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Here is my opinion. Hot buys are what they are. They are a great decoy for $20-$25. Some have paint problems, some don't. I believe they are a good decoy for the money. You can't expect a decoy that cheap to be flawless and they aren't. Now the lifesize and oversize series, thats an entirely different story... :eek:
 

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Traditionally, I use G & H, I bought a dozen hot buys this past season, also bought some Herters decoys with the photo sytle finish. To me, the Herters bodies look the best, the Hot buys heads look the best, but we kill ducks over all of them.
 

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I just purchased a set of Hot Buys at the end of the season....$12 bucks, and it appeared some of the paint had already come off, so I took my fingernail to one and sure enough...with little effort...somepaint came off. THis is before I ever used 'em. SO do I use em and let the pain come off, only to repaint them? Is there some kind of preventative measures i can take? Maybe a can of matte/clear spraypaint? or will this just make them shiny blocks on the water?
 

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i have a dozen hotbuys along with a couple of dozen of other GHG dekes. some lifesize mallards and Widgeons.

on the hotbuys...i'll say that they are a good deke for the money. at around 22-25 bucks a dozen you just can't beat em. yeah, maybe the paint will give you some trouble if your rough on your dekes like i am. (neck wrapped weights..tossed around the boat..etc.) still, even if you replace them every other season, what's another 25 bucks every 2 years?

as for the snaplocks..never had a problem with them. yeah, some of them can be a b***h to put on, but if you follow the instructions and make sure they "double snap" then you shouldn't have any issues. i have had one keel come off in 2 season of use and it was due to the cord getting under the keel when i wrapped it and lifted the keel from the body thus "releasing it" and allowing it to slide.
 

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I have 4 dozen of them that are two years old and they still look great. I haven't had a single problem with them at all.

You might like them and you might hate them. Of course you will never know until you try them. I like to experience things for myself. There is no way in the world I would worry about someone else's opinion on hunting gear or anything else for that matter. :thumbsup:
 

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Anybody else like me? I use a mix of GHG, Flambeau (cheap ones and good ones in standard size and magnum), Carrylite (cheap ones and good ones), Remington, Bond and G&H and who knows what else is mixed in among the 9 or 10 dozen I have. The mix has water keel, weighted keel, snap lok keels and some are even converted weighted to water and water to weighted. I've put a mix of ALL these out and killed ducks over them. I know some prefer only one type and one brand....to me it really doesn't matter. I refuse to spend $100 on a dozen dekes, if I can buy 2 dozen for $30 of a "not so hot rated" brand, then I'm spending $30. It's all about maximising my spread numbers and getting different "looks" and shapes in among the spread. Just my opinion.
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