Photoshop is a consumer product as well. The photography oriented parts of Photoshop are used extensively by many amateur photographers, often in conjunction with Lightroom. LR is great but there are many things it cannot do including creative (2nd pass ) sharpening, proper cloning, curves with masks and the various content aware operations.
Of course we can all continue with LR 4 (and apparently 5) and PS CS6 for a while until the day comes when our desktops need replacing and CS6 does not support the version of Windows. Yes, I did read that Adobe has stated that they will support the next version of Windows (let's call it 9), but when 10 comes along, we've had it.
Photoshop Elements does not meet the requirements of the large group of amateur photographers who have graduated from point and shoots and only use RAW files. PSE is more for JPG users.
It would be useful if Adobe recognized that there is a large body of amateur photographers using the LR/PS combination and came out with a pricing model that makes sense for that substantial segment. For example, I suspect that most of this group do not use or need the features of the Extended version of PS.
I would prefer a return to a normal licensed version of PS, but I am a realist. Hence the request for more reasonable pricing that more closely reflects the frequency with which this group purchases updates.
Finally, I cannot find anyway on the Adobe Canada site to purchase PS CS6. Fortunately I have my copy. It appears that everybody who has not already purchased it is out of luck. I was under the impression that it could still be purchased.