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Quicken 2018 Switches to Subscription

Zac Hall:

Mac customers now have more options for Quicken versions for the first time with Starter, Deluxe, and Premier versions offered. Starter is priced from $34.99/year, Deluxe from $49.99/year, and Premier from $74.99/year so Quicken customers on the Mac can now pick which version is best based on their needs.


Quicken 2018 shifts the pricing scheme from paid annual upgrades to a new annual subscription plan. Year-long subscriptions are available online while two-year plans that include different price points (full prices below) are available through retail channels.

Quicken 2017 and 2015 were both $75 ($64.59 at Amazon), with a $10 discount for upgrades. I’m not a Quicken user, and the different versions (some not available for Mac) are confusing enough that I’m not sure whether this is a price increase or just a change in model.


Like others, I’m annoyed with Quicken for forcing upgrades without delivering added value. Previously, they disallowed online access after three years. Now that have reduced that to ONE year. I’ve used Quicken since it came on 3.5 inch floppy disks (remember them?) but for a while now have been searching for an alternative on my Mac. Quite honestly, there isn’t anything that is as robust as Quicken for Windows - Mac included. I run a VM with Windows just for Quicken.


I have grudgingly paid these guys every three years to keep my downloads working. All I have for this is a tweaked interface. With this model, they have tripled my cost.


I was Quicken user / hostage as well. A few years ago switched to Moneydance (http://moneydance.com/) and have not looked back.

I would recommend people take a look at Banktivity. I switched to it years ago and haven’t looked back.

I have used Quicken since it came out on floppies.

I own a computer business and have quit recommending the product to all my customers.

I also have used Quicken for many years since the 1990's I was happy to buy /upgrade the product every 3-4 years at my own discretion. I will not be using this product going forward as they obviously 'bully stick'/charge subscription fees for the once 'basic ability' to hook the SW to financial institutions? Did the cost of this 'basic ability' / functionality just go up? If NO and its always been high enough to impact margins, why didn't they disclose & charge Xtra for this functionality in the past? If the cost did go up, they should honor the previous agreements on older purchased SW and not just SHUT off the ability on 4/30. They can then DISCLOSE the new extra subscription cost & charge customers for 2018 or greater... I would have never bought the product in 2015 knowing I would have to pay yearly subscription fees $$ in less than 3 years to effectively use it..

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