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$2.50 per game. What's the most you ever paid?


By ThisNotes4U

1 year ago



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    #51 1 year ago

    $1 Bob. In Seattle most games are 50 or 75 cents. One place downtown charges a dollar for new games. At least two locations are always 50 cents or less even for the newest games. I personally hate places that give you a discount for buying more than one game on the same machine. I almost never want to play a game more than twice in a row and I'm good enough to where I can expect replays at least 20% of the time on average. Plus 6 games for $5 can tie up a machine for an hour or more. I mean the discount is better than nothing I guess, but it's not like I ever play just one game and leave the bar. Let me play what I want.

    #52 1 year ago

    I've probably paid more than a buck at Tilt Studio or the like. I never really look at it as some have mentioned. To me, I like to play pinball, I dont really associate the cost with the fun. It's kinda like when you go to a nice steak restaurant. I dont order the chicken to save 8 bucks. I went for dead cow and that's what I am getting or else I would just hit a 4 for $4 @ Wendy's.

    Our games are at $1 when brand new for 2-3 months depending on when I do the collection. Then we move them to 3/$2. Eventually based on earnings and the location they go down to .75 or .50 depending. Usually once they are all paid for they can have a reduced price because your only overhead is parts, labor and licensing fees.

    #53 1 year ago

    Dinner and a movie. And I will never pay more than that for a single play!

    #54 1 year ago

    Just had the opposite experience at Up/Down in Milwaukee. I didn't really know the pricing when I handed the bartender a twenty for tokens. Games (including pinball) were all two for $.25. We played for a few hours and barely used half of our tokens. After awhile we were looking for games that used up tokens more quickly. It was clear they support the games with food and beverage sales.

    #55 1 year ago

    At PAPA and other tourneys, a 4 game ticket is ~$20.
    So I say $5/game is the most I pay, with possible payout!

    #56 1 year ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    Did your salary not go up during this time ?

    I find this whole discussion odd because I would believe a lot of people here are doing a whole lot better than they did some years ago.

    I make more money, I spend more money, I give away more money.

    Why in the world would I protest over an operator, who I know doesn't make hardly anything to begin with, asking for a few extra quarters out of me? I've done well, why shouldn't they?

    #57 1 year ago

    I paid 33 coins at Dave and buster's to play a star wars vid. Figured it was the equivalent of 8 bucks lol.
    Never again and I would have rather paid that toward 3 newer pinball games on location.

    To play a new high end machine I could see paying 2 bucks. Knowing the cost of these toys makes you appreciate new pins on location.

    That being said after D&B we went to a local barcade and played for just under 3 hours for under $9.
    Pins were .50 cent vids .25.

    #58 1 year ago

    I would have zero issues paying $2/one, $3/two, $5/3 for a new high end pin...especially if I was considering buying one for home use....

    #59 1 year ago

    Here’s what I wonder. I could see a pinhead (myself for instance) paying $2 a game (not happily, mind you) knowing that I’ll get a few minutes play time. But casual people or parents with kids etc will not. For them it’s outrageous for a game that’ll last a couple minutes. Which means Pinball is just becoming more inaccessible in the wild as prices increase.

    #60 1 year ago
    Quoted from frolic:

    You guys would be shocked what Dave & Busters charges for a short redemption game. And you don't even know what you're paying because its all hidden in their weird credits system.

    I believe it's called "Chips." I went for the first (and last) time about 6 months. Put $10 on card (which the cards in and of itself annoys me) had to pay an extra $2 to get the card and then it was game on.

    $10 of pinball can often last several hours. At the very least about 90 minutes.

    The card was empty in 15 minutes. That 15 minutes also includes surveying the room and deciding what I wanted to play.

    I was shocked.

    To answer the question, at tournaments, $5 a game.

    On locations, I've done $2 a play a couple times here and there, but it's very uncommon.

    $1 is the norm for A List games, .50 for everything else.

    #61 1 year ago

    A nickel!

    #62 1 year ago

    I played in the 70s 2/Quarter and 5 balls a game. as the SS games rolled out they were about .25/play 3 balls.
    I stopped at .50 per play -3 balls, and no ball saves on the drain monsters.

    The some arcades put 3" legs extended to the max on the back & none on the front, on EM & SS games I quit going to those.

    #63 1 year ago

    About $88 per play so far.... But everyday the cost per play goes down. so in about 6 years my cost will be down to a dollar per game.

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    #64 1 year ago
    Quoted from bob_e:

    About $88 per play so far.... But everyday the cost per play goes down. so in about 6 years my cost will be down to a dollar per game.

    My TNA has already passed the test and will be sticking around too.

    Who knows, in six years, long after they have stopped making them, it may be looked back upon as a rare diamond in the otherwise wasteland of today's licensed themes, and will become even more desirable and all the plays put on it were free.

