When selling pinball tables becomes rewarding

By Petie423

July 24, 2023

This story got featured & frontpaged on August 10, 2023


12 months ago

I recently listed my No Fear on Pinside and Facebook because my wife and I are planning on having an egress window put into our basement so that we can make a bedroom for our oldest son. For the most part the listing went silent apart from 2 people that reached out to me. One could not see the machine for a week and was ok with me if another person reached out. The other was a family that was very interested in buying their first table, they wanted to come the next day and play it, to see if they liked the table. That is something that I always encourage, especially if it is someone's first table, that's a lot of money to be spent on something blindly.

So, the family came over and played a game and really liked the machine, the dad talked me down a couple hundred bucks and I was more than happy to take it since I was looking for a quick turnaround to pay for the egress window. As we continued to talk he had stated that this was their first game and he didn't really have anyone to help him get it into his house, I offered him to deliver for an extra $100 which he agreed to.

We continued to talk after the deal was made and he asked what he should do if the machine would ever break, is there anyone out there that can fix it for him. I stated to him that the community in NE WIsconsin is absolutely amazing and pointed him in the direction of Erik at D82 if he ever needed any guidance or direction. Erik's always been great to me if I have had any questions about tables, and I know he would do the same for anyone else.

That is when the he told me that his family had already been there and that is when his son fell in love with pinball. He said that his son was just blown away by all of the lights and mechanics that come with pinball and just became instantly enthralled with everything that it had to offer. Truth be told, that was just making selling it all the more enjoyable.

The next day came around to deliver the table to the family, it was a pretty local delivery, so it really wasn't much to bring it to them. When I got there also, there was not much special to note, it was actually one of the easiest basements I've ever brought a table into.

Once we got it into their basement, I went over the basics, something I would do for any person that I would deliver to. I showed him the best way to get the legs on, put the balls in, showed him where and how to swap batteries every year. Then we got into more complex things, like coil tests, light tests, and how to make adjustments to the game features. We also played a test game, and I would normally do with any purchase or sale, you never know what could happen in the move from one place to another.

As we were finsihing up, the rest of the family showed up to see the table in the basement, and you could just see the joy and excitement on their son's face. We briefly went through some of the basics of how to play the game again and after that we continued our conversation at the driveway. We talked about their neighbor selling their house and how they are a lovely retired couple that just wants to move closer to their kids, to talking about my family and the recent move our family made last year.

I drove away from this sale having the best and most fullfilling feeling that I get to provide something that I enjoy immensely to other people and I just wanted to share that experience here with everyone.

Thank you for reading this.

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Comments

11 months ago

Nice dude. Very cool, thanks for sharing!

11 months ago

How nice ya have a Good Person sell a game to aWobderful Family. Thank you for Sharing.

11 months ago

Great story!

11 months ago

Nice write up! Glad your No Fear went to a good home!

11 months ago

Pinball is special. Thanks for sharing.

11 months ago

Awesome. Pinball purchases should all be like this. I'm batting about .800 Seems pretty good to me. King Henry is a big part of my success. A friendly sport. As it should be.

11 months ago

Such a feel good story!

11 months ago

You sir are one of the best of us. It reminds me of the kindness that was extended to me with my first pin.

11 months ago

Thanks for a great story.

11 months ago

Enjoyed reading this! Great story

11 months ago

That story is the essence of what makes this hobby great! In almost 30 years in the hobby, I can truly say this type of thing is reason I always tell people that pinball has given way more to me then I have ever given it. Love it - thanks for sharing!

11 months ago

That's awesome! Love it.

11 months ago

Great Story.

11 months ago

It was for a No Fear

11 months ago

Just did the same last week and you are correct, it feels great to sell / work with a good family. Sold my DP to a local family and they couldn't have been nicer. He didn't really have any way to move it into his place so me and friend we're happy to help him get it into his basement. They were very grateful, and it looks awesome next to his new Foo Fighters!

We laughed afterwards that we were both worried about the transaction going into it. You just never know what kind of person is on the other side of the deal. Pinball is really a great community though!

11 months ago

There's something personal and magical about a pinball table that no video game can reproduce...this was a great story.

11 months ago

Every time I sell a pinball to a first timer I warn them that pinballs are like potato chips you can just have one. It’s always great to see new folks get into the hobby. My old mailman got me into the hobby by inviting me over to play his 30 game collection and offering me advice on how to fix and what to look for. I like to think I’m paying it forward when I sell someone their first pin. If you treat them well they usually come back and ask for more. ;)

11 months ago

loved it. thanks for sharing.

11 months ago

That made me feel good too, thanks for sharing.

10 months ago

What a great story thanks for sharing!!!

10 months ago

Fantastic story. Thanks for sharing. Very special when you help someone out that’s new to the pinball hobby. And me being from SE Wisconsin, I’ll have to keep Erik at 82 in mind if I have repairs that are beyond me. So your story helped me out too. So many moving parts, something is going to need attention at some point.

9 months ago

I'm brand new to the hobby & reading this makes me happy I got into it! Awesome story.

44 days ago

Great story! Thanks for sharing!

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