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  1. #1

    Apr 2016
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    Recovery fee?

    If you were to have a little on the side business of recovering lost rings, jewelry, keys etc.. what would you charge?
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  2. #2

    Dec 2003
    Western Schuylkill County Tower City
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    "I Don't refuse donations" But

    "I'd prefer a Piece of Land to Search"

  3. #3
    Aug 2016
    CTX 3030 Minelab Safari
    160 times
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    Met a guy in Florida that owned a metal detector shop and his fee was $100.
    There was actually a lady on the beach that had called waiting for him to show up while we were there.
    She had lost an expensive piece of jewelry in the sand and would not move .
    There’s a web site for detectorest to join for $60 a year to have your info on there web site so people can contact if they need someone to locate whatever maybe lost

  4. #4
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    Mar 2013
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    Digging in the dirt & scooping in the water!
    Nothing, glad to do it!

    Did return a class ring in the early 80's. The guy grabbed it out of my hand, said "I thought I'd lost it", and he was gone without a thank you.

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  5. #5

    Jul 2005
    White's DFX, XLT & GoldmasterV/SAT Fisher 1280x
    118 times
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    "No fee. Glad I could help."
    I have had people with tears in their eyes when handed a lost ring.Had one a h grab his wife's lost wedding ring(I found for them) from my hand,then slam the door in my face!!! Still it is a good feeling to return lost things to others ---if you can.
    I would say it is a personal thing if you want to charge.However, if they insist with a reward, it does help with expenses.
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  6. #6
    Jul 2013
    OC, Calif
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    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
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    I don't charge anything either. I do it for the good Karma. I really enjoy seeing the big smiles on peoples faces when they get their ring back. Of course I don't refuse any money if they insist. But never ask.
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  7. #7
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    Jul 2006
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    I don't charge but I have nothing against anyone who does charge. It is called free enterprise.
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  8. #8
    May 2018
    A state of Resistance
    White's MXT Tesoro Cibola Tesoro Golden Sabre Plus Garrett ADS Master Hunter 7
    2770 times
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    I've found rings for a few people who were friends and co-workers and was happy to do it. And I found & kept coins while doing it. I prefer leads - or even better, personal introductions to landowners to old places to hunt than a few bucks. But its my hobby and not a business. I'm not opposed to somebody else charging strangers to recover items.
    Last edited by Megalodon; Mar 25, 2019 at 12:10 PM.
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  9. #9
    May 2010
    Northern Ohio
    Fisher, Teknetics, Minelab, XP
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    Metal Detecting
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    Nothing wrong with requesting compensation for our time and expertise. Everybody from brain surgeons to babysitters does that. It lets people know that there is value in what we do.

    I've done some free searching for friends, but if I was asked to go to a stranger's house and possibly spend hours there, we would work something out.
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    Dec 2003
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    well if someone asked me to go to California , or Hawaii to Hunt something Down,
    A million Dollars after taxes may Get me there.

  11. #11
    Feb 2013
    Flagstaff, AZ
    Tesoro Sidewinder Umax, Garrett AT Pro, Equinox 800
    1041 times
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    LOL, I've charged people for finding property survey stakes. It's usually a piece of rebar in driven into the ground. My fee is usually a 12 pack.
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  12. #12
    Charter Member
    Dec 2011
    Occupied Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
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    Not all of them are greatful...
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  13. #13
    Jun 2006
    Out in the hills near wherendaheckarwe
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    If it's taking time away from other projects or interfering with chores, it's $28 per hour or any part of. Over 5 miles add $10. Though I only usually do this hoping they'll say "no thanks". If they say OK, it's a win win. Ninety percent of it is how they approach me. A smile, handshake & introduction goes a long way.
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  14. #14
    Dec 2012
    Concrete, WA
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    If you charge a fee you are working as a professional, meaning the
    customer now feels there is an implied level of performance. Failing
    to meet their expectations (ie: not finding the ring) will leave them
    with a bad impression of detectorists. Every time they see a metal
    detector they'll remember the guy who took their money and came
    up empty handed. On the upside... if ya find it you're a hero, and
    you made a few bucks as well.

    The way I see it I'm doing something I enjoy doing, and making new
    friends and gaining new permissions as a result. Even if you don't
    find their lost ring, they will know you did your best and you leave
    them with a positive impression of detectorists.

    Those who consider themselves professionals and find lost items
    for a living are perfectly justified to charge a fee. I believe hobbyists
    (like most of us) are better off creating good will and, as suggested,
    gaining new permissions for sites we might otherwise never have
    a crack at.
    Mike (aka Dizz)

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  15. #15
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    Nov 2013
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    I do it for free.
    When you come to a fork in the road, take it.


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