That's my point, everything except ObjectDocks...doesn't make any sense to me
Not "Everything but ObjectDock".
The program purchases which would get you the discount are those which are parts of ObjectDesktop. NOT ObjectDock, which is NOT part. The names might be similar, but that's all it is.
You will have to make the investment, or wait until you can....
Zubaz has explained everything... and perfectly.
You also don't have to make a special folder for all those shortcuts, nor delete them (you can if you want...) Fences (free) will provide you a way to organize them all and then hide them for you all with a double click.