Do the Chinese and Koreans (and Japanese) actually make better production instruments than The Americas (The Americas include Mexico & Canada)? Secondly, is the additional cost worth it for instruments made in The Americas? What about instruments made in Asia being less expensive despite shipping and import costs? Third, let's not forget pay rates. If workers in The Americas are making a living wage in the production shops in the U.S., what about the workers in the Mexican shops? Are the workers in the Asian shops being paid a living wage? How does that affect prices? Does it matter? Lastly, be an adult. Don't make racist or nationalistic comments. Try to be objective, and really think about this. Note: the discussion is about production instruments. It excludes discussion of quality with reference to independent luthiers, custom made, and "custom shop" instruments.