Good morning, gear geeks! It's the initial weekend of the month. 😁 Anyway, pictured here is Gibson's Firebird Studio, a new intro for 2017. The price stated there is the manufacturer's recommended list price in USD.
This is the Firebird 2017 T model, it sits on a higher tier compared to its Studio sibling & the manufacturer had reflected this in the instrument's list price. The guitar's through neck construction, neck binding & Steinberger tuners are among other attributes that account for its standing & price.
This isn't the case here in this country. The lower tier Studio sports a higher price tag than its T counterpart. Remember, I'm not the price police, I'm just reacting to some anomalies. More importantly, I represent the people at the buying end in keeping things in check.
That's right, folks, you can buy stuff elsewhere these days; the world is your shopping complex. With Amazon opening its doors here soon (Strait Times, 4 Nov 2016), would it make the local guitar stores redundant? Something to think about.