This is an interesting development, especially in the light of @vid1900's observation. I had a MIM Jazz Bass, which played great, but it wasn't as nicely made as the MIA Precision I had around the same time. Let's not forget, Fender shot themselves in the foot with the early Japanese Squiers, and they definitely learned to make sure that every model is matched in quality to its intended price point. They do not want top session players saying "my main guitar is a MIM." I couldn't begin to explain why used MIM prices are riding so high in the UK. Because they look about the same in the pictures?