Quoted from beepbeep:
I'm not looking to flip it, for what I could see it looked like an original Deathstar. The guy is being really cool about me taking my time on the decision, just want to make sure I'm buying it at the right price. I've seen them sell for anywhere between $2400.-$3500. On ebay. So another question for anyone....should a person only pay $2500. For this machine in general just because they made 10,000 units? And if this machine was fully restored and had leds what's someone willing to pay for it?
Also, for eBay consider that the fees the seller will typically pay.. A couple hundred dollars at least usually. Sometimes that artificially inflates an eBay price. Sometimes sellers will reference the eBay going rate as those that are listed and not sold. Always good to login with your account and search the sold listings, as some DESW have sat on eBay for years because they were priced too high.
In keeping with that, it looks like some have sold for high-to-mid $3k on eBay. If you list one right now on eBay, it lists the suggested range from $2375, to $3850. If you sold it for $3800 in a fixed-price eBay auction, the seller would pay $380 in final-value fees, so would only take home $3420 of that, not including Paypal or credit card processing fees.
I mention all this to say, basically account for a 10-12% price hike on eBay when comparing prices for what a private-party-transaction might look like.
If I were buying another DESW and there was one that was convenient for me to get, I'd offer them $2600 to get the conversation started for a player's quality cabinet, probably $2900 for something super-clean and already LED'd out and negotiate up or down from there.
PS, values might be inflated a little right now, following Christmas and the Star Wars movie. Next year, when a new Star Wars pin hits, DESW will probably be considered a $2400-$2600 pin again. Right now, IMO it's the best SW pin available since the Sega is a little boring and the Ep1 is all Jar-jar'd up. But, DESW by itself doesn't have alot of staying power in a home collection, aside from nostalgia - for most anyway.
Once the new pin hits, that will probably change and everyone will be all excited about the new pin (regardless of it it's good or terrible, honestly). $2400 is probably the floor for DESW - regardless of what gets released in 2017.