I tried DRs for the first time this last weekend....It is kind of like rubbing you stomache and patty your head at the same time...or is it patty your head and. ... well you get the picture.
We have one of the manual soctty's , for kokes it was nice to get down without 2+ oz of weight. You don't get much of a fight with that much lead. I did get both Cannon and Scotty "mini" clips for the smaller fish. I thought the Cannon clips worked better and held the line more consistantly than the scotty.
If you can wait for the sportman show in mid winter, it is well worth your time. Lots of competition and usually can talk them down. I got my 1099 electrics for $250 a piece plus free downrigger balls.
You might give Joes a call. My buddy found the cheapest price he could on the internet and then called Joes and they matched the price. He just had to bring in a printout of the webpage with the address and that was it. Saved him all the shipping charges also.
Just an idea. (and actually I think he got the same deal that you're looking at)