17 May 2010

Beware of counterfeit Minelab products being sold on the internet and from unauthorised black market manufacturers and dealers!

Counterfeit GPX-4500 Gold Detector

Only purchase from Minelab authorised dealers as listed on

The high demand for quality Minelab gold detectors has seen an increasing number of poor performing counterfeit products being sold via websites and black market dealers around the world. For a purchaser familiar with Minelab products, some counterfeit products have been quite obviously not Minelab products, as seen by one example in Photos A - C.

Unfortunately a lot of people unfamiliar with Minelab products are still being ripped off by these criminals, paying full price for a GPX-4500 only to get a counterfeit detector. In some cases the criminal counterfeiters have even taken a cheap detector and put its very basic electronics into a counterfeit GPX-4500 housing so that it appears to work to an unfamiliar purchaser. In all cases the performance of the Counterfeit products has ranged from very poor to not working at all.

Counterfeit products now cosmetically difficult to tell from the real thing!

In recent days Minelab has become aware of more counterfeit GPX-4500 detectors and Commander coils, that are cosmetically difficult to distinguish from the real thing, see Photo D - H. These products may cosmetically look like the real thing but definitely do not work like the real thing!

Most counterfeit products are being sold over the internet on websites like and other similar selling and auction websites. Minelab strongly recommends extreme caution when buying from a website of this kind and from unauthorised dealers. These products are often then on sold by unauthorised dealers, including black market and street dealers.

A few examples of current listings for counterfeit Minelab products are listed below:

1. Top Detectors, Nakiye Argon Sok No:23 Daire 3 Osmanbey Sisli, Istanbul, Turkey.

2. JUNHONG ELECTRONIC&TECHNOLOGY(DONGGUAN)CO., LTD., No.18, Xinjiuwei, Liaobu, DongGuan, Guangdong, China.
Tel:+86-769-89161705, 89161706, 89161707, 89161708
Chinese website:
English website:
Arabic website:

3. Hunter Group Dedektor Sistemleri Sanayi ve Dis Ticaret Limited Sirketi, Darulaceze Cad. Demirkaya Apt. No. 17 Kat.1 D.3 Sisli, Istanbul, Turkey.
Phone: 00902122207034
Fax: 00902122207035

4. Alibaba699 Wang Shang Road, Binjiang District, Hangzhou 310052, China
Phone: +86 571-8502-2088
Fax: +86 571-8981-5505

Advertising from ‘any’ company claiming to be a manufacturer of Minelab products is definitely counterfeit!

Minelab Products are only Made by Minelab in Australia or by Plexus Corp, USA in their facility in Malaysia.

BUYER BEWARE!! Minelab will not be held responsible for counterfeit Minelab products!

The only way to guarantee you are purchasing a true high quality Minelab product is to make that purchase through an officially authorised Minelab dealer as listed on

Finding an authorised Minelab dealer in your part of the world is very easy. Just go to, click on the “WHERE TO BUY” tab near the top of the CONSUMER page and select your country, state and Zip/Post code. The details of your nearest authorised Minelab dealers will appear.

If you have any doubts if a dealer is an officially authorised Minelab dealer you can also ask Minelab using the “CONTACT US” section of to contact the regional office closest to you.

Counterfeit GPX-4500 metal detectors - Arabic - 17th May 2010 - 1.39 MB
Counterfeit GPX-4500 metal detectors - French - 17th May 2010 - 358.38 KB

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