I've noticed that I can't get as good of deals on strings as I used to, as if they're all charging a bit more to make up for revenue lost during the lockdown. I used to always get either 3 packs of Fender or EB 9s for $10, or 10 packs of either for $40 with free shipping on Ebay. Now, the best I can find is is $12 for the EB 3 packs or $43 for the 10 packs, and for Fender strings it's even higher. I can't find any 10 packs, and the cheapest 3 packs are $16. There is one seleer that has the Fender strings for $9 for 2 sets, so I might as well just get 5 of those for $45. For some reason, the Fender strings really bring out the best from the Yosemite pickups on my Am Performer Strat, but I prefer the EBs on all my other guitars. The Fenders are a little lower tension, and when I put them on the other guitars, I get more buzz, but if I raise the saddles, then I don't like the way they play as much as with the EBs. And the Fender strings can sound a little too bright and harsh on the other guitars, but they're just perfect on the Performer, and it sounds better than anything else. But, if I put the EBs on it, then it loses some of its magic. Very strange that I would see that much difference from one guitar to the others. I guess what started out as a thread about string prices turned into one about the sound and feel differences of identical guage strings from two different makers. And, even though the Fender strings are made by Daddario, they sound and feel a lot different than those too.