When do you buy a new reel? When the old favorite no longer works? When the parts are no longer available for your old friend? When you just have to have the latest and greatest? I am not judging here just looking for answers. Since there are 1000x more fishing lures than needed, 100x more rods and reels then ever will be used, it just makes me think that we are chasing a dream instead of fish. Personally, I have always favored buying quality first, price second. Figuring that I would buy it once, maintain it and have it for life. That is getting more difficult with the manufacturing process called planned obsolescence.
Planned obsolescence or built-in obsolescence in industrial design is a policy of planning or designing a product with an artificially limited useful life, so it will become obsolete, that is, unfashionable or no longer functional after a certain period of time. The rationale behind the strategy is to generate long-term sales volume by reducing the time between repeat purchases (referred to as “shortening the replacement cycle”). – Wiki
This is what has peaked my interest in the Penn Reel Company. Many old quality reels out there with lots of OEM parts and aftermarket upgrades. Customizing them seems endless. The next challenge for me will be the moving of Penn reels manufacturing to China. Many of the upgrades will not fit the foreign made reels. For many years to come the stock of original parts and upgrades will carry me for the rest of my fishing years.