Quoted from pinmister:
As for being "priced out" that is not the case, plenty of people have plenty of money-it is the "principle" of it all. These pricing structures simply do not support the product being sold.
They are selling the 30 SLE's for $15k and people are lined up to buy it.
They have sold all 240 LE's for $10k.
This is a boutique, special anniversary offering. You don't like it, plenty of others do. The "unjustified" price increase? You haven't seen it yet, you don't know. I would rather NOT pay $9500 for the LE but I get how they "justified" the price.
It's real simple, once again, Stern announces GBLE at approx. $8k street price. People fall all over themselves to buy one so they can flip it for $9500 to $10k.
They made 500 of those, 240 of Batman, with MUCH MORE bill of material than GBLE. Now tell me again how its not "justified" for the 240 LE's that would have sold for that much on the secondary market?
For the "cornerstone" games, they are going back to NORMAL pricing. It doesn't seem to matter to Stern that they haven't publicly put this info out there. Maybe they should, maybe they shouldn't.
I have "justified" the price increase for me. Sure, I would rather pay less, but I want this LE pin, period. And I dropped my RZ because of it.
Going forward, I'm not on the list for buying $10k pinball machines, from anybody. It would take the right combo of theme, developer and software.