About Us

About Goldbay

and Dave (aka mlgdave)

mlgdave blogI created Goldbay in 1999 in response to finding man-made or (fake gold nuggets) being sold on Ebay. I contacted Ebay and let them know what i found and their comment was “we aren’t actually part of the transaction so there’s not much we can do” I asked if it was okay to publish my findings on my own website? They replied “yes, however you are responsible for any fall out from my postings” I said “No problem!” and I registered a domain name “motherlodegold.com” and that evolved to Goldbay.com.

I am, now 17 years later, surrounded by amazing customers, incredible partners (people I work with) and an incredible future for where we are headed.

Goldbays Purpose:

  • To share information, knowledge and passion for one of mother nature’s most desirable and beautiful creations. We are where the gold rush never ends….. 

Goldbay’s Values:

  • There are no secrets in the gold industry, we do our best to answer your questions and educate you.
  • To pass on and share our knowledge to anyone who asks. 
  • To have people be good to each other, to have people empowered, respected and appreciated.
  • To create life long dreams of action and adventure, and teach people how to give back.
  • To provide value, quality and an extraordinary customer experience.
  • To operate with integrity, honor and fairness.
  • To bring people together and be heard. Nothing that is ever brought to us is wrong, it’s valid and we care.
  • To make a difference. We mean impacting the quality of life through experiences and communication.
  • To continue to develop our market and customer base so that Goldbay works with small businesses and individuals such that they realize fulfilling their dreams into reality.
  • To empower Veterans such that they are looked after and have the tools to deal with life after they have come back from deployment.
  • There is nothing so precious as to ignite a passion in a young person. We are out to positively impact young people in realizing their dreams.

Goldbay’s Mission:

  • To continue to expand and grow our operations nation wide, particularly in the dental refining division.
  • To continue to expand our online offerings and making it widely available to those who do not have easy access to high quality natural gold products and or raw gold the opportunity to get them at fair prices.
  • To offer more to small gold miners for their raw gold so that they can continue to flourish and operate, to support their needs and to train them on how to recover higher percentages of gold through technology. 
  • To pay you as much as possible for your scrap gold and coins. We know that sometimes you don’t “want” to sell your precious treasures, you “have” to, and we want to ensure you are getting the fairest value.
  • I panned my first pan of gold when I was 11. The moment I saw those 5 gold nuggets in that first pan my life was altered. My mission is to bring many thousands of kids into this wonderful hobby, and educate and mentor them.
  • I have been around the world looking for gold ever since. My mission is to share my stories in such a way that people get excited about gold, treasure hunting, the outdoors and conservation.
  • I have dredged, drywashed, metal detected, live in a tent for 4 months in California, lived in a swag in the Australian outback for 1 month (going to do that again)
  • Goldbay now provides full time income for nine families and we are expanding. We are committed to having 15 families provided for through employment or as a contractor by end of 2015, 50 by end of 2016, 300 by end of 2017
  • We plan to continue growth year after year and to provide more products and services at the best prices and impact the lives of as many people as we can.
  • Right now we provide scholarships for veterans to attend a course specifically designed to have them deal with what they have dealt with in a way that they know themselves to be whole, perfect, complete and an overall contribution to their society, families, communities and are looking to set up funds for them to be able to create their own businesses.
  • James Morgan says:

    I just received my first order with this company this morning. After a small problem with delivery I was anxious to pan it [ gold fever ] I guess. It was only 1-1/2 gram in 3 # bag but I enjoyed it and am completely satisfied. will be ordering more soon. thanks I think I have found an honest company to deal with.

  • Joe Capp says:

    I have bought from Dave 3 different times. I was totally pleased with every transaction! Its nice to pan and see gold in the bottom of the pan! I have bought from a lot of Ebay dealers and have panned a lot of Home Depot sand (supposedly paydirt). If you would like to get what you par for, this is the man to buy from. Stand up seller!

  • Brian. Harris says:

    What karat are your #4 nuggets?.Thank you

  • I have been dealing with Goldbay (Dave) for almost 15 years now, I have nothing but the Highest Regards for Dave,
    I always got what I paid for in a timely manner and never was disappointed with any deal We ever did. If You buy here
    and read all the Material made available to You ,You will never be taken for buying Gold ever again, plus You won’t
    be paying to much for Gold. Still got the fever bought a nice 5.97 gm.nugget last week Thanks,Bert

  • Mitschke Udo says:

    At first excuse my English.
    And now my question.
    Since a few weeks im collecting Gold Nuggets.
    The only problem is, mostly I cannot find the exat location the Nugget was found.
    I think for, example, Yukon is not very exactly.
    Udo from Germany

  • Mitschke Udo says:

    Do you deliver to Germany?

  • Doug Hill says:

    I am a disabled Viet Nam Veteran, not totally disabled, I am still able to prospect and metal detect and I share your passion. Always have!
    My grandaughter is 8 years old and I want to instill in her that same passion because it is something that lasts a lifetime. For that reason, I
    am considering purchasing some of your paydirt so I can salt her pan. Doug
    Thanks, you got a good thing going here!
    Also, I am considering buying that 1/2 ounce Nevada crystal nugget you have on sale for $600. It appears to contain alittle quartz or is
    that just the picture? Have you done a specific gravity on it? I think it weighs 15.7 grams

  • Nick lewis says:

    Ordered a 2 pound back but do to some shipping complications and a little miss treatment from the postal service I only received 1 pound. Not gold bays fault though. Spoke to Dave on the phone in which I was instructed to pan it out and if the half gram that was promised was not there in full he insured another bag would be sent out. Sounded like great costumer service right? Well as soon as it was panned and only a little over half of what was promised was there I have had nothing but problems getting in touch with Dave. Spoke to his partner which said he was leaving a message for Dave to call me back and that never happened. Called multiple times to try to reach him and nothing. So not so sure about the product or customer service as of right now but will gladly update if it changes, but does not look hopeful. I think I might have just have to chalk it up as a loss. Super disappointed!

    • Nick lewis says:


      Talked to Dave once again who was just as awesome as the 1st time would had originally spoke and as expected he was more than generous about fixing the problem and making it right! Thanks a lot Dave and just based on customer service I would rate an 11 out of 10! Nicest guy and really cared about the customer. Extremely pleased and will most definitely be back!

  • barry stewart says:

    I have 10.45g of gold flakes and “pickers” retrieved from paydirt purchased from sites like Goldbay/etc, that I would like to sell. Took this up as a hobby for awhile, never got serious about panning. Can you help me understand how/where I can sell this – I can gladly send photos if you would like.

  • Glenda Benson says:

    I have found quartz with black in it and on it. Having a hard time finding hydroflouride acid to clean with. Can you please help Thank You

  • Mark W says:

    Would you take “trades” such as loose gold for nuggets weighing the same as the loose gold

  • bobbart3333 says:

    Looking to purchase a beautiful large gold nugget between 100 to 120 grams
    see my email

  • gabe says:

    i have a specimen that is 120g dry 84g wet. gold in quartz. all exposed gold has continuity. i have pics. there is not much gold showing but has huge potential, i need advice on how i should go about making it a real gem. thankyou

  • allencraig2013 says:

    Gold Bay is the 5th company I’ve tried for pay dirt. And I can easily say they have been the best so far. Nice nuggets, all the way down to fine pieces. There are a couple good companies out there and this one of them. Thank You Gold Bay, looking forward to my next purchase.

  • Elizabeth Quinton says:

    Fantastic is the word that comes to my mind.

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