If you think your in the market for some new fishing gear and haven’t noticed the rising cost of equipment these days, then you may want to get out there and do some comparative shopping before making any hasty decisions, especially if you plan to invest in something a little costly.
With new technologies and innovative fishing products coming to the forefront every year, you can bet they will have a hefty price tag attached to them, simply because they are new on the market.
New products that also incorporate improved materials such as composites and titanium, (making them stronger yet lighter in weight) and in some cases, products that require complex manufacturing processes to produce increases costs, which is passed on to the customer making fishing these days an expensive pass time or sport to be a part of.
With that said, adding or upgrading your tackle with some of today’s top gear takes a lot more money than you think, so you have to be wise on how you spend it if you want to get the most bang for the buck.
Learning how to capitalize on deals from yesterday’s fishing gear is the way to go if you like top gear at basement bottom prices.
So why would you want yesterday’s gear? Well it’s not exactly yesterday’s gear, like some years past but just off the top shelf, so to speak to make room for the new stuff. That’s right. We are talking about clearance items that were some the best products just in the recent past.
Fishing gear that is really superior to your old stuff or better than what you have already have loaded in your boat or tackle box right now, but for nearly 50 cents on a dollar and sometimes less.
If you’re a cost minded shopper then its time to take advantage of what we think retailers should have sold these products for in the first place. It’s really incredible how much of a mark-up there really is on fishing gear and it’s about time to be smart about it.
Knowing what to look for when upgrading your old gear is not hard to figure out. It’s all about the features, construction and engineering.
For instance fishing reels are graded by the highest gear ratio, the number bearings, the quality of the drag system and materials. In a nutshell these are determining factors that gauge the quality of the reel.
Many of the older reels say ten years past had one to three bearings and at that time were the best reels on the market. Today’s reels have up to 15+ bearings.
Fishing rods are gauged by its construction and the materials used to make the rod perform better, giving the user more sensitivity and easier handling. Rod features such as blank thru construction handles, premium cork grips, titanium guides with zirconium inserts or aluminum-oxide guides with ceramic inserts, IM6 rod blanks, graphite reel seats and more.
The point is to understand the features that make the product the best it can be. Look for these features when upgrading and you’ll know how to shop for your next bargain.
To take advantage of yesterdays fishing gear, a few ways in finding discounts involves monitoring the clearance section of the giant retailers on-line stores such as Bass Pro shops, Cabelas, Dicks Sporting, and Gander Mountain.
It’s a quick way to first see the savings from the regular pricing and also gives you a way to view the features without having to spend the time and money to drive to these stores.
However, if you are going to these stores any way, always look at the clearance rack or the bargain bin. You would be surprised on the savings you can get if you can be there at the right time and capitalize on some savings before someone beats you to it.
Be aware of products that aren’t such a good deal because some retailers will put items on the clearance rack that aren’t a significant discount to make room for other items.
Get on the rewards programs and get them to work for you toward future discounts down the line. Look for deals during the holiday sales. It seems as though retailers use every holiday event to generate sales, so find out what they are discounting.
Review the weekly ads and find marked down items that you can use. Off-season items can be highly discounted too. For example ice-fishing equipment will go on clearance in the summer.
Manufactures rebates are a good source for discounts when they are trying to move product. Display models can be discounted significantly when stores are clearing out the last of a product line to make room for its predecessor’s model.
You get the ideas. There are many ways to take advantage of great fishing gear at bargain prices. You just have to keep an open mind to it, keep looking for deals and understand how to take your gear to the next level so you can get the most of yesterday fishing gear today.