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Old 08-06-2019, 10:54 AM
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Donít know where youíre at, but why wouldnít you use a local tackle shop?
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Old 08-06-2019, 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Re-Bait View Post
What's funny is poster is asking about deliverability to Dubia and you are focusing on price. Have you ever used Amazon for overseas deliveries? I have. Some of their deliveries take 3 to 4 weeks.
Exactly. Among other reasons.

I would (and do) happily pay slightly more for tackle from a tackle shop than give Amazon a dime. People were up in arms for years about how evil Wal-Mart was as a big company, putting small shops out of business that have what they never can, which is expertise and actually caring anything about a customer and what they're buying. Amazon makes them look like nuns working at the salvation army on weekend breaks from their day job at St Jude.

TD didn't float your boat? Try another tackle shop. There are some good ones that are sponsors/sell here on ThT. I just urge people not to put the experts out of business so you can buy a $120 reel for $10 less from someone trying to put tackle shops out of business. Sooner or later it might be good to be treated like something other than a barcode.
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Old 08-06-2019, 02:18 PM
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Originally Posted by fishF15 View Post
Exactly. Among other reasons.

I would (and do) happily pay slightly more for tackle from a tackle shop than give Amazon a dime. People were up in arms for years about how evil Wal-Mart was as a big company, putting small shops out of business that have what they never can, which is expertise and actually caring anything about a customer and what they're buying. Amazon makes them look like nuns working at the salvation army on weekend breaks from their day job at St Jude.

TD didn't float your boat? Try another tackle shop. There are some good ones that are sponsors/sell here on ThT. I just urge people not to put the experts out of business so you can buy a $120 reel for $10 less from someone trying to put tackle shops out of business. Sooner or later it might be good to be treated like something other than a barcode.
Just because you're buying through Amazon doesn't mean you're buying from Amazon.
This is Through Amazon but From JoysportingGood.





Now the exact same product From TD.




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Old 08-06-2019, 02:27 PM
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Excellent point, but that's part of the Amazon model. They collect data over who sells (as is their right) and when they see spikes, they start undercutting the seller. If the opportunity presents itself, they undercut by selling a chinese knockoff with the same name(ish) or design. Since Joysportinggoods doesn't manufacture Daiwa reels, that wouldn't fit here - other than Amazon seeing lots of these sold, so they buy an unheard of number at a discount, then undercut them by $10. Bargain hunters just see the $10...until they need help with the reel, service, local fishing info, or just wanna know what's biting.

There are some disgruntled folks in middle management within Amazon that are leaving and the stories aren't very bright. I'll just say they aren't recommending sellers use Amazon, and I'll leave it at that and let the buyers decide with their own money.

I'd just recommend to the OP that if TD didn't get the job done for him, try Charkbait maybe? (Or wherever.) They put a lot of effort into fishing, videos to help anglers, product info from the perspective of someone who uses them, etc.; not just making an extra $4 margin on reels whether they even know what it is or not. My opinion.
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Amazon is the devil but hard not to use.....I have had good luck with J&M and Melton...but most of these are bad about inventory management anyway and will not tell you if something is out of stock when you order...makes me nuts.
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Oh no doubt!! Same as Wal-Mart, though less so because of...amazon.

I'm just glad I have an Ace hardware so I never have to step into a lowe's or home depot again. I'm pretty sure the employees at my local ones don't know what lumber is.
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Needed some eggs. I guess I should have stopped at the neighborhood corner store where I could have paid $3 for a doz.
But I went one more block I to Walmart where I paid 80 cents.
My bad.
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I ordered a rod from tackledirect and got it in 2 days.


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Old 08-06-2019, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by 95wellcraft View Post
Needed some eggs. I guess I should have stopped at the neighborhood corner store where I could have paid $3 for a doz.
But I went one more block I to Walmart where I paid 80 cents.
My bad.

If you paid 80 cents at WM you got fertilized eggs with lead from China. Enjoy.

Iíll pay an extra $12 for a reel to support a local business, local knowledge, and to be able to actually ask a question and get an answer if I need it.

Look, we all like to save money. Sometimes you get what you pay for; and in things like tackle, or hunting equipment for example, you also donít get what you donít pay for. Thatís worth more than saving 5-10% on one item.
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Originally Posted by fishF15 View Post
Iíll pay an extra $12 for a reel to support a local business, local knowledge,
How is buying online from Tackle Direct supporting Local Business?
And it's $32 difference.
Not $12
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Old 08-06-2019, 05:38 PM
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Just because you're buying through Amazon doesn't mean you're buying from Amazon.
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Now the exact same product From TD.

