Originally Posted by mikeler
I'm guessing he means a reel takes longer to put the string into use. I hate cutting off those zip ties on packs though.
If you have a reel of string that you love, there is no difference whatsoever. Reason being, if you get 16 sets of string in packet form, you still can only use one set at a time. The remaining sets are still sitting there waiting to be used, and it's not like retailers throw out sets of unsold string because they're past their shelf life. That's why the comment makes no sense: you have no idea how "new" a set of strings is when you buy it, but if you buy it in reel form, then you're guaranteed to have string that is all the same age. Unless you store your strings in the steam room or on a window ledge, synthetics and poly strings aren't really affected by anything.