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Overall IMO Adwords has just become a “pain in the rump" for many small businesses unless you can devote a full time living to it. It consumes a lot of time just doing the minimal upkeep.
It's not Google who is raising the price, it's the competition.
Have you ever watched a gypsy guy making a bear dance? Quite cruel...
Competition that has no control over AdWords' machine