I will be attending the Chicago Expo for the first time. I don't own any pins yet, and I am interested in purchasing a few both used and NIB. Is the expo a good place for the buying and selling of pins?
I don't know if there will be a spread sheet yet.
You might post what you are looking for. Work a deal beforehand. There will be games for sale there.
You'll have to arrange your own shipping, unless you are driving and can bring back anything you buy.
LTG : )
New in box Normally no unless you want t buy one of the games used during the show which sometimes Stern allows discounts on. Normally a few % off but you have to pick them up from the show after the show ends.
Other than that Stern has Min sales price policy as does CGC so thats the any of us are allowed by contract to sell.
You are welcome to stop by our shop in the Western Suburbs of Chicago. We have plenty of used pinball machines as well as New machines to try. Lmk ahead of time. We have limited hours , but can accommodate.
Great American Pinball
850 meadowview crossding unit 10
West Chicago, IL 60185.
Tues thru Fri 6pm to 9pm
Sat 10am -4pm
Sun 10am - 4pm
Hope you stop by during Expo.
We have Nib games and can certainly bring something if you want to order. Also will have demos.
Just a suggestion but you live in MT. I would strongly suggest using the pinball Expo for what it is... The Ultimate test drive!! Test drive hundreds of different titles, eras, etc. then go Home and post up you want list on the forum or search local. Why would you want to go to Chicago to see a game you like NIB or otherwise then try to figure out what to do with it? My guess is there are Many great pinsiders within your state or area that you could get great deals on and buy at Your pace, Not at a mad trade show type pinball convention. Stern sells games Everywhere in the world as do all the other manufacturers. Many of the posters here are great dealers and could set you up when you get home! Just pick up the phone and say send me a.......... Good luck and I hope you enjoy the expo.
Great advice above.
Expo itself doesn't have hundreds and hundreds of games, but especially for new titles, it may be the best place to test drive them if you don't know what you want.
If you decide you want a certain game afterwards, thanks to the markup deals Stern has, you'll basically pay the same thing one way or another. Same deal with Jersey Jack and Spooky.
For older games, check out the spreadsheet Lloyd linked to and try to work something out early if possible, again I'd you know what you want. If not, play and ask around if you're interested in buying about the price. A lot of people will weigh in.
+1 & +1. I was in OP's shoes 3 years ago, certain I knew what I wanted and looking to buy when I attended my first Expo. Getting to spend a lot of time on a wide gamut of games opened my eyes to what was available and helped me guage the way they should be priced, from a condition and scarcity perspective. It also gives you a chance to talk with people with a lot of years in this business. These both were major factors to helping myself become a lot more comfortable jumping on the right deal when it came along.
That coupled to the chance to play games you will never get to see in the wild: new releases, one of kinds, prototypes, ponzi scheme builders with awesome graphics....how can you go wrong?
contact Trent at Tilt for NIB sterns at expo. He brings the most new Sterns of anyone and runs the big tournament. He is the closest distributor option from Expo and easy to work with.
Contact Chris at KingPin for pretty much anything else and JJP. Chris has stock of most JJP games and varieties and can likely bring you something to expo for easy pickup.
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