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“Awful all around. Don't waste your time & money !!!!!”

The Greater Foscoe Mining Co.
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Foscoe
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

My family & I went based on the price and we were staying close. First we went to pay for our bucket. The young man behind the counter did not feel the need to wait on us until he finished sending his text. He looked up briefly, saw us standing there and continued texting. After finally paying, we went up to get the bucket. The same guy brought us out a bucket of 90% clay dirt. It was ridiculous. This was not what we were use to. We went through a gallon bucket in 5 minutes between 3 of us. My 5 year old gave up after getting clay all over himself. We went down and another young man helped sort out our few rocks, which was nice. The other guy continued texting on his cell phone the entire time. We asked where we could wash up. Instructed to go next door. We went and the place was closed up like Fort Knox. It was well before the closing time of 5. Next time we will stick with our usual place.

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Reviewed 4 October 2012

Me and the wife and kids Do a lot of the gem mines in Western Carolina/East Tennessee, we have pretty much been to them all, and this place sits at the bottom of our list, For many reasons, when we arrived, we stood in the main part of the shop for almost a half an hour waiting on someone to help us, this in itself was very aggravating, once we where finally waited on, they took us up to the flume, handed us a couple of buckets and a shovel and walked off, did'nt bother to talk to us, ask us if we needed any instruction, nothing.. Of course we needed no instructions, but just very Unprofessional , the buckets yielded a some pretty good finds, and of course when we were through, we didn't have a clue where to go, again, no customer interaction, finally we had to ask, when we got to the counter and sit down, they grabbed our rocks, taped them all to a piece of poster board, and handed them to us, and smiled and went on about their business, no gem education, no discussion, again, nothing what-so-ever... the only thing we could figure was maybe their was a language barrier or something, because these guys didn't talk very plain English. This was a very bad experience, and we haven't went back, we are in the area frequently, and always pass this place up now... The place did look nice though, and appealing , but the service was terrible.

1  Thank rebel3696
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Reviewed 22 August 2012

My daughter and 2 granddaughters and I decided to give gem mining a try. We had a great time. My husband and I had tried gem mining once before with the granddaughters and what I liked about The Greater Foscoe Mining Co was that they not only tell you what the stones are, they tape them to a identification sheet. This way the girls can remember what the stones are. I think the price we paid for the buckets of dirt was reasonable.

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Reviewed 8 June 2012

Went here one morning it took 15 min and calling the phone number on the site to get service. They set us up and left not to be seen again. Of the three gem places we went through we found the rarest gems here but was lied to by the gem cutter. He told us a emerald we found was a $1000 a caret. Latter we found out emerald is more like $35 a caret. Glad we didn't have them cut it.

3  Thank Vkrailler
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

We bought a larger bucket not biggest but next size down. Daughters found some very large gems emeralds, aquamarine, and many others. Quite a few big enough to make rings necklaces earrings and the like. Also found a large round ball that needed cut to have to halves. Can't recall name but it's pretty.

2  Thank michaelbrace
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