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Old 10-25-2011, 03:50 PM
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If you spend the time and effort could one make a living out of metal detecting ?
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Old 10-25-2011, 03:54 PM
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Im mean you would have to hunt 8-10 hour days and be finding gold or platinum on a daily basis... It is very hard to do unless you live in a place that produces everyday. Im sure it can me done but hard!

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Old 10-25-2011, 03:55 PM
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depends on how you live me personaly i have been mding since may of this year an have almost up to 5k total worth since biggest item was a 2200$ ring

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Old 10-25-2011, 03:59 PM
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LOL, I doubt it. You may find that one huge find in a year and make a million outta it but the odds are stacked against you I would say.

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Old 10-25-2011, 04:04 PM
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Well as you say I may get Lucky ,as I am retired I have plenty of times on my hands
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Move to the Caribbean or other super-rich vacation spot, put in the time, get the skill, and MAYBE... But you have to be able to afford to go there first.

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Old 10-25-2011, 04:07 PM
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I think Cape town has possibilties
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Well as you say I may get Lucky ,as I am retired I have plenty of times on my hands
Sounds as if you know the answer to your question. So why bother asking??

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Old 10-25-2011, 04:09 PM
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Sounds as if you know the answer to your question. So why bother asking??
Perhaps because he wants an opinion other than his own...

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Old 10-25-2011, 04:11 PM
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Always nice to confirm ones thoughts
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It would take all of the fun out of it, somedays are good, some are bad. I have found several rings worth thousands but try and get that much for it...unless it is a Gary D find.....


http://metaldetectingforum.com/showthread.php?t=37226

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Sure if you dont mind going 8 or 9 months out of the year with no money at all I think metal detecting finds could be more accurately be termed "bonuses" , in life and sometimes in the form of extra cash , but with odds of finding anything of real value just a little better than winning the lottery , and even all the clad you find not really adding up to enough to pay bills even in the best of circumstances , it sure wouldnt be much of a living. The real value in detecting is the enjoyable time spent doing it. On the other hand , if you were detecting gold nuggets in a gold rich area it could probably be done.

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Old 10-25-2011, 04:19 PM
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thats what I was thinking,sorry if I upset an elite member joee5
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Oh yeah unless your one of those Newbies that goes out on there very first hunt with an ok detector and just happen to stumble across a gold hoard from hundreds of years ago and you get Millions for it .. Its happened!

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thats what I was thinking,sorry if I upset an elite member joee5
Wow.

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thats what I was thinking,sorry if I upset an elite member joee5
I see no problem with question you asked. Most members try to be helpful. I hope this doesnt sour you on the forum.If you have anyother questions ask away I sure you will get better answers.---Mike

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well in the USA no but here in the UK well thats a diffrent matter lmao :P

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Might not be such a bad thing. Your retired, everything paid off, not many monthly bills... Sort of depends on your, health, lifestyle, and where you live. You'd have to be willing to put in some hours, but you might do alright. Some places will always produce a few coins, maybe a little jewelry, they get replenished by the regular visitors. There is always scrap metals, save them, and cash them in. People lose things all the time, and wish they had a metal detector to find them. I've lost a few small parts in the lawn, when working on the car, that I would have found, rather than having to buy, or find a suitable replacement.

Doubtful you'll get rich, but could make a decent difference between just keeping up with you basic expenses, and actually getting out a living. Besides, it keeps you active, gives you a sense of adventure, something to look forward to.
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Already a thread on it:

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Old 10-25-2011, 04:41 PM
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I would hate the thought of having to live on whatI could find.
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