I came across a F-14 Tomcat for sale locally to me. The cabinet appears to be in pretty rough condition, but it is hard to tell the condition of the playfield. Here is the sellers ad, I apologize on his behalf for being in all caps...
"AN EXTREMELY GOOD CONDITION PIN BALL GAME MACHINE.WORKS EXCELLENT, JUST HAVE NO ROOM FOR IT ANY MORE.AS YOU CAN TELL FROM THE OTHER PICTURES POSTED A BRAND NEW ONE GOES FOR $4,295.THATS ALOT FOR A BRAND NEW PIN BALL MACHINE.ONLY ASKING FOR $1,000.NEGITIONS ACCEPTED ALSO."
I would venture that he doesn't know too much about pins, considering you haven't been able to buy a new one since 87! He is asking $1,000 O.B.O... What would be a reasonable offer to make? $500, or even less? I am currently looking for my first pin and don't mind getting one in rougher shape (if I can get it cheap enough!) I am not afraid to get my hands dirty and learn to fix it. I don't plan on flipping it, but I also wouldn't be keeping this one forever. I am not trying to make any money in the future when I sell it, but if possible, I don't want to lose a bunch of money either.
Any advice for this pin newbie? See pictures below: