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Old 01-05-2011, 03:07 AM
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Hey all. I'm a newbie. I was wondering what keeps you going. Alot of you out there spend $500 on equipment and you will never find $500 worth of finds. Is it the thrill that the next thing could be a 24k bar? is it the history behind coins? Is it that you are uncovering the past? I want to convince myself that it's good enough to spend a few $$ to find less than what I paid for my equipment.
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Old 01-05-2011, 03:11 AM
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Hey all. I'm a newbie. I was wondering what keeps you going. Alot of you out there spend $500 on equipment and you will never find $500 worth of finds. Is it the thrill that the next thing could be a 24k bar? is it the history behind coins? Is it that you are uncovering the past? I want to convince myself that it's good enough to spend a few $$ to find less than what I paid for my equipment.
I paid 500 dollars for my ice hockey skates, 1200 for my snowboard, 2,000 for my paintball gun setup and all of those hobbies cost me money even after buying the equipment. Metal detecting is the only hobby which is not only free but makes me money. Even if I do not find enough to pay off my machine its still fun. Chances are if you detect often and buy a high end machine which you take the time to learn you will make your money back.

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Old 01-05-2011, 03:39 AM
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Hey all. I'm a newbie. I was wondering what keeps you going. Alot of you out there spend $500 on equipment and you will never find $500 worth of finds. Is it the thrill that the next thing could be a 24k bar? is it the history behind coins? Is it that you are uncovering the past? I want to convince myself that it's good enough to spend a few $$ to find less than what I paid for my equipment.
You make it sound like the point of hobbies is to make back the money you shelled out in order to do the hobby in the first place... To me it's kind of like fishing in that you just never know what you're going to get and there's always the chance of hooking (or finding) something really special...and there's no way I've caught enough fish to pay for all my fishing gear! I also really enjoy being outdoors and of course finding old coins and jewelry! If your motivation is simply to pay off your gear it probably isn't the hobby for you.

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Old 01-05-2011, 03:48 AM
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Hey Stewart, you're so right.

But I just can't stop the urge to say that I paid for my equipment in 6 months!
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Never find $500... most avid hobbyists are making more than $100 per year... seems reasonable.

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I used to blow more than that on partying and had absolutely nothing to show for it so yeah, I've spent over $1000 on detecting and if I find a quarter it's worth it. It's not so much about the finds as it is about getting out and doing something. For me it's relaxing.

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I used to blow more than that on partying and had absolutely nothing to show for it so yeah, I've spent over $1000 on detecting and if I find a quarter it's worth it. It's not so much about the finds as it is about getting out and doing something. For me it's relaxing.
You are so right, I have spent 100s on a night of partying, and xxxx on gambling.
The number of concerts, and sports events I have paid to go to. you don't get ANYTHING back from those adventures.

I am avid fishermen, So I can understand the comparison between fishing and metal detecting. I think its great when I find stuff metal detecting. But there have been trips I find .30, and a bunch of junk. But I think going out, doing a little research about the history of an area, and being outside is worth the price of admission.

My local MD shop puts on trips to the Caribbean 4-5 times a year. I see the booty they take home. one trip last year 5 guys took home 644 grams of 18k gold jewelery There are photos to prove it!!

direct quote from the trip:
"A total of 228 pieces of gold jewelry weighing in at some 644 grams of 18K! The gold scrap value alone is worth more than $18,000 at today’s gold prices!"

The last time I was in his shop he was saying he has been detecting since the early 70s, and mention how he just cashed in 9lbs of silver a few months earlier. You do the math.

I personally usually work to make money, so I can afford to do the things I like to do in my free time.

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You make it sound like the point of hobbies is to make back the money you shelled out in order to do the hobby in the first place... To me it's kind of like fishing in that you just never know what you're going to get and there's always the chance of hooking (or finding) something really special...and there's no way I've caught enough fish to pay for all my fishing gear! I also really enjoy being outdoors and of course finding old coins and jewelry! If your motivation is simply to pay off your gear it probably isn't the hobby for you.
Stewart, you said it all. In fact, my son and I refer to MD as "dirt fishing". The way I explain the hobby to people who ask is "Some kids went in the woods and spent all day digging in random spots to find buried treasure. I was one of those kids and still am, but now I have help with my MD".

