Fender price hike, UK...

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by AndrewG, Jul 30, 2016.

  1. AndrewG

    AndrewG Friend of Leo's

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    The cost of a MIM Standard here has just risen from an average of £460 to over £500; a Mexican 50s Road Worn at £1026 is now more expensive than an American Special at £849! Glad I bought what I did, when I did...
     
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  2. Grabsplatter

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    Well, the exchange rate has tanked somewhat since the referendum.
     
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    I noticed too! Just got an amp this week that went up by £47 over night. It's the last bit of Fender related stuff I'll be buying for some considerable time to come. So I was quite lucky really.
     
  4. Tuxedo Poly

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    Late last year (2015) the GB Pound - US Dollar rate was around $1.56. It's now $1.32.
    No point going to Europe eg Thomann either as the Pound - Euro rate has collapsed just the same.

    Stratosphere shipping on Tele & Strat bodies ($71) to the UK was £48, it's now £54.

    We're going to see increasing prices on all US and imported products not just Fender.
     
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    Canada is the same way..
    I mean I remember Classic Vibe Customs were just a hair by or over 400 CAD
    Now a new one from Long and McQuade is $609 without 12% tax

    NOW...I remember MIM being 500 or 600 new back then
    Now the Standards are 799 before tax.

    Jerry Seinfeld : "Outrageous!"
     
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    Might at least bolster 2nd hand prices in the UK.
     
  7. Tom-Australia

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    Prices seem to move up pretty quickly when there's a justification. AUD regular retail prices are INSANE, but then you'd have to be crazy to pay them. Everyone offers deals. I got my Am Std new at 60% of RRP.
     
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    Ive had my eye on a Mexican Baja 60s Telecaster but am disappointed the price has gone from £690 to £779. Is it just Fender that has hiked prices up or is it across the board? What about epiphone and amp makers such as Vox and Marshall?
     
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    Same guitar last week, JM jag was £1623 (or thereabouts) in guitarguitar, it's now £1765.

    :-0
     
  10. rebelwoclue

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    Fender's prices have crept up recently even in the USA. A $499 Mexican tele last year is now $599. And now the strong dollar will hurt the export market I'm afraid. More reason to buy used.
     
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    Surely the exchange rate wouldn't have such a sudden universal effect, as UK shops will have varying sizes of stock that they bought at previous rates, or maybe I'm missing something.

    Fender and Squier prices have been creeping up for a couple of years now. I still think a CVC for around 400 pounds is reasonable value, although yes, it does make us wish we'd bought a few when they were under 300 a couple of years ago. I'm not so sure about a grand for a Roadworn though...
     
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    I would expect prices normally get adjusted when they have to buy in new stock at the new prices/exchange rates
     
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    I'm glad I got both my AVRI's when I did, as both have suffered nearly a £200 hike each!!!! :eek:
     
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    Here in continental Europe there is no prize hike. Must have to do with the Brexit and the resulting weakness of the £. Prepare for hard times, dear friends in the UK.
     
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    Perhaps there is an opportunity here for UK based guitar makers to expand their market share as US imports get more expensive.

    There should be a competition for photos of the most outrageously priced guitar!
     
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    If it's over £400 for a Squier then I think we already have a winner.
     
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    Fenders have always been way overpriced anyway. Not good news.
     
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    How nice of you to rub it in!
     
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    There was a general price increase over the entire Fender line in the US this year to. I've been looking into reasons and found that lumber prices have increased by a large amount over the last several years in the US. I don't know if that's effecting the MIM lines as well though.
     
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