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    Would you say metal detecting has more interest these past few years

    Another one of my random thoughts, being new machines offered by the companies, YouTube videos, but no national commercials why you suppose, they donít want the cost or donít feel they need to, just wondering, I currently donít have cable most channels are a waste of time anyhow anyone care to give thoughts. I use to get diggers magazine so I wish in a way it got more talk, but I no folks less in hobby more for we all, lol
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    I think so but I havent bin in the game long myself, I see detector companies going the same route as Professional RC car racing, with RC car racing every company sponsors drivers and the drivers rarely get full sponsored but with get a percentage off the MSRP price witch is always alot higher then retail, the driver pays about the same as retail but is now only using the products from the sponsor, so the sponsor gets free advertisement... Garrett and Simplex have gone this route, that is why guys like the Hoover boys and Aqua chigger dont use other machines any more but they used to if you watch there older videos...
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    You are correct they let the YouTube channels do there advertising for them. Give them free machines etc in exchange they show how to use them and the rest we no, so you have the answer no need to nationally advertise when you tubers do it for nothing but a cost of free machine and so on, great answer
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    It seemed to have a lot more interest 10 years ago. Many of the people I hunted with then are no longer involved in the hobby much, there were many group hunts.

    I believe the increased interest then was due to the big rise in the value of gold and silver, then the crash and loss of interest.
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    I seems like a rare and dying hobby from my country's perspective. There is a few of us left, still holding the rifle... The government regulations and laws doesn't help either...
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    I see a lot of new people detecting, but they rarely last. I believe that they think its easy to go out and find Gold jewelry, Coins...etc. and dig no trash.
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    A-Team = Reasearch and Recovery Team. If you don’t care about the past generations of centuries ago, then your current thought of today will always be incomplete, it all matters folks.

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    Whites DFX, Notka Makro Simplex. Folks the price don’t mean everything, the question is are you willing to put in the time to learn the machine, experience will pay off I guarantee it.
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    You are right, everyone wants quick gratification, patience isn’t in most human beings. Everyone bends over thousands of times and digs trash, why. No machine is percfect, anyhow nobody takes time to learn so as we all say eBay will always have used machines for sale, thankyou sir
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    I used to fly RC planes, glow fuel....for 20 years....then came electric, great quality RC simualters for PC,then ARF (almpst ready to fly), then drones etc etc. Every stage WAS an advancement but basically made people *cheque book modellers....no one has the skill to build anymore, or the time to drive to a flying field. Noise and "oily mess" killed glow..Its all gone downhill and most clubs have few young people.
    Harley Davidson is in a similar situation "recruiting" millenials and yonger people. Their target market are all old middle age men now.
    I think alot of people think detecting is a get rich quick thing and that every beach is full of gold and diamonds... until they try it...a whole days digging, gas money etc...a few coins and alot of trash to take home.
    Most young people are so wrapped up in tech and phones, social media etc I think alot of hobbies that involve effort are falling by the wayside. Young people dont seem to be into anything much anymore.

    If it was more popular would more young people be doing it? Or do more older people become interested?


    average age of detectorist

    Chub
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    I am about to get back into after a few years away. My biggest thing is what detector to grab. There are alot of choices for detectors and I think a lot of begginers buy real cheap ones and get discouraged when they don't hit anything.
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    I think so. Like you said, there has been introduced several new models of detectors, and I'm sure to see them on a YouTube detectorist's
    channel, get gifted with a new detector to try out and review ... and, I spend a lot of time watching videos of many channels, and the popular ones, get new, same company machines to try....
    Stick With It - It's not *IF* you'll find the good stuff , but WHEN!

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    It doesnt help the hobby when the average age range of a detectorist is 55 to 75, and they are grumpy as all hell. A young guy gets in the hobby and he has a choice of learning thru youtube or thru a grumpy senior citizen.

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    Let me relay what I encountered on my last short hunt yesterday in a natural park that was basically a creek with large flood plain/swamp (now dry) with paths around and through it. Ran into three boys 13 to 8 in age (just a guess) asked them where two different paths led to, and of course they knew. The older boy said his father got a real good metal detector for Christmas. Next ran into a mom and two girls (13 and 6 years old, estimate). The older girl was just full of intelligent questions. What were my typical finds, how deep would the detector detect, how much would a detector cost her. Younger girl was interested in how it worked. Plopped down a quarter and swung over it so she could hear the tones and then kicked over some sand to bury it and did the same. Mom also was trying to explain to the younger girl how it sees down in the dirt.

    I know that was a small sample size, but two out of three groups of people I met during that short (1.5 hour) hunt expressed genuine interest in metal detecting. It always appears to me that younger people are more interested when seeing someone metal detecting than older people. But how does that convert into actual purchases.
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    A-Team = Reasearch and Recovery Team. If you don’t care about the past generations of centuries ago, then your current thought of today will always be incomplete, it all matters folks.

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    Whites DFX, Notka Makro Simplex. Folks the price don’t mean everything, the question is are you willing to put in the time to learn the machine, experience will pay off I guarantee it.
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    Maybe an education series would do, give a free basic class on detecting in your local park as an educational program, that in itself create interest
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    Sadly yes. And the tv shows and youtube clowns are the reason.
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