    #65 1 year ago

    Two 3 ball games for $3. Add to that $9 drinks.
    We said f that and go home to play. $9 buys a whole 5th of liquor.

    If your going to have high price drinks you need to have cheap games. If you have cheap drinks you might can get away with higher price games but not both. It's a shame because we like the place but won't go.

    #66 1 year ago
    Quoted from jackd104:

    Here’s what I wonder. I could see a pinhead (myself for instance) paying $2 a game (not happily, mind you) knowing that I’ll get a few minutes play time. But casual people or parents with kids etc will not. For them it’s outrageous for a game that’ll last a couple minutes. Which means Pinball is just becoming more inaccessible in the wild as prices increase.

    If it's a decent location, they would have pins priced at 2 or 3 different price points, so they could find something for 75 cents or $2/3. Only the newest, most expensive premium pins are likely to break into the $2 or $5/3 range.

    #67 1 year ago

    I would imagine one the biggest challenges operators have is that most casual players (ones who don't own machines) have zero clue how much they cost. So if the game doesn't have some sort of appeal i.e. theme then they'll probably gravitate towards the cheaper games. In regards to JJP games I can totally see why WOZ or the Hobbit would have universal appeal due to their themes. The only reason I would throw down $2/game is if I was interested in buying the game for home use.

    #68 1 year ago
    Quoted from Londonpinball:

    I wish I had some coin drop cash flow

    Do it.

    LTG : )

    #69 1 year ago
    Quoted from Bud:

    Pinball on location is more than a hobby for the Operator and a massive investment. I see people go to locations that have expensive pins and complain about price per play while they are drinking a $5 beer, make no sense. Where else can you rent a few minutes of expensive equipment use for a few dollars?

    Play more pinball and get better

    I always strive to play better... Some games though just are not in my wheelhouse. I'm also not a bad player...I think I'm actually what you might consider a good pinball player. Not great. Far from it. But, I do from time to time put up my initials on machines. Was really proud of putting up the 3rd high score on the Sorcerer in Chicago St. Pinball in downtown joliet. As the number 1 and 2 score were the default, and that's a popular machine that gets a lot of plays. So that meant a good bit to me, and also that machine can be brutal. But, I was the Master that day.

    And I don't pay 5 dollars for beer. I hate beer. But, I love pinball. But, I do agree it makes no sense for me to hark on 2.50 per game when I have an Maiden Prem at home... But, I am a skin flint. But, if I see a pinball machine in the wild I make it a point to play at least one game on it.

    #70 1 year ago

    I actually paid $1.00 a game on location as far back as 1993.

    It was an interesting option to be able to use two credits and play a "Supergame" on the new Judge Dredd machine. It was also an easy way to win credits with scoring so high and the replay threshhold so low.

    Supergame may seem more of a novelty now, but it was very fun and exciting back then.

    #71 1 year ago

    If you average out the cost of game in my Gameroom. It's very high.

    That said I would never in a million years pay more than 1.00 for 3 games. I know that is shitty thing to say but I said it

    #72 1 year ago
    Quoted from TechnicalSteam:

    That said I would never in a million years pay more than 1.00 for 3 games. I know that is shitty thing to say but I said it

    Not sh*tty in the least bit.

    Everybody has budget limits for entertainment.

    And some locations might not be going after your business.

    No harm, no foul.

    LTG : )

    #73 1 year ago

    IF I'm at a real pin'cade... my limit is about 1.50 and that's for a new, cutting edge machine (stern, jjp, etc).
    If it's a B or C lister; it needs to be less than 0.75 imho.
    I ain't got time for some profiteer trying to ratchet up the coin box for a dud given I have my own machines at home on Free Play.

    #74 1 year ago
    Quoted from bob_e:

    About $88 per play so far.... But everyday the cost per play goes down. so in about 6 years my cost will be down to a dollar per game.

    If you play enough, you can make each play practically free!

    #75 1 year ago

    I'm still wired thinking arcade games should take quarters but in reality a few quarters doesn't really have much value these days. $2 for a play on a high end machine is a little high but really not that unreasonable if pin is well maintained. I do like places that charge by the hour or one fee for all games.

    #76 1 year ago

    Thanks for all the comments. So after two days, I have not seen any location charging $2.50 USD for a single game of pinball. My inquiry started by trying to find the most expensive single game in the USA or elsewhere. So far Saturn5 arcade in the Edison Mall, Fort Myers FL is the leader at $2.50. The games are Medivial Madness and Attack From Mars (both original), great games but nothing spectacular. Also FREE games are NOT awarded.