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Hey all. I'm a newbie. I was wondering what keeps you going. Alot of you out there spend $500 on equipment and you will never find $500 worth of finds. Is it the thrill that the next thing could be a 24k bar? is it the history behind coins? Is it that you are uncovering the past? I want to convince myself that it's good enough to spend a few $$ to find less than what I paid for my equipment.
If youre going to look upon it as a task and and an economic proposition dont even bother.Those who buy equipment hoping to clean the countryside of coins usually have their gear on Ebay in no time.If your not fascinated with history,coins and having the joy of holding in your hand something that comes from "another world" timewise I mean then forget it,because you wont stick at it during bad times of little/no finds.I love to be outdoors when Im off as Im stuck in a hot kitchen at work so thats another bonus.Evaluate what you want from the HOBBY because thats what it is.

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If youre going to look upon it as a task and and an economic proposition dont even bother.Those who buy equipment hoping to clean the countryside of coins usually have their gear on Ebay in no time.If your not fascinated with history,coins and having the joy of holding in your hand something that comes from "another world" timewise I mean then forget it,because you wont stick at it during bad times of little/no finds.I love to be outdoors when Im off as Im stuck in a hot kitchen at work so thats another bonus.Evaluate what you want from the HOBBY because thats what it is.
Unless its a meteorite he finds then it comes from another world literally.

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Hey all. I'm a newbie. I was wondering what keeps you going.

I want to convince myself that it's good enough to spend a few $$ to find less than what I paid for my equipment.

These two statements say it all...
Most people that try this get it...a few don't.

That's fine, this hobby is not for everyone.

If you haven't bought any equipment yet, don't bother.
Take the money and speculate in the stock or bond market...you will be much happier.

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Originally Posted by MurdochBaines View post
Hey all. I'm a newbie. I was wondering what keeps you going. Alot of you out there spend $500 on equipment and you will never find $500 worth of finds. Is it the thrill that the next thing could be a 24k bar? is it the history behind coins? Is it that you are uncovering the past? I want to convince myself that it's good enough to spend a few $$ to find less than what I paid for my equipment.
Lets see... some will and some won't... when I started beach hunting 6 years ago I found 52 gold rings my first year of water hunting so yeah if you put in the time you can make your money back but don't look to get rich otherwise we could all quit our jobs and do this This is my hobby... I enjoy it when I have the time to get out... whether it be a gold ring or a pouch of coins and pulltabs its getting out and enjoying the thrill of the discovery that keeps me in the hunt... I also enjoy the research learning about this history of each site I hunt...

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Hey all. I'm a newbie. I was wondering what keeps you going. Alot of you out there spend $500 on equipment and you will never find $500 worth of finds. Is it the thrill that the next thing could be a 24k bar? is it the history behind coins? Is it that you are uncovering the past? I want to convince myself that it's good enough to spend a few $$ to find less than what I paid for my equipment.
I don't know about others this is the reason I search.

Why We Search

Why do we swing the coil
As we walk along the grass
Back and fro as a pendulum
As we make our careful pass

Is it to find untold riches
To make our searching pay
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Our treasures are not of a kind
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I'm new too. You don't need to spend $500 on a metal detector. I know for a fact that my Christmas present was under $100 w/ shipping. I've only been out 3 times, but it has been a blast. Yes, even with a cheaper metal detector you will find stuff and have fun.

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it's a cheap ánd exciting way to spend some time in beautifull nature and relax by forgetting dayly slumberings.
what's worth more???
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If you mean is it as lucrative as golf, maybe hunting, fishing, bowling or any other myriad of hobbies......? Absolutely. If you're expecting to get rich or make "your interests" pay for themselves, get a job. Otherwise, welcome to a great hobby.

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Metal detecting is all about having fun looking for the past. Monetary value is only icing on the cake. Nothing more exciting than pulling a bit of history out of the ground. Below are some examples of the fun I found just last year alone.





Of course, it makes no difference to me that all the fun I had finding this also has a bit of monetary value as well.

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If you go out and try it and you aren't addicted on your first outting, then drop the detector and get a different hobby. You either just get it or you don't. I've never seen anyone metal detect with only a mild interest.

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I put 3 1/2 hours yesterday of my time, money (battery power) and
muscle to find $23 dollars melt value of gold.

A part time job in the same time would have paid me more and I wouldn't
be all achy all over after the job and there wouldn't be sand in my pockets
and in the box of raisins I brought to the beach.

And yes, there are part time jobs you can do outdoors. Go for it!

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Detector,

Looks like all Gold.......WTG !

I'm guessing you're mostly a beach hunter.........am I right ?

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