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No, I am NOT beating up Abu Garcia or their STX, but I just hate it when anyone advertises "FREE!" when it's not:

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10151&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&partNumber=100536&hvarTarget=search&hvarAID=&cmCat=10004138

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I'm torn on this one. I really liked the "Free" tackle bags they offered a while back, even for the $5.95 shipping and handling.

But a "Free" $5.95 Tshirt? Not so much.

If you really want to give people a free shirt for buying a reel, then include it with the reel.  

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Flooger has the same deal.  Nice long sleeved T-shirt, though, and well worth the shipping and handling.

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I got a wake up call on a reel I just shipped.  A reel box, 12 oz., priority mail $10  :-/  I felt like I lost money on the sale since shipping is so high now.

I do see your point but the shirt probably is "free" and shipping probably really is $5-$6.  They SHOULD have sent a bunch of the shirts to the retailers with the reels so there wouldn't be a need to ship them separately... if nothing else, it would have been much cheaper.

Not much of a sales technique, IMO... who would base a $200 purchase on a tee shirt?  Certainly not me!

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I got a wake up call on a reel I just shipped. A reel box, 12 oz., priority mail $10 :-/ I felt like I lost money on the sale since shipping is so high now.

You aint kiddin' Keith, shipping has gone thru the roof in the past 2 months. USPS finally has done the 'zone thing' like UPS and the prices are right in line with UPS for the most part now.  

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They could at least offer a shirt in white or another light color. Who wants a black shirt when it is > 95 degrees   ;D

I still have not received my $50 rebate and it has been 67 days  >:(

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If it cost $6 to get one for free, the least they could do is have the T-Shirt say Shimano........ ;D ;D ;D

Just joking

This is sort of like Shimano's free Satelite service, granted they do a fantastic job, but they no longer give free shipping labels with the cleaning coupons and it cost you $10 to get the reel shipped back to you.

http://fish.shimano.com/publish/content/global_fish/en/us/index/customer_service0/authorized_warranty.download.-mainParsys-000110-downloadFile.html/Reel%20Repair%20Request%20Form_08.pdf

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Reminds me of that episode of SpongeBob where Mr. Krabs offers free drinks for $3.95

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Not much of a sales technique, IMO... who would base a $200 purchase on a tee shirt? Certainly not me!

You would be suprised.

With contracted shipping rates I bet if someone pays shipping Abu break even or make a few cents.

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I am waiting for them to say " Get this reel for $5.95 with the purchase of this $200 shirt."  

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Reminds me of that episode of SpongeBob where Mr. Krabs offers free drinks for $3.95

Exactly my point!

8-)

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It just bad smack talk placement.....

They would have done better placing the blue free offer quote down just above the graphic for the cap and shirt..

;)

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Reminds me of that episode of SpongeBob where Mr. Krabs offers free drinks for $3.95

Exactly my point!

8-)

Can't say I'm an avid SpongeBob watcher  :P, but that reminds me of a crafty scheme a local bar came up with...

They lost their liquor license for selling to underage people, but they kept the bar open. They started selling mini Snickers bars for $3.50, and with each Snickers you got a "free" beer of your choice  ;D It was an ingenious way to get around their suspension until local lawmakers closed the loophole.

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I've been wanting an Abu shirt for awhile, but $200 is a bit steep for me.

Last time I look you could buy the revo s and still get the shirt.

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I've been wanting an Abu shirt for awhile, but $200 is a bit steep for me.

Last time I look you could buy the revo s and still get the shirt.

Okay, let me rephrase that:

"I've been wanting and Abu shirt for a while, but $100 is a bit steep for me"  

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At least Abu has shirts available.

The shirts are available in black or white.  The sizes do run quite large.  I got an XL that would have swallowed Andre the Giant.

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At least Abu has shirts available.

The shirts are available in black or white. The sizes do run quite large. I got an XL that would have swallowed Andre the Giant.

Same thing with the Pflueger shirt.  It's huge.  Even my wife couldn't shrink it up to a comfortable size.

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