Quoted from Okarcades:
Tons of free plays! I think it was near 900 when I checked but I will get more exact numbers next time I go there. 10% replay right out of the gate plus all the earned replays from the players. Then Id say we play 5-10 per visit because we want to make sure everything works plus We played it nearly 400 times when we first got it because it was awesome! No insurance, And licenses are only $12 per game then taxes are 4% of the 50% we take out. It wont make me rich But it will sure pay for it self between 12-16 months after all expenses.
so 3 months in and you have brought in $1661 of an 8k game. 15 month pay off if it stays steady is pretty damn nice, but I do question what sort of condition game you will have left after payoff and the more realistic payoff?
This seems to be a fantastic location, but this is a great example of how the math in reality makes it silly to operate pinball machines unless you are doing it for the fun. Not only do you have a great location but you are dealing with likely one of the best earning games of all time.
What I see as the more realistic payoff.
$1661 in take home post sales tax
Figure on average 1 hours per week to maintain, clean, etc. So in 3 months you have spent 12 hours on maintaining the game. At a megar $15/hr that takes $180 off the top.
$1481 post labor
Now lets take off the 25% that is income tax (sure it is offset by the depreciation of the game but still a tax)
divide that by 3 months = $370 per month.
This increases the real payoff to 21 months and will mean 40,000 plays by then.