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Distributors price gouging Mandalorian LEs

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#401 5 months ago
Quoted from Kkoss24:

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“Step right up, and win some crap!”

#402 5 months ago

I was never into the LE market but looking at recent used Stranger Things LE prices ($12-13K) around here puts in perspective why this Mando LE is what it is. Good lord whats gonna happen when Godzilla LE comes out! Its only to get worse with all of these dream themes people wish for and are now getting.

#403 5 months ago
Quoted from swampfire:

How you feel about this probably depends on what you think it’ll do to Pro and Premium prices. So far they’ve had a fairly linear price progression. But if you start seeing $9k pros in a few years, remember this thread.

This is where the upward progression of pinball could get derailed…or maybe corrected…depending on your point of view.
If pinball becomes too expensive for home buyers, location pinball will make a major comeback (post-pandemic).
I personally never thought I’d ever have a pinball machine in my home (too expensive) but here I am, living the dream.

#404 5 months ago
Quoted from MasterBlaster:

This is where the upward progression of pinball could get derailed…or maybe corrected…depending on your point of view.
If pinball becomes too expensive for home buyers, location pinball will make a major comeback (post-pandemic).
I personally never thought I’d ever have a pinball machine in my home (too expensive) but here I am, living the dream.

In regards to location play making a major comeback because of the price increases of new machines disenfranchising home use buyers, do you see non-pinhead people willing to pay $5/play on location? $4? $3? Because I don't.

It's hard enough to get people to pay $1/play or $2/3. Generally speaking, the public is still locked on $.50/play, as they have no clue as to the price of equipment these days.

But I absolutely agree with your statement that we may very well soon see the the current golden age of pinball slow its meteoric rise (as compared to itself...it's still extremely niche) in the near future as inflation rears its ugly head.

#405 5 months ago
Quoted from Grandnational007:

In regards to location play making a major comeback because of the price increases of new machines disenfranchising home use buyers, do you see non-pinhead people willing to pay $5/play on location? $4? $3? Because I don't.
It's hard enough to get people to pay $1/play or $2/3. Generally speaking, the public is still locked on $.50/play, as they have no clue as to the price of equipment these days.
But I absolutely agree with your statement that we may very well soon see the the current golden age of pinball slow its meteoric rise (as compared to itself...it's still extremely niche) in the near future as inflation rears its ugly head.

That is an excellent point. It’s dumbfounding that people have such a fit about anything more than 50-cent plays. Especially when the newer arcade games that I see on location are more money (tokens) per play than a pin, with very few (or no) moving parts and very little maintenance needed. Without an increase per play, it would be tough for operators to keep up.

#406 5 months ago

I couldn't even imagine if that day would come for location play walking up to a $9k Pro.

#407 5 months ago
Quoted from FalconDriver:

I couldn't even imagine if that day would come for location play walking up to a $9k Pro.

Even routed, those games will keep a big chunk of their reselling value, no?

#408 5 months ago
Quoted from Saltimbanco:

Even routed, those games will keep a big chunk of their reselling value, no?

Depends how abused they get. .... It's amazing how inconsiderate people can be with things that do not belong to them

#409 5 months ago
Quoted from koji:

Depends how abused they get. .... It's amazing how inconsiderate people can be with things that do not belong to them

Shoot.....I just picked up a very nice original Iron Man the other week. It's got zero credits paid on it. To be honest, I'm not sure if that resets with code updates or not, my understanding is that it wasn't supposed to, but.... just in case.... I pulled the connectors from the coin mechs.

One of the dingdongs we have to live with right now is a spiteful shit, and will do things like block you in because you dared to park in "his" spot. He has 2 motorcycles and 2 cars in a house with 6 people in it. 1 car and 1 motorcycle don't even run...you know where the busted jalopy sits? In the garage, of course. I wouldn't trust that guy to not put a coin in the game if he ever found out it had zero plays, just to be a dick.

