bassninja wrote:1) The Scorpion 1000XT is going for around $200 almost every where you look - ebay, rakuten, japantackle. Last time I looked, isn't the MSRP of a Chronarch 50E $200?
MSRP price of 1000XT is about $240. Yes, U can buy it for $200
MSRP price of CH50E is $200. But U can buy it all day long (eBay or forums?) for around $160-170
So it's still a $30-40 difference in price
2) 1-year warranty is nice if you should ever encounter some major issues with the reel within 1 year. But that's what all that overloaded factory grease is for, to get your reel through that first year of use. Also, Scorpion parts are interchangeable with CU/CH 50E, so getting parts from Shimano America shouldn't be an issue as long as they have them in stock. Upgrading with Core 50 parts is even a better option.
Shimano USA won't touch Scorpion for warranty during the first year or any service after the first year (my own personal experience). I would have to ship the reel to Japan for that. Turn around time is crazy.
Shimano USA does not have any problem taking care of me if it's a Shimano USA reel.
Btw, talking about overloaded factory grease, I always strip that down for every new reel. It improves at least 10%.
3) I could be wrong here but I'm pretty sure that the Scorpion 1000XT is a more sought after reel than a CU/CH 50E.
Not true from my personal experience.
I'm a big Shimano fan but I'm little shy away from JDM products because of the few reasons above.