Yes we are retail and yes we have retail pricing. We have never tried to disguise it or hide it and pretty much everyone here knows it. We have 40 machines on the floor and another 30 in the back warehouse. A lot of my clients are family's that want a machine, delivered with white glove service and want the warranty with it. The best part is that we are putting pinball machines in new homes with younger kids, hopefully they buy a pinball machine when they are old enough and keep pinball alive for decades to come.
We also ship all over the US and when we have a damaged machine we file the claim for the customer, which starts at taking pictures of the game as we pack it, box it and as it goes on the truck. This documentation process saves a lot of headache and is time consuming but pays out in the claim.
A lot of Chicago, Wisc, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan Pinsider friends have gotten a lot of good deals, rare games and super clean games from us and not at the retail prices. If they held onto it, they can now sell it for a nice profit too. We spend well over $40,000 on rent, equipment, website, maintenance, Etc, just to keep the business running. And lets not talk about Taxes. Well over the $20,000 mark.
As a distributor we pre book machine 25 LE's , and those that we don't sell we have to come up with the cash to buy the remaining allotment. Now multiply that by 2 pinball manufactures, 3 times a year. We deal with deposits, refunds and a lot of people backing out of deals. It's all part of the business.
I'll list a project here on this thread once in a while to pass along a good deal, that I'll may not get too. Which is why I listed the Flash Gordon. I try not to list the expensive stuff here on Chicago Trader/Seller. Not that many of you can't afford it. Some of you probably already have it at a fraction of the cost.
Thanks to those that support us, you know who you are! I'm not asking for sympathy, just wanted to give the Chicago/Sellers traders a peek under the tent on some of the things it takes to run a business and why some of my games might be higher than other games listed on pinside. Condition is also KEY factor. If we can do a deal that would be great, but if not I'll be open and honest and tell you I can't do it and will try to help you source it.