Quoted from dudah:
Machine - For Sale
PlayboyNew!Used - shows wear, needs some work “Pulled this Playboy out of a basement in Wisconsin. Spent some good time getting it cleaned up and working 100%.
It had a blown power supply, did a total rebuild on the power sup...”
9 hours ago Chicago, IL 900 (OBO)
That's a nice deal for someone who wants a fun game under 1K.
Quoted from DrStarkweather:
Hate to kinda lurk a lot these days and then come in here all mopey, but Im feeling really down lately about pinball collecting as a hobby. Iv had pretty much the same lineup for almost a year and a half, but there just isn't much out there these days unless I want to pay out my nose. Ill jump in this thread every other week to check out whats available, and its just pages and pages with maybe one or two things for sale. Same with the marketplace, if you ignore GAP there are really only a couple listings at any given time.
Just makes me kinda sad about it because I used to have such enthusiasm for collecting and I don't know if the hobby got too big, or if Chicago is just a tough location. I just don't see myself being able to buy anything anymore. /end sad rant
You have a 4 pin collection worth over 20K. Sell one at today's prices and buy a different game. Lower your standards and have fun with a solid state project. You were unhappy with prices when you were a regular here. Not worth being stressed over. Wait 5-10 years until this blows over. There will be deals again someday.
Quoted from Methos:
Is it deals or games priced at market value that people are after? If it's the later, go on Pinside and search within a certain radius, and make some road trips out of it. They are always a lot of fun (weather permitting), and you meet some great people.
If you want to snipe a game off of CL from an ignorant seller, you'll need to learn to employee the same tactics as the flippers do.
Make connections with other collectors. Give a deal, take a deal. Casually mention pinball when the opportunity comes up. I got a Pinbot from my doctor, found an EM while golfing and so on.
For the people with guilt over this, if the doctor treats your child and saves his/her life what do you do? The bill might be $1000 but don't you now owe that doctor everything until the day you die?
I told my doctor that sometimes when I just let my arm lie still it hurt like hell, other times I could carry a pinball machine with no pain.
He asked why I would carry a pinball machine and I told him because I collect them. Turns out he had a Pinbot in his basement and would check in with his grown kids.
A couple days later he calls and says they don't want it in their houses so I should just take it and if they ever wanted it I could just give it back.
I explained to him why that wouldn't work. I would be sticking time and money into it to get it to the condition and playability level that I wanted.
He said OK, give me $250 and it's yours. I countered with $500 and he said you know you are doing this backwards. I told him it was OK and when I sold it I would be able to recover that and more.
I wish I would have thought of this while standing in his basement breaking it down but it didn't hit me until later. You never screw the only man in the world who can stick his finger up your ass.
Quoted from Whysnow:
Machine - For Sale
Aztec (can transport to Pit for ReplayFX)
Used - shows wear but 100% working and clean “Pinside suggests $1075, but $950 sounds fair for a no hassle sale on this classic that plays 100%.
This is a nice overall Aztec. Game was recently gone over and plays like a cham...”
9 hours ago
I will be driving through on my way to Pinburgh next Tuesday if you are interested in this.
Want to bring a game back to WI from Ohio? Unfortunately it's not right on your route or I would bug you to work something out. Nice looking Aztec. I bet if you threw it on CL it would go fast.
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