Quoted from Capn12:
Quoted from Electro0195:
I know many people will say not a good first pin, but have my heart set on GB pro.
Well...interestingly enough, I did exactly that, myself. GB Pro is my first pin in the house, and we love it, despite what a lot of folks say.
GB Pro was the 2nd game I picked up once I finally got back into the hobby. I rushed a little to get it because my girlfriend was playing the crap out of the Met Prem, and I wanted to keep that machine low plays.
GB Pro was the first game I sold, it had 1746 plays on it, and neither of us really wanted to play it anymore, and I wanted the money for something different(JJPOTCSE).
GB Pro lasted 1746 plays, AC/DC Prem lasted 2002 plays. No regrets at all, I would have done the same thing as far as buying them and then selling them later if I had to do it all over again. They were both fun for a very long time.
These days I care less how much a machine gets played. I used to want to keep the plays kind of low for resale value, but I have seen games listed as fresh off route sell for about the same as HUO, so it really does not matter imo.
As far as selling a game, 500.00 less than you paid NIB it will sit for a while most of the time. 1000.00 or more less, it will sell fast and no bs.
As far as buying a game, I rely heavily on pinside and what I read here. I am in a pinball desert. If I want to try a game I normally have to drive 3-5 hours or more to a location that has one. So far I have purchased 7/9 games without ever seeing one or playing one in person. I went to Bumpernets in Birmingham to try a TWD Pro, and to a barcade in Huntsville to try a SMVE, before buying those 2. Went to Boxcar in Greensboro to try a AS, passed on it.
I love Pinside. Saves me some road trips.
Back on topic as far as Amazon and Stern...I have no problem with Amazon, if they ever expand manufactures and the price is great I may give them a shot. As far as Stern, luckily I have never had any pooling or chipping, but the problems I have had they ignored sometimes, and was awesome sometimes, but personally for a while at least I like what other companies are doing with creative thinking and service at the moment.
Down the road if I ever decide on another Stern I would look at Amazon for the warranty and power of Amazon regarding any issues that Stern likes to ignore.
I like my distributor a lot, but I have heard him on the phone with Stern, and he is too nice. A call from Amazon to Stern would be more like "look, we have a problem, and here is what you are going to do to fix this".