At 6.5% inflation this really isn't a big thing. The 6.5% inflation is what people need to be freaking out about. GC knocked $500 off list on a new Slash Signature LP for me. That made it less than a standard but with AAA flame top. I figured it will be out of reach soon so I took the plunge. It's certainly not going to get any better. My two American Standards look better and better each time I see new pricing. Yikes! Good thing I have a Twin Reverb that will be unobtainable soon too.