The Pinside Market Watch
Written by robin, published October 11th, 2008. 3 comment(s).
Pinside.com announces a cool new feature for all Pinball collectors out there: The Pinside.com Marketwatch.
The Pinside Market Watch monitors classifieds ads on the internet and notifies you when machines on your wishlist are spotted. This allows you to be among the first to bid on those items and to get your hand on those hard to get pinball machines before someone else does. For now, we have started with Ebay and of course the ads from our own Pinside Marketplace but we may add other ad sites in the future.
To get the right notifications, you'll need to set up your own wishlist first. Make sure you are logged in and then go to your "my collection" page. On this page you will be able to add machines that you are interested in to you personal wishlist. You can add as many as you want and we'll start monitoring those machines for you.
The new market watch options in your Profile screen.Now that you have your wishlist set up, all you need to do is enable the Marketwatch option. Surf to your profile page, where you'll find the MarketWatch options box halfway down the page, on the right. Check the checkbox "Send me MarketWatch notification emails." and optionally select how often you would like us to send you these updates. We also made an "As soon as its posted" mode which will send you an email as soon as a wishlist machine hits the market.
For those interested, here's the story behind the market watch.
Some years ago, when our 'collection' of pinball machines was no more than a DW, a TZ and a big stack of flyers, We had this horrible luxury problem: which pinball machine are we going to buy next?
The thing was, We had already decided that we wanted a Theatre of Magic, an Attack from Mars or maybe a Champion Pub since these games were within the price range and seemed like real fun to own and play.
But now we had to find one. And find one for the right price. And thus came a time of endlessly surfing around the web, a Dutch auction site similar to Ebay.com, checking the new ads every day, seeking that one good offer for one of the above three machines, the wishlist if you will, until we finally found a really good deal on a nice Theatre of Magic. So we phoned the owner of the game only to find that the game had just been sold to someone who obviously saw the ad before we had. Darn. And that's basically the idea behind the Market Watch.
We hope our service will enable you to get that great deal on your next pinball machine!