Many of these super cheap Diawa BG's on Amazon are BG's made for the Non USA market. They have different lower quality internals that the BG's for the US market. You get what you pay for.

FWIW, Tackledirect has been slipping for years and this latest software fiasco is the nail in the coffin for me. DO NOT let them ship overseas - TD is notorious at Los Suenos for being a complete disaster.
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Old 08-06-2019, 06:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Cpalms View Post
Many of these super cheap Diawa BG's on Amazon are BG's made for the Non USA market. They have different lower quality internals that the BG's for the US market. You get what you pay for. .

I have taken 2 of the 3 BG's I bought on Amazon apart. Both of them have Minebea bearings in them.
Minebea bearings are top of the line .They are used in reels such as Saltiga, Stella and other top of the line reels.
So I'm sure theses are genuine Diawa BG's made for the US market.
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Old 08-06-2019, 07:04 PM
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Originally Posted by 95wellcraft View Post
How is buying online from Tackle Direct supporting Local Business?
And it's $32 difference.
Not $12
Charkbait is in California and I'm in Florida - local is a relative term nowadays but it's still a tackle shop, and all still besides the point. Blue Action is...I don't even know where. Pick one, it's immaterial, although I make 90% of my purchases from the local shop that a few local guides just opened, or the long standing local shop. I suppose I should have asked, though, I don't know where you are. I can tell you I got well more than $32 worth of info and top shot just thrown in the last time I bought a rod and reel combo. Maybe you don't have any local places, fair enough.

Sounds good, save less than you would get in intangibles. Shut down the local guys and support amazon, I'm sure Bezos is at the ready to help you out with your fishing endeavors.

Tight lines.
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Old 08-06-2019, 07:13 PM
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Donít know where youíre at, but why wouldnít you use a local tackle shop?
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Originally Posted by 95wellcraft View Post
I have taken 2 of the 3 BG's I bought on Amazon apart. Both of them have Minebea bearings in them.
Minebea bearings are top of the line .They are used in reels such as Saltiga, Stella and other top of the line reels.
So I'm sure theses are genuine Diawa BG's made for the US market.
I said "many" not all and it's not the bearings thats different.
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Originally Posted by Cpalms View Post
I said "many" not all and it's not the bearings thats different.
The easiest way to tell is by the handle. US model has a screw in handle while the jdm version has a hex handle that passes through the reel.
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Old 08-07-2019, 04:33 AM
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I called TD Friday about an order I placed on 6/28 and their response when someone finally answered the phone was "Wow, you placed this order on June 28th, that's a long time"! They were then supposed to track down my order and call me right back. It's now the following Wednesday and no return call. Their showroom is flashy, but based on multiple experiences, I think there service sucks!
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Terrible name but great prices. I have purchased a reel from them. Lowest price I could find, fast shipping, no issues.

https://tacklethisshootthat.com/
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Originally Posted by brdawg2001 View Post
Amazon is the devil but hard not to use.....I have had good luck with J&M and Melton...but most of these are bad about inventory management anyway and will not tell you if something is out of stock when you order...makes me nuts.
similar experience, I now call them to confirm my item is in stock before I order
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Old 08-07-2019, 09:13 AM
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First off thank you all for the valuable input, I have made note of all the vendors you provided and I am sure I will place an order from one of them soon. You guys are awesome

Finally someone at TD picked up the phone today! I was so shocked to hear someone on the other end lol.

He could not guarantee when exactly they can ship out, but he said if everything is in stock they try to get it out in 2-3 days. I went through all the items I wanted on the phone with him to confirm its in stock at TD, he confirmed the system shows there is stock. He also confirmed they are still struggling from the system upgrade.

Placed the order online around an hour ago, but I did not get any email confirmation of my order details or a receipt. Thank god I decided to print my order confirmation which shows the order number, unfortunately there is no zip code in Dubai so I can't use the only tracker on the TD site. AND it does not show my order on my TD account lol.. Fingers crossed my order didn't get lost in the www.

I managed to purchase 4 of the reels I was looking for in the local tackle shops today for considerably cheaper than TD & Amazon, So I am happy with how that went. I also purchased 2 other reels from amazon as TD didn't have them in stock, price was similar shipped and delivered.

Note: I am 100% with supporting the local tackle shops, Unfortunately we don't have plenty of shops here like the US, so we are forced to look online for certain things.
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