Just a heads up to those shipping rods via USPS Priority Mail. I bought an unfished rod a couple weeks ago and it was packaged very well in the original tube and then in a PVC tube with bubble wrap on both ends. I paid $275 for the rod and it was insured by the shipper. Upon receipt of the rod the tip had broken just below the tip top and I started the claims process. Before and after pics of the rod, value / price paid invoice, proof of insurance and tracking as per the online form. The $275 claim was "approved" within 4 days...pretty impressive in my thoughts. However, the check was just received and the USPS arbitrarily placed a value on the claim of $100. $275 claim approved based on backup submitted...they send me $100 to settle the claim. Absolute BS. Just submitted my first appeal to them based on the backup provided and a description to help them better understand the full ramifications of a short tip, etc on an out of production rod. Anyhow..."shipper / buyer beware" of the USPS. My thoughts are they just automatically devalue a claim by 70% and expect that people will just settle and go away as they know they're dealing with the government. I'm going to stick this one out and see it through. First time down this road with them...