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    Buying used from large metal detector store

    Has anyone purchased a ďusedĒ metal detector from Kellyco or other large metal detector store? Iím ready to pull the trigger on a used AT Max but just found out that the warranty is unknown until purchase (remaining warranty if still in effect), no returns (hassle free returns - not in effect) and also sight unseen.....seems like a red flag to me to save $145. If I knew there was a recourse if it was more ďusedĒ than expected or if the factory warranty was nearly expired or no longer in effect I might feel better about it. Iíve bought two detectors from them and expected more. This is not a rant against them, I still think they have great customer support and good prices.
    ijust wanted to see what a third party thought about buying used from a big metal detector store.
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    If this was the ONLY way I could afford a machine I wanted, I would buy it. I think a 90-day limited warranty is industry standard on used machines. Good Luck!
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    Are you sure Kellyco is selling used, they were no longer selling used. It is possible it has changed since I am no longer associated with them and neither are my former contacts. Kellyco is under new management since October 2018 after the death of Stu, the founder.
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    yes, I’m sure. Just go to their website and search under Metal Detector, then Garrett....$577.96. Two in stock. I’ve gotten spooked from the response they gave me on used machines. Their new machines are $722 with no accessories except the headphones. At least three other sellers have the detector, AT Max pointer and more for the same price. Screenshot attached (then removed), I hope this doesn’t violate any rules!
    It pays to shop around. Thanks for the input! Looking forward to a great year!

    Quote Originally Posted by Treasure_Hunter View Post
    Are you sure Kellyco is selling used, they were no longer selling used. It is possible it has changed since I am no longer associated with them and neither are my former contacts. Kellyco is under new management since October 2018 after the death of Stu, the founder.
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    Iíve looked at it. But from what I read itís the detector only and didnít see where it mentioned headphones at all it said no other accessories from the box so thatís prolly where the steeper price cut is coming from. If I missed it Iím sorry but itís how I interpreted it. Still not a terrible price if they would atleast promise it works and had some recourse if something didnít function properly.

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    good things come to those who wait. Personally I would never by anything used that I can't work on myself.

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    I've always bought what I could afford and went from there. I like to buy from a private person first to help them but sometimes there's too many negative things to do that. I bought my MXT about 6 yrs ago from a guy near me who's dad bought it used from Kellyco, the dad ran it all over Florida beaches for a couple years. I had a good vibe about it from the get go. The machine is still going strong. But I know people who bought new in box and the machine was all fooked up. I think it's luck of the draw. I've also bought machines off fleabay with no problems. But if a company is selling machines they should know what's going on and disclose up front if they offer protection on it or want to sell a protection plan or whatever.
    If you buy it you may get lucky, and it is a great detector. If you need to send it to Garrett, they have always taken care of me when I sent them machines/coils for repair/analysis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DFXScout View Post
    yes, I’m sure. Just go to their website and search under Metal Detector, then Garrett....$577.96. Two in stock. I’ve gotten spooked from the response they gave me on used machines. Their new machines are $722 with no accessories except the headphones. At least three other sellers have the detector, AT Max pointer and more for the same price. Screenshot attached, I hope this doesn’t violate any rules!
    It pays to shop around. Thanks for the input! Looking forward to a great year!
    You are not violating any rules.

    Appears they are no selling used/demos, they had stopped at one time.

    You are not saving that much and there will be sales tax on top of that price. The no returns would be a red flag for me from any dealer.


    • This used unit is only the metal detector. No accessories from the original box are included.
    • May show signs of light wear and tear such as scratches
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    In response to the OP's original question:

    No, I would not hesitate to buy a used detector from one of
    the site supporting retailers. If I desired a used machine, I'd
    probably call Bart at Big Boys Hobbies first. I know he is a straight up
    guy, and he would make sure whatever machine he was selling was in
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    Thanks to everyone that replied. I’m moving on from this discussion and will still get the AT Max when I find the right seller. I’ve had great customer service from past buys I’ve made. I also believe this sport is predominantly honest, hard working guys and gals that just want to enjoy the hobby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treasure_Hunter View Post
    Are you sure Kellyco is selling used, they were no longer selling used. It is possible it has changed since I am no longer associated with them and neither are my former contacts. Kellyco is under new management since October 2018 after the death of Stu, the founder.
    They do sell their returned detectors as used, but do not buy them from people to sell as used. I was also on their website and noticed they had used detectors, so I called and inquired if they bought them outright from people to sell. They said no, that the ones advertised were sold and returned.
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    Returned for a reason.
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