Bob, I have had nothing but great experience with cabelas brand stuff and if it doesnt work or breaks cabela will replace it. I just bought three reels from them on sale, their brands and was told by the store manager if anything ever happens to them bring them back for a refund or exchange. Cant beat that! But there stuff is more expensive ill give you that, but I always wait to they have a sale. I shop at academy as well but even there I wait for a sale and I see little difference in name brand prices. Shimano is the exact same price across all the box stores unless they have a sale.