When I'm wrong, I'm wrong and I admit it. But when I'm right, I'm right and I'm going to brag about it-- haha. VE's and the specter of VE's have killed used Stern pricing. I felt very lonely on this matter when I was the only one talking about that and got tons of thumbs down. Now, more and more are getting with the program.
It's not about Stern not being able to sell what they want to sell and make all the money that they can. Make money. Have at it. Swim in it if you must. I just think that it's very short-sighted and will hurt Stern, in particular, long term. The main reason why people are able to gobble up all of these NIB pins is because they have the expectation that while it will probably go down in value a bit, it will not too much. (At least not enough to prevent them from selling for a modest loss and buying the next NIB). And hell, if you get lucky, it just might go up. Well, that's all done now. It's not just a matter that it will most definitely go down, but by how much. That very fact has caused people to take pause in buying NIB. Stern is self-deluded if they think they can sell fun in a box for 5-8k when buyers run the risk of losing so much now.
So, I knew this would all go down. I guess I just didn't think that it would be so fast. This, of course, speaks to another matter as well. The pinball hobby is extremely small. It's pretty much an inbred group that sells and trades games around. Keep adding supply into the mix and you know the rest of the story.