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Chinese OEM Reels

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It's the supplier who wanted to make more profit so decided to get it manufactured overseas,but the savings were never passed into the consumer.

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11 hours ago, nano said:

We got into the current mess all on our own: incompetent government and irresponsible people.  Nobody else but ourselves to blame.

Don't worry.  As soon as China and SE Asia have a higher standard of living than we do the tables will turn.

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The Chinese brand Tica has very reputable reels. Their low tier are junk but their flagship, “trying” to match a Stella, has Alan Hawk’s approval. The model is called Talisman, it is not a $50 reel it starts at $185, of course it does not touch the Stella but it looks solid. On the Surfcasting Long Cast side, they have a model called Scepter, which is around $100. Well, this thing has been tested for over 10 years and it is solid and reliable. They are heavier reels than the top brands and do not have highly sophisticated materials and their machining is also not top notch but they get the job done and apparently finding parts is easy... I am not sure why they are not so well known here in the US, marketing? 

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Go to a reel repair shop and get a re-habbed USA reel.  You'll find the parts in 5 years in the unlikley event that it breaks.  There's a comparison vid on Y/T of the US and Chinese Penn Jiggy 500 by second chance tackle, a reel repair guy.

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3 hours ago, Cuttyhunker said:

Go to a reel repair shop and get a re-habbed USA reel.  You'll find the parts in 5 years in the unlikley event that it breaks.  There's a comparison vid on Y/T of the US and Chinese Penn Jiggy 500 by second chance tackle, a reel repair guy.

Big fan of his channel. Dennis is the best. 

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