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Vince Campi
Digital Media Arts Academy Chair

Adobe's Price War Against Small Schools!

I want to start off by saying I love using Adobe Software! But my small arts high school paid $8,500 for a 250 seat perpetual site license for Adobe CS5.5, we used it for three years, and 45 students earned their Adobe Associate Certification, and as a result most are studying digital art in college, or working in the fields of graphic design and photography. Now, Adobe wants $11,800 every year for 60 seats, so over three years, it'll costs more than our iMac computer lab! I don't know what to do! Adobe made a very short-sighted decision to raise the price so high that the education subscription model is no longer affordable. If this pricing behavior continues, soon only the wealthy school kids will be able to afford up-to-date software, and the digital art, film-making, design, and photography careers will be further out of reach for students at small schools, it will not be level playing field for our kids. This is a very disheartening decision Adobe has made! HELP! ADOBE, PLEASE LOWER YOUR EDUCATION PRICE!

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Vince Campi

Posted on 7/17/16 11:00:14 PM Permalink

As a result of post and a few emails to Adobe, I was contacted by a very pleasant and informative Adobe director and he gave the $2500 actual price of 100 seat license. Which was quite a relief and I'm very happy that we can continue to use Adobe software. Although, it is a shame that so many schools are struggling with this because the Adobe Education sales team does not know the actual price. So the answer is to not go to Adobe, and go to any other reseller like: Kristal at www.learningservicesus.com or Brenda at sales@pcuniversity.com.

Vince Campi

Posted on 7/17/16 10:57:38 PM Permalink

As a result of my post and many emails to Adobe, I was contacted by a very pleasant and informative Adobe director and he gave me the $2500 actual price of 100 seat license. Which was quite a relief and I'm very happy that we can continue to use Adobe software. Although, it is a shame that so many schools are struggling with this because the Adobe Education sales team does not know the actual price, hopefully that will be fixed soon. So the answer is to not go to Adobe, but go to any other reseller like: Kristal at www.learningservicesus.com or Brenda at sales@pcuniversity.com.

Adobe Education

Posted on 7/14/16 9:29:03 PM Permalink

Hi Vince - thanks for writing and explaining your situation. I think you might be using incorrect information to calculate your price per year. Are you calculating based on the price for individual subscriptions? There is a cheaper option than that. If you look at the Creative Cloud pricing for schools, check out the Creative Cloud for Education Device based licensing. This allows you to install the software on school owned machines (like in your iMac computer lab). The cost for this is $24.96 per computer per year with a minimum of 100 licenses purchased. Total cost to you would be $2,496 per year and you get an additional 40 licenses to use around the school, perhaps on faculty machines or a second computer lab. Here are more details about the K-12 Licensing program: http://www.adobe.com/offer-terms/k12-cc-licensing.html.

You can purchase this through an Adobe Authorized Reseller or call 800-685-3638. They will be able to outline all the options to you and help you find the right solution for your school.

Hope this helps!

Vince Campi

Posted on 7/14/16 11:51:00 PM Permalink

Thank you for your honesty! I was dealing directly with a sales rep from Adobe Education sales, and that's where I got the $11,800 price quote. She told me that was the lowest price available for schools. They charged us $10,700 last year. But yesterday, after I put our issue on the internet and emailed fifteen different resellers, I received three quotes that reflect the pricing you mentioned. I brought this up to Priyanka at Adobe sales and she absolutely ignored my question and referred back to what we paid last year and continued to insist on the extremely high price. On the Facebook Adobe Educators page, many schools are having this same issue and can no longer afford Adobe, these Adobe sales people are a huge problem for the company. Thank for your help!