Is metal detecting worth it?

GlanePito

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So I am thinking for quite a long time about buying a metal detector for around 250$ .But is metal detecting really worth it I mean can it get frustating easily? and do you loose fun fast? 250$ thats a lot for me

( I live in europe)usps tracking showbox speed test
 
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Treasure_Hunter

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Depends on why you get into the hobby, if you are in it to sale your finds you will get frustrated quickly, if you are in it for the thrill of the hunt and the history you might find you will enjoy it, especially in Europe where the history in metal goes back thousands of years.
 

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It depends on the reason you are getting into detecting if you are getting into the hobby as a means to get rich save your $250.00, if you are getting into detecting to get out and find some pieces of history or find some pocket change and possibly some jewelry with the possibility it is precious metal and get some fresh air and exercise then do it, but it isn't a get rich quick or even get rich a long ways down the line type of deal, it is a hobby or even a passion that people pursue because they go into detecting because it will be something for enjoyment. If you are having to question if it is worth it, it might not be for you. I am just being honest and trying to save you some trouble deciding.
 
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angelito1

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releventchair

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So I am thinking for quite a long time about buying a metal detector for around 250$ .But is metal detecting really worth it I mean can it get frustating easily? and do you loose fun fast? 250$ thats a lot for me

( I live in europe)

Welcome to TreasureNet!

Research. Sites chosen (and why). And permission to hunt will be as important as having a detector.

In any hobby , (Cars , guns, eggbeaters) there are varied price points. Often related to perceived quality and ability.

You might look into a metal detecting club near you to ask questions. Test drive some detectors.
And or a shop selling them that let's you operate them.
Used is not a crime when buying. But be sure it is what is being represented by the seller...
A detector you can sell if you lose interest beats a cheaper one no one wants.
And a too cheap of a detector may leave you wanting to upgrade.

Maybe study and research detectors in your area while you budget and save enough money you don't regret purchasing a hobby tool..
Places to hunt. Reasons to hunt places. You can spend a bit of time doing research first. Detecting without doing so is hunting on a whim. Which may disappoint unreasonable expectations.
 

Mescalero1

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Metal detecting is an art. You just don't grab one and go out there. You have to learn how to use, what it is a capable of. Then, you have to decide what you are going to target. It's a lot like being a musician. I have been playing guitar around 55 years. And you just don't get a guitar and go out and start playing. You have to learn how to play and that not all guitars are alike. Then you have to decide what genre you are going after. Are you trying to being a rock star or doing it for the love of playing? You always take a chance. You might never find anything or maybe you will find something great. But you will never know until you do it. And, if you give up too quickly, you will never know.

Like I have told all people I have taught guitar to, start slow. Take your time and don't let all of these "guitar heros" intimidate you. One day you might be just as good or better than them. And, there will always be someone who is better at it than you. Do it because you enjoy it, not because you want to enter a competition.
 

CASPER-2

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I got into as a kid - age 12... 1975 and i'm still at it
I was a land hunter my first 20 yrs - now Im mostly a water hunter
Ive met a lot of nice people thru the hobby over the yrs
found a lot of nice finds over the yrs
had days that were great and didnt find much - just nice to be away and out
and days where I killed it and worked my butt off and was burned beaten and broken at the end of the day
felt like work than fun but reaped the rewards from hard work
I do pretty good in the gold jewelry dept. - this was most of the gold from one of my better yrs
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I had guys at work wanting to get machines - thinking it was so easy
most went out a couple of times and quit after getting tons of nails and bottle caps
a few had $$$ in there eyes too and when they hit some old areas and finding
old relics and some nice coins (some worth a few bucks) changed their minds on selling and started collecting
you got family, friends and/or co-workers that got some old property...might be worth it
you live close to a beach or 2 ...might be worth it
do a search on detecting on you tube - 1000s out there with cool or good finds
if you are bored - here are some articles i wrote - some may help - some might inspire
https://www.flickr.com/photos/casper-2
 

BigWaveDave

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Save your money, buy football tickets instead.
 

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This is a question you ask yourself in your own head :-)

I started off with a machine called and Garrett ace 150. It cost about $120. Metal Detecting can be frustrating, until you learn how to use the machine. You should learn how Metal Detect is actually work, and then that makes your use of the tool a lot more smooth.

If you buy a Garrett, or a mine lab metal detector, as long as you do not trash it, you can sell it for basically what you bought it for. So if you have a couple hundred dollars to spend on this hobby, you won’t actually lose out on very much if you decide that it’s not for you.

And just so you know, the thousands and thousands of people who hunt in the United States would love a chance to hunt anywhere in the old country, Europe.
 

eyemustdigtreasure

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To say again that the hobby is for the fun, freinds and the things you learn, researching those Fragments of History...!
Don't thro them away, as they are pieces to The Puzzle of History - you may not re-write history, with your finds,
but they will help you understand the people who dropped those objects, where in that point of time, they were likely
very important.
....And, the hobby is addictive.........!
 

smokeythecat

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Is it worth it? Want an adventure outside? Want to find stuff you might have walked over unaware before? Exercise? Then yes.