And this is in PRIVATE, not on a location.

#410 5 months ago

And I still think we should look at the dealers selling for the 14-15 20 and not support them.

Quoted from NorCalRealtor:

Dealers marking up brand new items over MSRP is gouging and bad form, plain and simple. Makes them look bad and makes customers feel bad. Do you people supporting this behavior enjoy getting reamed?
Also, buying LEe has always been a bit of a gamble, which is a big part of the appeal. Some end up being good long-term investments (see Tron LE and BIBLE), others not so much. If all distributors begin price gouging on the LEs then there's likely no potential upside for customers and greatly diminished appeal. It's short sighted and bad business. Any distributors doing this can kiss my ass and kiss my business goodbye.

And we should have a list of the dealers doing this so pinheads can decide for themselves if they want to spend their money with them.
And a list of the dealers who are selling at retail so again pinheads can decide if those are the dealers they want to buy from.
And for those pinheads who dont care or think that the dealers should sell for higher because it's better the dealer get the extra then the flippers then they can support them.

I just think it would be good for pinheads to be more informed so they can support the dealers that have the business practice they believe in.

#411 5 months ago
Quoted from FalconDriver:

I was never into the LE market but looking at recent used Stranger Things LE prices ($12-13K) around here puts in perspective why this Mando LE is what it is. Good lord whats gonna happen when Godzilla LE comes out! Its only to get worse with all of these dream themes people wish for and are now getting.

Funny enough, I heard yesterday that Godzilla LEs are already sold out if Stern doesn’t up the allotment from Mando...I’m not kidding.

I’m sure the bulk of distributors will tell people they don’t start lists this early or that they will “put you on the list” (or something like that to stay in compliance)...but it’s gone and a total sell out three or four months before release...or such is what I’m told.

Edit: I note from looking at the Godzilla thread that this point was already known by many. Frax made this meme, which is hysterical and I’m adding the photo now to this post.

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#412 5 months ago

Hang on, I'm relatively new to this - I'm just learning how distributors receive a specific allotment of games, that there's lists of regular buyers that get priority (even thou some are deemed scalpers), that distributors can sell above recommended prices, etc.

But how would a game that does not exist yet, be sold out already?

I'll add that if I call my distro right now, and I give him 2k for whatever LE will come next (which he's NOT suppose to accept), chances are I wouldn't get that next upcoming game anyway, IMHO..

#413 5 months ago

Also, if anyone would care to help me see the light, my distro is supposed to be the only guy I can deal with, it's a territory thing in Canada. Anyway, the only few times I wrote my rep, I did receive some fast, very polite replies. But that's it! I was never followed up with, never received instructions for the next step in buying a game.

As if I would email a car dealership and ask to buy the upcoming model sight unseen, and the guys at the dealer would reply they'd get back to me, but actually never would.. I mean, that has never happened to me outside of the pinball world!

#414 5 months ago
Quoted from Saltimbanco:

I'm just learning how distributors receive a specific allotment of games,

More like they buy a specific amount of games to sell. They don't just order them or get them.

LTG : )

#415 5 months ago
Quoted from Saltimbanco:

I'll add that if I call my distro right now, and I give him 2k for whatever LE will come next (which he's NOT suppose to accept), chances are I wouldn't get that next upcoming game anyway, IMHO..

Correct, certainly not at MSRP...

#416 5 months ago
Quoted from LTG:

More like they buy a specific amount of games to sell. They don't just order them or get them.
LTG : )

Then, do distributors buy sight unseen from manufacturers, or do they wait for definitive orders after going through their list of clients?

My distributor was being a bit vague only a few short days to the actual release, I'm sure he was being honest, probably because of the lack of information he had been receiving from Stern.

But this was the case with my specific distributor, as it seems others already had way more information and games on hand, including prices, dates, etc.

