Welcome to the forum, the pricing thing is something to learn as well. There are many good rods on sale used, this thread may be helpful if you consider a high end rod at a used bargain price; Tips For Buying Used Rods;
I have them new and used but always have my eye peeled for a value. As for brand and model this is a great place to get opinions and testimony regarding rods.
Now reels...... there you go again, another complete journey.