I live in Argentina and I have a concern that always comes up in talks with my friends. It is known that prices in United States are very cheap. So much so, that in my case, with an expensive dollar in my country, it is still cheap for me that price. The concern is why there are so many Americans with MIM Fender instruments, Epihones Guitars, cheaper Ibanez lines or SX! I'll give you an example: I recently bought a used Fender Jazz Bass American Standard; the asking price was approximately USD $1,800. The price was really cheap, because usually its price is USD $2,400. Imagine it? The prices for Argentina and USA equivalent is: Squier / SX -> Fender MIM Fender MIM -> Fender USA, Musicman Fender USA / MusicMan -> Rics, Lakland USA, Sadowsky Rics, Lakland USA, Sadowsky -> I don't know... maybe Carl Thompson. Here in Argentina the legal minimum wage is $ 528. What is the legal minimum wage in the United States? We never can't understand if the difference when it comes to spending on equipment has to do with a matter of wages, or with a common issue: here we know that good things have to pay it expensive and there is no other alternative.