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When Boxes Look Like This
« on: January 30, 2019, 01:57:54 PM »
I got a new box in the mail today from Amazon. Inside the box was a new KastKing Spartacus Reel.

The shipping box looked perfect. The product package did not  ::)











Seriously?? I'd like to know what they did to this box before they packed it up for shipping. Then again, maybe I don't want to know!

Either way, this one's on its way back to Amazon and a new one is already on the way to replace it.  :yes:
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Re: When Boxes Look Like This
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2019, 02:27:15 PM »
Was the reel damaged?

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Re: When Boxes Look Like This
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2019, 03:19:46 PM »
Was the reel damaged?

It wasn't broken or visibly damaged. But it didn't feel or sound right when cranking the handle. These reels are usually very quiet and smooth, but this one was noisy and rough feeling. So I opted to send it back to be on the safe side.

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Re: When Boxes Look Like This
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2019, 09:42:07 AM »
Yeah, it almost looks like water damage on that box.
That's the one good thing with Amazon is their return policy!

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Re: When Boxes Look Like This
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2019, 10:15:32 AM »
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Yeah, it almost looks like water damage on that box.

Could be, but there was definitely some heavy impact somewhere along the way too. The weird thing is that the shipping box was in absolutely perfect condition.  :yes:

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That's the one good thing with Amazon is their return policy!

Definitely. It took me less than 5 minutes using their Live Chat to get a return authorization and return shipping label created. And the new reel has already shipped, arriving tomorrow  :thumbup:

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Re: When Boxes Look Like This
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2019, 10:06:28 PM »
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The weird thing is that the shipping box was in absolutely perfect condition.


The box was damaged before being shipped to you. Some *^@%# at Amazon just didn't give a hoot when he packed it knowing it was damaged. JMO
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Re: When Boxes Look Like This
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2019, 10:40:45 PM »

The box was damaged before being shipped to you. Some *^@%# at Amazon just didn't give a hoot when he packed it knowing it was damaged. JMO

That's for sure. My guess is that they played football with it or something.  :o

Thankfully, the second one arrived in perfect condition. I've been using it for a while now and I wrote a thorough review on it here:

http://www.tackletest.com/kastking-spartacus-plus-baitcasting-reel-review/

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Re: When Boxes Look Like This
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2019, 03:25:26 AM »
Dang, I use KastKing braid and love it! So much cheaper than other brands and casts light lures great in the smallest # test! Wasn't sure about their low priced reels but after reading the review, might try one. (not that I need another to add to the collection...)

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Re: When Boxes Look Like This
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2019, 08:54:12 AM »
For the money the reels are pretty good.  I'm on my second season with one and it's been great  :thumbup:

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Re: When Boxes Look Like This
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2019, 08:56:58 AM »
For the money the reels are pretty good.  I'm on my second season with one and it's been great  :thumbup:

Spinning or baitcast?

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Re: When Boxes Look Like This
« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2019, 10:14:00 AM »
Spinning or baitcast?

@senkosam I have 4 or 5 of the casting reels and one spinning reel. They have all been very good reels for the money.  :thumbup:

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Re: When Boxes Look Like This
« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2019, 11:23:34 AM »
Thanks Curt. Always good to have an inexpensive alternative when rod or reel needs replacing ! As for myself, color me cheap when it comes to paying big bucks for stuff that turns out to be not better than the cheap but good equipment I've found last for years. None of my good rods cost me more than $30 / reels less than $50 and I still use them after 15 or more years.

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Re: When Boxes Look Like This
« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2019, 09:33:29 AM »
Spinning or baitcast?

Casting, i have the royal legend. This year i'm trying a Piscifun Torrent reel. So far it's treated me well!

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Re: When Boxes Look Like This
« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2019, 10:08:35 AM »
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As for myself, color me cheap

@senkosam I hear you there. So much of what we see for sale is way overpriced. Why? because a lot of people are willing to pay big bucks for equipment that they perceive to be better, based on the price tag and marketing by the manufacturers.

During the last 5 years I have found a lot of great equipment that is very reasonably priced and lasts a long time.  :yes:

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Re: When Boxes Look Like This
« Reply #14 on: May 14, 2019, 11:23:02 AM »
I am finding the same thing, but maybe in a different way than you Curt. In particular I am finding that the super high end stuff just isnt worth the price tag on it. I feel like every company has a sweet spot where their super high end stuff is more hype than anything and more and more their middle of the road gear are just work horses. This has been my story with Abu. I grabbed a premier, MGX, Ike series, and are looking at it like these are not special. Some of them are nice but when compared to the STX their price tag just isnt worth it. The STX is widely regarded as an absolute workhorse and I have beaten the crap out of mine and all 4 still perform at a high level. Meanwhile I baby my premiers and I have had issues with both of them. I hear Daiwa is guilty of that as well. That the Steez is a very nice piece of equipment, but the price tag is outlandish and you really arent getting too much more than what you get with a tatula. Meanwhile they all also offer bargain basement low end stuff that really isnt that great, but people buy it because it carries the name.

As for the stuff like kast king and these rebranding companies. IT is funny because these things are all made in the same factories with similar technology and components. Ive seen this in other hobbies of mine where no name companies get their hands on stuff made by the factories that make the "high end" stuff and start "rebranding" them. I havent dove too much into these yet in fishing but a quick search I found that Kast King is made by the same manufacturer that makes Daiwa?
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