I don't believe all Hardy reels are made in Korea.
The Zane cost $550 and £469.00 in the UK, once again it was easy to tell that it was being made some where else.
In the UK we feel that we are being ripped off by having to pay SO much more for our fishing products than you have to in the US.
eg. An "American" rod, irrespective of its real origin STILL costs a lot more here. An Example, there are many others from the 'big names':
LOOMIS GLX 15' 10/11 costs UK£ 899 in the UK, ie approx US$ 1750-1800!!!!
In the US the same rod costs US$930 which approximates to UK£ 465.00!!!!!
HALF the Uk price.
But when UK makers as quoted above charge so much more in their home marketplace than in an overseas market then we KNOW that something is seriously wrong.
All we can do is exercise our rights not to buy either type of product. THIS is why I attempt to 'trade' any surplus major items with you guys in the US - that way we both get a good deal and buck the money(for others)making machine.
Incidentally, in case you have missed it, I have some Classic Sharpes Spliced rods on the classified ad. page, though it looks probable that two of the 3 13' are now spoken for!
Good luck to all of us!