Post by auchinbadie on Oct 17, 2004 7:20:20 GMT -5
No, Orc. I am on his emailing list and get advance warning of stuff he's seen, doing or about to post. He has three lists on different servers hes told us- Mere Mortals, Trusties & God! I am in the middle list but would love to know who is in "God'! If you'd played your cards right you know Orc, Paul might have invented a 4th one just for you!!
Post by auchinbadie on Oct 17, 2004 12:30:30 GMT -5
Shall we get back to the original subject of this thread? All my reels have originated from BFR is various guises (never been one to spend as much on the reel as the rod). It will certainly make me think twice now
Post by The Famous Grouse on Oct 18, 2004 11:11:21 GMT -5
We reap what we sow. I can't count the number of threads and posts I've seen that extol the virtues of cheap reels. Anything over $XXX and it's just gold-plated male jewelry, the reel is only for holding the line, etc, etc.
True enough, occasionally someone mentioned that it's good to support a brand because it's "made here", but mostly it's all about the price. Or the other general direction has been about getting the best quality for the cheapest price.
Really, is it surprising? It looks to me like Asian manufacturers are giving us exactly what many are always asking for: Reasonable quality with a cheap price.
There are some great examples emerging, of UK fieldsport kit makers turning vice into virtue by (finally!) taking the time to learn the value of brand image getting in tune with the customer perceptions of their products. A recent poster noted that Americans seemed willing to pay insane prices for Hardy salmon reels on eBay. The London, Scottish, and Birmingham gun and rifle makers, after nearly being consigned to the dustbin in the ‘80s, have never had it so good.
The way it is isn’t the way it has to be, but how many of us think about it before it’s too late? Personally, I’m trying, but it’s a hard habit to break. I quit shopping at Wal-Mart period, but you know how it is. When you see a deal it’s pretty easy to forget to look at where it’s made.