I believe they are planning to offer new purchasers a month long free trial and a discount to join Premium as well, but I have no idea how much of one.
I suspect the reasoning behind the structure they have created here is they are expecting that new purchasers will want to use the in-app design functions while they learn to use the machine…then they might drop the subscription after they get a little more comfortable with how everything works, and learn to use their own design software.
Like other folks have mentioned…the $50 is the monthly use rate. If you just pop in once in a while to snag some files or use the snapmarks, it costs more than if you subscribe long term. (But some folks do that with Adobe products as well, so I guess there are benefits to it.)
Makes more sense to me to just subscribe at the discount. But I’ve seen some of what’s coming in the chute, so it’s an easier decision for me. I can design now quite well without any of the Premium features, but they will make it a lot easier to tweak results in the app when it turns out that they don’t quite do what I want it to do. (For instance, I can use the Offset now for tiny kerf adjustments on simple shapes, eventually that’s probably going to be tightened up a bit, and then it will be simple to instantly correct for the kind of fit you want in one place, instead of having to bounce around between programs. That’s a big time saver.)
And it seems like a good value for me at $15 a month. Even if you just want to grab some files from the Free with Premium section. I can design them, but I’m not very quick about it… it will save a bunch of time to just grab one already made. If you purchase unlimited use licenses for just a couple of designs that’s around $70, and we are going to see some much nicer “Free Files of the Month” coming up.
Add it all up, and it’s worth the discounted rate now IMO. I never make decisions based on fear. (No, it’s not currently worth $50/mo. I suspect it will be one day, but if it never gets there, I can drop at any time.)
Anyhoo…that’s my decision process. You decide whether the current offerings are worth $15 a month or not, revise your decision when things change. Nothing is locked in stone…we always have a choice.