I don't know & maybe people just don't know their options, but to spend $710.00 on a japanese fender aerodyne when you could buy it from Ishibashi for $435.84 (current yen rate) just seems like people not doing their homework. It seems like some of the ebay sellers put the auction up & whoever wins the auction sends the money THEN seller orders the bass & ships it to winners house. Seller orders bass $435-440 USD + shipping $90-120 USD. That makes a nice $150-175 profit. Wait, that's a great idea!!!!