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About MontAmmie

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    Bottlecap Beach, FL
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    Garrett Infinium, White's DFX, toyhauler, ATV, various gold pans and crevice tools, Nikon D800.

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  1. Cabelas Has Equinox In Stock Sold Out

    You guys feel free to throw verbal rocks at me all you want, but I gotta say it- All of these delayed shipment notices are making me feel just a tiny bit better about my own situation. Not that I don't feel for you guys who are getting the run-around from Cabela's! But at the rate they are going now, if Minelab had filled all 1000+ orders they processed Tuesday before they got to my order from last December.... Well, I'd still be waiting for mine in March 2019. I'm still sorry any of us are having to deal with this BS!
  2. Cabelas Has Equinox In Stock Sold Out

    Could it be just remotely possible that MineLab started paying attention to all the negative feedback on social media sometime during the Tuesday run and turned off the Cabela's tap early? Maybe they decided to, I dunno, actually fill a few 5-month old prepaid orders instead of letting Cabela's make a few thousand more new ones? It's a long shot, I know. Nah, somebody at Cabela's probably wasn't paying attention and didn't pull the plug on the website quick enough.
  3. Cabelas Has Equinox In Stock Sold Out

    Yes! Exactly, Mike! I've even found myself looking at those White's V3i's. I almost upgraded the DFX to one several times in the past few years, but when you have 2 teenagers....well, both time and money for hobbies is in short supply. I just kept thinking that eventually White's would roll out a lighter, waterproof version, but of course, they never have. I have no doubt that I will like my Equinox when/if I finally get it, but it seems that a lot of the joy has been sucked out of the whole thing now. I pre-paid for most of mine back in December, but the reality is that if my dealer doesn't get an 800 in the mail to me in the next 30 days I will have to cancel my order because we are leaving Florida. And all of that pre-order/pre-pay/waiting list aggravation will have been for nothing. I have unsubscribed from most of the Equinox FB groups and I probably just need to turn it all off. It's too depressing.
  4. Vez, I did talk to Cabela's about the military discount. They said they couldn't do the 15% Minelab discount, but Cabela's does offer a 5% military discount of its own. She didn't elaborate on how to apply that discount, however. Hope this helps!
  5. Cabelas Has Equinox In Stock Sold Out

