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GPZ 7000 and GPZ19 are the only things on consignment. 

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3 minutes ago, phrunt said:

traditional dealers, their advantage is knowledge and training which the Big Box stores can't provide. 

100% agree.  But to most people if they can save $200 off a brand new Equinox 600 they will take it and then look to YouTube for ‘education’.  
I think if some people have to be fixed price then all should be. 

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6 hours ago, Steve Herschbach said:

Yeah, it’s basically heading that way, especially here in the U.S. If gold was still $300 an ounce we’d already be done. People who say they are doing it for fun and adventure, not the value, for some reason are not out looking for things of no value instead. They could be looking for copper nuggets but few seem interested in that for some reason, even though it is as challenging and has just as much fun and adventure as gold detecting. The price does matter, and ever increasing prices have kept this ship afloat. And if gold breaks above $US2000 an ounce I expect we will see another electronic gold rush as people detect for the last remaining dribs and drabs on patches pounded for decades. Yes, there are virgin patches out there, but it’s the rare true prospectors out spending the weeks or months of non-producing detecting needed to find them. Ultimately it is legal access to ground that is the limit, and if gold prices spike everything available will get claimed up to the hilt. Competition will be fierce again. We lose even if we win.

I feel like I missed the real heyday 20 years ago being busy running my business. But I am grateful I got to do what I did when I did near the end of it all, and see some virgin patches myself, and lots of large gold. The GPZ really did light things up, but now even the GPZ gold is getting sparse. I’m afraid I’m one of those spoiled old guys finding it hard to get motivated to go out and detect for a few grams. Beach detecting is more pleasant and with better viewing, and more what I’m inclined to do these days. :smile:

Well i dont know if you have noticed it but everyone out here have noticed the sun is hotter then ever. Being out in the sun isnt as pleasant. 

For now i feel better being by the water looking for gold in the shade and atleast i see the color of gold everyday. 

At the end thats what really matter because everyone says gold mining is an adventure or hobby. But when you get to find a steady income you cut that down to a very low percentage. 

People could find metal detecting a decent size nugget or patch but finding another is pretty tough for the same reason you stated. 

One person might be lucky but the odds of others be veryyy low.  


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I do not get excited about the lower priced coin and relic machines because there is just not enough margin relative to the time we spend on customers and the volume we can achieve in a small population centre, we do move a reasonable amount of Equinox but have to discount to remain competitive. TBH I have no issue with the chain stores stocking these items because for ML to make money out of them they need to sell volumes which cannot happen with shops like ours set up for more personable engagements. 


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Steve, I still have a GPX and have access to a GPZ whenever I should want to use it. I have been accused of being a Minelab hater, just because I have the temerity to criticise some of their products. This is ridiculous, as I will use whatever product produces gold for me.

As a prospecting tool I now use a QED for a number of reasons. It is light and ergonomic. The target response is sharp and definite, and depth quite impressive.

For areas that have been proven and have the potential of producing at greater depth, I have no qualms about using a GPZ and X coil, or a GPX with either X coil or concentric.

Different detectors for different soil conditions.

PS I now use X coils exclusively on my QED as I can run them on 'hotter' settings.

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1 hour ago, Reg Wilson said:

I will use whatever product produces gold for me.

That should be the only criteria that matters. :smile: Thanks Reg, and hope all is well on your half of the planet.

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Hi guys here is the first target I dug with the 19in coil;





I went specifically to this gully as I knew there had to be some deep gold left, and I had gone over it very carefully with a 11, 14, 20 and 25in coil on the GPX and the zed with its 14.

On the day I had my friend with me who was using a gpx and a 18in coiltek elite coil, he slowly walked up the gully before me and checked every target before I dug it to see if he could pick it up with an equivalent coil on the GPX.

The specimen contained 67g of gold and was solid inside. I detected it at a staggering 900mm +! I could not belive it. And the gpx didn't pick it up until about 300mm was taken off.

My pick handle is 1150mm long as a reference. And the nugget was trapped in a bedrock crack.

Payed for the coil within 10min of its first use... Can't complain about that.

Then 30min later I found this 27g solid manganese oxide covered piece on a patch same as above. Gpx didn't pick it up until 100mm was removed. Depth on this one was about 450mm. My pick head is 400mm long for reference.


So the ml 19 earned its place in my arsenal on the first day.

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I dunno how long this 'consignment' GPZ arrangement with dealers has been going on, but what does consignment deals and free coils say to you, the potential buyer??? It says to me... 'Run out all the stock coz something new is coming'. I was in a dealers showroom a few days ago and a guy wanted to trade-in a 5000 on a 7000. The seller was advised to wait a few weeks 'coz ya might regret it'. I'll leave that for you all to ponder.....

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17 minutes ago, Aureous said:

I dunno how long this 'consignment' GPZ arrangement with dealers has been going on, but what does consignment deals and free coils say to you, the potential buyer??? It says to me... 'Run out all the stock coz something new is coming'. I was in a dealers showroom a few days ago and a guy wanted to trade-in a 5000 on a 7000. The seller was advised to wait a few weeks 'coz ya might regret it'. I'll leave that for you all to ponder.....

Bad advice I’d say.🥴 

GPZ’s have been on consignment since day dot.


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