There weren't any VCRs around when I was 6, but I had no problem learning to use a spinning reel.
Don't know about BPS products, but I still have and use a Berkley Lightning rod that is over 45 years old.
The Trion gets good reviews. You might look into one of the Daiwas in (or close to) the price of the Trion. Bought a Revros as a birthday gift for a B-I-L a few years ago. Haven't heard any complaints from him about the reel. He lives in Florida and fishes a lot.