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    Jan 2007
    Northern Illinois
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    Buyer beware

    I have been shopping for a Delta 4000 for my son.
    I strongly prefer the 1/4 inch headphone jack.
    I called the sellers of the Technetics 4000s listed on E-Bay and it is a mixed bag.
    Some come with only the 1/8" headphone jack and some come with 1/8 and 1/4 inch jacks.
    None of the ads state the jack size. A best kept secret I guess.
    I E- Mailed first texas to get some clarification on build dates but have not gotten a response yet.
    Anybody looking for one with the 1/4 inch jack should check first.

    Sellers Ardvark and Caribbeancpt only have the ones with the 1/8 inch jack.
    StormSurge likes this.

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    IT COULD BE A VALUABLE PRIZE "YOU NEVER KNOW"

    Nov 2006
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    Re: Buyer beware

    Well i found out that some of the detectors you get on ebay are not in good working order. And some are knock offs.......... I will not buy a detector off ebay any more .......I got taken there more than once ... I had to learn the hard way would not listen to what some told me........ I got a couple of real junkers from ebay.................... The pictures looked great and of course they were hardly used....... and they had good reasons why they were selling them ..............
    ".. Let no one know what , when , or where .."

  3. #3
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    Re: Buyer beware

    I think you are right on Keppy----It is a hit or miss deal on E-Bay

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    Re: Buyer beware

    It is the same for Craigs list. When you don't know where the sellers house is, beware.
    (C) Sandman, 2005. All Rights Reserved.
    "TIME IS THE ONLY THING YOU NEVER GET BACK, WHY WASTE IT SWINGING A DETECTOR THAT ISN'T UP TO THE TASK."

  5. #5
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    Jan 2011
    Oxford MI
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    Re: Buyer beware

    Ebay is OK if you do your homework.If an item doesn't work and described wrong and even if the seller says no returns,Palpal in most cases(99.9) will enforce the seller to return your money and shipping charges.I have made good and bad deals and still in the plus column.Most times if a deal is too good to be true there is something wrong so beware even on the classifieds.
    Happy Hunting Ron

  6. #6
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    Apr 2011
    NW Arkansas
    Teknetics Delta 4000
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    Re: Buyer beware

    I picked up my Delta 4000 and it has a 1/8th and 1/4 inch headphone jack. That may be the cause of the confusion. They have both.

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    Jan 2008
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    Re: Buyer beware

    It depends on the sellers on Ebay - I don't buy anything of any kind on Ebay unless there is good - and alot - of feedback.

    We sold the Minelab on Ebay - almost brand new, still with original box and all it came with. Got a decent price, and the buyer got a good deal.

    Both happy. Win-Win


    Beth


    PS: We bought 2 sets of converter plugs (gold-plated) - and have never been sorry. We have the ones that go from 1/4 to 1/2 and the opposite,
    1/2 to 1/4. A set for hubby, and a set for me.
    "Irony is the rule"

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    Re: Buyer beware

    If you guys have a question about a machine call a dealer. We know our machines we sell. eBay sellers for the most part have 0 product knowledge. Plus you will get a better deal from us in most cases. I will help anyone with questions! Doesn't matter if you bought it from me or not. Just want to help! Thanks! Bart



    Contact us for fastest and best service around!

    We will beat any price or deal. Have questions on a machine?
    Bart@BigBoysHobbies.net or Call or text 405-206-9010
    Minelab Metal Detectors, Whites Metal Detectors, Garrett Metal Detectors, XP Deus, Fisher Metal Detectors, Teknetics Metal Detectors


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    Re: Buyer beware

    my delta 4000 has both 1/8th and 1/4 head phone jack

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    IT COULD BE A VALUABLE PRIZE "YOU NEVER KNOW"

    Nov 2006
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    Re: Buyer beware

    I thought they had both also 1/4 & 1/8. ........... Fisher is not good at geting back to on emails .... a phone call works better.......
    ".. Let no one know what , when , or where .."

  11. #11
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    Jan 2011
    Cowlitz County, Washington
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    Re: Buyer beware

    Bart Davis at Big boys wont steer you wrong. A good guy to buy from.

  12. #12
    LRL fraud debunked

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    Re: Buyer beware

    Products with the same name usually get revised over time for a number of reasons. Not just Teknetics, but any product. In most cases the revisions are minor things that a customer would never notice, or are improvements that a customer might notice. In the automobile industry they are big on planned obsolescence so they do stuff by model years. The metal detector industry is not driven by model year considerations, so identifying exactly what rev level is at isn't always easy. It's usually unimportant.

    The only way to find out what you're about to buy from dealer stock is to ask the dealer, because that's the only person who knows.

    This is a good opportunity to put in a plug for forum sponsors. For some dealers, both storefront and Internet, metal detectors are a sideline they don't know much about. Since they're not well informed, they probably don't know for sure what it is they actually have in that box, they can't discuss intelligently best choices for you or even for themselves, and that means they can't swing a deal that gives you the right machine at the best price. And if a problem arises after the sale, even if they want to resolve it they may be clueless how to do so.

    Forum sponsors are businesspeople who take metal detectors seriously. They are knowledgeable, and they know how to package a deal that makes everyone happy. And because they have a public face, they're usually quick to resolve any after-sale problems that might occur. Nearly all of them (every last one as far as I know) has a storefront business where they deal with customers face to face, not just over the Internet.

    There are only a few forum sponsors, but many local dealers. If you've got a local dealer who is knowledgeable about metal detectors, that local dealer is also familiar with local issues in metal detecting such as ground mineralization conditions and where you can and can't legally hunt. And that local dealer doesn't want you to be an unhappy customer, because either way you'll probably show up again and better happy than unhappy! If you can catch a local dealer during a time of day when things aren't too busy, he or she may even be able to unbox the machine and demo it for you, something that can't be done over the Internet.

    If you're trying to buy a metal detector over the Internet (or even from a local dealer) who doesn't know metal detectors, you're probably doing yourself a disservice. If you've got a local dealer who knows his or her stuff, buy there. If you don't, it's hard to go wrong with a forum sponsor, they wouldn't be sponsors if they weren't serious about metal detectors.

    --Dave J.


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    Re: Buyer beware


  14. #14
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    Jan 2012
    Tucson, AZ
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    Re: Buyer beware

    Just for the record, Ardvark is owned by Kellyco and can be trusted just the same.
    Dig it like ya mean it... I mean it.

 

 

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