Real gold paydirt is a fun way to prospect at home! But watch out, because not all gold paydirt sold online is a good deal. Before you buy that bag, know what to expect.
The definition of ‘paydirt’
Paydirt is a mixture of organic material, like real dirt, clay, sand or even small gravel that contains placer gold. More specifically, after gold-bearing material passes through a sluicebox to remove all the larger rocks and debris, you’re left with what’s called concentrates, “cons,” or paydirt. That’s where all the gold is mixed in with tiny pebbles, dirt, sand and other heavy metals (called black sand). This is generally what people get when they buy paydirt online.
Thanks to the internet potential prospectors don’t have to go hiking through thick bush in remote places, or wade into ice cold creeks, to find gold. Now a simple search online will bring up dozens of websites where you can buy your own bag of gold paydirt to pan in the comfort of your own home.
Buying real gold paydirt online is a great way for those who don’t have the luxury of living in a gold rich area to pan for their own gold or to practice their panning skills before taking that prospecting trip they’ve been dreaming about. It’s also a creative way to get the kids away from screens and do something fun together.
Before you hit that buy button though, there are a few things you should know before you buy gold paydirt online. Not all paydirt is created equal. Quality and quantity vary by seller and even the region the paydirt comes from matters.
The type of material that’s mixed with the gold is going to be different depending on where it comes from, and even the way the gold looks varies greatly between different places. Gold found in rushing water is typically going to be smoother with rounded edges. The material it’s found with is more sandy with black and red sand filled with iron.
Our Yukon Placer gold for example, is going to look more rough and chunky because it hasn’t been smoothed over time by water. It’s usually found closer to the source with dusty dirt and tiny gravel-like material.
Many people buy paydirt from specific places because it is so varied and they want the chance to pan the different types and materials. That’s what makes our Yukon Paydirt so attractive.
Do paydirt sellers add gold to their bags?
The most popular way that sellers can guarantee a certain amount of gold in each bag is by seeding, or salting, the paydirt. This is the way we package our paydirt. We weigh out the amount of gold we promise for each bag and add it to the concentrated paydirt. There will be some variance in each bag as the paydirt itself will have some fine gold in it along with the gold added. This is the easiest way to ensure we deliver what we said and keep our customers happy.
This is perfect if you’re not the gambling type and want a guarantee on how much gold you’re going to get. There isn’t a risk of only getting a tiny amount of gold or no gold at all and it’s a great way to practice panning to make sure you’re getting it all.
Another way is some gold sellers weigh out their concentrates and bag it without knowing how much, or how little, gold is in each bag. They seed some of their bags so that there are a few bags with really high amounts of gold but the majority have a much lower gold total. These types of paydirt bags are perfect for those who want that rush of not knowing what they’ll get, just like real prospecting.
There are gold paydirt sellers that add nuggets to their bags and sell at a higher price since nuggets are worth more and are pretty cool to find. Other bags of paydirt have more than just gold and contain things like gems or other precious metals.
There are gold paydirt bags to appeal to every type of person looking for a taste of gold prospecting. Make sure you read what type of paydirt you’re getting carefully, do they guarantee a certain amount in all bags or only a few? Or not at all. The best indicator of the quality of the gold paydirt you’re looking at buying is the reviews of those who have already bought it. What are the people who bought it saying? What did they like, what did they expect, what didn’t they like?
Buying gold paydirt doesn’t have to be a gamble, unless you want it to be, but being informed on your choices and knowing what you’re getting will go a long way in making sure you’re happy with what you buy and have fun while panning it.
Now grab your gold pan and snuffer bottle and find some of your own shiny Yukon gold!