Inflation.. That how it works. 9 years ago I bought my house for $232k, now it would sell for 3x that. If you're not even that old, you remember when a new American Standard was $750 CAD and the MIM around $400. Or you remember the first new Classic Vibes were $279 CAD. Gas was less, Hydro was less, groceries were less. Should we keep going? Also, the quality of non US and Japanese guitars is much better than it was. It's the US and Japanese guitars where the cost to quality ratio is off by comparison.