__________________On a related note, another good reason to purchase from Mac App Store are the generous licensing terms i.e. MAS purchase allows you to install the app on all your Macs. In contrast, when you purchase expensive apps like Scrivener and ScreenFlow direct from the developer, you're usually restricted to two activations.
Like you, I only want apps that have value to me... and prefer my machines to remain as clean and lean as possible. I am very discriminatory about what apps I'll add to my machines... generally choosing higher quality and higher rated apps... and especially those with a great reputation of support. I am generally somewhat "price insensitive" and would prefer to pay more, rather than have an inferior product. Some software (ex: Adobe) has pushed my limits to the point that I may disengage.__________________
Sorry, some people buy apps just for the sake of adding apps....that is not me...if something is not broken, why fix it. The licensing terms are of no consequence to most people including me.