My new detector a lemon! Local shop makes it lemonade!
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    us
    Apr 2011
    Melbourne Beach and Bethany Beach-- Snow Bird
    CZ 21, Whites DF PI, Excalibur II, CTX 3030
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    My new detector a lemon! Local shop makes it lemonade!

    Every metal detecting company makes a lemon every now and then. Yes, every one of them has put a detector on the shelf that does not work properly at one time or another. It is just the nature of high tech electronics that something can malfunction after it is completely assembled. Any one of us could get stuck with a machine that won’t hit a penny below an inch.
    I would like to tell my experience after purchasing a lemon. This really shows the benefits you receive by buying from a local shop and the importance that we support our local shops. This shop made a lemon into lemonade and I mean that southern sweet lemonade.
    After hunting with brand B for a few months I decided to give brand X a spin. Lucky for me a local shop was within walking distance (of course I drove). The shop provided me with a brand A detector to demo. I tried it for a day and decide it had potential. A couple weeks later I bought one and took it out for a spin to Coin Beach. I had the worst hunt of my life only finding a small amount of clad. I blamed it on the beach sanded in. The next morning I went out and tested it against Brand B. My new detector did not come close to the depth of Brand B. Knowing the great reputation of brand A, I knew something was wrong with my detector.
    I went to the shop and the owner was concerned. We decided to bench test the detector and also bring two identical detectors and another guy to see if they worked the same. It was quite clear after testing that my new detector was not working properly. The shop owner emailed the company. The company’s immediate response was great: “We are sorry; send it in; another is on its way.”
    After the testing, I asked the owner if I could just return it and get a brand B detector with a larger coil. To my delight he agreed. The main reason I did this was to make it possible to compare brand B against brand A with the same size coil. They are both great machines.
    I just was so glad I did not buy over the Internet. The price was good but the service was exceptional. If I bought over the Internet, I would be mailing it back now and waiting weeks to get a repaired detector and paying shipping.
    Local shops not only give you these priceless opportunities to demo equipment but also, local shops help keep us together and in contact with each other. It is helpful to get feedback from locals detecting the area you will detect. You get to see their results with their detector in your local environment. Local shops are places to hang out and show your finds and enjoy the finds of others. You can get the latest information on detectors from users in your area. We all know how one detector may not be the best for another area. Local shops keep clubs together and organize special events. It’s a place you can take your finds to get feedback on what it is, how to clean it, its value, where to sell it, who may want it, and how to preserve it, etc.
    It seems obvious that we do business where we perceive we receive the best value for our time and money. Perceptions, however, are not always accurate when we are lacking some of the essential information for fully informed decisions. We see and hear the omnipresent ads of metal detecting companies everyday, but are collectively under-informed about the many important factors of a local shop, the local environment and the many factors of the detecting strategies. And each time we spend a dollar on a detector, we would do well to weigh the full value of our choices, not solely to get the detector at the lowest price, but for the benefits of all the aspects and needs of the hobby.
    I also will have to write about the great support, time, dedication, invest, research, expertise, understanding that my local shop owner has given to this hobby.




  2. #2
    us
    Apr 2009
    Maryland
    Minelab CTX3030
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    Relic Hunting

    Re: My new detector a lemon! Local shop makes it lemonade!

    I agree. I wish we had larger detector shops in my area where you could take a detector for a test drive. I deal with a small private dealer who has been great but lacks the accessories and digging tools. I recently bought a different brand detector than what I hunt with and I am having some issues so I wonder if I have a dud.

  3. #3
    us
    Apr 2011
    Melbourne Beach and Bethany Beach-- Snow Bird
    CZ 21, Whites DF PI, Excalibur II, CTX 3030
    361
    80 times

    Re: My new detector a lemon! Local shop makes it lemonade!

    Quote Originally Posted by RiverRat3
    I agree. I wish we had larger detector shops in my area where you could take a detector for a test drive. I deal with a small private dealer who has been great but lacks the accessories and digging tools. I recently bought a different brand detector than what I hunt with and I am having some issues so I wonder if I have a dud.
    I agree nothing better then taking a detector for a spin to see how it feels and functions. I also enjoy flyfishing. The fly fisherman kept saving a few dollars over the internet. The local shops went out of business. Now I have to drive hundreds of miles to to see how a rod feels and cast. Maybe if everyone in your area gives your shop more support he can get more equipment. Good hunting and support your local shop.

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    us
    Director-Search & Recovery Team of Oakland County.

    Aug 2005
    In Michigan now.
    Excal 1000, Excal II, Sovereign GT, CZ-20, Tiger Shark, Tejon, GTI 1500, Surfmaster Pulse, CZ6a, DFX, AT PRO, Fisher 1235, Surf PI Pro, 1280-X, many more because I enjoy learning them. New Garrett Ca
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    Re: My new detector a lemon! Local shop makes it lemonade!

    Always best to use a local shop even if you have to drive a long ways to test them out or just get a hands on impression. Don't ever check them out and then buy over the Internet. I've had people do that where I worked so when they came in for help they didn't get it.
    (C) Sandman, 2005. All Rights Reserved.
    "TIME IS THE ONLY THING YOU NEVER GET BACK, WHY WASTE IT SWINGING A DETECTOR THAT ISN'T UP TO THE TASK."

  5. #5
    us
    Apr 2011
    Melbourne Beach and Bethany Beach-- Snow Bird
    CZ 21, Whites DF PI, Excalibur II, CTX 3030
    361
    80 times

    Re: My new detector a lemon! Local shop makes it lemonade!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandman
    Always best to use a local shop even if you have to drive a long ways to test them out or just get a hands on impression. Don't ever check them out and then buy over the Internet. I've had people do that where I worked so when they came in for help they didn't get it.
    That is what really happened at the flyshops often. They would come in cast rods for hours then go by on the Internet. Now we can't demo without driving hundreds of miles.

  6. #6
    us
    Apr 2011
    Melbourne Beach and Bethany Beach-- Snow Bird
    CZ 21, Whites DF PI, Excalibur II, CTX 3030
    361
    80 times

    Re: My new detector a lemon! Local shop makes it lemonade!

    Just recieved and email from BassPro to buy an Excalibur. Thats really scary.

 

 

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