Good point Eddie - perhaps this policy allows them to manage costs and keep the prices stable. Nothing wrong with that!
Also, Loomis sells more gear rods than fly rods and the breakage rates for those must be a lot higher. I don't see people driving down the highway with their fly rods banging around in the back of their pickup trucks, nor do I see people laying flyrods down on the deck to run to the next hole... well not more than once anyway
Just a guess but it may be a factor in a rod warranty. Sage has been very good to me, I've only busted two myself (although I've had as many busted as loaners) and they wanted $20 handling for two, the other two were free and they expedited shipment via UPS air for one I needed real bad.
The warranties definitely work well for us careful consumers, I hope people who abuse them won't cause the manufacturers to change their ways in the future.