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Amazon is now selling Stern Pins


By andrewket

17 days ago



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    #1 17 days ago

    Mods: Feel free to move this thread... I wasn't sure where to put this.

    It appears Amazon is now selling Stern pins. Is this new?

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    #2 17 days ago

    No they have been there for a while now. JJP also sold some WOZ at some point on Amazon. I was about to buy it there and get 24 months no interest.

    #3 17 days ago

    30 day warranty. Hmmm.

    #4 17 days ago
    Quoted from Oneangrymo:

    No they have been there for a while now. JJP also sold some WOZ at some point on Amazon. I was about to buy it there and get 24 months no interest.

    Interesting. The 5% cash back makes for a nice no-hassle transaction.

    #5 17 days ago

    You can add a three year protection plan for $57.99.

    #6 17 days ago

    Hmmmn....that’s not a bad deal

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    #7 16 days ago
    Quoted from TaylorVA:

    Hmmmn....that’s not a bad deal[quoted image]

    I wonder how calling the Amazon 24/7 tech support line with a failed node board issue would go?

    #8 16 days ago

    Free Shipping with Prime as well and you have to pay taxes.

    #9 16 days ago

    I think it’s a limited selection too not many les

    #10 16 days ago
    Quoted from andrewket:

    Interesting. The 5% cash back makes for a nice no-hassle transaction.

    What’s the 5% back?

    #11 16 days ago
    Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

    What’s the 5% back?

    Amazon branded Visa cards offer 5% cash back on purchases through Amazon. I assume that's what was referenced.

    #12 16 days ago

    You’d have to be nuts to buy a pinball machine this way.

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    #13 16 days ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    You’d have to be nuts to buy a pinball machine this way.

    With the smokin’ deal on that 3 year protection plan, you’d be nuts not to!

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    #14 16 days ago

    Sure wish I bought my Wonka this way. Full refund for my pooled and peeling playfield art.

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    #15 16 days ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    You’d have to be nuts to buy a pinball machine this way.

    Many of us have sent thousands by PayPal F&F or cashiers check to people we've never met (albeit reputable Pinsiders) for used games with zero warranty, so this seems extremely sane in comparison. But I'm guessing you'd say anything but cash on the glass is nuts.

    #16 16 days ago
    Quoted from Beatnik-Filmstar:

    Amazon branded Visa cards offer 5% cash back on purchases through Amazon. I assume that's what was referenced.

    Yes. The store card or the Chase Visa. You can also use Smile to donate 0.5% to the charity of your choice. And if you want to get really creative, you can set up a merchant account and collect the commissions on the sale.

    #17 16 days ago

    No shipping to Canada... screwed again

    #18 16 days ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    You’d have to be nuts to buy a pinball machine this way.

    Lets see! I think Levi's point would be 9K plus for a DP Prem and 7K plus for a DP pro. Going to pay list price or way above for a game.

    #19 16 days ago

    Interesting to get community feedback from someone buying a nib pin this way. Walmart sells Stern Pro’s, but Amazon deal looks much better.

    #20 16 days ago

    Who the heck is this?? Middleman for distributor if something breaks?

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    #21 16 days ago
    Quoted from underlord:

    Who the heck is this?? Middleman for distributor if something breaks?[quoted image]

    I don’t know about now but I think Asurion was also the optional insurance you’d get through Verizon like 10 years ago if your phone was lost, stolen, or broke.

    #22 16 days ago

    Very interesting. So Amazon is acting as a distributor (at least for the ones that say ‘Shipped and Sold by Amazon’). Other than what it could do to distributors, why as a consumer am I supposed to find this to be a bad thing?

    The prices are in line with anything else once you take free shipping into account.

    #23 16 days ago

    Looks to be the same prices as my local distributor, with free shipping...crazy and great for consumer, not so much for distributors.

    #24 16 days ago
    Quoted from underlord:

    Who the heck is this?? Middleman for distributor if something breaks?

    It's a third-party insurance provider. Read the fine print though. If they really pay shipping and labor to repair anything that breaks in the first three years that is a money loser.

    #26 16 days ago

    Looks like “peelings” that do not impede the mechanical functionality are NOT covered.

    #27 16 days ago

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    Still, not bad for $58. One node board and you’re on your way to savings! Beats the crap out of Stern’s 30 day warranty.

    I can see distributors getting a ‘get out of jail free’ card by this. Good overall for everyone.

    Why Distro’s don’t offer these plans directly is beyond me.

    Who wouldn’t pay $200 for a 5-10 year policy? $500 for a ‘bumper to bumper’ ?

    #28 16 days ago
    Quoted from underlord:

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    Who wouldn’t pay $200 for a 5-10 year policy? $500 for a ‘bumper to bumper’ ?

    I wouldn't even think twice about getting one of these warranties and it would give me less stress and second thoughts buying a Spike node board type system.
    -Mike

    #29 16 days ago
    Quoted from Grizlyrig:

    I wouldn't even think twice about getting one of these warranties and it would give me less stress and second thoughts buying a Spike node board type system.
    -Mike

    Whoa, hold on a tick.

    Sell inferior product with short life span. Check.

    Zero warranty and high monetary company loss ‘goodwilling’ parts and repairs trying to save rep. Check.

    Let third party insurer handle those losses at new owner purchase agreement with said 3rd party insurer. Uhm...what?

    Amazon has it right. Stern, JJP. What have we learned...

    #30 16 days ago

    Stern and others will not give a real warranty, say 2 year leg to leg for original owner.
    So this is the next best thing.
    -Mike

    #31 16 days ago

    I almost got one this way a few years back when it was honoring a 20% discount for our wedding registry.

