even with the "just for you" 30% discount, a lot more than R30k.
I'm a slightly better negotiator...
They must be making 40% GP(60% mark up) on that item. So it stays in the shop for a year or so and then they sell less 20% or more ?
Not sure, but possible.
I did some math when takealot had MIM Standard strats on sale at R7995 (RRP 14995) in Feb - they were 600USD on amazon (+.- R9000) at the time. I reckon the distributor was still breaking even at R7995.
One thing I'll say in defense of Fender (Tokai, Roland and Yamaha too) locally is that when I need spares, they have or will get - try that with Line6 or Behringer distributors.
Fender ZA sees limited edition and signature models as cash cows in my opinion.
Yeah, I'd agree. But look for any boutique items locally and you'll pay a premium, especially if you have <G.A.S> - why? Because there's higher opportunity cost in stocking it vs stocking 2xMIM instruments which are likely will sell quicker.