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The only problem here is that for now only the seriously wealthy can get their hands on amps that are being sold in this fashion...........
From an Aussie perspective, the higher the price is, the more we get reamed.
As an example, say the Amp cost USD$7,000, we'll have the following: -
USD7,000 / 0.69 = AUD10,145. Then we add in the cost of DHL which will be ~ AUD350 (possibly more depending on the size & weight).
So (10,145 + 350 which is the landed cost) x 1.1 (which covers the 10% Goods Services Tax) = a grand total of AUD$11,545.
So I can factor in a landed cost (at the current exchange rate) of 1.6 the cost of the Amp.
Now you can see about under declaring the value of the Amp, but if you want Insurance (which I did not add on above at ~ 2.5% of the value) then you can't under value. If you are caught under valuing then you can lose your Amp to Border Security, which will then be auctioned off.
Only good thing is we have a mutual free trade agreement (AUSFTA) with the US, so we don't pay a 5% Import Duty.
From a business perspective, I don't begrudge the builders charging what they want or putting it up for auction. My thinking is that they were all undervalued & underpaid previously now they are arguably overvalued & overpaid. Need to find a fair middle ground I think.
Personally, I'd never buy a super expensive Amp (& I can afford them) because it won't improve my playing...........you can't buy, for example, David Gilmour in a Guitar, Amp or Pedal.
I was just about to buy a Gjika at USD$4,500 but didn't go ahead because of the PT issue I have mentioned previously (the same would be the case for the Cobra because it doesn't have a 230/240V / 50Hz Tap). Then I spoke to Rob after he went to Bob's place & almost jumped again but Bob had jacked up his price & the PT just became a total PIA.
The last think I'll say is, unless I am brain dead, I have never seen a 10n or any of the other highly rated "auction" Amps being used by really well known, famous Guitar players in serious numbers (> 2), so I have to wonder................why are they not using them, why should I use them?
Music gear should be about making music not about how deep people's wallets are, although if you blow wads of $$ (& I have done that too) and it is honestly made money, fair call. As I have often told my Wife, at least I can get my $$$ back, if we sell all your Shoes & Handbags, we'll take a major haircut. LMAO. I'm lucky my best friend in this life supports my stupidity.
Lastly, I do want to say that I don't begrudge a builder trying to make as much as possible out of an Amp or Cab or Guitar.