I beat the pandemic lockdown thing for summer 2019. Everything I bought I can make a profit on, but I won't sell any of it. Knowing that the inflation is what it takes to get back into the game later on. It's like selling a house really, prices went up, so while you're getting more than what you bought into, still have to have a home and it's just a horse trade. I right sized for any of it, so there's really no incentive to cash out & start over. Article addresses demographics for age group. Really wish they didn't go there with race, especially since they made little to no mention of gender, that would've been just another bullet point addressing those percentages. Easier to see would've been a couple, maybe a few tables to demonstrate Race & Gender by age grouping. Age Group for rows, Gender for columns & Age Group for rows, Race for columns if they were going to make any race & gender diversity points. I think they should've just kept it simple for age grouping and then nobody feels like there's an undercurrent & nefarious plot to exclude anyone. Agree with the points about the learning curve & the dropout rate in the posts. I think prices will stay inflated and the discounts for holidays are where you get that rock bottom new instrument. And now there are the instrument & gear flippers vs those that just want the clutter in their life gone. Here's another thing about a really affordable guitar, it's like a framed painting, only less expensive. Do you get tired of that guitar hanging on the wall ? Probably not if you're a true enthusiast.