The rumor about Minelab
Some bloggers recently wrote that the future of the known company Minelab “is not looking bright”. They wrote that Minelabs “top executive” Gary Schafer left the company to sell “umbrellas, pens and stickers”. Therfore we decided to do a little “research” and find out, are these rumors true? Are these simply rumors created by bloggers who are eager for attention and sensation, and who are trying to convince us this is true?
First of all: Yes, Gary Schafer has left Minelab. As it is with all large companies, people come and go over the time, but this does not necessarily mean that the company is going to be a disaster, nor its future products. But guess what? Gary Schafer was not Minelab’s top executive. Minelab’s top executive is Peter Charlesworth, and he has been it for the past 8 years. And what does this mean? This means that Minelab’s top executive never left, and that they simply are lying to get attention or whatever they are trying to achieve. And who knows if this is the only lie they have written? They also wrote that minelab has become “worse”, and they claim that the minelabs go-find series was a “total disaster”. Well you know what? Minelab’s products are developed in Australia by the largest engineering team in the industry of metal detectors. Minelab are coming up with more products than any of their competitors, and they also have more patents. Minelab products are known for having the best preformance. Minelab has 4 big office locations around the world – Adelaide, Chicago, Cork and Dubai. Now tell me that is “not looking bright”. Minelab is also very known among metal detectorists. Minelab has been in business for over 30 years!
As it is a publically owned company, anyone can see the results of the Minelab business. And it is not bad! Just take a look at this video:
As you can see in the video they have a large, modern building. They also have lots of engineering staff working on something- maybe a new detector?
The factory does not stand still, but is constantly producing metal detectors.
So what do you guys think about this?
Ha-ha:) There is a nice phrase in Russian: “Оправдываться – лоховство” wich means that self-justification is for loosers. I suggest, all this long text is about this article http://www.terrapoisk.ru/ideolog-go-find-teper-zajmetsya-zontikami-i-ruchkami/
So we never said that Gary was Minelab’s top executive, our phrase should be translated as “one of the top-managers” wich is so. Go-finds is disaster and it’s a fact. Just compare the sales results with garrrett low-end models. Another thing that Gary made – totally chaos in sales channel situation in Russia and killed margin for Minelab products as a result. before accusing us of lying, they should check what actually happens and what all this negative is about.
It’s not about terrapoisk blog post as we don’t speak Russian m8 and do not read terrapoisk. Thanks for sharing a link.
Ok. Probably someone reposted our article with bad translation in English, cause we’ve explored Gary’s movement first and “umbrellas, pens and stickers” was our phrase:)
Oh, now it’s clear. it was md-hunter who reposted it 🙂
yeah you’re right m8. As you know our guys from Russian team will post about Minelab soon here, just take a look: http://hobby-detecting.ru/
Evreything what is going on in Russia is not our topic here as we are not related with it.
Yep as Detectorist said we are not reading russian sites, this is the English blog and we have no interest about what Minelab does in Russia, as i say it again this is an English site where we write about “English” news. And about that Minelab-go thing, i cant find anywhere written in english that it was a “disaster” 😉 And i see clearly that this article hit you as the truth and you felt the urge to defend yourself at once not even asking if it was about your article. And about that phrase in Russian that means “self-justification is for loosers”, tell me your comment is not self justification. Better think about what you write next time;)