Which is a better investment? I might have an opportunity to buy one of these machines, can't afford both. Both are in great shape. I'm torn between them. Actually I'm leaning towards AFM but it is more money to buy. Looking for opinions. Thx
Not sure about investment, but I'd buy the one you like to play more. Have you played them both?
Don't fret Rookie, I once used the word investment on pinside too...
i would think so if it happens. I'm not a big fan of buying NIB but the afm he's looking at is likely that price or higher. be interesting to see what happens with the original mm price when the new ones are flowing smoothly into the field.
Both games are great, but I'd honestly go with ToM. Here's why:
AFM is great, it's got a great ruleset, fantastic modes and a thrilling game experience. However, from my experience with the game, it does get boring quickly. I remember playing it the first time and getting around 13,000,000,000. I felt like the a pinball God. I thought it was luck, played another game, got just over 14,000,000,000. I don't get less than 10,000,000,000 now, and I've only played AFM about 50 times. It's too easy. Center shot, powerfield down, kill the UFO. Exactly the same for Wizard Mode. There's no variation to the game. Sure, there are the other modes, but the point is that the main mode is TOO easy to get through. Besides, I'm not a big fan of the playfield. The artwork is great, but there is a serious deficit of toys and gimmicks. The only thing marvelously unique about AFM is that it has the UFO LED mod, which actually requires an additional board.
ToM, on the other hand, my favourite game. I'm hoping to get my dirty paws on it soon (either that or TAF). It's such an adventurous game, honestly never gets boring. It also requires quite a bit of skill. I mean, fair enough, you can get through the modes anyway even if you miss the skillshots, but if you can master ToM you'll honestly have the time of your life playing this game. Modding capabilities are amazing, the game itself is wonderful (rated #1 by me, die-hard JPop fan), ColorDMD support, looks sick as tits with LED lighting. I only managed to break the 1,000,000,000 highscore after about 30 games.
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I don't get less than 10,000,000,000 now, and I've only played AFM about 50 times. It's too easy. Center shot, powerfield down, kill the UFO. Exactly the same for Wizard Mode. There's no variation to the game. Sure, there are the other modes, but the point is that the main mode is TOO easy to get through.
Can't agree with you there. The "other modes" are the only way to get to the Wizard mode, which is "the main mode."
No offense, but 10 billion is not a good score.
EF Hutton says buy TOM, hands down. There have been merger talks recently and shares in TOM have jumped 8% this past month alone. While neither pin offers a dividend at this time, AFM is trading at above average pe ratio. once earnings plummeted. Look for heavy involvement from the South American contingency as the value of their currency is up and they are looking to pull investments out of the non-traditional commodities business (pinball) and move them into emerging markets. AFM is expected to slide further through next Spring, while TOM is poised to recognize double digit growth.
Are you looking to buy and store and sell in 10 years ? As an investment you can get a TOM cheaper and they will never remake it. AMF is more expensive and in 10 years the probability is higher that PPS will remake it is higher. I would say spend the 4500-5500 on TOM now and odds are it will hold its value or drop/increase with the general market at a rate that you won't loose significant value, AMF IS a $6500-8500 game (or more if really nice) that if remade may drop a bit in value. But who cares about investment. Just buy a Tron w/mods for $5900 and have fun!! It's better than both.
Now that I have my brand new pinball investors overeactor protection system I am quite pleased to tell you I just invested in an afm last tuesday. It's going to be a great investment. In fact I am so confident in my current pinball machine investment strategy that i am rolling my 401k, roth and franklins templetons over into this streamlined portfolio.
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