I’d like to make one more argument for providing existing Pro users free access - at least for a year - to SketchUp Shop:
Support in this forum!
Most, perhaps all, of the Sages, and many of the Learned Ones took the time to familiarize themselves with SketchUp Free (and it’s beta form, my.sketchup) in order to better answer questions from new users - users who might not have a computer, just phone, tablet, or chromebook.
How are these helpful people going to familiarize themselves with SketchUp Shop in order to provide assistance?
I’m not going to get a trial use which expires in two weeks, do a few long days to familiarize myself with the new version, then try to give help once my trial expires - as the details of the feature implementation can change at any time, and since I my trial is expired, I can’t learn this!
And I’m not going to pay for the Shop license until I have a critical need for it in my hobbyist workflow.
Thus I’m not going to try to help when Shop users start to post here. At most, if I see a question where the answer might be: “You might be the perfect user for SketchUp Shop”, I’ll answer it with a link to the details of Shop features.
So if Trimble wants to continue to rely on this forum community for many of the user issues that otherwise would take up their staff time, then they need to find a way to let the users of this forum (at the very least, the Sages) use Shop for free.