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Cost of a brand new pinball machine in the 70s?


By Noobee

4 years ago



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    #1 4 years ago

    I had someone who was purchasing a machine from me ask, how much did this cost when it was new? I had no clue. So what was the cost of a typical gottlieb, say, in 1975?

    #2 4 years ago

    I will try to find that out for you. I'm thinking less than $1000; maybe like $850 or so for a single player.

    #3 4 years ago

    Would guess $500-$600. (roughly 10x inflation since then)

    #4 4 years ago

    I got one in 1971 that was four years old, obviously not new, but you can sort of see the range.

    It was $400. So the guess in the $600 or so range is probably fairly close.

    #5 4 years ago

    There are some threads here that have the info. Williams Gold Rush at the Detroit distributor was $865.00 with "factory freight" and 4% sales tax. IIRC, the base game was $816.00

    #6 4 years ago

    KISS was $1800

    Time Warp was $1200

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    #7 4 years ago

    Late 70s Gottlieb EMs were $895 generally.

    #8 4 years ago
    Quoted from cfh:

    Late 70s Gottlieb EMs were $895 generally.

    that in 1975 adjusted for inflation is $3884.77 today approximately

    #9 4 years ago
    Quoted from vid1900:

    KISS was $1800

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    $1800 in 1979 is approx $5779.52 today

    #10 4 years ago

    $4500 in 2011 would cost $4738.03 in 2014

    #11 4 years ago

    Yea, quite a range, I was thinking early to mid seventies EM only. Obviously SS machines would be higher.

    #12 4 years ago
    Quoted from Elvisinmypants:

    $1800 in 1979 is approx $5779.52 today

    That is what the new KISS machine will cost next year.

    #13 4 years ago
    Quoted from stashyboy:

    Yea, quite a range, I was thinking early to mid seventies EM only. Obviously SS machines would be higher.

    Quoted from cfh:

    Late 70s Gottlieb EMs were $895 generally.

    #14 4 years ago

    WNBJM ... would cost $1164.21 in 1972

    #15 4 years ago

    1972 an electric dog polisher cost $17.95, $100.20 approx today

    #16 4 years ago

    MMR would $5460.70 in 1997

    #17 4 years ago

    If the original MM in 1997 had led's, full resolution sound and a color dmd it I would have cost $20,000 I would guess, and the start button would still not meet expectations.

    #18 4 years ago

    oh...... this is the em hangout We NEED a MMR-EM!!

    #19 4 years ago
    Quoted from Elvisinmypants:

    1972 an electric dog polisher cost $17.95, $100.20 approx today

    That must be some kind of typo?!?

    #20 4 years ago

    Williams 1976 Aztec was $895.00 to distributer, but who knows how much the distributer sold it to the end user. ie. Arcade, home buyer.

    #21 4 years ago

    Thanks everyone for your input. Now a follow up question. What do you think a new, out of the box, 1975 EM would go for today?

    #22 4 years ago
    Quoted from Noobee:

    Thanks everyone for your input. Now a follow up question. What do you think a new, out of the box, 1975 EM would go for today?

    That would greatly depend on the game. If it were a 1975 pinball game out of the box and still new 40 years later, I would be weary of wormholes.

    #23 4 years ago

    Just a theoretical question, really. Let's say a sought after title like Atlantis for instance.

    #24 4 years ago

    As new condition, no defects of time. Between $5,000 and $20,000 depends on who is buying it.

    #25 4 years ago

    I'd pay $800

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