IMHO, paying $300.00 for a dip net is no different than paying $700.00 to $1K for a reel or rod. In this world there are the "haves" and then there are the "have nots". Those that have spare change can buy those highly sought after and beautifully crafted tools of the trade while others are content to use a much lower priced one that in the end will accomplish the same thing. I love my Hardy gear, but they don't catch more fish than the less expensive gear. I love quality as much as the next guy/gal, but there is a limit to what I will pay for it. Fishing is more important to me than collecting. I do love my Brodin net. Only cost me $75.00 at L.L. Beans a number of years ago.