Re: I'm so tired of getting ripped off!
Just my personal observation(s) but there's so much equipment out there (good, marginal and bad) that testing the water before you buy is darned helpful. Worse yet with fly rods; almost impossible to test drive one before you buy.
So you rely heavily on other peoples observations (good and bad) before you pull out your cheque book.
"We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." – Winston Churchill