Please note that I am opening this thread with the purest intention to be informative and to collect information concerning the matter and without being lousy. Please also note that English/American is not my native tongue and, even if I made my best efforts, my explanation can not be the most clear. Here's the story: I am in the market for a nice combo amplifier. It could be enough powerful to be also used in a band. So I tried several amplifiers and decided that the Mesa Boogie Walkabout Scout 12" could be the best choice for me. Both for sound and for the portability. In general it's the amp which impressed me in a more positive way, even if other amplifiers proved to be really good. I already knew that the prices for Mesa gear here in Italy and in Europe, in general are really high. This could be obviously related to the Mesa Boogie high quality and high brand visibility. Nothing strange since these are well made amps and the Mesa brand is a really high regarded one and deserves all the hype it generates. The high price also applicated to the Mesa Scout 12". So, I also made a small comparison with US price for the same item. Considering that the Euro currency is actually really strong compared to the US dollar & also adding the trasportation duties, the import taxes and all the related costs I was really suprised when noticed that the Mesa Scout 12" here in Europe has a sale price which is twice the sale price in US. Just out of curiosity, I made a similar comparison with a comparable product made here in Italy and sold in the US. Just to undestand the matter in a "mirror way". Or, at least, trying to understand. So i picked up the sale price of the Markbass 12" combo in Italy, the sale price in US and made the same considerations I did with the Mesa Scout amp. What I realized is that the Markbass amplifier is similar priced both in Italy (country of origin) and in US, while the Mesa 12" costs much more here in Italy than in USA (country of origin), this despite the Euro-US Dollar currency values which favour the European market. I also considered that the Mesa brand is more known than the Markbass one and also I can suppose that maybe Markbass can have a more "aggressive" price policy than the more conservative Mesa one. But can this "justify" a so big price difference? My intention is not to blame Mesa or Markbass or the related importers. Nor I am saying that I will buy the Markbass instead of the Mesa. I am just thinking about the reasons which generates the picture and I am just trying to understand one simple thing: If I buy a Mesa Scout here in Italy at the sale price of 1700 Euros (which translated in Us dollars makes the impressive sum of 2428 US dollars), where the difference between Us sale price and European retail price will go? Will my "extra money" go to Mesa? Will this money go to the italian importer? Thanks to everyone who will help me understand.