Lately some of the racquets I've been getting in to string have been brand name sticks (Head, Wilson, etc.) but they feel like the cheapest pieces of **** . When I talk to the customers I find out that they have bought them from local sporting goods stores (Big 5, Sports Authority, Sports Chalet, ***** SG, etc). I had one recent stick: a Head "Liquidmetal 2.5" according to the paintjob and the thing already had a slight crack developing around 10/2 o'clock and stringing it just made things worse. I thought I remembered hearing somewhere that sometimes the racquet companies sell licensing rights of discontinued frames to sporting good stores and allow them to use the manufacturers name to sell sub-standard quality racquets (not made of actual LiquidMetal, MicroGel, whatever) for about half the cost. Why would the manufacturers do this? It doesn't seem like it would be that great of a deal for the manufacturer. If the racquet stinks and don't last long, the name on the racquet gets dragged through the mud, not the name of the store it was purchased from. Anybody know the story on this kind of stuff?