Seems not all distributors are created equal or they do get treated differently by manufacturers. Trying to get at how are those 650 games get split amongst distros, mine sure didn't care to get my business, so to speak!

#417 5 months ago

Dealers marking up brand new items over MSRP is gouging and bad form, plain and simple. Makes them look bad and makes customers feel bad. Do you people supporting this behavior enjoy getting reamed?
Also, buying LEe has always been a bit of a gamble, which is a big part of the appeal. Some end up being good long-term investments (see Tron LE and BIBLE), others not so much. If all distributors begin price gouging on the LEs then there's likely no potential upside for customers and greatly diminished appeal. It's short sighted and bad business. Any distributors doing this can kiss my ass and kiss my business goodbye.</blockquota

Agree!!!!

#418 5 months ago
Quoted from NorCalRealtor:

Dealers marking up brand new items over MSRP is gouging and bad form, plain and simple. Makes them look bad and makes customers feel bad. Do you people supporting this behavior enjoy getting reamed?
Also, buying LEe has always been a bit of a gamble, which is a big part of the appeal. Some end up being good long-term investments (see Tron LE and BIBLE), others not so much. If all distributors begin price gouging on the LEs then there's likely no potential upside for customers and greatly diminished appeal. It's short sighted and bad business. Any distributors doing this can kiss my ass and kiss my business goodbye.

Agree 100%

#419 5 months ago
Quoted from Coindork:I don’t really care because I’m not in the market for an LE.
That said as a business owner, here’s my take from an outside perspective.
There’s an old saying “pigs get fed and hogs get slaughtered”.
Basically meaning it’s ok to be greedy, but not too greedy.
It seems a little like a cutting open the goose to get the golden egg.
The distributors that sold at MSRP should have no blow back from the retail market.
Distributors that sold slightly above MSRP I doubt will either.
I have to believe that distributors that milked their machines for every last penny will have some long term repercussions.
If you alienate a buyer with higher prices than other retailers then said buyer takes their business elsewhere. Some buyers have short memories and will be back. Others have permanently taken their business to another distributor.
People can do whatever they want, but if you’re trying to build a repeat buyer base being the top of the market is generally not the best way to build a client list of repeat buyers.

That used to be true, but I think today's gotta have it now no matter the cost (people have had it too good for too long) makes it way less true. You see those divides in the threads. Many people simply don't care anymore, just like they don't care about their privacy.

#420 5 months ago

Yeah, if you’re not already down for a ZillaLE it’s going to be uglier than Mando.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Stern upped the LE production a hair. Even at 1k they’d be gone before release.

#421 5 months ago
Quoted from FalconDriver:

I was never into the LE market but looking at recent used Stranger Things LE prices ($12-13K) around here puts in perspective why this Mando LE is what it is. Good lord whats gonna happen when Godzilla LE comes out! Its only to get worse with all of these dream themes people wish for and are now getting.

I already said it in the other thread, Godzilla LE demand is going to be worse than Walmart on Black Friday.

#422 5 months ago

so This is where we are now.
This means any thought of us owning a Dream Game Titles LE is out of the question at the norm price be it JAWS,BTTF,Godzilla,BigTroubleIlilChina and anything else .
Well Like O-Din i am Outta here on the New Games market have fun You all !!

Quoted from Zablon:

I already said it in the other thread, Godzilla LE demand is going to be worse than Walmart on Black Friday.

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#423 5 months ago
Quoted from Saltimbanco:

Also, if anyone would care to help me see the light, my distro is supposed to be the only guy I can deal with, it's a territory thing in Canada. Anyway, the only few times I wrote my rep, I did receive some fast, very polite replies. But that's it! I was never followed up with, never received instructions for the next step in buying a game.
As if I would email a car dealership and ask to buy the upcoming model sight unseen, and the guys at the dealer would reply they'd get back to me, but actually never would.. I mean, that has never happened to me outside of the pinball world!