    Thanks again for the input, I plan to show this tread to the owner of the arcade. Pete

    #77 1 year ago

    There are a couple of pinball machines set for $3.00/play at the Greektown Casino in Detroit. Made by IGT. Name is "Pinball".

    WMS has Flippin'Out machines set for $5.00/play at Western Michigan's Four Winds (New Buffalo) and Gun Lake casinos.

    #78 1 year ago
    Quoted from MrBally:

    There are a couple of pinball machines set for $3.00/play at the Greektown Casino in Detroit. Made by IGT. Name is "Pinball".
    WMS has Flippin'Out machines set for $5.00/play at Western Michigan's Four Winds (New Buffalo) and Gun Lake casinos.

    Screw that

    #79 1 year ago
    Quoted from MrBally:

    There are a couple of pinball machines set for $3.00/play at the Greektown Casino in Detroit. Made by IGT. Name is "Pinball".
    WMS has Flippin'Out machines set for $5.00/play at Western Michigan's Four Winds (New Buffalo) and Gun Lake casinos.

    Since they are in a casino, do I win a new car if I GC it?

    I have a few ideas on bounties for my location games that I'm going to start doing. I'm not going to jack up the prices or anything, but then again, I'll also be giving away much smaller things.

    #80 1 year ago
    Quoted from ThisNotes4U:

    So after two days, I have not seen any location charging $2.50 USD for a single game of pinball.

    Fair is fair. Only to help you. If you ever come to my business, I'll charge you $2.50 a game, on any of my pinball machines.

    LTG : )

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    #81 6 months ago

    16.00 I bought TNA new and have about 400 plays on it.

    #82 6 months ago

    The most I ever paid for 1 game of pin was back in 2003 in London I paid a pound ($1.81 in US)
    to play a new Simpson's Pinball Party.

    #83 6 months ago

    $5 for game of Capcom Kingpin at original National pinball museum a few years ago...

    #84 6 months ago

    Yer not going to find any game for less than $1 in Canada, including old SS, or even EM. And if it's possible to turn off match / free games, then they'll be off.

    Honestly taking into account the cost of machines new or used, maintenance, insurance, etc, it should be $2. But probably no one would play at that point.

    #85 6 months ago

    I don't feel bad playing games that cost more as long as the operator has left the ability to earn free games. Most I think I've ever paid is $1.50 a game (can't remember where off the top of my head) but if I am paying that price I'm hoping for a well playing game that will reward my skill with a free play (when I actually exhibit skill...that's a whole different bag o worms )

    Good example is the Round 1 near me. Games are pretty much $1 per play (card system.... basically once you buy a $30 card the pin price per game makes it down to $1 a play). Condition of the games overall is decent (other than level which drives me insane) but the replay levels are set so if you have a decent game you're going to end up with a free game.

    I think as long as the operator continues to dangle that "just one more play" carrot out there I'll continue to drop money in location games.

    #86 6 months ago

    3 plays $5 was most I ever paid. Although, one could earn free games. I can still find .25 early ss games around here, .50 dmd games. I don’t see how that pays the space but I’m not complaining.

    #87 6 months ago

    The most i paid in adjusted $ was .50 cents a play in 1978, i imagine thats about $4 now.

    #88 6 months ago

    Local Boxcar 2 bucks 3 games. I won't go any higher.

    #89 6 months ago
    Quoted from HighProtein:

    $5 for game of Capcom Kingpin at original National pinball museum a few years ago...

    That's on par with what the late Gene-Gene the Dancing Machine was charging to play Kingpin in his booth at the Ramada O'Hare before he and Mike Pacak had their little falling out.

    #90 6 months ago

    most Ive ever paid for a game is $1 , not a ton of pins in the wild in Delaware. I could drop a couple bucks on a game if I had a hankerin, but most of the time when I play pins not at my house, they are at shows or other peoples houses.

    #91 6 months ago

    Reminds me of back in the late 80's when all video games were a quarter. I'd occasionally run into one that required fifty cents and would always move away from it. As a player, it is tough to stomach higher prices. As the operator, you have to charge what it takes to cover the cost of the game, the cost of money, supporting the game, and hopefully making a little profit.

    However, there is a fine line when it comes to supply and demand. I'm one that will rarely/never buy concessions at the movies or sporting events as I just can justify to myself the exorbitant cost. Funny thing is that if they would lower the price of a soda from $4 to $2, I'd probably end up buying 4 or 5 of them during a ballgame instead of none. I imagine there are thousands like me, but there are also thousands that will buy regardless so there is no pressure to lower the price.

    If an operator is getting enough plays at a higher price per game, then there is probably little to drive them to lower it.

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    #93 5 months ago

    I don't remember exactly what I paid, but I paid a higher than normal price to play a Big Bang Bar at the Allentown show. But the proceeds from the game went to charity, making it worth it.

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