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    Gold Paydirt sold online, why do people do this?

    https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...acat=0&_sop=10

    I don't get it, aren't these sellers especially who claim that they're selling "unsearched paydirt" just shamelessly lying their butts off? No sane person would do that.
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    Year's back I did buy some "bagged gold " BEFORE I got my feet wet ! BUT how can someone "GARRENTEE " some "unsearched gold" ? YEP just a little "unsearched " that get's me !! .......... Rather than buying this "unsearched" gold ,why not make your own with local gravels and dirt and SAVE a bunch of $$$$$$$$$$$$ ! There is plenty of places /website's / club's that will sell you their finds !

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    This your hardly gonna get rich. They are either preying in the unknowing and wishful thinking and maybe just more of a novelty for a kid who doesn’t have the area to look for gold and gives them a sense of it and finding whatever small amount planted in it would prolly make kid smile. Seeing this I know some kids who would have loved to have gotten something like this. Not because I think you’d get rich but because the child’s thrill of the hunt like anything else we venture into metal detecting or gold panning.
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    I knew a gent in the Barstow ca. area that used to bag and
    sell "pay dirt".

    He did dig and classify the dirt, and it was from a claim that
    did indeed hold a fair amount of placer gold. As he bagged it,
    he'd add a preset amount of gold into the mix, as he never
    wanted a customer to be unhappy.

    When I get the itch to do some panning, I just head out
    to a spot that's produced gold in the past, and classify
    a couple of 5 gal bucketful's and bring it home.
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    I read a story some years back about a school teacher in Oklahoma that was teaching a class about mining. His spiel to the class was the old adage, "gold is where you find it."
    He went to Home Depot and bought several bags of sand, and had the class pan it out. Lo' and behold they found some flour gold. Of course the gold specks would never cover the cost of the sand, BUT it was fun for the students, and a lesson learned. That's what counts.
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    I used a sucker tube to clean off the bedrock at my claim. Took a 5 gallon bucket home, bagged it and sent it for the cost of a flat rate box. I wasn't selling for profit and I wasn't guaranteeing anything. Most of the bags had some gold and one had a nice picker in it.

    What's funny is I had to mover two feet of gravels off that bedrock through the highbanker first. That gravel produced about a gram and a half per yard. I guess you just never know.
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    Digging in the dirt & scooping in the water!
    I bought some of that dirt several years ago - got a pinch (and only a pinch) of gold out of the bag.

    Won't be wasting money on another one.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by metrotec View Post
    I read a story some years back about a school teacher in Oklahoma that was teaching a class about mining. His spiel to the class was the old adage, "gold is where you find it."
    He went to Home Depot and bought several bags of sand, and had the class pan it out. Lo' and behold they found some flour gold. Of course the gold specks would never cover the cost of the sand, BUT it was fun for the students, and a lesson learned. That's what counts.
    That "old adage" is a mistaken interpretation of a line in the bible. Job 28:1---"Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine it." Where they fine it means where gold is refined, it had nothing to do with finding it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunsil View Post
    That "old adage" is a mistaken interpretation of a line in the bible. Job 28:1---"Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine it." Where they fine it means where gold is refined, it had nothing to do with finding it.
    And yet, I always get gold where I find it.
    But then, I never get gold where I dont find it.

    One thing for sure though, all that glitters is not gold.

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    I have seen some people that were wheelchair bound and not able to get to places to prospect, buying bags of dirt and I think they just wanted the memories of times past. Hopefully the buckets and bags were seeded to at least give them a thrill.
    Last edited by Back-of-the-boat; Dec 29, 2020 at 12:21 PM.
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    If you want guaranteed gold in your bag of paydirt, I will recommend Roaring Camp's "Dirt of the Month Club". I use it for my summertime gig teaching kids to pan at a local resort. I can estimate at least 1 gram gold per 10 pound bag. Also if you're planning a visit to California's central Mother Lode area, Check out there mining adventures www.roaringcampgold.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikep691 View Post
    I used a sucker tube to clean off the bedrock at my claim. Took a 5 gallon bucket home, bagged it and sent it for the cost of a flat rate box. I wasn't selling for profit and I wasn't guaranteeing anything. Most of the bags had some gold and one had a nice picker in it.

    What's funny is I had to mover two feet of gravels off that bedrock through the highbanker first. That gravel produced about a gram and a half per yard. I guess you just never know.
    Is it even profitable to sell online? Ebay and paypal fees are already 20% now plus the cost of shipping which is at least $15 to $20

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    They have an operating mine and rent cabins. It's a kind of dude ranch for prospectors. Plus they produce some other equipment that they sell. Check the website for more details. I used to be a retailer for their equipment so while biased, I wouldn't sell or use something that wasn't tried and true. I've know the family there since the 80's and my family is represented there every year since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by firebird View Post
    Is it even profitable to sell online? Ebay and paypal fees are already 20% now plus the cost of shipping which is at least $15 to $20
    Roaring Camp only sells from their site, and authorized retailers. They ship in USPS flat rate boxes. If you have interest give Tammy in the office a call. Tell her Mike Phillips sent you.
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