Quoted from CrazyLevi:
Don't you think it's silly to suggest ANY pro pinball machine is "palatable" at $4k in 2019?
It's never gonna happen. Ever. The entry level for an actual commercial pinball machine is about $5500 now.
So I'm gonna say imaginary prices below that are simply not palatable.
Also, last I checked they are selling Beatles games. Only Hilton thinks this game is some kind of disaster that's going to bankrupt Stern. Like it or not a $7-8000 Beatles appears palatable, if not exactly winning popularity contests on Pinside.
Here’s the deal. There are NIB machines selling routinely for 8k, 9k and higher, MSRP. There are also plenty of “restored” machines (is anyone going to really argue that these are definitely, de facto, better quality than NIB?) that were new 20 - 25 years go, hell even 30 years ago, selling for $8k or close to it.
And people think THE BEATLES, without doubt the best and most expensive license of ALL TIME, is “way overpriced” at $8k? Look at the game, compared to any Stern Premium, and tell me there’s “so much” less value. Bullshit.
I do not want to pay $8k for a game. Any game. Never have. But I’ve played the Beatles and it’s freaking fun. It’s theoreically one of those true “keeper games”, whose cost will decline (or become irrelevant) the longer you own and enjoy it. It’s a true keepsake. A conversation piece. A collectible. And a bitchin’ pinball. Maybe it is overpriced. But don’t tell me that any Stern LE is a markedly “better value”. That’s just bullshit.
Because Beatles, for one. And a whole lot of other reasons. And I’m pretty sure I’ll own one someday, despite my being a total freaking miser.
Because BEATLES for one. And, oh yeah (yeah yeah) the game is fun as hell.