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Cost of MIM Fenders if the proposed 20% import tax on Mexican goods is enacted...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rocmonster, Jan 26, 2017.

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  1. rocmonster


    Oct 31, 2011
    Please no political pig fighting. If I wanted to have that I'd be on Reddit.

    Just wondering how that will mess with the pricing value of MIM Fenders... Your thoughts?
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  2. nutdog

    nutdog when I'm a good dog they sometimes throw me a bone

    Feb 19, 2009
    in the dog house
    I generally avoid doing math but I'm thinking it would increase cost by 20%.


    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    I'm thinking no one will know until it's done and dusted. This whole situation is the epitome of a "fluid situation".
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  4. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    $600.00 jazz bass would be $720.00?

    I struggling to not be a smart @$$ here so please clarify. Was there something else you wanted to know? Something more specific? Seriously, it's not going to happen anyway. And if it did, the manufacturer would pass the cost on to yoy. Simple as that. So we would be speculating hypotheticals?

    Sorry but I fail to grasp what you're really after here.
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  5. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    1.2x = new price, where x is the current price
  6. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Both the Standard Precision and Jazz retail for $599.99. Now, it may not be a full 20% because the import tax may be on what Fender pays to produce them, but at worst, if it happens at all, it would take it to 719.99.
    But it will make the Squire VM and CV series even more attractive.
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  7. TMARK


    Jan 10, 2012
    Richmond VA
    It won't happen. It could only go up 10% max.
  8. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    Until those get an import tax as well!
  9. 39-Bassist


    Jul 7, 2010
    Endorsing Artist for: Brace Audio; Duncan Pickups; Line6, Hipshot, GHS Strings, Somnium Guitars
    Bring back the MIJ/CIJ basses! lol
    MIM will be way over priced for the quality in my opinion.
  10. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    The closer the MIM price gets to the MIA price, the less appeal they will have. It's pretty simple.
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  11. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    I think it's unlikely to happen. Or unlikely to happen without enough loopholes as to make it meaningless. The people who actually pull the strings have too much to lose.
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  12. Ellery


    Mar 25, 2015
    If MIM prices go up fender will probably jack up MIA prices too
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  13. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it

    I miss the good ol' days of good quality MIM Fender basses...I paid $299 for mine, in this century!
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  14. rocmonster


    Oct 31, 2011
    You think Fender would produce Squires in America?
  15. Charlzm

    Charlzm Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    A 20% increase in MIM prices might lead to corner-cutting in order to stay near the same price point. Electronics, finishes, materials... but who knows?
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  16. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    No, I don't think Leo had any kids.
  17. BassFishingInAmerica


    Jul 24, 2014
    20% import tax translates to 50% increase in retail prices.
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  18. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    I think they would close the Mexico facility and move production elsewhere before they would cut anymore corners.
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  19. shastaband

    shastaband Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 2006
    I asked this question regarding Chinese basses awile ago and got shut down by the moderators for political posting.
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    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    Not political yet, is it?
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