Have a feeling not too many of you remember the “Where’s the Beef” commercial but it seems appropriate when it comes to the current status of new products. I mean maybe I missed something but so far this year the only noticeable new detector has been the White’s MX Sport (and hopefully the end of the bread box).
Yeah I know a few manufacturers have added a letter, a number or a little fluff to previous models, but where’s the “beef” as in new, innovative and exciting?
No matter what you manufacture there’s always a demand for something new. Just because distributors and dealers can’t keep pushing the same old product, especially after it was really put to the test over a long period of time.
It doesn’t take long to separate the wheat from the chaff, or the facts from the bullshit.
The pressure to come out with new models was a constant when I was the marketing manager for Garrett in the late 80’s. In fact one of our very large distributors (who shall remain nameless) took it upon himself to add a red light to one of our models. It flashed and corresponded to the detector’s audio responses, and was advertised as “new and improved”. It became a royal pain in the ass because then every other distributor wanted to know why he or she didn’t have or know about the ‘new and improved’ model. Needless to say I was pissed and it was things like this that played a big part in my losing my job. It was the ole don’t rock the boat, ever…..big money talks.
Anyway which of today’s companies will be next in bringing out a new top of the line model? Or some feature heretofore unheard of? What could they possibly add that they haven’t already? Have they pretty much peaked in this regard or is there still a lot of new and exciting technology to come? It’s anyone’s guess, but hey the holidays are coming so stayed tuned….
Now having brought all this up I do hope one of the manufacturers brings out a detector that will get me so excited that I forget about my ills, all of them. It will have to be affordable, lightweight, easy to use, have a wine glass holder, and come with an attractive young gal to retrieve my targets.
IT’S A CRAP SHOOT!
The interesting part about writing a blog is that you never know what topics or updates will resonate with your readers. A case in point was my post of July 13, “Just Being Cantankerous…”.
It was simply another sit down and write day, and I had no clue what to say or offer. Pretty much the case now that I don’t get out detecting any more. It bothers me because I know I am losing a few followers who come here to learn or hear more about metal detecting. On the other hand even I were getting out in the field I am not sure I could supply the sought after information. Just not that into today’s technology and having turned 75 I really just want to have fun, as in “thatsounds like something worth digging” not “let me try that super-duper personalized program that took me two hours to set up last night”…
Anyway the Cantankerous update was apparently very popular, at least as it related to visits and shares. When I wrote it I was sure I’d receive a few negative responses but apparently we do have a sense of humor, or maybe the minutemen just didn’t bother to send off their “up yours” comments.
Look, old age plays a big part in what I post on Stout Standards. I like to write and sometimes I shoot from the hip. Maybe it’s a way to express myself or have an imaginary friend to talk to. On the other hand I do talk to myself a lot so that could be it too. I also do a lot of reminiscing because again, it’s what seniors do. Aches and pains and doctor bills are not a fun topic, but thinking about that hot date in high school, or that fabulous meal in France…..now that’s something to dwell on.
I will also add that metal detecting is a different ball game today, and it’s because of social media. Is it better? Not sure. It’s certainly more popular thanks to American Digger, Dig Wars, Diggers, Dig Fellows, and Facebook. It’s no longer a well-kept secret. It’s now the “hey I can be rich if I get one of dem suckers”…. My personal take is that our pastime has become thrown to the masses without sufficient education or explanation.
You roll the dice when you check in here….
Anyway when I talk about what used to be it’s not meant to be insulting or detrimental…it’s just a little food for thought. There are a lot of other blogs, forums, websites and podcasts where you can get your particular fix, be part of the gang and talk shop. Here you will find old stuff. Sometimes funny stuff, sometimes bullshit and brainfarts. And as you already know you will find insults, arguments and pissing matches. In other words it’s a crap shoot.
So no matter your bent, your interest, or desire I do appreciate you checking in. Makes me feel wanted….now do me a favor and stay the hell off my lawn!