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So, where are the best places to buy a metal detector.
A local metal detector shop is probably the best place because if you have any problems or questions they are much more easy to deal with then buying a detector online ( At a distance) and having to wait for email correspondence, or postal services etc. Another benefit buying from a local detector shop is you can actually handle the metal detectors, turn them on, try before you buy!
First stop online is usually eBay. This is the place were most second hand metal detectors will go up for sale. Of course, there are many people and businesses selling brand new metal detectors on eBay also. There are always some good deals to be had on eBay.
Amazon is usually over looked when it comes to metal detectors but there are some good detectors to be found on the site. The Ace 250 and Ace 150 are sold just below the retail price on Amazon. Also with Amazon you have the added benefit and peace of mind of having a 30 day return policy so you would be able to send your detector back (In it's original new condition) if you decide you don't want it. I believe this only applies to items stocked and sold by Amazon and not merchants. Merchants will have their own returns policy.
Preloved is a good website for finding second hand metal detectors. Many detectors to choose from and most are sold at fairly cheap prices. There's even a second hand Blisstool LTC64X metal detector for sale on Preloved right now. Although the Blisstool LTC64X is not recommended for beginner's it's just an example of what you can find on Preloved.
My favourite option for people who are new to metal detecting and don't want to spend too much money on a metal detector is a website called Swapz. Basically the name says it all, you swap items with people. If you have items that you no longer use or no longer want why not put them on the swapz website saying that you want to swap for a metal detector. Your item will have to be within the same sort of price range as the detector you want to swap with, or money can be added either way. All in all, this is a good option for novice metal detectors because your not actually laying out much money, your swapping an item you no longer use. You'll probably just have to pay to post your item off, unless the person is local or you don't mind travelling.
If you do end up trying out Swapz beware, there are a lot of time wasters and rip-offs that frequent the site. I know this from personal experience. But saying that, there also some really good swappers on the site that can be trusted 100%. Make sure you only deal with people who have a good swap history. Look for the people with good feedback as they are the ones that can be trusted.
Another four online metal detector outlets that are pretty good.
Subtech ( C-Scope only )
Joan Allen (Expensive)
And don't forget your local papers and local online classifieds inlcluding the Friday Ad, Bargain Pages, and GumTree. I would mention Craigslist but it's not used much here in the UK for selling items.