I haven't shopped them in some while. A trip to Orvis or Cabelas etc., buying nice scissors, bobbins, the basics, can be an enlightening experience in and of itself.
As in most things, one gets what one pays for.
I did not exactly answer your question, but that's my thoughts on the matter.
"have fun with this stuff"
in memory of Big Dale
RRhyne56, Flyfishing warden