Quoted from DaveH:
I had 2 great locations a bit over an hour away... both went out of business.
Say all four locations get each and every Stern (unlikely, but I’ll rely on you to tell me if all 4 of them have Star Wars). If they all do, that is still only 4 games in a spot with a very rare glut of pinball.
I’m leaning more and more towards thinking 95% are I bought by regular people.
But its not about how many games the barcade/location buys. Its about how many newbs are exposed to pinball at that location/barcade.
The location/barcade is like Stern's showroom. The barcade exposes 10 new collectors per year, who then go on to buy 5-10 games themselves.
Thats why Stern are so focused on location pinball. Without it the market stagnates.