Thanks for the AutoDesk Fusion 360 mention. I am going to give it a go. Will add my 2 cents here that for personal use, the free version of Sketchup is quite a drop in quality of experience compared to how good the free version has been in the past (probably just when Google was running it).
To the argument that people can afford cigarettes and laptops so should be able to pay $100+ per year for Sketchup. That mindset is just as closed as the one you’re trying to call out for being cheap. It everyone bought every piece of software they want to use for that kind of money, it wouldn’t take much time at all to surpass the cost of a laptop and cigarettes. That’s a lot of money on one piece of software that is for personal use, and for a lot of people not a regular use, just once in a while for home projects etc.
I love Sketchup but hate its cost and especially hate when a company takes over a product and does this to it. Hopefully at least a few of the actual inventors of the product are seeing some of the profits.