It's your money, so of coarse the decision is yours in the end, but please keep a couple of basic points in mind before you make that final decision.
The basic PSE TAC15
/15i crossbow has been largely unchanged for years now with the exception of redesigning and improving some of the early failing components.
In either case these things should not be your concern since PSE still offers the same original product warranty and they uphold it unconditionally. If you read the threads or speak to anybody who has had a failure or a problem (minor or major) the manufacturer has been outstanding in making sure their customers were satisfied buyers.
PSE is not the manufacturer of these scopes, they simply offer one as part of a package deal, but you can always order your TAC without it and purchase anything else on the market that meets your needs. This is not a reflection of the PSE's quality or commitment to their customers.
Like every good company in the US the cost of producing anything continues to rise each year and I'm sure you and everybody else out there would be very unhappy if those increased costs were being passed on to you in the new prices, so sometimes less important items need to be shaved in order to maintain the pricing of the main crossbow. That's where dealers like Len Backus are head and shoulders above the rest. Len offered you one of the original scopes as an exchange for the new ones, if you were interested in doing business with him.
It doesn't get any better than that no matter where you go or who you do business with!!!
If you believe that there is another manufacturer of a crossbow that can yield similar performance to that of the PSE TAC 15
/15i series, then you probably haven't done enough homework yet. There are many articles and threads in the forums that are unlike anything you'll find on any other crossbow. Show me another crossbow that can accurately shoot at distances of over 100 yards and still have enough velocity to pass through a big game animal?
How about a 60 yard shot being to close for arrow grouping because you'll bust up all your arrows???
For the record, TAC15
's will not be around forever. With the increase in manufacturing costs and the current low demand, you'll be lucky if PSE continues to produce these amazing crossbows more than another year or two.
Sources close to me have learned that of the two other companies that are making crossbows that are capable of 400+ fps neither can keep their crossbows from falling apart or blowing up, so PSE is still the best game in town for a high performance crossbow at this or any price, so think carefully before making your decision.