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Can you make Money putting machines on Location?

By trk12fire

2 years ago

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    #10 2 years ago

    I have a GB premium and a GOT pro on location, both earn very well compared to my other machines. There is no way I'd do a 50/50 with any location. That's an old rule of thumb when new pins cost less than $4k. It's easily justifiable to ask for more than 50/50, especially if you have superb equipment and you are doing all the work. As far as proprietors saying a table brings in 10k, that's not a good comparison. Pinball's are an attraction even more so today with the lack of locations to play. Pinball attracts customers to play, then to also take part in the other services of the location like food and drinks. Pinball typically brings in a group of people, not just in one person at a time. I would recommend at least two pins at a location, 4 or more is ideal. The more you have, the bigger the groups come in to play. Lastly, you are not going to make any real money routing pins, more or less you will earn enough to pay the deprecated value and a little for your efforts. You'll need other equipment like a touch tunes and or pool tables. I enjoy people getting to experience good pins and I have justification to have more machines.

    #13 2 years ago

    Industry standard (at least around here). Is 30-35% to the proprietors. This is not just pinball. There are a lot of locations that pay to rent equipment for the attraction it brings and the maintenance support for the equipment.

    #88 2 years ago
    Quoted from trk12fire:

    Are those ugly cross bar locks that go across the coin door a must have? I'd hate to put one on my machine.

    If someone is determined to get into your machine, they are going to do it. The idea of locks on the coin doors keep honest people honest. The idea of lockbars make crooks extreme vandals. In the end, a lockbar is just going to cause more damage. Better to have a little damage and lost cash vs. a lot of damage and lost cash. Also, don't clean out your machines in public view, try to do it before the location opens, if you have the playfield up and working on a pin, throw a rag in the cash pan to cover up the money.

    I would suggest not putting your machines where they aren't in plain view or sketchy locations.

    You could take it a step forward if you had concerns and get a coin exchanger that gives tokens for your machines. There are also apps that can allow a customer to pay that way. So there is never any "money" in the pins, only worthless tokens.

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