mrparson wrote:Although others may not agree, I think a straight 50% off for the upgrade would have been fair a balance. YNAB is not an inexpensive program to begin with; in fact it is one of the higher priced budgeting programs, so a 50% off upgrade would reduce the cost of YNAB to about what others charge for the full price of their product. I realize at this point there is no intent to change anything, as Jesse can clearly see he has a dedicated fanbase that mentions they are willing to pay more than $40 to upgrade, so there is little need to reduce the cost.
I actually think that it would be perfectly fair for everyone to pay the full price, likely $60 for YNAB 4. I'm impressed that YNAB offers the 6 month free upgrade and even more impressed that there is a discount for all other current users. YNAB is a business and there is nothing about YNAB 4 that takes away from the functionality of YNAB 3. If YNAB goes out of business today and YNAB 4 never came out officially, everyone would be perfectly fine using the software that they currently have. There's always going to be a better way to do something, but that doesn't mean that the current way isn't great.
I have beta tested, and even though I really like some of the new features the real difference is the cloud functionality. It minimizes the touch time (a LEAN term for those that know) and this is a huge benefit. For someone that has a fairly stable budget you could actually go for months without ever actually using the desktop simply by budgeting a few months in the future, entering purchases ahead, and allowing the recurring transactions to populate. You could easily eliminate all desktop use other than the monthly budget meeting so everything else could be done whenever you have time. Sitting at red lights and riding the elevator. This is easily worth the cost of admission. If I didn't carry a smart phone and money was tight, I'd likely stick with YNAB 3 as I think it does a great job and it always will.