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Amusing Story About a Funhouse Purchase


By rogerdodger

9 months ago



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    #1 9 months ago

    Hi Guys:

    A few years ago, I lived in San Diego and bought a Funhouse.

    I removed the playfield to do a thorough top and bottom cleaning, being careful to put blue tape (marked with numbers), on all the connectors.

    When done, I kept the machine in the garage, as my young daughter said that Rudy freaked her out! Even though it was in the garage, my daughter kept begging me to sell it. Well, what could I do? I sold it (locally), as she had asked.

    About 10 years later, we had moved to Los Angeles and my daughter was now older, so I decided to look for another Funhouse.

    I saw an ad on Craigslist for a Funhouse that seemed ridiculously cheap. I immediately called the guy, and scurried round to his office where he had the machine, which was about a 30 minute drive away.

    When I arrived, he said that he had been inundated with calls offering a lot more than he was asking but I was the first and he would sell it to me at his asking price. I felt really bad, as it was worth considerably more than he was asking, so I did point out to him his error in valuation and said that I would pay him some extra.

    His response was that he had used it in his office for a number of years and was more than happy with the fun he had with it and only wanted to get his money back. He did thank me profusely for offering more.

    So, I paid a deposit, rented a pick-up truck and picked up the machine later that day.

    When I got it home, I removed the backglass to check the batteries, etc. and, to my amazement, I saw 2 pieces of blue tape, with my writing on them!

    Yes, lo and behold, this was the same Funhouse that I had sold 100 miles away, 10 years previously!!

    We had a big celebration to welcome Rudy home!!!

    Just thought I would share.

    Roger

    #2 9 months ago
    Quoted from rogerdodger:

    Yes, lo and behold, this was the same Funhouse that I had sold 100 miles away, 10 years previously!!

    We had a big celebration to welcome Rudy home!!!

    Just thought I would share.

    That's great, I kept reading and thinking NO WAY.. yes way, very cool! Thanks for the great story.

    #3 9 months ago
    Quoted from rogerdodger:

    Rudy freaked her out, so my daughter kept begging me to sell Funhouse.
    About 10 years later, my daughter now older, I decided to look for another Funhouse.
    When I got it home, this was the same Funhouse that I had sold 100 miles away 10 years previously!

    Rudy stalked you over all that time and all that distance? No wonder it freaked her out. Better sleep with the lights on.

    #4 9 months ago

    Hope you rang the guy and told him.

    #5 9 months ago

    We had an odds and evens at our house as a kid in the 70s 80s.
    It had a hole cut out under the coin box where someone had broke into it on route.
    Dad sold the game in late 80s.
    I go to a pinball show see an odds and evens put my hand under cabinet .. Yup it was our old game.

    #6 9 months ago

    No pics?

    #7 9 months ago

    Your daughter is probably just tickled pink its back

    #8 9 months ago
    Quoted from mjg417:

    Your daughter is probably just tickled pink its back

    Was thinking the same. She may be happy dad got his new game back but I’m not sure I would let her know the exact game that haunted her all those years is now “Back” and in the House. Lol. Congrats and thanks for the great story.

    #9 9 months ago

    Nah... It was a number of years back and Rudy is, sadly, no longer with us.

    However, if anyone has a restored Funhouse that they would like to part with, I'm your man! I miss Rudy!!!

    Send me a PM if you have restored one and let's make a deal! Shipping not a problem.

    Roger

    #10 9 months ago
    Quoted from rogerdodger:

    Nah... It was a number of years back and Rudy is, sadly, no longer with us.
    However, if anyone has a restored Funhouse that they would like to part with, I'm your man! I miss Rudy!!!
    Send me a PM if you have restored one and let's make a deal! Shipping not a problem.
    Roger

    Sorry I misunderstood. I thought you recently brought Rudy back to your place.

    #11 9 months ago
    Quoted from mollyspub:

    Sorry I misunderstood. I thought you recently brought Rudy back to your place.

    So did I , Must be just a thought out of the blue and post it.

    #12 9 months ago
    Quoted from Brtlkat:

    So did I , Must be just a thought out of the blue and post it.

    That's exactly what it was....

    It was a while back and I was just reminiscing and thought I would share it.

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