If you are just a photographer and not in multimedia which I find hard to believe, then a version of photoshop is £17 a month which I also see as good value, compared to spending the full outlay on PS Extended which is £649, then a new version will be out in 18 months with an upgrade path of 50% off so thats £900 for one programme. or £204 a year for PS CC.
TBH I feel most of the people who are complaining are not current subscribers to CS anyway and get it some how under the rug...
A price increase is a price increase, no matter how you spin it. And for most photographers it is a hefty price increase.
After the initial investment, Photoshop was $11.11/mo. if you bought *every* update ($200/18 mos.) or $5.55/mo. if you skipped a version and bought every other update. Now Adobe wants $19.99/mo., every month, for the rest of your working life. For many photographers this nearly doubles, or more than triples, the long term cost. How is that "a good value"?
And yes I am talking about photographers who buy it legally. Your "feeling" that most of the people who are complaining "get it some how under the rug" is just plain wrong. Most people who are complaining recognize a big price increase when they see it. You just have to do the math to see what's happening.
Some people just don't want to see it. But yes... for MOST people it is a doubling of price and ultimately that cost has to be absorbed or passed on to the consumer