For years I had one machine (well two technically, but one kept breaking down and I got tired of trying to fix it). Now granted the one that worked was a pretty good one....a NIB LOTR bought in 2003.
I played it a lot......at first, then less and less as time went by. Eventually months would go by where I didn't play at all. I started to get more involved in other hobbies. One day I decided to sell the broken one...an f14 tomcat. It went fast because I listed it cheap.
That was spring of 2012. I listed it on "Mr Pinball" because I didn't even know Pinside existed! Walked back down to my basement and saw LOTR just sitting there by itself. I still liked pinball but I was tired of loooong ball times on LOTR. So I thought to myself....I can't have just one....I wonder if maybe I could do a two for one trade for my LOTR?
Started looking up the current value, found Pinside, listed my trade offer and got TONS of responses. Traded LOTR for a Getaway and WCS94....both in fantastic condition.....plus got some cash. AND BANG! I was back in the hobby!
Have bought/sold & traded 11 more machines since then (14 total since selling the F14). And have no plans to slow down. Going from one machine I was tired of, to two new one's really got me off and running.....so glad I did that and I've meet some fantastic people along the way. Mostly thanks to Pinside.