Pay Dirt Gold 1lb Bag Paydirt Review

The Review of Pay Dirt Gold 1lb Bag Paydirt:

Would this bag be a great bag or a bust? That is what I asked myself right before I started panning out the bag of paydirt from This isn’t something I normally ask myself but Pay Dirt Gold has a really bad reputation of being a gimmick to make money off a popular TV series. It is the same question I asked myself when I panned out the 2lb bag. That one was a “Great” bag and made me wonder if maybe the bad rap was unwarranted. Well only one way to find out.

The first thing I noticed is this bag is light, not by much but once you remove all the fluff, extra bag, vial etc, it weighs less than the advertised pound. This really is a pet peeve of mine that a seller can’t even deliver on the promised weight. Once i got over the missing paydirt I classified everything down and went to panning.

Surprise! I found a picker in the +10 material, maybe yet again I would have a great bag from Pay Dirt Gold! It wasn’t a nugget and it really didn’t weigh that much but hey I really didn’t expect to find any gold in the +10 material. Well off to a great start I would say!

Then I got to the rest of the material and it just didn’t pan out (no pun intended). I did find  little gold and I do mean a little but nothing to write about. (hmmm). In the end I found very little gold even for a $20 bag of paydirt.

I am torn about this seller. This is the reviews I have read, low weights, low ROIs and bad customer service. Yet my first review was so polar opposite. I was so disappointed in this bag I had planned on skipping the 1/2lb bag I have but maybe I need a 3rd review to break the tie.

Again as with my last difficult bag of paydirt this stuff had very little material in the +30 classification. It did have gold in the +30 material though. Not much, I recovered 3 small flakes in the -20/+30 classification. Plus found a few -30 specks that obviously piggy backed on in the dust. 1lb  Paydirt ended with a score of 5.6 out of 10. There really was no saving this bag form a low score. Even starting with a nice picker wasn’t enough. Low weight, bad bag and horrible ROI!

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Item Purchased: 1lb Paydirt
Total Cost: $19.99
Shipping: $1.40 (taxes)
Total Cost: $21.39
Total Gold Recovered: 0.077 grams
Gold Per Gram: $41.57 per gram
Gold Value: $3.20
Return on Investment: 14.96%
Actual Return on Investment: 12.27% 1lb Bag Paydirt Review

ROI (Return On Investment) - 1.5
AROI (Actual Return On Investment) - 1.2
Fun Factor (How Fun was Paydirt?) - 6
Value (ROI = AROI + Fun Factor / 3) - 2.9
Overall Experience (Self Explanatory) - 6
Paydirt Description (Vague or Detailed?) - 6
Paydirt Quantity (Weight as Described?) - 8
Paydirt Packaging (Paydirt Bag Quality) - 8
Customer Service (Self Explanatory) - 6
Shipping (Cost, Speed & Packaging) - 10


Out Of 10

PayDirtGold 1lb Paydirt Review
PayDirtGold 1lb Paydirt Review


1lb 0.6oz PayDirtGold 1lb Paydirt
1lb 0.6oz PayDirtGold 1lb Paydirt


15.3oz PayDirtGold 1lb Paydirt Unbagged
15.3oz PayDirtGold 1lb Paydirt Unbagged


PayDirtGold 1lb Paydirt Results
PayDirtGold 1lb Paydirt Results


PayDirtGold 1lb Paydirt Dime Pic
PayDirtGold 1lb Paydirt Dime Pic


This review is my opinion and my results may vary from your results. My bag may have been a bad batch or a great batch, remember no two bags of paydirt are ever the same. So please use common sense when buying paydirt from any seller. Oh and good luck and happy panning!


  1. Went by target yesterday and they had the 1lb kit with 10 inch pan it was $20. Just an FYI thanks for all the reviews ordered my first bag to try it out based on your reviews.

    • Yeah I have seen the kits around, but thanks! Let me know how it goes and what you find, and GOOD LUCK!

      • Thanks! I ended up ordering the mikes California motherload 3lb bag from Amazon I did about a pound last night and going to do another pound today. Last night’s weight was .480 grams out of 1lb of the 3 and today’s has already produced 3 big pickers with the first half of the second pound. Thanks again for the videos it has really helped. I am however having trouble finding any small gold (fine). Saving the dirt and gunna run it all again until I find some.

        • While i can’t say if that particular bag has any fine gold, sometimes a bag just wont have any. Remember the gold will always be in that paydirt until you either recover it or throw it away. I tend to save all my fine dirt and repan it over and over when have nothing to do or paydirt to pan.

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