Cubase 7 includes trialversions of the following:
Grand 3 SE
Wavelap Elements 7
HALion Symphonic Orchestra
Vintage Channel Strip
Vintage Open Deck
Vintage Stomp Pack
All are the same price, regardless of if you buy a full product or buy a permanent activation code for a trial!
The following are exceptions:
The trial is for HALion Sonic not HALion Sonic 2. This is the only included trail that has a lower activation price. However if you factor in the cost of activating the trial and purchasing the upgrade, it is actually more expensive than buying the full product.
The trial is for The Grand 3 SE, which appears not to be sold separately so there is no full price to compare with.
The same holds true for HALion Symphonic Orchestra.
The Trial (and activation) for Wavelap Elements is for version 7. Who in their right mind would be stupid enough to pay the same price for version 7 as for version 8.
Note also that buying an activation code for the trial version of Padshop Pro costs 8 times more than upgrading from Padshop (which is included with Cubase 7).
As you can see, there isn’t a discount price in sight!!!
As a matter, the only item I’ve found that has a slightly lower price for Cubase 6.5/7 users is the Absolute VST Instrument Collection. But that has probably more to with that Retrologue is missing from this version (as it is already included with Cubase). It can’t, therefore, be classified as a discount price, neither.
Futhermore, Steinberg should learn how to run an onlineshop. Steinberg is the only one who charges the same price for physical products and downloads. The cost-savings (manufacturing, handling and shipping) that comes with the download is obviously not passed on to the customer. Well, as you can buy the stuff for a lower price at just about any retailer anyway, I see little point of buying from the Steinberg Shop anyway. I paid about 85% of the price Steinberg charges for my Cubase 7 upgrade!