At least in the USA, the market demand is so high that the distros do not need to chase customers. If you don’t buy, there is someone in line directly behind you and ready to purchase. It seems very crazy but demand far outweighs the supply. Even worse, if you are in an area split up into dealer territories then they really have no need to put forth the extra effort to make a sale. If you think the pinball market is insane, you should see what it’s like in the US housing market. Strange times, indeed!

#424 5 months ago
Quoted from PinFever:

so This is where we are now.
This means any thought of us owning a Dream Game Titles LE is out of the question at the norm price be it JAWS,BTTF,Godzilla,BigTroubleIlilChina and anything else .
Well Like O-Din i am Outta here on the New Games market have fun You all !!
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Good luck to you!

#425 5 months ago
Quoted from Saltimbanco:

As if I would email a car dealership and ask to buy the upcoming model sight unseen, and the guys at the dealer would reply they'd get back to me, but actually never would.. I mean, that has never happened to me outside of the pinball world!

Happened to me…twice! One car, two different dealerships. Never bought a second vehicle from any single dealership. Every dealership I have dealt with never left me feeling like I wanted to go back. They make the experience suck. My experience with buying a car is that dealerships are only after your money. Not a deal where both can be happy.

#426 5 months ago
Quoted from MasterBlaster:

At least in the USA, the market demand is so high that the distros do not need to chase customers. If you don’t buy, there is someone in line directly behind you and ready to purchase.

Don’t leave out those that are in line with several distributors for the same pin. Taking up multiple positions.

#427 5 months ago
Quoted from LukyDuck:

My experience with buying a car is that dealerships are only after your money. Not a deal where both can be happy.

Kind of the definition of business? Few really want a Relationship just a sale which works for me.

#428 5 months ago
Quoted from Saltimbanco:

Even routed, those games will keep a big chunk of their reselling value, no?

Not really sure. Condition is king.

#429 5 months ago

a stern distributor makes his mandoLE bank deposit while demonstrating the games rotating upper playfield.

#430 5 months ago
Quoted from TigerLaw:

Funny enough, I heard yesterday that Godzilla LEs are already sold out if Stern doesn’t up the allotment from Mando...I’m not kidding.
I’m sure the bulk of distributors will tell people they don’t start lists this early or that they will “put you on the list” (or something like that to stay in compliance)...but it’s gone and a total sell out three or four months before release...or such is what I’m told.
Edit: I note from looking at the Godzilla thread that this point was already known by many. Frax made this meme, which is hysterical and I’m adding the photo now to this post.
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Meanwhile Stern are back in the office wondering how much they can raise prices!

#431 5 months ago
Quoted from pickleric:

With all due respect, it often feels like you are using Pinside as your diary.

If you feel the need to reply, a sentence or two will do. No one here needs a treatise.

Just because you have a hard time reading more than a sentence or two doesn't mean I'm creating a diary. You know a good point can't always be made with one sentence. Why don't you tell some of these podcasters who do 1 hour shows of near worthless content to cut them down to a sentence or two. Lets see how that goes over.

If you don't like what someone says don't read it.

#432 5 months ago

After what we saw with Mando LE prices being increased more than usual by both distros and scalpers, I would be quite surprised if Stern does not raise the price of LEs starting with Godzilla.

#433 5 months ago

What we are seeing are the beginning stages of hyper inflation. It’s only going to get worse.

Good news is when jobs finally adjust and pay proper cost of living you’ll be making $800k a month! Bad news is pinball machines will cost 4 million NIB. :/

#434 5 months ago
Quoted from Grandnational007:

In regards to location play making a major comeback because of the price increases of new machines disenfranchising home use buyers, do you see non-pinhead people willing to pay $5/play on location? $4? $3? Because I don't.
It's hard enough to get people to pay $1/play or $2/3. Generally speaking, the public is still locked on $.50/play, as they have no clue as to the price of equipment these days.

