cheap reels

I was just looking on a fishing site that sells gear from over in japan and singapore they are selling stella 20000 for only $650 do you think that they would be damaged or just cheap rip offs of the reel and it makes you think is it worth spending the proper amount and at least you know what you are getting because how can they afford to sell things half the price of everone else and still make a profit from selling the product is it really worth it and has anyone brought from a site like this?

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Mostly i find that they are

Sun, 2008-03-09 20:52

Mostly i find that they are legit. but you won't be covered with warranty in most occasions. I know some of them can rip you off but a bit of investigation through a countries forums might give you some feed back on the site? i get my reels a slightly bit cheaper but i know they are actual shops as well. just check it out in the end i get my reels here coz you get warranty and past the postage and all that... wait a for a special and its just as cheap.

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yeah i couldn't agree more

Sun, 2008-03-09 21:07

yeah i couldn't agree more with buying locally cause it employs local people but also keeps your money locally and you get warrenties etc, but i just can't believe the price how can they do it so cheap is it cheap labour or what?

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I think it has to do with

Sun, 2008-03-09 21:54

I think it has to do with the Aussie dollar, import duties, suppliers, middle men and who ever else getting their cut out of it.

 On a Stella 20k the retailer here in Oz is lucky to profit by 7% I reckon off the top of my head, after the investment in stock, wages, and other bills are paid.

 We probably make more $ from selling 10 x $25 fish hunter combos than we make out of one stella 20k.

It doesnt make it worthwhile really for the retailer when big mobs bastardize the prices on high end gear either, but the little retailers dont want to turn you away either, it's a catch 22 that we weigh up every day in regards to investment = % of return.

Support your local, get the discounts on your terminals and get looked after on products that we can discount on for regular customers.

Warranty on OS gear is another issue anyone should consider before trying to save a couple hungey, I'd prefer piece of mind paying more and knowing my local will want to listen to my problems, as well as take care of it.

My 2c worth, if it even worth that much.

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There is always talk about

Mon, 2008-03-10 07:03

There is always talk about this in the road bicycle scene. The story goes that a Belgian guy did a phd on the comparative pricing for Shimano & Campagnolo in Australia, South Africa & Europe.

He found that Australian Shimano buyers get screwed, but not as badly as South Africans ones and not as badly as Campag buyers everywhere. Australia is probably a very expensive market to support, landmass the size of the USA, but with under a tenth of the population.



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At the end of it, you gotta

Mon, 2008-03-10 07:06

At the end of it, you gotta weigh it up whether you want to import and hope that customs dont charge you import duty which can be as much as 25% of the item's value.

Another reason for the cheap prices is that the FA Stellas are discontinued and to be replaced be all new Stellas towards the end of the yr.

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Mon, 2008-03-10 07:57

All good info and Allan summed it up, support your local and get a good 10yr warranty that will save you money in the future so it all balances up in the long run!


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