The Metal Detecting Buying Cycle, what should I expect?
So you are considering buying a new metal detector and start a wicked awesome hobby.
This article outlines peoples habits when it comes to getting into the hobby and the buying cycle.
You have heard the old sayings “buy cheap and pay twice” and many others. Does this apply to metal detecting?
The Start of the Cycle
Many people start out on the ladder by buying a “cheap” made in China detector. These detectors differ vastly in performance from a brand name detector like Garrett (made in USA) or Minelab (Made in Australia).
The Chinese made units are made of cheap materials like weak plastic and poor electronics that often do not perform up to standard at all let alone compare to the performance of a brand name machine. They can leave you frustrated with results and disappointed when they break.
But is there some merit in these? I for one (the writer of this article) started out like this buying a “cheap n nasty” and then got bitten by the bug even though the frustration with the machine was high. I upgraded to brand name within 6 months of my purchase and wished afterwards that I didn’t waste the money on the cheapie and instead put it towards a proper detector with all the bells and whistles that make this hobby such a pleasure.
More and more people are realizing this and buying a brand name unit right off the bat and end up saving money in the long run.
The same applies to most hobbies from Cricket to anything else. You do end up getting what you paid for.
Getting into it
If you remain in the hobby and develop a real passion like so many people do, you will probably find yourself buying a professional metal detector after about 2 – 3 years of using an entry level brand name machine.
At this stage a large part of your life will be dedicated to the love of this incredible hobby and there is no looking back! A life of adventure, outdoors, history and passion will be on the cards for you.
I hope you find this article useful in making your decision, myself or our suppliers will be happy answer any questions you may have.
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Starting with a non brand name
Buying a Brand Name