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Chicago: An $800 Mata Hari - But never a sale


By Goonie

7 years ago



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#1 7 years ago

I can't be sure it's the same one, but I swear there has been an $800 Mata Hari for sale in Chicago for as long as I have been in the hobby. It's a great machine, and with prices where they are, I don't think $800 is too bad a price, especially if it's in very good condition. Anyone ever looked at this?

I have one already, but just thought it was interesting that this is always for sale.

chicago.craigslist.org link

#2 7 years ago
Quoted from Goonie:

I can't be sure it's the same one, but I swear there has been an $800 Mata Hari for sale in Chicago for as long as I have been in the hobby. It's a great machine, and with prices where they are, I don't think $800 is too bad a price, especially if it's in very good condition. Anyone ever looked at this?
I have one already, but just thought it was interesting that this is always for sale.
chicago.craigslist.org link

This machine has been on Chicago CL for almost 3 years! It started out back in 2010 listed as a non-working machine for $1100, $1200, then $1000. All of a sudden, it appeared as being "restored". It was nothing more than repaired by a local tech.

Again it had random prices over $1000. Then it was $950, $900, and now down to $800. It's been at $800 for about 6 mos now. It's some lady who is just stubborn. I am pretty sure Laseriffic has talked to her at one time.

#3 7 years ago

MH ss versions are a dime a dozen around here. I'd struggle to even get $5-600 out of one in my area. And thats working, shopped and delivered with a lifetime warranty....ugh.

John P. Dayhuff
Battle Creek, Mi.
269-979-3836

#4 7 years ago

$580 out of the one at the PATZ auction.

#5 7 years ago

yea, I'm really getting tired of seeing this one. It's not like it's always a repost, sometimes it's re-typed. The amount of time she's spent posting CL ads, she could have bought another pinball by now.

#6 7 years ago

She told me she saw american pickers or something like that and she knew that is was worth a fortune. I wonder if she still thinks that, this was 2 years ago.

#7 7 years ago
Quoted from Laseriffic:

She told me she saw american pickers or something like that and she knew that is was worth a fortune. I wonder if she still thinks that, this was 2 years ago.

Funny. People can be so stubborn. It would be interesting some 2-years later to see what she'd be willing to take now.

I really like the game, but I sometimes think it doesn't get much love outside me. Paid $600 I think for mine, but I've dumped a crap load into it to restore it. Guess this ones going to stay in my collection. Had no idea they were that common.

#8 7 years ago

It's kind of a boring game anyway. The BG is one of the best, but the machine is blah.

#9 7 years ago
Quoted from Atomicboy:

It's kind of a boring game anyway. The BG is one of the best, but the machine is blah.

Wha? How dare you speaketh such things! Blasphemy!

Just kidding. I do actually really like it, but I will admit I bought it just for the center kick out shot that aimes it right down the middle. Figured it would teach me how to nudge.

#10 7 years ago

So, how does it stack up against Six Million or Star Trek? Or Lost World? Not to jack the thread I'm just curious.

#11 7 years ago

I fell in love with pinball when I first played Mata Hari 5 years ago. The artwork and the sounds from the chime box just sucked me in.

That being said . . . I'd sell mine for $800 today is someone was interested.

#12 7 years ago

I just bought one - although it is the EM version...

Scott

#13 7 years ago
Quoted from Natetheviking:

So, how does it stack up against Six Million or Star Trek? Or Lost World? Not to jack the thread I'm just curious.

Much better game than all those IMO

#14 7 years ago
Quoted from Natetheviking:

So, how does it stack up against Six Million or Star Trek? Or Lost World? Not to jack the thread I'm just curious.

How bout Viking? Its got a little bit of Lost world and Mata Hari flavor mixed together and the sounds are better.

#15 7 years ago

I sold mine for $500. Was the one used at MGC tournament a few years back with the clear coated playfield, LEDs, perfect backglass and new aftermarket CPU and driver board. New drops and pop caps too if I remember correctly.

#16 7 years ago
Quoted from pepind:

Much better game than all those IMO

Yeah, I think I would agree. I like Trek for being Trek, but MH is a more difficult game that seems to keep me coming back for more. Love the chime box on it. I've played Lost World, but not enough to really critique. I remember thinking, cool, but not sure I would buy one. Need to play it again though.

I really like having some of these Bally's in the collection. Helps to mix things up, and gives me a different game play when I don't feel like a modern DMD workout. Also a bit of history...

I keep this one closer to the TV, as its good to play during commercial breaks. I suck, so my ball times are short.

#17 7 years ago
Quoted from Laseriffic:

She told me she saw american pickers or something like that and she knew that is was worth a fortune. I wonder if she still thinks that, this was 2 years ago.

That's the problem with those shows, they overprice stuff and make people think they can get a million bucks for crap games.

I saw an episode of Pawn Stars and they picked up some generic table (can't remember what it was). They paid like $800, spent a couple hundred to get it restored and then were told it was worth like $2000! I looked the table up and it was worth like 800-1200 tops. I would love to know what they actually sold it for, but I bet it's still sitting in their shop. lol.

#18 7 years ago

That craiglist link has it listed for $400 now.

#19 7 years ago

I'd be on it for $400.

#20 7 years ago

I'm sorry. It claims refurbishing was $400. I misread.

#21 7 years ago
Quoted from playboywillis:

refurbishing was $400

the last few times has mentioned this, probably why she won't budge. She figures if she sells it for anything less, in essence she's making less than $400. too bad for her, maybe you shouldn't invest that much in an old pin that won't ever recover it's value.

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