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Seeing you're new to detecting you probably don't know about the pitfalls yet, there are fakes, fakes of many of the best detectors, here is an example

 

Whatever you do don't buy one, it won't work well for you.  Also if you're buying second hand Minelab are extremely helpful in verifying the detector you're buying is genuine, contact them about it! get the serial number off the seller, they can name the seller and where they purchased it from for you if it was a real one.

I hope you purchased your Gold Bug Pro from a reputable dealer as it's also a highly faked detector.

Here is a fake Gold Bug Pro for sale

 

It looks like they're clearly made to be sold to the African market, note the Depar sticker on the shaft

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Phrunt, sorry mate i didnt see this till now. Geez i hope not. We shall see. Can serial numbers be comfirmed?

Thanks mate.

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With the GBP there are a few ways of telling.  You could contact Fisher when you get it with the serial number and see what they have to say, I wouldn't send it to them as they keep it if it's fake ?

https://www.fisherlab.com/contact.htm

When you turn on the GBP it will first display it's serial number on the screen, make sure this matches the one in the battery compartment although that will only catch out an older fake, the Chinese have managed to overcome that on newer ones.

Did you buy it from Ebay or Aliexpress? Both carry a higher risk with Aliexpress being a guaranteed fake.  A dealer or retailer is generally safe.

If it's getting shipped from China it is 100% fake.

If you got it second hand quite often you can ask the seller for their receipt from purchase which will let you know where they got it from, gives you a good idea.

The Chinese also tend to fake the Gold Bug DP the most, as it's the most expensive model with the 2 coils it makes sense to fake that one over the cheaper ones, if all you're getting is the 5" coil with yours that's a positive sign.  The DP is a Pro but comes with the 2 coils.

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The easy way to tell counterfeits is the price if purchased new. Genuine dealers all advertise within a narrow fixed price range. Anything substantially under that price is probably counterfeit. Used is another matter obviously but there are people buying cheap knockoffs and selling as used also. Buyer beware. The only safe strategy buying new is stick with legit known dealers - avoid oddball discounters with super low prices.

Seriously, if too good to be true it likely is a scam.

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Guys, bought it off Ebay, new, $580. 

The prices vary drastically from $180 on AliExpress to $1,200 at some dealers.

It will arrive in the next couple of days and thanks phrunt ill check on the serial number. Ebay has buyer protection.

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You're getting the two coil package which is the common faked one, it's worth over AUD $1000 for that package when genuine and a dealer would never be able to sell it for $580 AUD new, it's below their cost price.  Thanks for sending me the sellers link in a message, they're a Chinese seller based in China and they're selling fakes.  You should lodge a dispute and get your money back. 

Sorry to give you the bad news but it's better to find out now when you can do something about it.

 

 

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Here is the guys ebay store, you'll notice he's also selling the GF2 which is a fake Teknetics T2 and the GP Pointer which is a fake Garrett Carrot, all the typical fake products.

 

 

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Ok, i haven’t received the item as yet but it will be soon.

Unfortunately its looking like it is a counterfeit. Ive raised the concern with Ebay and the seller.

ill post updates as I receive them.

Al.

PS- here is a snippet of a convo i had with an Ebay rep...

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I reported it as fake for you too

 
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Thanks Phrunt.

Mate, i just got a notification from PayPal that a refund of the full amount has been paid to my account which will take up to 48 hrs to show. Will shall see.

You wouldnt get a full refund so easily if this was a ridgy didge!

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