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Does anyone know why,(besides the economy not doing so well) lures have gone up in price? I have noticed they have gone up a buck or 2 but I don't understand why?

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Yes, understandible but what's that have to do with lure pricing?

Most of the lures people buy are plastic, a petroleum based product, and all the lures you see on Bass Pro shelves and Wally World shelves, all got there driven by something that runs on petroleum.

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Not only is the price of oil a factor, but doesn't everyone like a pay raise? In any manufacturing operation employees get raises, insurance premiums rise, purchase or repair of equipment etc etc etc.

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Yes, some of the traditionally lower priced lures have gone up, Rapala, Norman, and Bomber just to name a few. Let a pro win a tournament with a particular lure and watch the price go up. (Remember that $4 crank that Omori used to win the Classic.) However, I purchase a lot of LC and Jackall lures and prices for most of these Japanese made lures have remained the same for a few years now. I'll also monitor the lures I want to purchase and wait for them to be discontinued. You can realize quiet a savings when this happens, especially for the signature lures. If you haven't picked up some of the LC Rick Clunn cranks, you should before they all dry up. They're good cranks. Take advantage of the specials during the holidays. Between TW, BP, and BTD, I saved over $100 on some new hard baits thanks to their 20% off Xmas sales and other specials. Yeah, oil and everything else is going up, but a vigilant shopper can beat em.

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A huge factor too has to be the market. When we all buy lucky craft cranks at 14 bucks a pop..... then jackal jumps in the market and does the same thing with some buzz....... well the bomber is going to jump their prices too. They have to think their product is comparable and if people are willing to pay 14 bucks for a crank then they will definitely pat 7 or 8 for a bomber.

When someone buys a $400 swimbait, then people are going to say why not raise prices a buck or two.

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IMO it's downright foolish to put the blame of high lure prices on ANYTHING but the Japanese lures, and their introduction to the US.

When a more involved MUCH larger Musky lure can sell for the same price as a bass lure, there is NO WAY the bass lure should cost as much or more.

Lucky Craft started it, and now others being introduced are helping things along.

I'll stick to my US companies best I can thank you very much. I just don't like the fact that a Japanese company can take business away from the small US shops, like Poor Boys, Shuberts, Snack Daddy, and the lure company with the name that cannot be mentioned here.

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I think it's funny when guys drop $50 or more on a video game, but balk at a $15 lure that could catch you 100's of fish.

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I think it's funny when guys drop $50 or more on a video game, but balk at a $15 lure that could catch you 100's of fish.

That's not me......

Some of the high prices I balk at just based on principle.

BUT, I will say that a $15, hell even $25 hardbait is a MUCH better deal than people realize. Compare how many bass you can catch on a hardbait like this, vs how many fish you can catch on a $5 bag of plastics.

The hardbait ends up being a much better value by a LONG shot.

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That's not me......

Maybe not you, but it's lots of guys on this site. And it might not be video games. Could be a $50 night at a bar. Or $50 on iTunes. I just think we need to put things into perspective once in a while, when it comes to toys.

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Well you also have to take in perspective...some of us that use this website are far from upper middle to upper class, so therefore lures can be quite expensive and you can lose a 15-400 $ lure, the knot and line isn't always 100%...it's just that it's funney how fishing is becomming an expensive sport, maybe it's not outragious yet but soon enough if the economy doesn't turn worse then it has already, fishing will be very expensive. I agree we should invest more on products made in the U.S. then imported lures...this is our country bass fishing was founded in the U.S.

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Lures can be expensive. It's all about priorities.

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Maybe not you, but it's lots of guys on this site. And it might not be video games. Could be a $50 night at a bar. Or $50 on iTunes. I just think we need to put things into perspective once in a while, when it comes to toys.

There are a lot of guys (not fisherman) in D.C. who drop a few hundred a weekend on drinking but would laugh at the 15 buck LC. Great point there. The beers will only be fun for that night haha!

My constant questions on prices on here comes down to quality versus price. I buy some LC's because I believe the quality is there. Yet I also buy and fish bomber, strike king, bandit, norman, and storm cranks. Most I have to change the hooks on where I do not have to change a LC's hooks (in my opinion). I am not sure an LC is actually better than a bomber or strike king when it comes to catching fish, but I do like their colors and action so I have a few. They appear to me to be a quality product and am willing to give them a shot.

I do think though a lot of these newer baits are overpriced when they come to quality. I also think as fishermen we should be more selective and demand that high quality if we are going to pay more. We should not naturally assume a 15 buck lure is better because it is $15.

BTW J Francho...... when it came down to that stradic decision I was looking at, I said what the heck (after checking out the drag system) and went with the brand new stradic..... which I am very impressed with.

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Everything is going up. The cost of living has gone up,it's no surpise everything including fishing lures are going up in price as well.

I don't ever see it stopping.

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If you're chasing every new fad, it gets expensive. If you try to build a collection of solid, productive, consistent baits, each one is an investment, and your expenses are pretty level over time. I'll take half as many cranks that work the way they're supposed to every time over a bag full of ones I have to tweak and tune area to area. And color is way overrated.

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If you look at the overall lure market there is a range of products available in from very reasonable to very expensive. It's all about how much you want/can afford to spend. Take hard baits, as an example, you can find cranks that are < $3 as well as cranks that are easily >$25 and everything in between

IMO that's an indication of a healthy market where the consumer has budget, mid-range, and premium choices on almost all fishing products available.

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If you're chasing every new fad, it gets expensive. If you try to build a collection of solid, productive, consistent baits, each one is an investment, and your expenses are pretty level over time. I'll take half as many cranks that work the way they're supposed to every time over a bag full of ones I have to tweak and tune area to area. And color is way overrated.

I do believe that is a true statement, it is all about taking care of your gear/lures...but who wouldn't take care of something that is costly to maintain it's worth...I think paying over $15 for a lure is outragious,but at the same time if it last a very long time it's an investment, also if you fish professional I do believe that sponsors help you out with the lures and you get them at a very low price.

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Be patient, buy your gear on sale.

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Everything is going up. The cost of living has gone up,it's no surpise everything including fishing lures are going up in price as well.

I don't ever see it stopping.

If the responses here are any indication fishing lure manufacturers don't need to compete on price anyway.

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Maybe not you, but it's lots of guys on this site. And it might not be video games. Could be a $50 night at a bar. Or $50 on iTunes. I just think we need to put things into perspective once in a while, when it comes to toys.

You don't have the chance of hangin up that video game in a tree and losin your 50 bux either. I'd love to know how many people have lost 15 dollar lures that never caught a single fish, basically you threw 15 bux into a tree. It makes me sick that they sell this crap based on hype. And kvd keeps smoking the megabass, luckycraft fools throwin a bait that costs about a third the price. It happens in the guitar industr constantly. For example a 150 dollar guitar pedal was being hyped up all over the web and some guys pulled it apart and found it to be a 30 dollar chinese pedal that these guys scraped the name off of and repainted the box.

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Either way it all comes down to oil I do believe, and I dont see lures dropping in price, WE WILL continue to still fish reguardless...thanks for all the replys,sorry to make it a debate..lol

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Who's the fool?

I have only lost two or three high dollar hard baits in a decade. On the other side of the coin, I've caught well over

300 5lb+ bass during those ten years. Did the quality and performance of these lures have anything to do with it?

Fish what you like, but don't diss some of the best names in the industry. No one gave them their reputation, it has

been earned over time.

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