Now Im just getting hip to Abu Garcia, I have always heard of them and wanted to try them but I've always felt they were overpriced. About 2 months ago I finally purchased a 6500C3 for $100 from a local shop. I like the reel it is very smooth and casts extremly far. My biggest fish on it so far is a 44LB Blue. My only gripes are the inferior clicker, the fact that its a little smaller than I like and of course the price :smile2:. The first Abu I ever saw in person was a silver 7000iHSN at Academy and it was the smoothest reel I have ever held, cranked, etc. I always wanted that reel but it was $149 oooh:. Online the cheapest I have seen it was $125. Well I went into a local sporting goods store today and found a red 7000i for $109, they have the reel with an Abu MH 7' Rod/combo for $129 :crazy: . I had all intentions on purchasing this reel from the store but when I got home today I found a red 7000i on ebay brand new with no box for $69.99 plus $7 shipping. It is a preferred seller with 100% feedback so I took the chance at ordering it. The store spools braid for $.08 a yard so I can get 300 yds of red, green or yellow for $24 bringing my total to a brand new 7000i with 300yds of PP for $100 even. Can anyone give me a reason why I made a mistake? Just wanna make sure I didnt make a dumb decision.