(Topic ID: 81512)

** Estimated Value ** -- Who wishes it was back on Pinside??


By Beez

5 years ago



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    “Bring back the Estimated Value”

    • Yes 93 votes
      68%
    • No 43 votes
      32%

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    #29 5 years ago

    Don't we already have two (annual or bi-annual) published price guides out there?,
    Mr.Pinball and PinballEric guides
    and at least two online pinball pricing websites/archives?
    Bostonpinball and pinballprice.com
    Those price guides and game sale price archives are all very subjective,
    since a game's condition
    greatly affects the games worth to a certain buyer.
    And what someone calls near mint, might only be average condition to another.
    If you can come up with a standard uniform condition grading system,
    (Like that used for grading comics or coins)
    that would go along way to defining what a game might be worth.
    Condition on a pinball game,
    should be broken down into several categories.
    BackGlass or Translite
    Playfield
    Plastic Sets/Ramps/Bumper bodies
    Cabinet & Legs
    Innards (MPU boards sets for S/S pins or Relays/Stepper units, score motors etc for E/Ms)

    Then define how much (% or sq.in.) of paint flaking on BG
    or wear on PF
    or gouges or scratches (number or length) on CAB
    or Rusting on Legs
    or warping or cracks of plastics
    effects the grade or the condition of the game.
    Then somehow total all that up and weight or average
    those scores/grades into a total Game condition.
    Until a uniform standard for grading condition is universally accepted,
    any pricing guide values are fairly useless and moot.

    #31 5 years ago
    Quoted from robin:

    What do you think?

    Might want to add state or region game was bought,
    as prices on west coast are generally higher than east coast, or Europe or Down under.

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