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    Why are California gold claims so expensive?

    Is this normal? Thousands of $$$ for claims, many of which are areas that seemed to have been already worked exhaustively in the past.

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    Mining claims in California cost $212 in fees to the BLM and the price of a County recording - about $90 in California. That's a little more than $300 a claim in California.

    In Arizona same BLM fees and about $15 for the County Recording. That's a little less than $230 a claim in Arizona.

    So yeah California claims are more expensive by about $75.

    As far as those claims monger ads you show. I guess they just rely on the fact that people are too lazy to make their own claims?

    Heavy Pans

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    When I was doing my due diligence, I found a host of claimed land in the area I was interested in claimed up by one Tucker White. Turns out he was flipping them on Ebay for thousands of dollars under the seller name EMMC or some such. Lots of claims, over 20 acres with multiple claimants, all with the same signature style, so IMO, clearly forged signatures.

    The kicker was when I went to a very remote spot near yosemite to fish way east of any gold occurences. For shits and grins I decided to look the spot up on land matters, and this guy had a claim staked there.

    So I searched the claim on Ebay and sure enough it was for sale for thousands with a very descriptive ad all about the richness of the numerous visible quartz veins.....

    I consider almost any claim for sale as suspect. Unless the seller has held the claim for a number of years, I wouldnt even bother.

    Personally, I'll research and stake my own claims.

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    Talk about expensive, a lot of claims around me are claimed by the same ppl and were talking 3 claims that total 1,920 acres do the math

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    Mofugly13 the same guy filed a bunch of claims in my neck of the woods also,in fact one piece of property that I was interested in.the kicker was according to the paper work the discovery markers were set during the winter when the area was totally unaccessible .
    Last edited by emptyhole; May 04, 2019 at 12:12 PM.
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    It's like buying a bag of "Paydirt" on Ebay. A waste of money and time.

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    join a club, and you will have alot of claims.
    good luck brad

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    Quote Originally Posted by emptyhole View Post
    Mofugly13 the same guy filed a bunch of claims in my neck of the woods also,in fact one piece of property that I was interested in.the kicker was according to the paper work the discovery markers were set during the winter when the area was totally unaccessible .
    Yeah this was 2015-16. I googled they guy and it looked like he was trying to fund a large mining operation in Red Dog. Looked like he was having bureaucratic issues.

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    I will say there are a few claims that are worth buying but you won't find those posted anywhere, probably won't ever even hear about those.
    Last edited by ratled; May 04, 2019 at 10:45 PM.
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    Well that's your socalled "representatives " at work watching your back !

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    Quote Originally Posted by russau View Post
    Well that's your socalled "representatives " at work watching your back !
    So you want more regulation and government oversight!??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Soloman View Post
    It's like buying a bag of "Paydirt" on Ebay. A waste of money and time.
    probably get more gold in the eBay paydirt too
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldDoozah View Post
    The fact that homo sapiens teach genetically engineered canines tricks, on the third planet of this particular star in the Milky Way, is extremely unlikely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clay Diggins View Post
    Mining claims in California cost $212 in fees to the BLM and the price of a County recording - about $90 in California. That's a little more than $300 a claim in California.

    In Arizona same BLM fees and about $15 for the County Recording. That's a little less than $230 a claim in Arizona.

    So yeah California claims are more expensive by about $75.

    As far as those claims monger ads you show. I guess they just rely on the fact that people are too lazy to make their own claims?

    Heavy Pans
    Amen
    Quote Originally Posted by GoldDoozah View Post
    The fact that homo sapiens teach genetically engineered canines tricks, on the third planet of this particular star in the Milky Way, is extremely unlikely.

 

 
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