First Pinball Sale

By JCO25

March 29, 2020


57 days ago

First day of being a 27 year old and already made my first Pinball sale.  

It was a learning experience, though what transpired these last hours?  That's what this entry is for.  

March 28: Cloudy day, woke up late, already sensing the frigid spray of water on my back.  NOTHING. Just my usual close call waking up before 9am.  After my normal routine, said goodbye to my brother, a quick glance on the web and... I thought I was going nuts.  4 people were interested in our Monopoly pinball machine.  I had placed an advertisement up a few weeks ago, and already some eyes were hooked.  

Most of those eyes however, weren't what I expected.  3 of them wanted a low price for it, asking "What's your lowest price?", "I'm a player for this price," etc.  I thought this nonsense would never end.  Then one gentleman, the guy from Santa Clarita, asked if he could buy the machine.  I was hesitant at first (details changed throughout the messages), but after some guidance from my father, the buyer and I made the deal.  

March 29: 10:30 am, the Santa Clarita gentleman shows up on time.  Payment is made.  My brother returns home and helps us load the machine.  Turns out this guy is a Pinhead like me! We get to talking about games like Hook, different editions of Stern.  Finally, we load Monopoly into his truck and he drives off.  The guy messages me and thanks me for the sale and being patient.  

So what transpired?  A successful sale and small talk!  

But the biggest thing for me is you have to put in effort, a lesson I have been struggling for years to learn.  Nothing magical happens to you except when you put in elbow grease and you feel good about it.  I have been avoiding this habit way too long; time to employ it for life!  

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Comments

56 days ago
Way to go!

What’s your lowest price on your Paragon? (Just kidding!)
55 days ago
Thanks for the write up.
55 days ago
Good stuff. I may never sell my pinball but if I do, your article will help me know what to expect.
54 days ago
I have yet to sell any pinball machines, but I hope to get buyers like myself when I do so! Punctuality, communication, and cash are all the good signs of a good buyer in my opinion. Thanks for the write-up!
54 days ago
You have an amazing collection...especially for only being 27! Wow! Keep it up.
54 days ago
Found that most of the people truly in this hobby are happy and helpful. But like anything there remains a large number of morons, especially when your trying to sell sth at a fair price. Be patient, be firm, and never argue. Your the seller and you have the power. If it seems like it smells fishy, cut bait quick.
48 days ago
I’m 27 too! Only, I wish I had even one table of my own... haha Eventually I’ll start my collection! How cool that other millennials are also interested in pinball! Such a cool story too. I’m glad you made a successful sale.
46 days ago
Also a member of the 27 Pinball Club!
45 days ago
Good story congrats on sale
42 days ago
Congratulations.
37 days ago
28 and been collecting EMs since 12 what a great hobby to be into 2 things ive learned selling pins is 1. CASH IS KING & 2. persistence always pays off buyng or selling nice collection keep flippin
37 days ago
28 and been collecting EMs since 12 what a great hobby to be into 2 things ive learned selling pins is 1. CASH IS KING & 2. persistence always pays off buyng or selling nice collection keep flippin
32 days ago
Few things in life are more rewarding than a positive outcome that you work hard for,....and such an attitude makes for a much more pleasant life! Keep calm and pin on!!
30 days ago
Congrats and thanks for sharing your story.

Doc
PinballPrices.com
29 days ago
Good way to start your buying/selling career in machines.

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