As a long-time user of Perch (since v1) and Runway, I have to agree that it's very hard to recommend to my clients right now. Certain things have been promised repeatedly over the years, with no forward movement (I'm looking at you, Events add-on!) In addition, documentation has frequently been poor or infrequently updated.
I absolutely love Perch and really want it to succeed. Almost any pricing change would be acceptable if it were accompanied by better communication, more frequent updates, and more thorough documentation. I'd be very sad if Perch went away, but right now it sort of feels like it has.