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andrey wrote:you know,this is the least talked about topic in these forums but probably one that should be mentioned more. my thoughts on that is a lot of the BIG SHOT rod companies that are competing against each use the same blank manufacturers but will never admit it. i dont think there is many companies that make their own blanks. gloomis is one that obviously does. i dont think we will ever know who uses what blanks, they dont want us to know. these are just my thoughts and i could be completely wrong.
USA-RET wrote: ...
Personally I'd prefer a company mark their items accurately. I find it rather cowardly and unethical to do otherwise. If I like the item and it performs as advertised, I'll buy it. If I feel I'm being overcharged and can find something I like as well elsewhere, for less, I'll buy from the other seller.
As a consumer, that's the sword I wield.
bigreddog wrote:Shoreluck SLM-74UL: "Carbon blank material in japan. Assembly in China Megabass Production. Final assembly in Japan Megabass factory. Inspection and modified in Japan."
bigreddog wrote:If you roll your own blanks, then that's great. It's probably a s
I ource of pride and differentiation that you'll want everyone to know about from a marketing standpoint. But don't vilify a rod company because they don't want to tell you what supplier they source their blanks from.
Forcing a rod company to declare where they're sourcing all of their parts from is a ridiculous expectation. I don't expect Apple to give a breakdown of where every component of their iPhone is sourced from, nor would I ask a car company to tell me where all their parts come from. These are what you call trade secrets, and no company should be forced to disclose this information because it affects their ability to compete, and reduces their product down to a commodity. It's not the parts themselves, but the sum of the parts that makes for the experience.
That said, I think Megabass is very forthcoming with where their stuff is coming from -- it's printed on their hang tags for everyone to read. For example:
Destroyer Directz f3-710xsd: "Blank material in japan. Assembly in Thailand Megabass Production. Final assembly in Japan Megabass factory. Inspection and modified in Japan."
Shoreluck SLM-74UL: "Carbon blank material in japan. Assembly in China Megabass Production. Final assembly in Japan Megabass factory. Inspection and modified in Japan."