Want money? No. Go to a bank.
 

CASPER-2

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Is it worth it? Want an adventure outside? Want to find stuff you might have walked over unaware before? Exercise? Then yes.

Want money? No. Go to a bank.
I got into detecting to add to my coin collection as a kid - age 12 ...1975
at 16,17,18 i used finds (lots of silver in the ground in late 70s)
to buy my first 3 cars and hit tot lots for gas money
bought my first 3 piece suit with money from finds at age 16
got in it for the hobby but it has helped me throughout the years financialy
when i bought my house pretty much furnished whole thing with gold sold
ive made many jewelry returns and help others find lost items - property markers
gas and water shut offs and other stuff that needed locating
i still have a lot of silver and gold in my collections along with valuable relics
wrote over 30 articles for a treasure mag - been offered 2 detecting tv shows
and made it in Fisher's catalog a few yrs ...the hobby has been exciting :thumbsup:
 

Terry Soloman

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So I am thinking for quite a long time about buying a metal detector for around 250$ .But is metal detecting really worth it I mean can it get frustating easily? and do you loose fun fast? 250$ thats a lot for me

( I live in europe)usps tracking showbox speed test


Well GlanePito, you have received a lot of opinions, what are you going to do?:skullflag:
 

Charlie P. (NY)

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It's worth more than watching sports, a movie, or even cable TV. And all of these cost more annually.

My detector takes AA batteries and I keep ahead of demand with the clad coins I find. Have found many rings, some gold chain, silver coins - but haven't sold any. I give away the jewelry.

But it's fun, fresh-air, educatonal (if you stick around here and identify finds). So, for me, it is worth it.
 

pepperj

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I guess one will never know unless they try-$250 is a lot to some-nothing for others.
First detector in the family cost a good rifle and $150 and that was over 50 yrs ago.
Now I have to spend over $2K on one plus extras.

Is it worth it?
Well some get a return, and the return is what they work for, many hundreds of hrs.
I could of bought one of the best trucks out there/or a small house with the money spent on this hobby/passion over the 5 decades.
The trips alone air/fuel/lodgings alone-was it worth it? I could of bought every find 10x cheaper and in great shape as well.

Peace of mind. No $$$ can replace/buy that one-when I go out-the world stays out. That is priceless to me.
It's the value one puts on something-when $$$ comes into the equation it many times alters the feelings of what they really want/enjoy in life.

Lots of great suggestions/options offered.
Many $250 machines sit in the back of the closet-gifts/thought they might get rich quick/didn't get that gold on the first hunt/ reasons.
Place an ad up to buy one of those dust collectors-hundreds if not thousands are sitting there waiting to be used.
 

Megalodon

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There are some excellent comments to this thread, bordering on the spirituality of a hobby. And, to me, at least, it is a hobby, not a source of income. While we all enjoy or aspire to find something valuable, it is the experience that is truly valuable IMO as we do the best we can during our all too brief time here.

I compare treasure hunting to my past deep passion for fishing. Five decades ago, I truly fished every day and kept detailed logs at the time. I didn't do it commercially for profit and I didn't need the food - although seafood was then and still is an important part of my diet. I only kept and keep still, fish that have hooking injuries that I assess to be mortal (and as a biologist, I can assess that). Good equipment certainly helped me to enjoy fishing then, and some of it has been kept and still used today. Now when using a fishing rod or reel over 50 years old, part of the enjoyment also derives from the memories of past friends no longer around, and past experiences that cannot be repeated today at places that have been so altered that fishing is not possible there and the species sought may even no longer exist. Some of us appreciate fine fishing boats and each has an opinion on what constitutes a gimmick in their design and what is useful to our purpose (I happen to like hand-layed, not chopper gun, fiberglass construction finished on both sides and with convenient tackle storage, for example). Some of those preferences derive from experience and some may be a form of snobbery as well. I fish little today because I find the behavior of slobs to distract from my enjoyment. (even when metal detecting, I'm distracted by holes and trash left by others and stop to repair the damage) In addition, when I'm out fishing and see an eroded area, I can't help but go and investigate what relics/fossils/coins, etc might have become exposed.

Like fishing, metal detecting does not pay me in any material way. But to be outside in the fresh air and to learn something from the experience is, as the commercial says: "priceless".
 
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Trezurehunter

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It's worth it to me. Free exercise, early morning views of the sunrise, just being outdoors in nature, peace and tranquility, and oh yes, every now and then you will find something worth keeping ! Price of the metal detector $ 250.00 - everything else, priceless.
 

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