    Not from me, TGO! I'm glad somebody is actually getting one!
  6. I have 2 friends on FB who ordered in the first round from Cabela's and they say they got them in about 6 days by UPS. I don't think they would have any reason to lie about it. Here's a photo of one of them. We have several members of this forum who ordered on Tuesday, it will be interesting to see if they get tracking numbers and then get their machines.
  7. Your wife must be a very smart and reasonable woman. You are a lucky man, indeed. Hope you get yours soon too!
  8. And I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for providing a forum where we can discuss the issue in a civilized way. I totally agree with you about MineLab technology! I've never owned a MineLab detector before. Well, I guess in a way, I own one now, and hopefully I'll get to meet it someday. (Sorry, I couldn't resist). My opinion of the company has taken a severe hit in the past few days, but will I cancel my Equinox order because of it? Heck, no! Even so, I'm not trying to bash MineLab, more just trying to figure out why they are doing what I would consider a somewhat questionable business move. And they need to read and understand this-what I have read (and yes, written myself) on this forum is not even one-tenth the anger and frustration that I have seen in other public detecting related forums in the past few days. People seemed to be very happy to wait their turn in line, even if it was for months, when it was perceived that they were waiting because of a production shortage. Then the Cabela's thing showed up, and it wasn't simply a production problem, it was a corporate greed/indifference problem. Which, as we all know, is a different beast all together. You think you're waiting patiently in an orderly que for an item you have already paid for, then suddenly you realize that your paid-for item is currently being sold to a higher bidder. And all you can do is watch because your money is already tied up with the initial purchase! I hope that MineLab will get its act together very soon and at least make a small gesture toward those who put their trust and money on the line months ago and now feel they've been shoved aside. Not because it's the profitable thing to do, but because it's the right thing to do. MineLab has done the hard part of the equation with the technology, now if they could just manage the easy part with better customer relations they have the potential to completely dominate the detector market.
  9. Steve, I understand that a corporation is run for profit. That's the bottom line and to expect otherwise from any company is pure foolishness. I don't work for MineLab and I have no idea why they seemingly disregarded all of those pre-paid customers in favor of a big box retailer. I am quite sure it had some effect on their profit margin in some way, either now or in the future. You simply don't sacrifice loyal customer good-will for nothing. I think that many of us are so passionate about our hobby that we sometimes forget that it is a business to companies like MineLab. It helped me to realize that it's nothing personal, it's just a money thing, and I hoped it would help others to deal with the situation as well.
  10. Steve, I truly hope that a contract signed long ago is the reason they are apparently diverting much of the initial Equinox production to Cabela's. All I can say is that it must be a heck of a deal for Cabela's to get their truckloads first while my dealer has only gotten 3 (that I know of).
  11. The long answer first. Disclaimer-I have no personal knowledge whatsoever about the business dealings of MineLab. The following is just educated guesses, personal observations, and UT Economics 101. If any of this is far off the mark, or pure insanity on my part, then I'm sure Steve will delete it. I'm just putting it out there to hopefully help others deal with our present situation in an objective way. As most of you know I've been little peeved at Minelab for the past few days over the whole Cabela's thing. And then it hit me last night that it's nothing personal with them, it's all about money, supply and demand, and corporate profit. It seems they are bypassing their dealers and selling most of their Equinoxes through Cabela's, and perhaps even some other big box retailers that I don't know about. It appears to me that at some point in the roll-out, someone at MineLab realized that they could have sold the Equinox unit, especially the 800, for far more than the $899 price tag they originally put on it. And maybe, just maybe, with all the hype surrounding the release, they didn't actually need MineLab dealers to sell the Equinox, the marketing department had done its job almost too well. But they had already put the price sticker on the thing, so what to do? Enter Cabela's. Now I have no idea what kind of profit a MineLab dealer would make per unit for an Equinox, but I have a sneaking suspicion it would have to be far more than what a Cabela's would make on one. Your friendly neighborhood MineLab dealer simply can't compete with a large retailer on volume, but they can sacrifice some of their profit margin to offer special "deals" to their customers. Cabela's is merely providing a selling platform right now, they are not actually incurring the expense of keeping and supplying them in their stores. Maybe a $200-$300 dealer mark-up vs a $100 Cabela's up-charge? Again, I have no idea. I don't imagine that the people at MineLab are losing much sleep over the fact that many die-hard Minelab fans pre-paid for their units months ago either. An extra $200,000 to $300,000 in profit would buy a lot of sleeping pills and they're not the ones having to deal with irate pre-paying customers anyway. The fact that Cabela's sold out of the 800's within hours on Tuesday is bad news for most of us. Unfortunately, I look for Minelab to keep directing most of their production volume to the big box retailer, where they keep a lager share of the profit, at least until the US demand for the full-priced Equinox is exhausted. I have a sneaking suspicion that the majority of us who are waiting to get our units from a dealer are going to be waiting quite a while. Not to mention the poor folks in places like BF Egypt who don't even have the Cabela's option (yet). The fact that Cabela's is being forced to charge a hefty sales tax in most US states might help, as well as their refusal to honor the veteran's discount. Now for the short answer. When you can log on to your computer, go to Cabela's dot com, and see Equinox 800 units for sale any day of the week, then you can probably look for your Equinox from your dealer to show up on your doorstep. Again, just my humble opinion which is worth exactly the paper it is written on.
  12. Cabelas Has Equinox In Stock Sold Out

    And how soon would they have filled those orders if they hadn't been selling them on Cabela's all day? I bet they've sold hundreds today and your dealer will get how many in the next batch? Three, maybe four? I wonder how many dealers have had pre-orders cancelled today, through no fault of their own? It's like the MineLab marketing department woke up this morning and said to themselves, "Now what can we do today to alienate our most loyal customer base AND stab our business partners in the back at the same time?"
  13. Cabelas Has Equinox In Stock Sold Out

    I'd be camped out by the mailbox.
  14. Cabelas Has Equinox In Stock Sold Out

    Oh, I don't blame you one bit! If Cabela's did the 15% discount, mine would be on it's way to Florida right now.