Not to mention that some people might value the idea that Sage is made in their backyard. I fish all kinds of rods (all purchased used) made all over the world primarily because of my budget (or lack of it). I recognize one of the key reasons foreign rods are so affordable is the labor is a fraction of US labor. Old Man, if you've got children or grandchildren I'm sure you'd hope they never have to compete with a foreign workforce that would do the same work for a fraction of the price. I know I hope I never do.