Eric, I would say this is a bit of a misfire. At $400 for an em that clearly will need work you just can’t complain. Non working flipper?! Welcome to the hobby. You need to start buying parts in bulk and stop counting pennies, as long as you are going to focus on low cost pins and as long as you are buying and selling games on the reg. It’s just the cost of being in the hobby.
Generally, if you spend $50 on an EM you are getting running again, that’s a lot.
These are incredibly small potatoes you are complaining about, and I think you know that. Start buying parts in bulk, have them on hand. You really have no business complaining about non working em flippers. Who gives a shit? You should be rebuilding flippers on every 50 year old game that comes in anyway.
You aren’t a bad kid and you are still learning but this really wasn’t necessary. I’m sure if you put that liberty belle up for sale today at $400, you’ll get rid of it quickly. There are plenty of em buyers who are less picky and understand they are gonna have to put time and a little (and it is a little) money into every em they buy.