I know all about the dramatic price hikes for major guitar manufacturers, but it brings up an interesting question. How is this effecting the "newly used" guitar market on ebay, craigslist, etc.
For example I bought a Fender Classic Player 60's Strat that retailed for 800 US before the price hike. I bought it "barely used" on ebay for 620 before shipping. It's now selling for 1100 retail. Mind you this is a MIM strat (albeit "custom shop designed"). The big question is whether a 2008/2009 which retailed for over a grand sell used for more than a pre-price-hike guitar of similar condition??
It almost makes me wonder if people were buying up Fenders right before the price hike and selling them for profit as mint guitars on ebay once the price hike set in. Of course people BS all the time about the retail price of the guitar (usually by mentioning the list price as the retail price).