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    us
    Nov 2020
    Weatherford,TX
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    Angry Poor neglected detectors languishing unused in closets

    I've noticed when out hunting public spaces that it seems like everyone I talk to mentions that they have a detector sitting in their closet that they have never used / used once or twice.

    It really makes me wonder how many detectors are sold, used once, and gather dust until they have pass away or decide to get rid of it in a yard sale.

    Last public park I talked to three folks:

    1. A 92 year old gentleman who talked about the history of the park & town and mentioned he has an old Garret from the 70's he's had since it was new.

    2. A late 60's gentleman who mentioned he had the same detector my son has (Ace 250) but had never opened the box.

    3. A mid 50's gentleman who got one from an anniversary rewards program at his work, but had never opened it.

    I suppose it means there's less folks out there for competition, but still makes me a bit sad that so many try the hobby once or twice then throw their hands up in frustration and quit.

    Just an observation that struck me as funny and was wondering if you folks have encountered the same.

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    A lot of people watch the TV shows on detecting, develop $ signs in their eyes on treasures just jumping out of the ground and buy detector, they then find that it actually requires physical work and when they don't find anything valuable after a couple hunts become discourage and quit.
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    us
    May 2018
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    I hope those closet queens don't have old batteries left in them...
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    And most of the time they are a cheap basic model. Ever notice how you can't seem to find a good deal on a high end model? It happens, but it's rare to find someone selling there detector for 50% of new price.
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    si
    Nov 2017
    Countryside
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    There was a mania, about 10 years ago, in our country; searching for the welth of precestors. Tipycali, the individuals new exactely their precestors had stached hudge amounth of welth somewhere, but they didn't know exactly where. They usually bought the metal detector and used it few thimes on their property, giving up shortly. Few optimistic ones came back for deeper and deeper detector but it did not help. This is how i ended with makeing ala-carte PI with polarization power of about 800W (compare that with microwawe oven), and a hudge pile of lead acid batteries powering it - for a short thime. It was able to find larger target at about 8 - 9m, i do not belive anyone actually dug that deep.
    Last edited by TheGreenBoy; Dec 09, 2020 at 08:15 AM.

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    never know what those defectors would find if they don't come out of the closet

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    steve andermatt

    Apr 2013
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    My Sister is one of those people, I think she has a Whites collecting dust.
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    Don

    Feb 2016
    Missouri
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    Yup I've had the same statements made to me about having a detector in the closet, garage, when they notice mine propped up in the cab of my truck at say a gas station or somewhere. I mean like I just never see anyone else out hunting within 50 miles of me and I cruise around a lot.
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    Dec 2017
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    Off the top of my head I can think of almost fifteen people who have a detector but don't detect... some of them even have nice ones like AT Pros and that sort of thing. When I tell people I metal detect I don't think some of them really understand that to find stuff you have to go out and dig... like A LOT. They want to just go out and find it. I often hear people say their detector must be broken because they keep finding trash. *sigh*
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    I have not talked to anyone personally, but I suspect access to hunting areas contributes to the phenomenon. If you are too shy to seek permissions, and your local area frowns on detecting public ground, then you might just not know how to pursue the hobby and quickly give up.

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    us
    Dec 2017
    NE Ohio
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    Quote Originally Posted by lenmac65 View Post
    I have not talked to anyone personally, but I suspect access to hunting areas contributes to the phenomenon. If you are too shy to seek permissions, and your local area frowns on detecting public ground, then you might just not know how to pursue the hobby and quickly give up.
    Definitely true for a lot of people... sometimes I don't go detecting solely because I don't feel like getting a new permission. I know some people though who own multiple old sites or even live in a super old house but have only gotten their detector out once or twice because the first thing they found was a can.
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    us
    Nov 2020
    Weatherford,TX
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treasure_Hunter View Post
    A lot of people watch the TV shows on detecting, develop $ signs in their eyes on treasures just jumping out of the ground and buy detector, they then find that it actually requires physical work and when they don't find anything valuable after a couple hunts become discourage and quit.
    It's that short period between locating the target and finding out what it really is that's most addicting to me. I mean sure it's almost positively a pull tab... But it could be a ring. That's what keeps me coming back.
    relicmeister likes this.

  13. #13
    us
    Nov 2020
    Weatherford,TX
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    Quote Originally Posted by Megalodon View Post
    I hope those closet queens don't have old batteries left in them...
    I'm sure many do and are just full of corrosion on the contacts.

  14. #14
    us
    Nov 2020
    Weatherford,TX
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    Quote Originally Posted by lenmac65 View Post
    I have not talked to anyone personally, but I suspect access to hunting areas contributes to the phenomenon. If you are too shy to seek permissions, and your local area frowns on detecting public ground, then you might just not know how to pursue the hobby and quickly give up.
    I'm sure there's a lot of truth to that. I'm fortunate to live in a small town that doesn't raise a fuss about the parks (so far).

  15. #15
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    Nov 2020
    Weatherford,TX
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noah_D View Post
    Off the top of my head I can think of almost fifteen people who have a detector but don't detect... some of them even have nice ones like AT Pros and that sort of thing. When I tell people I metal detect I don't think some of them really understand that to find stuff you have to go out and dig... like A LOT. They want to just go out and find it. I often hear people say their detector must be broken because they keep finding trash. *sigh*
    Well darn, maybe my detector is broken too then! :P

 

 
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