Warning to those new to buying pins. Obviously buying in person with cash is the only 100% way to ensure no scams, but it’s not always possible.
A few days ago a World Cup Soccer for sale ad was posted by pinsider SameGriffin. The ad had red flags. New member, no pins in collection, pictures in ad were of a pin on location. They tried to add a little bit of legitimacy by paying for a Pinside+ membership, paying for a feature ad, and demonstrating a little knowledge by saying the soccer ball didn’t work and stating a reason why.
I PM’d and asked for additional pics. They sent the same three. The pics were of a machine at Super Electric Pinball in Cleveland. I PM’d davideokills and he confirmed the pics were of his machine and he still has it. He said this person actually contacted him saying he was interested in buying it.
So this guy is a scammer that is putting time, effort, and money into this. And he has to be in the hobby because he has too much knowledge to be a random scammer.
The ad was taken down yesterday. But keep an eye out for this guy posting more for sale ads.
If this is all a misunderstanding, please SameGriffin, let us know the situation.
(Updated, one pinsider says the original for sale ad poster is real. Maybe not a scam, but more of an ethical business model question)