asking that when you market stuff to students, make it super clear, esp. when the pricing plan is different from the standard one.
>when you market stuff
This is a public forum with mostly other users, not Adobe support... the Adobe staff who do read/post here to help with program problems do not control Adobe management
Call or send a letter to Adobe
Adobe, 345 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110-2704 USA Tel: 408-536-6000 Fax: 408-537-6000
I did not click because I googled around and luckily found this thread. I should not have to do research to figure this out.
You don't have to "google around," nor do you have to do research to figure it out.
As noted above, a summary of the terms are right there on the Adobe page when you click "Agree and subsctibe." You can't avoid it.
So the issue is if someone clicks "Agree" without actually reading the several sentences directly above the button describing what you are agreeing to.