Is this pricing a mistake or am I done buying guitars forever?

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  1. MugHimself

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    ukoldgit Most Honored Senior Member

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    $427 in US $
     
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    mapleglo Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Inflation.
     
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    Guitars didn't radically go up. Currencies radically dropped value. How does twelve thousand pesos sound?
     
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    cranky Senior Stratmaster

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    Thank you.

    It's so annoying the way these threads always tease out the armchair econometricians.

    At big US retailers, a Squier Affinity is $229.
     
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    simoncroft Still playing. Still learning! Silver Member

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    In the early 1960's, I was in a departmental store with my mother, when we came across the music department. There on the wall were a number of electric guitars. They were red, had white guards and this sort-of metal arm coming out of the bridge. (It would be many years before I understood that was the moment I saw my first Stratocasters.) My mother whispered to me, in a horrified tone:"They're a hundred pounds each!" That would equal about £1,800 today, so those Strats would have been a great investment, as well as giving almost 60 years' playing pleasure.

    Over here, a Fender American Performer Strat sells new for about £940, while a Squier Affinity is about £160 new. $599 AU is just over £312, so you are paying well over the UK price. You'd probably do better to buy a guitar from Japan and get it shipped for that money.
     
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    PCollen Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    That's pricing in Australia, which is a) much less competitive than in the USA, b) has to include higher transportation costs, taxes, and import duty, and c ) is in Australian currency.

    https://www.guitarcenter.com/Squier...Electric-Guitar-Slick-Silver-1500000235860.gc

    https://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/squier-affinity-series-special-strat-electric-guitar

    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/de...tocaster-slick-silver-with-laurel-fingerboard
     
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    Aren’t the Squiers made closer to Australia than America? That should save on transport, or not
    Anyways I bought a Classic Vibe Strat for $300 Can way back when, they are $560 now, but then salaries have followed the price increase
     
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    train Fender 1 —the met. Silver Member

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    I just bought one for the grandson, 244.36. Delivered to my door. Usa. Funny since you are a lot closer to the factory by far.
     
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    That’s just madness in my eyes. Prices have gone up all over the globe but your poor guys down under always seem to be hit the hardest :( I remember very clearly buying a brand new Squier Affinity Tele in late 2014 for the grand price of 179 euros- that’s about 190 or 200 US dollars I think, but by now, they are like 250- in those few years! I remember in 2015 I think, Thomann and other big retailers had blow out sales for Classic Vibe Specials- I could have bought the matching headstock ones for like 280 new when i can barely find them used for that now :(
     
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    On video game forums the "down under" folk always talk about how much more expensive hardware and games are there.

    It's not just guitars.
     
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    Meanwhile, not a guitar to be seen in most current pop music.
     
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    Actually I’m in the US just somehow ended up on the Australia page really freaked me out
     
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    It's because they have to turn the cargo ships over when they get to the equator. That costs a bundle and it has to be added to the product costs.
     
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    Overall, Squiers have always been very good value for money. You're definitely correct in identifying three factors that apply to the Australian MI market, but there is also a fourth: Fender Music Australia is effectively a wholesaler, or distributor. Even if they are owned by the parent company in the US, they have their own overheads, and must apply their own mark-up to the landed cost before selling to the dealers.

    I haven't had any need to contact the distribution network in Australia since the 1980s, but it used to be the case that there was often some sort of sub-distributor in each territory. If that's the case here, you are looking at three stages of mark-up (wholesaler, regional distributor and retail store) before the guitar gets into the hands of a player.

    All in all, not a recipe for a keen deal. :(
     
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    Currency printer goes brrrrrrrrrr.

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    Just checked the local store's site, and Affinity Strats and Teles are going for $299 CAD here ($239 USD at current exchange rates).
     
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    Humans now are entering their own planned obsolescence period.

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    just how hard is it to make a very large time machine ?
     
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    PCollen Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I often get sent to the Ebay UK or DE sites...don't know how, but quickly learned how to correct it.
     
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    Over the years I think I have exported 4 or 5 used guitars to Oz and have often wondered why they would pay eBay's Global Shipping costs on top of the bid price, I think this thread has just answered it.
     
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