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Will Chinese Tariffs Raise Violin Prices?
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gwalmer
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September 19, 2018 - 7:23 pm
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Just wondering, will the new tariffs increase the cost of a violin from China?

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Hi gwalmer.  I asked a similar question on this forum a month ago.  Fiddlerman, who should know since he personally is involved with Asian instrument import, said no significant price increase has occurred yet.

I can tell you that I have noticed something odd with eBay regarding the second hand market.  I scan several categories of auctions on a daily basis and, so far, September has been unique.  I had thought that with the start of school that the site should be flooded with instruments.  The month is more than half gone and I have yet to see anything of interest.

Multiple “professional” auctions were posted on the same day for new electric violin packages with shipping and, a few days later, new acoustic cello packages with shipping with buy it now prices much less than the cost of postage.  I think these were a fraud (50 auctions for cellos at $25 is still $1225 when you don’t send anything).

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Imagine if a rehair cost $1,000!

I always wanted to be a juvenile delinquent but my parents wouldn't let me.

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The Office of the United States Trade Representative posted this crazy long list of 5,745 items covered by the new $200 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports:
https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/enforcement/301Investigations/Tariff%20List-09.17.18.pdf

It starts with 10% on September 24th and goes up to 25% in January.

For whatever it's worth, I searched the list for: "violin", "instruments" and "music" and only got this one hit:
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This is the Trade Office article that links to the above pdf:
https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2018/september/ustr-finalizes-tariffs-200

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September 20, 2018 - 1:33 pm
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BAM has got to be loving that.  One wonders if there are any domestic manufacturers of instrument cases left to protect?

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