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I did it last year. I traded in about a 5 year old abu Garcia black max combo that I really didn’t use much for a st croix mojo rod and a Shimano slx reel.

 

The trade in value you get is based on the cost of the new rod or reel you intend to buy. Obviously the more expensive rod or reel you buy, the more they give you on trade in value. It’s categorized into price “tiers.”

 

If I remember correctly, I received $35 off on the st croix mojo rod and $15 off on the Shimano reel for a total savings of $50.

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I’ve taken advantage of it quite a bit over the years. I bought a Tatula Ct a few years back getting it for $105.00 after the trade in which was about 20% off at the time. The key is as @gimruis said to try to maximize your trade in value to get the best amount off. 

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I was going to say the little price bumps everything has seen would help bump things up into the next trade-in bracket, but I just looked at the flyer and noticed they bumped up the bracket ranges too, so you don't save any extra,... Possibly even less. 

 

The old bracket was like $0-$49.99=$10, $50-$99.99=$15, etc, because I remember a $99.99 Fuego being a penny short of the next bracket, or a Tat SV being a penny short of the next bracket. 

 

Now the bracket lines are $120, $175, $220, and $500 so the price increases only benefit them.

 

I don't do the trade-in program anymore. I just wait for a good sale and buy what I want.

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I’ll agree with @FrnkNsteen the past 2 years I purchased their Panfish Elite rods for $65.00 which was about 20% off, not anymore with the new trade in prices. 

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Prices just keep climbing. We were just looking at the new Bass Pro 2023 Bass Special flyer that came in the mail.... 2023 Ranger Anniversary Edition Z521R,.... $109,995. 0% interest for 12months, then 9.99% interest after that! ???

 

That's Crazy!! ???

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I'd love to see the bins full of trade-ins when all is said and done.  I can imagine some highly desirable stuff finds its way in.  Kind of like when Cash for Clunkers was a thing and a GMC Typhoon and Buick GNX found their way to the scrapper because the owners didn't know any better.

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2 minutes ago, redmeansdistortion said:

Kind of like when Cash for Clunkers was a thing and a GMC Typhoon and Buick GNX found their way to the scrapper because the owners didn't know any better.

I'm sure that probably happened!! ??

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8 minutes ago, redmeansdistortion said:

I'd love to see the bins full of trade-ins when all is said and done.  I can imagine some highly desirable stuff finds its way in.  Kind of like when Cash for Clunkers was a thing and a GMC Typhoon and Buick GNX found their way to the scrapper because the owners didn't know any better.

I’ve seen some guys ahead of me trading in some older (white) stradics and more than a few Daiwa baitcasters over the times I’ve done it. As far as the cash for clunkers if I’m not mistaken the dealers were only allowed to possibly sell the vehicles for parts at the time ?Maybe one of our dealer mechanics can correct me if I’m mistaken.

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1 hour ago, Eric 26 said:

I’ve seen some guys ahead of me trading in some older (white) stradics and more than a few Daiwa baitcasters over the times I’ve done it. As far as the cash for clunkers if I’m not mistaken the dealers were only allowed to possibly sell the vehicles for parts at the time ?Maybe one of our dealer mechanics can correct me if I’m mistaken.

 

I thought they had to be crushed. Also some absurd number of trader inners defaulted on their new loans.

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6 hours ago, FrnkNsteen said:

2023 Ranger Anniversary Edition Z521R,.... $109,995

Haha. I saw a similar special edition boat at the Mpls Boat Show in January. I even sat in it too!

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I did it a while back when St Croix was also running a buy 2 get one free on their rage rod line up.  Scored 6 rods for a pretty good price.  I know the one near me a few years back basically had a deal where you could donate a kids rod and they would use that as a trade in as well.  Rods went to local kids groups to get them fishing.

 

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I used the BPS trade in promotion numerous times through the years, even while I was working there part time. It used to be a great way to save some money on a new rod and/or reel.

 

We would box up the trade in's and send them to Springfield where the stuff was cleaned up and lubed to later be distributed to various charities. At least that's what we were told at the store level. I do know that some of the reels that were traded in were absolutely garbage. The people at customer service were "supposed" to make sure the reel handles would at least turn. We'd get reels that were locked up, rods with the majority of the guides missing, etc. I don't know what happened to the junk once it hit Springfield. Some of the earlier poster's are correct, sometimes we would get some nice stuff (Shimano, Diawa, etc) traded in buy customer's that wanted to upgrade.

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You have to watch their sales right after the Spring Classic.  A couple of years ago I traded one of my dad's old Abu rods in for a Shimano SLX.  I think I got a $10 or $15 discount.  I was also wanting a Bionic Blade rod to use for casting lighter moving baits, but they never had the length or power that I wanted. 

About a month after the classic was over the store near me got in a shipment of Bionic Blades, and had them on sale for the trade-in price that they were advertising during the classic.

 

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I have many times...yesterday I took an old reel that I never use and got the Lew's skipping reel for $40 off.  I have done it with rods also...but as stated above, sometimes future sales are just as good...the way I look at it is someone else may be getting use out of a reel I wasn't using and I got a reel cheaper than I normally could find it.  As stated above, you have to buy a higher priced item to save much money.

 

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Well,... I went against my norm and ended up doing a trade-in this year. Figured since Shimano is so strict about sales on their products, I would use the trade-in to get a cheaper deal on a Stradic or Vanford to try them out

 

Brought an old Daiwa Spincast reel with me to get the trade-in and got $50 off a Vanford 3000, then had a $10 off coupon I received that knocked it down even more.

 

I'm typically one to not spend extra on a spinning reel because I just think the law of diminishing returns kicks in quicker on them than casting reels. Looking firward to getting it out and trying it though. Figure I will try it on my 6'9" Elitetech Smallmouth for wacky rigs for starters

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4 minutes ago, THE_Vue's said:

Does the trade in apply to all rods and reel?  Or only what's on the flyer?

It is my understanding that it applies to all of them.  Or at least last year it did.  I haven't done it or been in there yet for the 2023 spring sale.

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5 minutes ago, gimruis said:

It is my understanding that it applies to all of them.  Or at least last year it did.  I haven't done it or been in there yet for the 2023 spring sale.

Does the make, model and price make any difference in price when I trade in?

Is it only instore stock items?

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4 minutes ago, THE_Vue's said:

Does the make, model and price make any difference in price when I trade in?

Is it only instore stock items?

The higher the price of the item you are buying, the more trade value you get, up to $50 I believe. 

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4 minutes ago, THE_Vue's said:

Is it only instore stock items?  

I don't know that either.  Every time I've done a trade in, it was for a rod or reel right off the shelf.

 

One time they didn't have a reel I wanted in stock, so I simply picked out a different one that was.

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We sell donated tackle at fishing flea markets to raise funds for our charity, and we separate old functioning spinning and spin casting functioning reels and sell them for $5-$20 or so, market them as "Trade Ins" they sell out to the piece. I don't think trading in a decent working reel, one could currently use is a great bargain.

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