Know nothing about the vendor but some new-in-box $100+free shipping Jags (& $140 kits) are on "the auction site". I sold my Sage and just got another one of these. The Jags seem to be a lot quicker than the entry level Samicks and Greatrees. And at a $100, cash is left over to get a set of beaver balls and a high quality string for the Jag. (Not sure the kits are worth the extra $40 based on some quick googling though.)