No. I can barely afford any now. (but I've never ever payed for shareware ever though)
Option #1: FLOSS
Many applications rarely updated. Few are rarely the best or user friendliest options.
Option #2: Piracy
Lots of public trackers going down. Even still, there are lots of popular software that aren't available. Ultra Recall, Surfulator, etc. etc.
Option #3: The Fine Devs realize that we're not buying anymore and drop the prices.
I think that's a poor strategy.
Often times when a price gets hiked, many users feel paranoid and no longer put the software on their radar.
IMO the saving grace lies in freemium cloud services with desktop sync/file exports.
They're often not the best and EverNote is generally hated but it and DropBox are probably going to be the two stable applications because of their model.
I think services should just work together to double their customer base. There are still applications that are less well known because services rarely mention each other.
If there was a cloud/desktop service tie-in even though it might be not so stable because of different developers, I think paying customers would feel more comfortable to shell out their cash than the thought of a program probably reaching it's software peak and just increasing their price because of the economy.
The only reason I think price increase will make a huge difference in sales is if the developers made a meter that states they will donate x amount of cash to so and so charity depending on the rate of buyers and that they're going to lower the price for each additional software license the customer buys.