Did anyone else see the possible leak?

jdean074

Squier-Meister
Jan 1, 2022
486
Ashtabula OH
Ditto ^^

Kind of hard for the Bullet to keep up in the day of awesome budget brands popping up like dandelions ...
 
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DougMen

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Jun 8, 2017
11,851
Honolulu, HI
Someone already posted this 2 weeks ago. But, I'm skeptical as to why a dealer in Australia already has them for sale when they haven't even been introduced yet. It's good to see that the Strats will again have vibratos, and won't all be hardtails. I like the colors too.
 

DougMen

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Jun 8, 2017
11,851
Honolulu, HI
But for 350 Bucks.. what?
That's in Australia. Everything costs more there, and their local Fender distributor jacks up the price to make a profit for themselves. We see the same thing here on audio equipment made by European companies. Many European speakers cost a lot more here than there, twice as much in the most extreme cases, even when their speakers are actually made in China, not in Europe. It's that way with B&W, Monitor Audio, Focal, Wharfedale, KEF, and many other well known speaker brands.
 
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DougMen

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Jun 8, 2017
11,851
Honolulu, HI
But for 350 Bucks.. what?
The exchange rate is $1 US= $1.50 AU, so a $200 guitar here is $300 there, which makes it less outrageous, since Bullets are now almost $200, and I imagine these new ones will be more, so $350 AU actually seems about right, since that's about $230 US.
 

Dogdog

Squier Talker
Mar 1, 2020
62
Colorado
And paying "retail" is rarely the "street Price", also known as what retailers actually sell the guitars for. Kinda like cars used to be....
 

DougMen

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Jun 8, 2017
11,851
Honolulu, HI
It
Still upsets me to see Duo-Sonics labelled as Mustangs.

Yes, I know - Kurt never played a Duo-Sonic, so the 'name appeal' isn't there. But it will forever bug me :(
It's marketing, because the name Mustang sells more guitars, probably because of the Cobain connection. Guitar players are dumb animals.
 

Robbmonster

Squier-holic
Gold Supporting Member
Apr 17, 2010
1,812
Melbourne, Australia
It

It's marketing, because the name Mustang sells more guitars, probably because of the Cobain connection. Guitar players are dumb animals.
Yeah, I just have to build a bridge and get over it.

As for the product line... yeah not much there. Maybe the pink HH Mustang. Someday.
 

58Bassman

Squier Talker
Mar 17, 2023
54
Milwaukee area
That's in Australia. Everything costs more there, and their local Fender distributor jacks up the price to make a profit for themselves. We see the same thing here on audio equipment made by European companies. Many European speakers cost a lot more here than there, twice as much in the most extreme cases, even when their speakers are actually made in China, not in Europe. It's that way with B&W, Monitor Audio, Focal, Wharfedale, KEF, and many other well known speaker brands.
But, what kinds of tariffs and duties are placed on these brands? There's always something added and Canada is another place where the price is higher, due to VAT and others that go along with that.
 

DougMen

Squier-Axpert
Jun 8, 2017
11,851
Honolulu, HI
Yeah, I just have to build a bridge and get over it.

As for the product line... yeah not much there. Maybe the pink HH Mustang. Someday.
I like some of the new colors, the purple, the blue, and the coral, and having Strats with vibratos is definitely a step in the right direction.
 

DougMen

Squier-Axpert
Jun 8, 2017
11,851
Honolulu, HI
But, what kinds of tariffs and duties are placed on these brands? There's always something added and Canada is another place where the price is higher, due to VAT and others that go along with that.
The US has no tariffs or import duties. It's simply because the manufacturers, or, in some cases, independent third party distributors (when the manufacturers don't do their own distribution) are jacking up the prices to increase their profit margin. The audio business/market is a lot more healthy and so also more competitive in Europe than here in the US. There are stereo stores everywhere, and most people have an audio system. Here it's much more a niche market. Regular folks are much more into home theater, and a lot of them will only have a soundbar. And, as far as retail outlets, there's Best Buy or really high end dealers. There's next to no dealers carrying the mainstream products from the affordable makers of audio gear like there was in the 70s. There's only online dealers like Crutchfield, Music 123, Audio Advisor, and the always ubiquitous Amazon. The little island country called the UK has big chains like Richer Sounds and Seven Oaks that have stores everywhere, because folks there are still into stereo gear.
 

Lanaka

AKA GhostGuitars
Platinum Supporting Member
Feb 11, 2020
4,997
Honolulu, HI
Someone already posted this 2 weeks ago. But, I'm skeptical as to why a dealer in Australia already has them for sale when they haven't even been introduced yet. It's good to see that the Strats will again have vibratos, and won't all be hardtails. I like the colors too.

The REAL question are whether the new Bullets will have the trems available IN America. Has happened before. ☹️
 
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