Everything Seems To Be A Subscription Now
These days it seems like everyone is selling subscriptions rather than actual products. From Photoshop to BMW charging a heated seat subscription it is becoming increasingly harder to just pay for something once and be done with it. Don’t get me wrong, I think the subscription model has a place, but it shouldn’t be the way for everything. If I’m using a companys own infrastructure then fair enough, like I pay for a World Of Warcraft subscription because when I log in to the game I am using their servers. But I don’t like that model being applied to everything.
Some people defend this practice by arguing that there’s nothing wrong with paying for an extra feature. But the thing is, BMW aren’t adding an “extra” feature to the car if you subscribe. The car already has this feature.. If you bought a physical book from Waterstones, and they tried setting limits on how often you were allowed to read it unless you paid them a “unlimited reading subscription” you would laugh in their face. You would say you bought the book so it’s yours to do as you please. In my opinion, companies pulling this kind of shit need prosecuted.