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Buying my first pin


By KyleCat

4 years ago



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    #12 4 years ago

    My advice:

    1. Don't pay for shipping
    2. Don't buy a new pin
    3. Don't buy something you can't inspect in person
    4. Use this price guide! http://www.bostonpinball.biz/ebay_0515_4.htm
    5. Don't pay more than $200 over the "Average Since 11/25/14"
    6. Offer LESS than the average if the game isn't nice.

    Don't ignore older Sterns, because there are some great deals to be had. I sold my NASCAR for $1800 and it's a very fun, dependable pin. Most Sterns under $3k have already fallen as far as they're going to.

    #18 4 years ago

    Out of your list, I'd focus on Whirlwind, Taxi, T2, Pinbot and WPT. Or any 90's B/W title under $2500.

    EDIT: agree with Arpman, but you're safe buying a B/W with a licensed theme. "The Shadow" will never be remade, for example.

    #54 4 years ago
    Quoted from Wickerman2:

    Pinball-Addams Family Pinball - $5000?
    If it's solid that's a good price...all about the condition and if it works 100%

    With 20,000 made, that means the total market value of TAF is $100 million.

    #65 4 years ago
    Quoted from Astropin:

    Except that there are nowhere near 20,000 still in existence.

    Which means there are a LOT of TAFs in landfills. Sad but true (for any title).

    #68 4 years ago
    Quoted from parabol420:

    That price list seems way off. 2500 for Attack from Mars?????? Show me where to get one at that price please. I find pinside and pinballprice.com to be more accurate for up to date values.

    Yeah, the "12-month average" is pretty useless if there's only been one eBay sale. That AFM must have been dredged up from a lake.
    OTOH it's very useful for a game like TSPP. If 5 of them sold on eBay for an average price of $4383, then I'd say that's a good price to start dealing from, as either a buyer or a seller.

    #75 4 years ago

    Here comes the voice of reason (from the fog of insomnia).

    It's impressive that you've worked and saved enough to spend $5000 on a new game. But if that's your life savings and you'll be buying a car in a few years, set your budget for your first game at around $1500, and bank the rest. Learning how to restore and maintain an older game is a lot of fun and very rewarding, as long as it's not a basket case.

    Then when you're 16, you'll have enough money for a real car, maybe even a car with nice lines that the girls will notice...that's what I wish I'd had at 16.

    By the way, I worked on a game tonight that I picked up for $900, and I'm loving it just as much as my 2 Sterns that I bought new.

    #78 4 years ago

    I was in my 30's the first time I had saved $5000 to spend on something fun - but then I blew that on my wedding.

    #90 4 years ago

    Even if it's your cash, you should ask a parent to help you do the deal. Lots of good reasons for this, but the biggest is your safety.

    #110 4 years ago
    Quoted from Wickerman2:

    Shouldn't you be in class btw?

    Lol, our kids are connected 24/7. I sent my son a FB message once and he immediately replied "please don't FB message me while I'm at school". I said "why do you have FB or FB messenger open at school?". He doesn't have a smartphone, by the way.

    #115 4 years ago
    Quoted from KyleCat:

    Do ToM's run hot? I hope not, my room already doesn't get very much A/C.

    1 pin shouldn't be a problem. A roomful of games can fight the A/C though. Better plan to stop at 3.

    #157 4 years ago

    I hate to say it, but you're gonna want to do something to protect the cabinet art from the sunlight coming in through the window. It'll fade quickly in that location.

    #159 4 years ago

    The only solution I can think of is a heavy drape, or putting craft paper over the art. Maybe someone knows of a UV-blocking solution that can be applied to the art?

    #174 4 years ago

    There's no shame in playing it with incandescent bulbs for a while.

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