I'm new to Pinside but old to the world I've seen a lot of things in my 73 years and not surprised by many but I was surprised when my wife of 53 years told me to buy a pinball machine for my eight grandchildren. I have owned a couple pinball machines in my lifetime my first one I traded a slot car race set to my cousins for a 1950s Bally EM pinball in 1961. In 1993 I bought my second pinball machine a used Gottlieb force ll for $300.00 it was in great shape looked new and I put it in my man cave alongside Operation Wolf arcade game and we all enjoyed them including my new grandsons for nine years. We sold the house and the games and bought Xbox for the grandchildren to play when they came to visit.
That brings me back to Grandma telling me to buy a pinball machine for the grandkids for when they come to visit. When I found the Pinside web site I was shocked at the prices that were being paid for 10, 20, 30, and 40 year old machines and I told my wife they're not worth the price people are paying for them. Then I told her what the new pinball machines were selling for and that all of them were movie Themes with a bunch of plastic toys on the playing fields and people were buying them 7,8,9 thousand dollars and after production ended people that bought them for investments were reselling them for three or four thousand more. I've seen this happen before in many different markets This too will pass and people who are paying these high prices for pinball machines are going to be on the short side of the market and find out they just got burnt. One more thing why can’t you buy a new pinball machine without a movie theme and with what I would like in a pinball machine Bumpers, Drop Targets, Ball poppers and slings and you can keep your beanie baby toys. Thanks from a old man, Art