Matt is correct. When I received my Bass Pro sale ad last week, I looked at the reel exchange offer on the back page. I was considering a new Shimano Stradic FJ 3000 reel. The reel sells for $179.99 (~$180) at BPS. For reels in that price range, BPS offers a $30 discount when you turn in an old reel. That brings the net price to $150 plus 6% sales tax (I don't know if the tax is on $180 or $150). Plus your time and driving costs to get to BPS should be added to the cost sheet.
Originally Posted by CB kayak 02
I did a quick check on ebay and found several vendors who were selling the same reel with free shipping through the "buy it now" option for $145 (and no tax).
I understand the concept of supporting local businesses, but don't think BPS qualifies as a small, struggling, local outfit. Their approach of offering discounts is a carefully thought-out marketing strategy, and will entice many anglers to buy.
Another alternative is to seek out a local tackle shop and explain the best deal you are able to find on the internet or at BPS and see how close they can come to matching it. They may surprise you.
Finally, if any of you are still interested in doing the reel trade-in option and don't have a low-value reel around the house, I have two old reels that I tried to sell at the Tri-State flea market a few weeks ago for $1 each. I will give those away to anyone who needs a reel for the reel trade in program. But you must pick them up from my house or another mutually acceptable location.
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