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  1. #1
    Oct 2018
    Central Valley California
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    Why do vintage old metal detectors still sell for a lot?

    I was looking through Craigslist and found ads like these of old metal detectors still selling for a lot of money. Why? I thought metal detector tech has already improved considerably over old models like these.

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  2. #2
    Oct 2015
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    Because someone out there will likely buy it. For some reason, people think that if its advertised on the net its the best deal EVER!
    Dig till you drop!

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    Mar 2007
    Salinas, CA
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    That guy is probably not going to get $95 for that. It's way outdated. And too new to be "collector vintage".

    One possible way that something like that might sell, is someone is just looking for a quick buy, to find something they lost. A friend of mine listed a cheapie detector on CL, for almost the price-when-new. Someone called and showed up. The ONLY question they asked is: Will it find a gold ring ? Apparently the guy or his wife had lost their ring, and they wanted a detector ASAP to find it.

    So as long as you don't need bells, whistles, super depth, etc.... then sure, those early to mid 1970s machines will find stuff.

    thanx for the link! A trip down memory lane.
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    I think they have some sort of collector value, seems people like to hang them in man caves an such....
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  5. #5
    Oct 2015
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    I collect old sewing machines and i see this kind of stuff every day. People think they are sitting on a gold mine when in fact their item is worthless. Here is a person trying to get 100 bucks out of a machine they would have to pay me 30 bucks to take.

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  6. #6
    Mar 2015
    Bodymore, Metalland
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    "why do vintage metal detectors still sell for a lot?" you ask,... THEY DON"T lol! That ad will be on there for eternity or they'll let it go for $20 or find a super sucker! I have bought bounty hunters for $10-20 just to give away to friend's kids.
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  7. #7
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    I agree that they do not sell for alot, unless someone has an emotional need to purchase a machine they used back in the day.
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  8. #8
    Sep 2011
    Denver, Colorado
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    There is no completed or sold listings on craigs that I know of, however, going to ebay and scrolling down looking over at the left and hitting "completed listings" will show you that old machines DO sell. I just looked and there were two Garrett MS7 or ADS machines with extra coils and such...one sold for $341 and the other about $240.
    I'll have to disagree with you, Tom, on the depth. With my old 1984 or so Garrett and the 12" coil i pulled many a silver dime over a foot deep. I don't have any silver dimes a foot deep with my new machines. I even tried a 15" coil on the at pro and really no addl depth than stock coil.
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  9. #9
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    They will sell. Not generally for a lot. However, those old machines still find stuff.
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  10. #10
    Mar 2018
    Todds Point, IL
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    I have an old White's 5000D that I am going to sell. I figure $50 tops. I have to get some batteries and make sure it still works. Gary
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    Purchased this Whites GOLDMASTER a few years ago for $25, which included shipping.
    I just wanted to hang some crap from the ceiling.
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  12. #12

    Mar 2013
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    An analog detector is usually always better. Their problem is that they are heavy and eat batteries!!! Do you know what a sine wave looks like. Well analog uses the whole wave! A digital takes a tiny snippet every once in a while along that wave they call "sampling" and pretends to rebuild it in the processor Basically a digital throws away about 99% of the original wave. That is why an LP run through a good tube Audio amp sounds so much better than an mp3!!!!! Your ear can tell the difference. Digital signals are flat and missing most of the info. Even movie studios have a hard time with HD cameras as they don't do near what 16mm film can do!!! Some of those old detectors, such as a metal box ElDorado, or a Master Hunter 7, or a 6000D will out hunt your new digital machine just about every day Them old heads with lots of "sperience" know the difference!
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  13. #13
    Sep 2013
    Sutter Creek, Ca.
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    My nephew picks up old detectors @ garage sales for 5-25 bucks in Sacramento area all the time. Found an old Whites di pro 6000 on C.L. and called the guy. He already sold it for 250.00. BTW, my nephews wife finds wheaties & silver all the time when we go camping in the summer. She has an ear that works well with those 5 buck detectors.
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    easier to use
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  15. #15
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    Sep 2018
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    Quote Originally Posted by against the wind View Post
    Purchased this Whites GOLDMASTER a few years ago for $25, which included shipping.
    I just wanted to hang some crap from the ceiling.
    How heavy is that thing? Looks like an old pay phone on a tennis racket
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