Surprised to read the subject of this topic? It's probably not just you.
I think it's telling that you found my subject SHOCKING enough to read it.. Here's my story:
I'm an individual developer who makes decent (but free) apps. I am proud of what I have built, and learned using Google App Engine. I'm not rich. I don't make much money from my apps. I spend my spare time in the evenings thinking up great ideas and working on them with hopes of making it big one day. As of today, my projects are mostly App Engine apps.
I don't want to sound bitter, but I can't afford to swallow my new costs and am forced to find an alternative. I'm not talking about a lot of money -- my bill went from pennies to about 5 bucks per day.... the problem, at least for me, is that I can almost lease a car for that.... that is sickening to me. Even though my pet projects make me happy -- I simply cannot justify spending $150 a month on them.
Of course we will complain when our prices go up. In fact, I was expecting it. What I wasn't expecting was what we got. I feel like I was taken for a ride... investing hundreds and hundreds of hours pumping my ideas into a shiny engine from Google. Google makes free stuff -- how could I be so wrong?