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aussie em prices 1978


By illawarra92

2 years ago



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    #1 2 years ago

    able amusements were the biggest of many pinball distributors during the 1960s and 1970s in sydney, australia.

    they are (as far as i know) still in operation today but nothing like the golden years.

    this is one of many original sales brochures that i acquired from a great friend, daniel.

    i can remember walking in to buy em pins back then and they had a walls full of games and they were actually cheaper than what was listed (started in the hobby in 1977).

    the em pins were basically everywhere to unload as all the solid state stuff had landed..i can remember walking into other distribution places that sold pinballs and asking for games like volley and they would take me to storage facilities with literally at least one hundred ems just stacked to the ceiling and they would just shrug their shoulders and say 'there are a few in there'

    it wasn't worth their time or effort and most of those games were loaded onto trucks and went to landfill.

    if there is enough interest i will post more photos of the sales brochures.

    the thing that sticks in my mind as a 16 year old was there was a 2 player gottlieb game..called dune buggy..as i used to come home from able and update roger sharpes pinball book..so was adding cleopatra, jet spin etc that weren't released then.

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    #2 2 years ago

    Makes you wonder how much they were paying for them, or dumping them to get some funds back, great stuff Tony

    #3 2 years ago
    Quoted from skywalker:

    Makes you wonder how much they were paying for them, or dumping them to get some funds back, great stuff Tony

    Back in those days, those machines would have paid for themselves 5x over most likely.

    Often operators smashed up the old machines rather than selling them to other people who could operate them in competition.

    Thanks for posting the paperwork! Very cool.

    rd

    #4 2 years ago

    1982, when I bought my first game
    the local operator was selling off EMs, single players $110, 2 player games $120

    1884, Bally solid state, Playboy, Star trek $450, black Knight was a bit more $1000

    Quoted from rotordave:

    Often operators smashed up the old machines rather than selling them to other people who could operate them in competition.

    rd

    which is where most sys1 went, they could not fix them so off to the dump

    #5 2 years ago

    Thanks for posting. That gives us an idea what was more valuable to them at the time . Also I found it interesting that the Stern SS games were a bit higher than the Bally games. I recall a local operator here telling me they used to get the Stern games NIB because they were a few hundred cheaper than Bally or Williams.

    #6 2 years ago
    Quoted from illawarra92:

    the thing that sticks in my mind as a 16 year old was there was a 2 player gottlieb game..called dune buggy..

    For 1970 Gottlieb had 'Mini Cycle'. But there was an EM Arcade Game, by Midway called Dune Buggy, it is a 2 player machine.

    #7 2 years ago

    Yes I just saw a dunebuggy arcade em a couple months ago locally

    #8 2 years ago

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    #9 2 years ago

    Interesting that the list contains a 1977 single-player Jacks To Open.
    Assuming that it wasn't just a typo or transcription error, I'm wondering if Jacks Open had a different name for games exported to Oz?

    In the US anyway, the SS Jacks To Open was not released until 1984.

    #10 2 years ago
    Quoted from Runbikeskilee:

    Interesting that the list contains a 1977 single-player Jacks To Open.
    Assuming that it wasn't just a typo or transcription error, I'm wondering if Jacks Open had a different name for games exported to Oz?
    In the US anyway, the SS Jacks To Open was not released until 1984.

    Future vision!

    #11 2 years ago

    There is a Jacks to Open was a single player em in 77

    http://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=1281&picno=8906

    #12 2 years ago
    Quoted from Runbikeskilee:

    Interesting that the list contains a 1977 single-player Jacks To Open.
    Assuming that it wasn't just a typo or transcription error, I'm wondering if Jacks Open had a different name for games exported to Oz?
    In the US anyway, the SS Jacks To Open was not released until 1984.

    has to be a typo..will post some other lists that i have in the next few days and there are plenty of mistakes in those (wrong spelling, year of manufacturing and wrong company listed as manufacturer).

    #13 2 years ago
    Quoted from bonzo71:

    There is a Jacks to Open was a single player em in 77
    http://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=1281&picno=8906

    That's Jacks Open, clearly easy to miss I guess

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