I see where Minelab has now come out with a line called Go-Find, consisting of three detectors for the beginner. The Go-Find model 20 sells for $179, the 40, $229 and the 60, $309. Quite a contrast to the GPZ 7000, also a recent release, priced at $12,500.
These detectors are quite unique in their design, and it will be interesting to see how and where they will be marketed.
This Go-Finds will be competing with the very popular Garrett Ace series, and while I welcome newcomers, I worry about the continued mass marketing of our pastime. I understand the business end of it, and I do want more people to participate, but at what price? What sort of free for all will ensue? How many more will there be competing for places to hunt and worse yet, how many will “unintentionally” ignore our code of ethics, resulting in even more restrictions?
I don’t have the answers, but here’s hoping EVERY manufacturer will start concentrating on educating the end-user, and in the process preserve their livelihood and our pastime. Time will tell….