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    I don't think I could enjoy the ride that was costing me $1200.
    Two rules in life: Don't sweat the small stuff.

    It's all small stuff.

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    Treasure Hunter you make a lot of good points, especially about the depreciation, but we can only resell our detectors if they are built well enough to last until we are ready to part with them. I don't mind that I paid $52, 000 for my convertible Corvette back in 2002, and now its worth $10,000. It took me past 155 miles an hour (once) and looked and felt like QUALITY....I didn't have to worry about it the entire time I've owned it either. I'm not doubting the effectiveness of the tools that we use in our hobby. My detector works fine, its great, it just feels cheap, thats all I'm saying. I have learned to live with the fact that If a squirell piss*s on it, I may well have to upgrade it to the tune of another grand or two. I mean cmon why isn't every detector at least water resistant? Like I said in an earlier post, a typical drugstore seven dollar flashlight certainly is. It often feels well made too. We put men on the moon (I'm pretty sure)......
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    Quote Originally Posted by barrywk View Post
    Its simple,supply and demand.Although some will say that detectors r massed produced,compared to televisions and other everyday electronics that everyone uses,detectors r used by a small fraction of the population so the expensive technology that is put into the detectors is not subsidized by mass quantities sold,but also some of the high prices r probably a little hype in them too....lol
    Exactly! Metal Detectors don't sell to the masses like TV's.
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    Off course they sell to the masses.... look at HAM radios, a surprisingly good hand held radio can be bought for $65. There really was no way out of paying $800 for the 1985 equivalent. I take it back, the new one is not equivalent, its BETTER. Now does everyone you know have a hand held licensed HAM handset? Hell no, I'm sure no one here even knows what the hell I'm talking about...... They don't sell that many. But how many cheaply made $1000 metal detectors have been sold worldwide. 10's of thousands? millions? there is a huge market and until people start asking "why do I have to wrap and pad this thing to the point of babying it while Im climbing a cliff wall" the quality of the cases and pricing won't improve.
    Last edited by el padron; Mar 10, 2014 at 08:49 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by el padron View Post
    Treasure Hunter you make a lot of good points, especially about the depreciation, but we can only resell our detectors if they are built well enough to last until we are ready to part with them. I don't mind that I paid $52, 000 for my convertible Corvette back in 2002, and now its worth $10,000. It took me past 155 miles an hour (once) and looked and felt like QUALITY....I didn't have to worry about it the entire time I've owned it either. I'm not doubting the effectiveness of the tools that we use in our hobby. My detector works fine, its great, it just feels cheap, thats all I'm saying. I have learned to live with the fact that If a squirell piss*s on it, I may well have to upgrade it to the tune of another grand or two. I mean cmon why isn't every detector at least water resistant? Like I said in an earlier post, a typical drugstore seven dollar flashlight certainly is. It often feels well made too. We put men on the moon (I'm pretty sure)......
    That $7.00 flashlight still leaks but it only costs the company $7.00 to replace it.... It takes a lot more to make a detector waterproof to just 10 feet..

    I have owned Excals, Sov GT, Safari and Etrac I take proper steps to protect them and take care of them just like any electronic device and don't worry about them......

    Most detectors will survive a dunking in fresh water, it's the saltwater that is destructive. ..











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    If I accidentally sweat onto the face of my Minelab SGT, I'll never know if its actually working correctly ever again.

    Well, I detect in Mexico, and for reasons that I have outlined in another thread I would like to supplement my Minelab Sovereign GT with a more ideal “south of the border “ unit. Well I think I’ve narrowed it down, and do you know what actually motivated me to choose the one I am considering? Well besides the good reputation and reputable manufacturer, I know that if a Mexican lifeguard or Policeman ever considers taking it from me, I will have a very good chance of getting it back. The reason I know this is because this particular detector, (One of the most well thought of and most popular made today,) looks and feels like about $4 worth of plastic coupled with $12 worth of cheap electronics. You see, even a Mexican Lifeguard or policeman who earns $600 dollars a month knows when he’s holding something that is incredibly cheaply made.

    What are you doing?
    Metal detecting.
    Does this thing work?
    No just screwing around, really haven't found anything.
    Well your detector feels like a piece of junk, so enjoy your day amigo....
    Last edited by Treasure_Hunter; Mar 10, 2014 at 09:41 AM.
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    Why isn't every metal detector at least water resistant? A $7 drugstore flashlight is guaranteed for life to 10 feet. If a squirrel piss*s onto the face of my sov... well.... thats another forum.

    Disclaimer: Most any and all artifacts or valuables mentioned have been found on property that was originally aquired in the 1847 United States of America invasion of Mexico.

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    Quote Originally Posted by el padron View Post
    If I accidentally sweat onto the face of my Minelab SGT, I'll never know if its actually working correctly ever again.

