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Bring a pinball machine to a craft fair?


By dannunz

3 years ago



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    #1 3 years ago

    I want to get the word out about Pintastic New England to the general public. Thier is a large craft fair in my area that draws a lot of people. Anyone ever do this?

    #2 3 years ago

    No but good idea. most people don't even know they still made pinball machines

    #3 3 years ago

    "...draws a lot of people..." is the key. I would bring a machine that doesn't sell for a lot of money as most folks won't put up thousands for an impulse buy. Maybe in the $400 to $700 range if you really want to sell it. But if you're just looking to get exposure for Pintastic, bring a game with a well-known theme, easier or folks to relate.

    Good luck, let us know what happens if you take one.

    #4 3 years ago
    Quoted from Alan_L:

    "...draws a lot of people..." is the key. I would bring a machine that doesn't sell for a lot of money as most folks won't put up thousands for an impulse buy. Maybe in the $400 to $700 range if you really want to sell it. But if you're just looking to get exposure for Pintastic, bring a game with a well-known theme, easier or folks to relate.
    Good luck, let us know what happens if you take one.

    It would not be for sale just on free play to show people pinball still exists.

    #6 3 years ago

    What're the key demographics for a Craft Fair in your area? Here, it's much too female and much too old to do much good.

    #7 3 years ago
    Quoted from FrankJ:

    What're the key demographics for a Craft Fair in your area? Here, it's much too female and much too old to do much good.

    That's kind of what I was thinking also. To many woman. Maybe setting up at a comicon would be better. Although we do have a bunch of free stuff for kids and family's so that would tie it all together.

    #8 3 years ago

    "much too female". "to many woman" [sic].

    Yes, by all means, keep the helmet party going, and then ask why more women don't enjoy this hobby.

    #9 3 years ago

    not a craft fair, but the MPE guys have done something similar.

    They setup 5-6 pins at a small comic book event (great time, the show welcomed us - no charge for space).

    Then they did the much larger Michigan Comicon, and lastly they did the Autorama.

    All of the shows were a blast, and you just handout fliers or promotional cards for your show.

    At all the shows, the machines are set on free play, or credits were put on the older machines.

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    #10 3 years ago

    Make sure you've got space where you're not going to be pissing people off - I've never been to a craft fair but I imagine pinball sounds fitting in better at a comicon (or auto show for that matter).

    That said, while the craft/pinball crossover audience probably isn't huge, there will certainly be a few people there that aren't into crafts and might enjoy the diversion!

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