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If they were putting it up for sale they wouldn't lay off the staff as the staff are the core of the business, I suspect it has gone bust and they held onto it too long before trying to get in investors or selling it.  Unfortunately lifetime warranties are a good way to damage any business just ask Apple who try make you buy a new product every 12 months, and then look at their share price.  Imagine a lifetime warranty Iphone :laugh:

Sad though, never owned one but it's always bad to lose any competition... I doubt it will be the last with the big changes in technology lately but it didn't seem unexpected in this case.

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Observers of Tesoro feared it was headed in this direction as the company just wasn't doing enough to keep up with the competition.  I'm doubtful the lifetime warranty was that big of a problem.  I have two Tesoro's, and have never needed repair.  Also, Tesoro did apparently switch at some point from a true lifetime warranty to one that expired when the machine was sold on the used market; so the number of machines covered 10-20 years later is probably small.

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I don’t think Tesoro’s warranty has never been transferable or otherwise extended to other than the original purchaser.  Here’s a quote for the users manual for the Tesoro Mayan - from 1983.

This instrument is warranted to be free of defects in material and workmanship as long as it is owned by the original consumer purchaser. This warranty is not transferable, and is valid only if the warranty registration card has been completed and mailed within 10 days of purchase.

During the first two years, TESORO will, at its option, repair or replace any instrument covered by this warranty, without charge, except for transportation charges, at its factory in Prescott, Arizona, or at one of its authorized repair centers. After two years from date of purchase, TESORO will replace defective parts at no charge except a nominal labor change and transportation charges.”

http://www.tesoro.com/info/manuals/older/mayan/mayanmanual.html

By the time of the introduction of the Lobo Super Trac in 1997, it  had been improved slightly to read...

This instrument is warranted to be free of defects in material and workmanship as long as it is owned by the original consumer purchaser. This warranty is not transferable and is valid only if the warranty registration card has been completed and mailed within 10 days of purchase.

TESORO will, at its option, repair or replace any instrument covered by this warranty, without charge, except for transportation charges, at its factory in Prescott, Arizona.”

They were previously pretty easy about fixing any old detector that showed up under warranty, but that ended a number of years ago - I know this by my own experience with used machines I have sent for repair.

http://www.tesoro.com/info/manuals/current/lobost/

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It does appear that Tesoro is simply going to fade away withs little or no fanfare. This forum will continue as a source of information for those who still own are are interested in the brand and it’s models.

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EDIT... never mind my comment on the website as it is still up. Still would be nice if they would give us some info though!

The website appears to have vanished?(ooops) Kind of a bummer, would of been nice if they released some info.  

A closeout garage sale would have been sweet!  I want a backup cleansweep!!!

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28 minutes ago, Rick Kempf said:

Not sure what site you tried to access but http://www.tesoro.com/ just came up fine for me - about 15 minutes after your post.

Good to hear.  I had checked a few times since Steve’s post and it wouldn’t load for some reason???

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I bought Tesoro Mojave .. My first impression-positives..

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