Originally Posted by taylorreels
As a reply to furnacefella,
I think you have every right to question our quality being a relatively new company. This specific reel will be manufactured in china. Some people can be put off by that, but we have set in place great quality control. Every reel is hand inspected and the sealing on the drag is checked on every single reel. The reels are milled in a German CNC machine to assure quality and precise machining. It's funny how no one questions where their iPhone is made but we question other products.
We could make these reels in The USA (and actually we are working on a U.S. made reel now) but there is no way that we could offer a low price. A U.S. made reel would cost hundreds. We support American made and eventually want to introduce great products that are made in our home state of New Mexico.
We have two reel projects in the works right now that will be made in South Korea.
All we can ask is to give us a try and see for yourselves. We have a great warranty to help assure people that we stand behind our products.
Thank you so much for your honest reply. Although we will not be doing business anytime soon you have left the door open for the future and other product lines.
I apologize for bringing this to a head as I see you have recieved a couple of negative comments on the other thread. Please don't get discouraged as I truly do wish you well and hope you realize the dream and make millions.
I am an older guy and by good fortune or Grace I have found myself in a position to make choices I couldn't in the past. These choices go beyond price vs quality.
I am in the Heating and Air Conditioning business and I proudly market Trane products you are no doubt familiar with from your neighboring state of Texas. I have spent time in Tyler touring the plant and I felt very at home there. From the folks cleaning the floors to upper mangement the place reeked of pride and integrity. I know there are parts made both south and east for their products but the company remains all American in my eyes and it makes me feel good to deal with them.
All this coming from a Canadian may sound nutty but when you get to be an old guy like myself you will understand that feeling good about one's self trumps any accumulation of riches one might be so lucky to stumble upon.
And yes I have and have had many products from overseas and I encourage all new comers to the sport to find value priced products so they can get out there and enjoy. As I can afford it, I am giving away or selling off my cheaper stuff for higher priced products from the USA, Canada and other countries that share the same values we all take for granted. I am not always getting a better product and I am most often paying a higher price but I always feel good about my purchases and enjoy the pride of ownership.
This is not a market thing, it is a me thing. I think you are positioning yourself well in the market place where most of the money is spent and again I wish you well.
"Serve the masses; live with classes.
Serve to the classes; live with the masses."
Or as my former business partner puts it,
"Thoses that cater only to the wealthy are butlers not business men"