China Garrett Pro-Pointer (fake). Photo comparison

The Garrett Pro-Pointer pinpointer, one of the best. Reliable, comfortable and effective. But the pinpointer has a big drawback – China fake, which can’t be externally distinguished from the original.

The Garrett Pro-Pointer pinpointer China fake is marked with red.










You can’t identify it externally. But if you know how the original Garrett must operate, you will determine the fake at once when turning it on.

The China fake has small detection depth and, most importantly, can’t operate in static/non-motion mode; you must move the pinpointer all the time to detect a target. The original Garrett Pro-Pointer always sees the target, even if the pinpointer is motionless.

23 Responses to China Garrett Pro-Pointer (fake). Photo comparison

  • Having got one from e-bay ” checked out seller first had good stars and feed back ”
    then a year later it just packed up
    sent it off for repairs to different dealer as no answer from the e-bay guy i had brought it from
    although he was still trading
    i was then told its a fake and that they get loads sent to them for repairs
    went back to e-bay to inform them as this guy was still trading
    e-bay did not what to know as it was just passed a year

  • Just had to return a counterfeit purchased through an eBay seller. Word to the wise: don’t buy the deeply discounted detectors from ANY 3rd party reseller. Hopefully if you do get scammed, I hope you have as pleasant a return experience as I had. Money refunded in less than 6 hours. No questions asked.

    Another word to the wise. These counterfeit detectors are evolving from all of the forum feedback. The detector I received had a detector tone more similar to the real product. The beep and vibration were both present and constant within .5 inches of a coin but was worthless beyond that range.

    The dead giveaway was still a single audible beep upon powering the device as well as the copyright/serial number on the end cap of the device.

    Lastly, I have sent pictures to Garrett (whose contact info I got from the perfectly counterfeit box) who indeed confirmed the serial number was a fake, not issued by their company. They are aware of the issue, though I’m sure there’s not much they can do to stop a supply coming half way around the world.

    Best wishes and happy detecting.

  • fake means easy to copy and my suggestion is pinpointer metalprobe impossible to copy
    and we only focus and developing metal probe very difficult to copy especially the “shell”

  • later we need sale detector face to face and we should have demo room
    I have inform all dealers they must have demo window to show underwater metal probe!

  • I just bought a fake from Very pissed off. Called Garrett and they confirmed it a fake.
    Last time I deal with them!

  • sorry to read your comments guys,i live in uk,only using onlinestores for real metal detecting shops,not virtual,google earth works great for this.beepbeep not beep! HH

  • Thanks very interesting blog! latahza

  • Come on! Don’t you guys think you’re being a little tough on the product? For the price it is a pretty reliable pinpointer. I bought the Garrett knock off without the Garrett name on it and I’m impressed for the price! And by purchasing from China I’m not helping any greedy American get richer! How are we ever going to put our foot down about how we are ripped off every day when we make a purchase so these people can keep getting richer if we keep buying their products? We may not agree with China’s government type but they’re just people too and they work their tails off and I would much rather help someone struggling then make the rich richer. Everyone deserves to enjoy a hobby and prices for items like this should not be so high that you have to be living very comfortably in order to afford them. The people who need the hubby’s the most of the people who work the hardest and get the littlest amount for what they do. They should be able to afford to buy a pinpointer! I’m a single mother and I can’t afford to buy American Products! That is just sick! We need to put our feet down about the amount of profit these rich buggers are allowed to make! 300% profit which is what a lot of these companies make is disgusting! You work hard for your money don’t you? It doesn’t bother you in the least that you’re paying the amount you’re paying for that pinpointer so that person can live in the lap of luxury when it barely cost them a quarter to make of what they charged you? I think it’s a great little pinpointer for the price and a lot of people who are starting out this is an awesome pointer to start out with! It may not have the exact depth but for someone starting out it’s perfect! You guys take your loyalty way too far to the point that you’re hurting yourself I could almost guess you are Republicans.


    • Yeah…and I have no doubt you are a bleeding heart liberal whose head is up some dark and stinky place! Pull your head and what brains you have out of that hole and remember that American made products cost more to make for several reasons including much higher wages for workers than your beloved China. Plus much better and safer work environments than your Red Chinese sweatshops. Plus employee benefit packages that U.S. workers and their unions demand from their companies who employ them.

      Get real. You live in the greatest country in the world and in history! Take your bleeding do holder liberal heart and move to China if you think you’d be better off there. If you’re not going to support America and American products, then we don’t need or want you here. Turn in your Social Security card and take the first boat to China! Traitor!!!

      • You countered one poorly reasoned post with an arrogant and obnoxious reply. Show some class, dude. You could’ve educated Maria on why American made products are better and cost more without being a jerk about it.

    • Wow! I think I’m in love with YOU! :-)

    • Congratulations for your text. Make really Sense. When we buy expensive “original” products we’re slowing some people Welty

    • It’s not even a guess what you are. Get the hell out of this country and try living in a Socialist one since that’s the alternative for you

    • communist

  • we are talking about the counterfeit ones that have the garrett name on them not the gp

  • They are likely both made in China, at the same factory, from the same design and tools by the same people. Garrett should make them here in the US, they sure price them like they are made in the US. I’d be willing to pay up to $10 more than the “knockoff” for the Garrett name alone. I think I may have to replace one of my Harbor Freight/White’s Bullseye with on of these.

  • wWe need to avoid bringing in any Chinese crap into the US and Canada! It’s all junk!

  • Right on Swede! How can people be so stupid as to believe that American made products are making American manufacturers wealthy? It’s all quite the opposite, China uses cheap, and I DO MEAN CHEAP! laborers, most likely slave labor. Since their labor is so cheap, they are the ones that profit the most. China brings all of that money to the U.S. and is buying up our land with the money we are giving them, which should be outlawed. These manufactures that are buying our land will soon be selling their same cheap products here in our country with the same laborers from China making the same products at a higher price only with one exception…it will be labeled…made in the U.S.A. I challenge Maria to go to China and try to purchase land there…she won’t be able too. Too bad too! Because I would happily buy her a piece of land and an airplane ticket just to get rid of her as she is probably not happy in her own country so she came here to ruin ours! Individuals liker her is destroying our country with these liberal, wild, and uneducated ideas. I am a Veteran and I believe in keeping this country great…even if I have to someday die for my beliefs…Keep America strong, buy back America with American made products like original Garrett products. Our country is worth the price…it’s the trade with China that makes manufacturing here in the U.S.A. difficult and costly. Thank God for companies like Garrett that continue to survive in a world of chaos.

  • I now know what i bought was a fake. However, for the price I cant complain, it works pretty well.

  • Well at least most people got something for there money! I paid $42.00 and got nothing. Yes 42 bucks was a red flag. But i ordered it any how. I still have my check out reciept . Some how there is a paypal invoice .When i paid with a card. Its a little scary they have my account info to my money. i never even got my fake pinpointer! Lesson learnt !!! IF IT SOUNDS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE!!! IT IS!!!

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