Quoted from skristof:
Maybe I am missing something, or maybe it really is just as much BS as I think it is...
Under 100 games may be a bit low, but games in the 200 - 300 play range are fairly common. There are a few situations where this will happen.
1. Only pinball machine in a large house owned by a wealthy owner. They have an infinity pool (with water slide and waterfall), a pool table, a 92" big screen with theater seating and all the major console video games attached, a foosball table, etc. Kids got bored of the pin after a few plays and went and rode their dirt bikes instead. House is so big it's easy to overlook.
2. Also in a wealthy home, but with a dozen or more other games. Never became anyone's favorite, so it never got many plays.
3. Belongs to a pinhead with a few games who doesn't play nearly enough.
With Stern's, it often fairly easy to tell. If the game has the original (old) software that the game shipped with, the audits are likely correct. I got two of my games this way. As always, condition is king. But it's even nicer if the old software and audits match the condition.
Generally speaking, folks in the hobby are pretty truthful. You will get a some who will try to take advantage, but they're pretty easy to spot. If they tell you 100 plays and the shooter lane says 5000+, tell them you have to think about it and never deal with them again. More games will come along.