    Sadly now that I do have space for one it won’t give us a discount for our baby registry, even if we add it on. Says it’s non essential

    #32 16 days ago

    Has anybody had experience with collecting for any damage with the Amazon 3rd party insurance?

    $58.00 for 3 year bumper-to-bumper insurance sounds almost to good to be true. Especially since Pinball makers are not exactly generous with their warranty’s.

    It reminds of these companies wanting to sell me parts and repair insurance. I have heard that these car repair insurers have all sorts of exclusions that allow them to weasel out of paying up.

    #33 16 days ago

    Some pros are priced ok while other models not so much. Free shipping to inside your house yes, but you have to pay sales tax as part of purchase. Added to my cart and total was $6263, presumably $464 or 8% for taxes.
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    #34 16 days ago

    This is a good thing, IMO.

    Machines have been available before (and still are), with ridiculous prices which gouge uninformed consumers.

    To Amazon's credit, they are selling at SRP. All the other retailers selling Sterns through Amazon are massively inflated (usually by 4 figures).

    #35 16 days ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    You’d have to be nuts to buy a pinball machine this way.

    I would MUCH rather deal with Amazon over a distributor on a new Stern...not even close.

    #36 16 days ago
    Quoted from gearheaddropping:

    I would MUCH rather deal with Amazon over a distributor on a new Stern...not even close.

    Multimillion (billion?) dollar international corporation vs pinball makers. Yeah. Sure.

    Amazon customer service kicks light year ass over them.

    #37 16 days ago
    Quoted from underlord:

    Multimillion (billion?) dollar international corporation vs pinball makers. Yeah. Sure.
    Amazon customer service kicks light year ass over them.

    Pretty sure they'll take back machines with chipping pfs and craters like the surface of the moon, too ... and they'll demand that the manufacturer recognises they're faulty and takes them back. Might mean this issue finally gets fixed. If Stern and others want pinball to go to the next level, they need e-tailers like Amazon on board.

    #38 16 days ago
    Quoted from Oneangrymo:

    No they have been there for a while now. JJP also sold some WOZ at some point on Amazon. I was about to buy it there and get 24 months no interest.

    Wow

    #39 16 days ago
    Quoted from underlord:

    Multimillion (billion?) dollar international corporation vs pinball makers. Yeah. Sure.
    Amazon customer service kicks light year ass over them.

    More like multibillion close to a trillion. They have amazing customer service. I once bought a 2500 dollar tv and there was a shipping issue and they told me to keep it for free. They definitely take care of their customers.

    #40 16 days ago
    Quoted from SkillShot:

    More like multibillion close to a trillion. They have amazing customer service. I once bought a 2500 dollar tv and there was a shipping issue and they told me to keep it for free. They definitely take care of their customers.

    Best customer service ever . I’ve returned like 3-4 TVs no hassles no questions nothing .
    They came
    And picked it up

    #41 16 days ago

    I screwed up and didn’t jump on a prime and amazon shipped AC/DC premium for 6K about a year ago. The price was only up for a few days, then went back up to a more normal price. Haven’t seen a discounted price like that again.

    #42 16 days ago

    I immediately checked into an imdn prem. 7495 plus free shipping. Will need to pay tax. 60 bucks for a 3 year warranty. If you do get the 5% cash back credit card this is not a bad deal. Everybody knows somebody or some way to save off the list price, but if that warranty truly works, it definitely worth the few hundred bucks I would save buying it from a friend.

    #43 16 days ago

    Although it’s tempting to go through amazon my personal take is distributors will back u up if there is an issue , not that amazon won’t let’s say black knight had that upper play field add on u can only get from distributor how is amazon going to do that ? I wonder

    #44 16 days ago
    Quoted from Yoko2una:

    I don’t know about now but I think Asurion was also the optional insurance you’d get through Verizon like 10 years ago if your phone was lost, stolen, or broke.

    Correct.

    Coincidentally, I just used them to replace a busted iPhone. Got a refurb replacement in a couple days. The only complaint about the experience is the refurb’s battery is good for half a ay before it needs a charge.

    #45 16 days ago
    Quoted from Grizlyrig:

    I wouldn't even think twice about getting one of these warranties and it would give me less stress and second thoughts buying a Spike node board type system.
    -Mike

    "Spike mode board type" ?
    All spikes or some are different?
    Thanks

    #46 16 days ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    You’d have to be nuts to buy a pinball machine this way.

    then don't!

    #47 16 days ago

    I don't know how I feel about this. I guess it gives more visibility to the brand but at the end of the day buying online cannot give you the trust and comfort of dealing with some of the great assets to this community, our distributors. I personally would not do this but I don't fault anyone who would.

    #48 16 days ago
    Quoted from cjmjmm2006:

    I don't know how I feel about this. I guess it gives more visibility to the brand but at the end of the day buying online cannot give you the trust and comfort of dealing with some of the great assets to this community, our distributors. I personally would not do this but I don't fault anyone who would.

    You’re still dealing with distributors. Amazon isn’t a stern distributor, are they? I was under the impression Distro’s are marketing in larger volume like Wally World or Amazing...

    #49 16 days ago

    How much do you want to bet Amazon pulls out of this market once they realize the expensive quality control and distributor issues with their 3 year protection plan? Stern node board goes bad, they pass the buck on to a Stern distributor. JJP playfield turns to crap, Amazon/Asurion will be tasked with working out a replacement playfield or game directly with JJP. Your new Spooky game gets forklifted and arrives completely destroyed. How are they going to handle that as well for such a small price??

    Sounds like an utter nightmare for them.

    #50 16 days ago
    Quoted from andrewket:

    Mods: Feel free to move this thread... I wasn't sure where to put this.
    It appears Amazon is now selling Stern pins. Is this new?
    amazon.com link »

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