I wasn't saying anything about new amps going up 20%. I was talking about the ones that have gone up 40% while others made in the same countries and shipped the same way have gone up very little or in some cases not at all. And the ones that have gone up 40% in the US haven't gone up at all in the EU.I guess you're right. But heck, EVERYTHING has gone up 20% or more. It's the 50% USED amps have gone up that we should be complaining about. (and that I was addressing with my "expendable cash" statement). Like I said, I can rattle off 5 amps that I've seen listed for 50% more than I sold one for 3-4 years ago, and at least 3 more that routinely gets listed for sale at a higher price used, than what I paid for them new 6-8 years ago. That is way more objectionable than new amps going up 20%. Used gear (not just amps) is outrageous right now.
I'm thinking about selling most of my guitar gear now, then buying it back this fall with the used gear market crashes.
And yes, the used gear market, just like the used car market, is out of its freakin mind, imo!!