Quoted from Bublehead:
Everyone bashes XXXX because he has, at some point, during the time you have known him, done something untowards in his dealings with you. I understand everyone's frustration and everyone's complaints. You really have to approach it from the angle of "it's just business". He's out to make a buck, and if he can make it off you, he will try. He doesn't care if he sold it for 20, 40 or 60, he got your business because he had what you wanted. There are times in pinball when you need something, he's got it and you have seen it no where else. You are sadly stuck and he's really keen on knowing this. I don't begrudge a man in his "pursuit of happiness" (using the term as our forefathers meant it to be used) and I have had my dealings with him as well. If you want a deal, they are to be had. I got my Family Guy from him at the end of the 2008 expo (my machine was used in the tournament) for a sweet deal. This pin was NIB at the start of expo and had all of 250 games played on it by the end. I said how much for the FG? Now he said he needed $3000 when I got there Wednesday and I said I would think about it. I didn't talk with him again until Sunday afternoon. I asked him again how much... He said he needed $3000. I said "Hmmm..." and started walking away. Then he said he needed $2750 and I said would he take a check for $2550 and he started dancing back and forth (and if you know him, you know the dance) and started shaking his head "no" then I said $2600. And he danced a little more... Then he said I have $2650 in it from the distributor and I don't want to haul it back with me. I said ok would he take a check and he really started dancing... Now I don't know about you, but I love to watch him dance... And he shook his head and said No, and I said enjoy hauling it back and started walking... He finally said ok but he would have to have a cashiers check and I said where do I get a cashiers check on Sunday? And he danced some more... I got it for $2650, wrote a check and had it on my truck heading home 30 minutes later. When push comes to shove, he will come down to something reasonable, and I am sure he made a buck because I am positive the distributor cost was probably $2500. Now I have a machine that was played by all the big names in pinball (and it was used in the final rounds Sunday) a great story to tell, and as near a NIB as you could want. Also, the machine had been gone over by Stern Saturday in prep for tournament and was playing perfectly and has played so ever since. I have only ever had to replace the death target solenoid bracket and the Beer Can sticker due to my own HUO play.
Just add portland cement and water and we're good to go.