I'm one of the first to moan about the price of tackle, and what you get for your money. However I just received my new Shimano 5500 in the post yesterday. To my delight I found it came with a spare spool, and 3 different spacers, for no extra money!! I'm unsure about the big handle right now, but will comment after using it, maybe it just works? Anyway a nice reel with all the extras included. Richard.