This is kinda detached from the real factor that sets prices on location. Grosses.

Most of those big fancy machines in arcades cost 3x or more than a stern pro pinball machine - they aren't charging $2-$5 a play. Arcade pieces have been costing $5k-$20k for a long long time. Operators set prices for equipment to pay for depreciation and profits... not for the cost of the machine. The willingness of an operator to pay the price for a piece of equipment is based on how much it will earn. They know they will resell/turnover the equipment for its residual value before the game likely pays for itself outright.

Prices of equipment won't be a factor in what makes pinball viable on route - it's how much the operator can gross and his cost to do so. That's what killed pinball before... low grosses and high operational costs. pinball was cheaper to buy than the big shooters, etc... didn't matter because they didn't EARN. That's what operators care about.

What you refer to that is right is... hoping that high equipment prices would drive people to more location pins.. and hopefully higher grosses for operators. That can make operating pins more viable again.

Even today with the 'surge' of location pinball everywhere... it's still a passion experiment for most. It doesn't earn nearly like it's competition.

#435 5 months ago
Quoted from BrianJ1337:

What we are seeing are the beginning stages of hyper inflation. It’s only going to get worse.
Good news is when jobs finally adjust and pay proper cost of living you’ll be making $800k a month! Bad news is pinball machines will cost 4 million NIB. :/

This is way more true than most realize, even if they’re thinking about it on some scale. 25% of all US dollars in existence have been “created” by the Fed (out of thin air as more fiat) in the last 6 months. One fourth!

#436 5 months ago

Well my name is on the list for Godzilla.

#437 5 months ago

Godzilla would be one of the DREAM themes for me. I’m excited. Someone might say well you know there is already a Godzilla pinball, yes but that isn’t Godzilla. Godzilla would never run away from a helicopter, or be taken out by a single rocket, or stunned by a submarine. Godzilla would never hide from humans or be lured out by a pile of fish. That particular Godzilla movie is the worst movie I think I’ve ever seen.

So bring on the REAL GODZILLA the lizard that destroys cities, kills monsters and is simply a badass.

#438 5 months ago
Quoted from drfrightner:

Someone might say well you know there is already a Godzilla pinball, yes but that isn’t Godzilla. Godzilla would never run away from a helicopter, or be taken out by a single rocket, or stunned by a submarine. Godzilla would never hide from humans or be lured out by a pile of fish. That particular Godzilla movie is the worst movie I think I’ve ever seen.

The Sega Godzilla game is a fantastic game though, and it looks great (for a game of that era). Sure, it was based on a failed movie that had a lame Godzilla, but at least he breathes fire in the Sega game.

Quoted from Palmer:

After what we saw with Mando LE prices being increased more than usual by both distros and scalpers, I would be quite surprised if Stern does not raise the price of LEs starting with Godzilla.

I really wonder what Stern will do on that front. Will they raise prices or significantly increase the number of LE’s available? My guess is the LE number moves up to 1,000.

#439 5 months ago

Could you blame the distributers if they want to raise the price? Just take a look at the Pinside ads, people probably acting as collectors and selling then LE's for more profit than the distributers and probably the manufactures...so if you have a beef, have it with the community...BTW, cant wait till mine show up next month.

#440 5 months ago

Just thought of something. The LEs come out first. If there are any issues the most expensive models will see them.

#441 5 months ago
Quoted from zr11990:

Just thought of something. The LEs come out first. If there are any issues the most expensive models will see them.

Always been that way. LE buyers are the beta testers for the premium buyers. Just because something is identified in a LE with issues doesn't mean it will get fixed in the premium. At least with the premium buyers, they will not be going through the frustration with Stern on the fix. It would already be a solution posted in the club thread for the premium buyers.

#442 5 months ago
Quoted from zr11990:

Just thought of something. The LEs come out first. If there are any issues the most expensive models will see them.

brst way to capitalize on that fomo money.

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