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So, I have decided to buy a Garrett Axiom detector, I like what I have seen so far. 

In Canada, Garrett dealers, much like their U.S. counterparts have been taking pre-orders. There are several dealers offering the Axiom at the MAP price equivalent to $3999 USD, once you factor in the exchange rate.

There is a Garrett dealer in town, he sells detectors and prospecting gear, I have dealt with him in the past. To be honest, I never really got a good feeling when I bought something from him. I don't want to turn this into something that it isn't, lets just say, I haven't felt particularly 'welcome' in his store and leave it at that.

Despite the vibe I get from the guy, I was willing to buy from him anyway, as this is a relatively big purchase and should there be any issues it would be nice to be able to deal with someone local. So, we had a back and forth email discussion last night, regarding the Axiom and ordering one. He said he could order me one, the price he quoted was $5990 CAD= $4560USD. So, I decided it was time to negotiate and told him that there are other dealers offering the Axiom pre-orders at MAP equivalent to $3999 USD and that was the end of the conversation, he is now ignoring my emails.

Now granted, he is free to run his business anyway he wants to, he can charge whatever he wants... I get that. Now, if he just replied and said "I'm sorry, but that is the best I can do" I could understand that a bit better, but to just ignore a customer, it leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

I'm not sure how the pricing from Garrett and dealers work, and it's a topic I don't really want to delve into, as far as I am concerned that's between Garrett and their dealer network. But, as other dealers in Canada are offering pre-orders at MAP and free shipping anywhere in Canada, it would imply that there is still a profit to be made selling at MAP.

As I said before, my preference would be to buy locally, but as this guy is ignoring me now, it doesn't exactly inspire my confidence in his customer service, so that negates any benefit of buying locally.

Anyway, I guess I will be placing an order with another dealer, that is selling at MAP and offering free shipping. I plan on getting the 7x11 mono with 13" DD package. With the difference in price, I can get a 16" mono ($375 USD, listed on Garrett's site) and still have enough left over for a couple tanks of gas, for trips out to my claims. So what do you 'Diligent Detector Prospector' forum reader think?

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SMI Langley / Fred’s Kelowna??

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Hi Jennifer,

 

        I don't see SMI offering the Axiom on their website, though I am sure they could order one, whether or not it would be MAP, I don't know.

As for whom, I am referring to in Kelowna,  I don't want to mention any names... but I will say that Kelowna has more than one official Garrett dealer, so that should 'murky' the water a bit.

I was thinking of ordering from Forest City detectors in Ontario, their website list MAP and I just had a text conversation with him.

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Have you called radioworld in north York

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2 minutes ago, Jennifer said:

Have you called radioworld in north York

I haven't actually. I did talk to Forest City in London, Ontario Seems accommodating but they were just closing up there, with the time change... will contact him again after the long weekend.

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There use to be a Jeep accessory dealer on Hastings in Burnaby that I bought an e-trac from, they were great..

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3 minutes ago, Jennifer said:

There use to be a Jeep accessory dealer on Hastings in Burnaby that I bought an e-trac from, they were great..

Thanks, but trying to avoid a drive to the Coast, if at all possible. What with the price of gas and all.

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On 9/3/2022 at 8:44 AM, General Mayhem said:

Thanks, but trying to avoid a drive to the Coast, if at all possible. What with the price of gas and all.

Order it from Fred, he’s got a good rep (or is that who dicked you around), if you’re further north go to IRL in PG…. Or jump on a plane and come down here, I’ll hook you up with my dealer in Vegas and you can try it out on the AZ goldfields before taking it home… Canadians are always welcome on my 65 acres in Arizona.

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On 9/3/2022 at 9:05 AM, Jennifer said:

Order it from Fred, he’s got a good rep (or is that who dicked you around), if you’re further north go to IRL in PG…. Or jump on a plane and come down here, I’ll hook you up with my dealer in Vegas and you can try it out on the AZ goldfields before taking it home… Canadians are always welcome on my 65 acres in Arizona.

Hook me up with your 'dealer' in Vegas, sounds a bit shady 😎 J/K, flights to Vegas are cheap... and I do pretty good there, last time I was there I made enough to pay for an Axiom in about an hour.... but, I can't be taking any trips for the time being... thanks for the offer though.

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On 9/3/2022 at 9:22 AM, General Mayhem said:

I can't be taking any trips for the time being... thanks for the offer though.

Reach out… or call @Doc at Docs Detecting and he can meet you on the corner in his trench coat and hook you up. 

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