I am going to share this information again for new buyers.
Buying NIB machines means considering FOUR FACTORS not just "price":
1) Time (Availability - Pre-Order, Immediate, or Wait List?)
*Are you willing to wait YEARS potentially for a game to save $500?*
*Will the game be available (including LE models) without significant searching and work?*
2) Money (Machine Cost+tax, not shipping cost)
*It is important to differentiate, because once you start adding up the base numbers, they don't always turn out the way you thought*
3) Shipping (Time required, cost, and carrier)
*Not all carriers are created equal, and dealers use certain ones that save THEM money, but have so-so performance*
*No shipping is NOT always the best solution to try and save money (taxes, fees, and other factors)*
4) Customer Service (Support, independent warranty, and secondary mediation)
*This can be a BIG deal for new owners, not familiar to pinball, and includes potential maintenance plans as well*
You are NOT going to get all four, unless you have networking.
Pick three from a good distributor.
If you have industry contacts, use them.