    Well, I detect in Mexico, and for reasons that I have outlined in another thread I would like to supplement my Minelab Sovereign GT with a more ideal “south of the border “ unit. Well I think I’ve narrowed it down, and do you know what actually motivated me to choose the one I am considering? Well besides the good reputation and reputable manufacturer, I know that if a Mexican lifeguard or Policeman ever considers taking it from me, I will have a very good chance of getting it back. The reason I know this is because this particular detector, (One of the most well thought of and most popular made today,) looks and feels like about $4 worth of plastic coupled with $12 worth of cheap electronics. You see, even a Mexican Lifeguard or policeman who earns $600 dollars a month knows when he’s holding something that is incredibly cheaply made.

    What are you doing?
    Metal detecting.
    Does this thing work?
    No just screwing around, really haven't found anything.
    Well your detector feels like a piece of mierda, so enjoy your day amigo....
    I have been using Sov GT for over 6 years and never had issue and I hunt saltwater beaches with it.








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    Quote Originally Posted by el padron View Post
    If I accidentally sweat onto the face of my Minelab SGT, I'll never know if its actually working correctly ever again.

    Well, I detect in Mexico, and for reasons that I have outlined in another thread I would like to supplement my Minelab Sovereign GT with a more ideal “south of the border “ unit. Well I think I’ve narrowed it down, and do you know what actually motivated me to choose the one I am considering? Well besides the good reputation and reputable manufacturer, I know that if a Mexican lifeguard or Policeman ever considers taking it from me, I will have a very good chance of getting it back. The reason I know this is because this particular detector, (One of the most well thought of and most popular made today,) looks and feels like about $4 worth of plastic coupled with $12 worth of cheap electronics. You see, even a Mexican Lifeguard or policeman who earns $600 dollars a month knows when he’s holding something that is incredibly cheaply made.

    What are you doing?
    Metal detecting.
    Does this thing work?
    No just screwing around, really haven't found anything.
    Well your detector feels like a piece of junk, so enjoy your day amigo....







    American by birth, Patriot by choice.

    I would rather die standing on my two feet defending our Constitution than live a lifetime on my knees......
    PLEASE READ OUR RULES. CLICK HERE TO READ ------> TreasureNet.com Rules

    2nd Amendment
    "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed"

    Si vis pacem, para bellum "If you want peace, prepare for war!

    USAF 1967-1971

    I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

    No Expiration Date!

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    American by birth, Patriot by choice.

    I would rather die standing on my two feet defending our Constitution than live a lifetime on my knees......
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    Si vis pacem, para bellum "If you want peace, prepare for war!

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    Ok..sorry
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    Why isn't every metal detector at least water resistant? A $7 drugstore flashlight is guaranteed for life to 10 feet. If a squirrel piss*s onto the face of my sov... well.... thats another forum.

    Disclaimer: Most any and all artifacts or valuables mentioned have been found on property that was originally aquired in the 1847 United States of America invasion of Mexico.

    United States Veteran, Headquarters Company, Law Enforcement Activity, Ft Campbell Ky. ARMY Military Police.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Soloman View Post
    Why are some hookers $100.00 a shot, and others are $1,200.00 a shot? The end result is the same, but the ride is a lot different..
    This from personal experience Terry??
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    simple reasons
    -VOLUME The more you sell, the cheaper you sell it. This is a low volume market.
    -Monopoly Most of the brands out there are owned by one company.
    -As stated above"GREED". If you buy a big name, you pay a big price. The pro pointer sells for $160 list. The HF pinpointer sells for $18. The both do the same thing and the HF's have fewer problems.

    I guess you could say the mfgr's operate on the P T Barnum principal. Frank...
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    ElPadron , there are lots of hams on here. we know what you are saying about handheld vhf/uhf tranceivers. yes they got cheap. The hf rigs have not though
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    Quote Originally Posted by BryanM362 View Post

    Exactly! Metal Detectors don't sell to the masses like TV's.
    Can you imagine every household having 2 or 3 detectors? Yikes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankn View Post
    simple reasons
    -VOLUME The more you sell, the cheaper you sell it. This is a low volume market.
    -Monopoly Most of the brands out there are owned by one company.
    -As stated above"GREED". If you buy a big name, you pay a big price. The pro pointer sells for $160 list. The HF pinpointer sells for $18. The both do the same thing and the HF's have fewer problems.

    I guess you could say the mfgr's operate on the P T Barnum principal. Frank...
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    The HF point pointer does not even compare to a quality pinpointer. I get over 6 inches depth with my Detectorpro Uniprobe, had it over 3 years with no problems and over 3+ inches on the Vulcan from Kellyco.

    It is like comparing a Yugo to Mazda, Ford or Chevrolet...






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    Si vis pacem, para bellum "If you want peace, prepare for war!

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    I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

    No Expiration Date!

 

 
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