Quoted from 3pinballs:
LE should have been $7500, so instead of selling 1k at 9000 he'd have to sell 2500. Even 8,000 I'd be fine with. If he did that I know 4 guys, including myself would have bought it. Now there are 5 guys that aren't buying at the 9k price.
Honestly, I've never understood this mentality. You know, I know, we ALL KNOW that these machines with continually hold their value provided its kept in excellent condition. Whats the difference if you pay $9,000, or $90,000? If someone is willing to hand you $8500 after a years worth of ownership, You only wound up paying $500 for the machine. Figure, you're spending a dollar a play regardless, or sometimes more depending on your usage. I know when I sold my machine, it basically PAID ME to play it for almost a year. I had my wifes family, friends, etc yelling at me as to how I could spend 7K on a pinball machine without batting an eye. I tried my best to explain to them that the money ISNT SPENT UNTIL ITS RESOLD!
There's a mark difference between SPENDING and LOSING $9k, to spending $9k, and getting almost every dime back, or MORE depending on rarity/desirability. Instead of worrying about the out of pocket costs, I'd be factoring in potential value loss. That's what I do when purchasing a machine.