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Why Are Megabass Products So Expensive?

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As the title reads. Why are the rods in upwards of a $1,000? Are they that much better than a St croix, or Loomis? I can understand good components and blank, but a $1,000 rod seems crazy to me. And there reels are crazy expensive too. What can they possibly due to them to make them sell for that kind of coin?

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IMO because they can get it. Just like anything else there is a market for the product. Their market is what the fishing world calls the enthusiasts. Personally I would not buy a Loomis just to much money spent on an item that in the long run is disposable, but other ppl get satisfaction out of having what they consider the best. Every activity has brands that cater to different market niches, take Sporting Clays for example, you can be proficient using a pump shotgun, many ppl shoot auto loading shotguns Benellis, Berrettas, etc. You can hit the course with what ever shotgun u like, in that hobby a custom Fabbri is what many consider top gun, at $50 grand a gun, not many are seen. But others use a custom Purdey starting cost around $100 grand, minimum of two trips to England to be measured and about 18 month wait. How are they still in business? Because ppl are willing to pay, are these the best guns made?? Depends who u ask. Its the same with fishing, or golf, or cars, clothes the list goes on.

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IMO because they can get it. Just like anything else there is a market for the product. Their market is what the fishing world calls the enthusiasts. Personally I would not buy a Loomis just to much money spent on an item that in the long run is disposable, but other ppl get satisfaction out of having what they consider the best. Every activity has brands that cater to different market niches, take Sporting Clays for example, you can be proficient using a pump shotgun, many ppl shoot auto loading shotguns Benellis, Berrettas, etc. You can hit the course with what ever shotgun u like, in that hobby a custom Fabbri is what many consider top gun, at $50 grand a gun, not many are seen. But others use a custom Purdey starting cost around $100 grand, minimum of two trips to England to be measured and about 18 month wait. How are they still in business? Because ppl are willing to pay, are these the best guns made?? Depends who u ask. Its the same with fishing, or golf, or cars, clothes the list goes on.

Not always about price either. I traded down from a Kreighoff to a Blaser in 2010 and haven't looked back.

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As the title reads. Why are the rods in upwards of a $1,000? they might be worth it, maybe not. Are they that much better than a St croix, or Loomis? very seriously doubt it I can understand good components and blank, but a $1,000 rod seems crazy to me. Your are probably right And there reels are crazy expensive too. What can they possibly due to them to make them sell for that kind of coin? They put Megabass labels on their gear? :) There is a sucker born every minute....

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As stated before, jdm rods are enthusiasts rods. The reason for their high pricing is basically the components and attention to detail. The bulk of the price is craftsmanship. If you ever see them in person they really are works of art and any fishing enthusiast appreciates how they are built. Its basically like personalising a new car. The rods are a thing of beauty but are no where in the real of a necessity to fish. Do they fish "better" tthan a loomis or st. Croix? Premiere on up to legend tournament/imx. Yes. Elites/xtremes/glx/nrx, not really. Some will argue they do which may be true might not. I fish xtremes/nrxs and now dobyns dx and ive held 2 megabass rods and fished with one for a short amount of time and i could not see a 300-600 difference in it performance wise. They sure sre nice to look at though.

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Megabass is like the Aston Martin of the fishing world. Their products are priced at a higher price point for several reasons. The first is limited production of such rods and reels with few channels of distribution. Second is their founder Mr. ITO has put his personal touch on the various rods and reels and baits... whether it be hand carved handle designs or tuning or bling added to what are essentially Daiwa reels. Before he started Megabass Mr. ItO was an engineer, hence his creativity and ingenuity in all aspects of the Megabass brand. Their components are top notch and the rods and reels pride themselves in both looks and versatility. I believe it is this vary reason why their hard baits have maintained such a high price tag as well. No one needs Megabsss equipment to be an elite angler in the same way no one needs a Bentley or Aston Martin.

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For the wealthy weekend warrior status quo? Lol

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Megabass is like the Aston Martin of the fishing world. Their products are priced at a higher price point for several reasons. The first is limited production of such rods and reels with few channels of distribution. Second is their founder Mr. ITO has put his personal touch on the various rods and reels and baits... whether it be hand carved handle designs or tuning or bling added to what are essentially Daiwa reels. Before he started Megabass Mr. ItO was an engineer, hence his creativity and ingenuity in all aspects of the Megabass brand. Their components are top notch and the rods and reels pride themselves in both looks and versatility. I believe it is this vary reason why their hard baits have maintained such a high price tag as well. No one needs Megabsss equipment to be an elite angler in the same way no one needs a Bentley or Aston Martin.

X2 plus the declining US dollar versus the yen exchange rate.

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Megabass is like the Aston Martin of the fishing world. Their products are priced at a higher price point for several reasons. The first is limited production of such rods and reels with few channels of distribution. Second is their founder Mr. ITO has put his personal touch on the various rods and reels and baits... whether it be hand carved handle designs or tuning or bling added to what are essentially Daiwa reels. Before he started Megabass Mr. ItO was an engineer, hence his creativity and ingenuity in all aspects of the Megabass brand. Their components are top notch and the rods and reels pride themselves in both looks and versatility. I believe it is this vary reason why their hard baits have maintained such a high price tag as well. No one needs Megabsss equipment to be an elite angler in the same way no one needs a Bentley or Aston Martin.

That and they aren´t made for us ordinary mortals, Megabass manufactures for the Japanese high end market of anglers who want to fish with the best of the best they can find and afford. I understand the mentality, my father had it, his thing was not fishing, his thing was being well dressed, designer clothes ? ha ! those weren´t good enough for his taste, bespoke suits, shirts and even shoes was what he wore on a daily basis ..... I still wonder what he felt knowing his son was a redneck. :Idontknow: I´ve got three suits and hardly wear one once a year, which I also can´t stand wearing because I´m allergic to wool.

You "need" Megabass rods, reel & lures to be a succesful angler ? ----> No, you don´t

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Value is subjective. Look what people paid/pay for beanie babies. When you have a limited number of an item, it costs a lot, and you can only get it from limited sources, it makes some people want it even more and they're willing to pay for it too. If I had extra money (that's a funny thought isn't it?) I wouldn't mind trying out some of their stuff. Why not?

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that spinnerbait looks awesome!!!!

I will admit, I would like to get my hands on one.

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Because that's what the market will bear.

But, why then are Ugly Stiks and Zebco's so inexpensive? Surely it isn't market related? There must be a difference in materials, construction, craftsmanship, and fit and finish.

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