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Fish Tales Value


By Tunamanz

3 years ago



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#1 3 years ago

Hello,

Looking at buying a Fish Tales that has been shopped and upgraded with LED Kit. Asking price is $4,999. Thoughts?

Thanks!

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#2 3 years ago

That one right there is about 2400.00 too high.

#4 3 years ago

High end price would be $3000-$3500, fully restored. Of course it all depends on condition. Seems quite overpriced

#5 3 years ago

Atleast from the front it appears it had the typical cabinet fade. How is the overall condition of the cabinet? Any really bad playfield wear?

The fact it had LEDs is nice but you could have done that on your own for $200 with buying a kit or cheaper if picking your own.

I guess the big question is how does it play? I’ve seen this title go for 5k but it had a brand new cab and had a very extensive shop job done to it.

For me this would have to be a damn nice Fish Tales to drop $5k on it. I paid $2200 for mine but it has some playfield wear and a worn cabinet but it plays great.

It all comes down to how you like your machines. Damn fun game though.

#6 3 years ago

With topper in the vicinity of 3k, plus or minus 500 or so, depending on condition. A mint one could fetch more.

#7 3 years ago

I am looking to make my first ever pinball purchase. My top two choices are Fish Tales and Creature From The Black Lagoon.

I have a hold on it now as I have not seen it in person and planning on seeing it this week to make a decision. That is why I am seeking some advice here before I pull the trigger.

Appreciate all the input.

#8 3 years ago

I'll sell ya one cheaper that i powder coated when I shopped it

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#9 3 years ago

I think I’d take about 3k in cash. Hit him at $2500 and reference all the info here (cab fade, playfield wear, the price a restored game would fetch) and just beat him into submission

#10 3 years ago

2-2500.... nicer ones go for more

#11 3 years ago

It looks like this is a game from a retail shop where you can expect the prices to be higher than a private sale. If having a warranty and delivery, etc. is important to you then perhaps you'll want to spend the extra money. In my opinion, this is at least $2,000 over what a comparable game would cost in a private sale. Personally, I wouldn't buy it but you have to make your own decision on how best to spend your money based on the level of service you think you need.

Dave

#12 3 years ago
Quoted from Tunamanz:

I am looking to make my first ever pinball purchase. My top two choices are Fish Tales and Creature From The Black Lagoon.
I have a hold on it now as I have not seen it in person and planning on seeing it this week to make a decision. That is why I am seeking some advice here before I pull the trigger.
Appreciate all the input.

WAY overpriced. I can't believe you'll get $2500 worth of service. You could buy TWO for a hair more than that price.

Quoted from Christdidit:

I'll sell ya one cheaper that i powder coated when I shopped it

Without a massively faded cabinet, too.

#13 3 years ago

Way overpriced with that fade. I agree with others, $2000-$2400.

#14 3 years ago

If you put up an ad saying you’d pay 3k for a similar fish tales, lots of owners would jump on it.

#15 3 years ago

You may try going to the Village BBS board which is a Florida collector's group and post a WTB. I agree this is no more than a $2500 game tops on a good day.

#16 3 years ago

I’d say this one is worth no more than 2500.

#17 3 years ago

Should be able to get 2 of these from a collector at that price. Just remember, if you sell this down the road, your going to take at least a 2k hit.

#18 3 years ago

He would need to throw in the "No Fear" for free at that price and you would still be paying market value for each. Agree with everyone above run away from this.

#19 3 years ago

Way to high. New decals and dome and plastic set, major shop...with this your barely touching 3500. This one maybe 2500-2800 tops.
Good luck. Spending 5k your touching a creature.

#20 3 years ago

For $5000, they could at least replace the left sling plastic.

I agree with most everyone else. This is maybe a $2500 FT, although I'd have to look inside first.

#21 3 years ago
Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

For $5000, they could at least replace the left sling plastic.
I agree with most everyone else. This is maybe a $2500 FT, although I'd have to look inside first.

The consensus from all here seems to be spot on with regards to the value of the FT that the OP is considering. Come on Bryan give us some eye candy and post some photos of your gorgeous FT (cabinet is amazing).

Gord

#22 3 years ago

Whats up with that launch reel buttion? Looks so wrong. Occurred to me, this doesnt even have color DMD. Avoid retail price.

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#23 3 years ago
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

Whats up with that launch reel buttion? Looks so wrong. Occurred to me, this doesnt even have color DMD. Avoid retail price.

Yes - that's not the right button. Also, wrong flippers - should be lighting flippers. Sling plastic is broke and also looks like both sides of the boat ramp plastic are broke...

#24 3 years ago

My guess is that your PM box is full at this point with a lot offers from pinside members to sell you theirs at a much better price.

Good luck

#25 3 years ago
Quoted from GRB1959:

The consensus from all here seems to be spot on with regards to the value of the FT that the OP is considering. Come on Bryan give us some eye candy and post some photos of your gorgeous FT (cabinet is amazing).
Gord

LOL This one is not for sale, Gord.

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#26 3 years ago
Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

LOL This one is not for sale, Gord.

That's pretty! Almost done, not finished. Needs Colordmd.

#27 3 years ago
Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

LOL This one is not for sale, Gord.

Oh my!

#28 3 years ago

4 days ago, someone in Orlando put a FT up for sale with $3000.00 asking price.

Orlando is less that 150 miles from you. That's a Sunday Drive.

orlando.craigslist.org link

#29 3 years ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

4 days ago, someone in Orlando put a FT up for sale with $3000.00 asking price.
Orlando is less that 150 miles from you. That's a Sunday Drive.
orlando.craigslist.org link

Actually, it is in Winter Springs.

#30 3 years ago
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

That's pretty! Almost done, not finished. Needs Colordmd.

It has since been added.

#31 3 years ago

I sold one in the same condition about two months ago for $2500.

#32 3 years ago

Thanks everyone for the input! I politely walked away from it and got my sight unseen deposit back. It was exactly what everyone had said $2K-$2.5K machine.

I am back on the prowl for a FT, CFTBL, or WW as those are my top 3 from my arcade time while growing up! Please contact me if you have any of these three.

Thanks again!

#33 3 years ago
Quoted from t2000:

Also, wrong flippers - should be lighting flippers....

That's up to the owner.

#34 3 years ago

They also could have glued the separated cabinet back together instead of using whatever type of screw they used lol

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#35 3 years ago

Hell no You should never ever pay that price for a Fish tales. I've seen dozens of restored FT sell for 3k. What you are seeing is a dealer price. If that thing sells Shit im flipping the wrong games

#36 3 years ago

This is apples and oranges, but this one sold for $15,000 at Texas pinball fest last year. Not all fish tales are 3-5k restored.

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#37 3 years ago

Horrendous

#38 3 years ago
Quoted from Coz:

High end price would be $3000-$3500, fully restored. Of course it all depends on condition. Seems quite overpriced

Fully restored would be far more, double that if not more. Fully restored would mean a restored or new playfield, restored cabinet, all parts removed and cleaned, etc.

#39 3 years ago
Quoted from Bud:

This is apples and oranges, but this one sold for $15,000 at Texas pinball fest last year. Not all fish tales are 3-5k restored.

That was a beautiful game regardless of the price.

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#40 3 years ago
Quoted from Bud:

This is apples and oranges, but this one sold for $15,000 at Texas pinball fest last year. Not all fish tales are 3-5k restored.

Th custom apron is awesome. I still can’t believe that machine would sell for more than 4-5k

#41 3 years ago
Quoted from chubtoad13:

Th custom apron is awesome. I still can’t believe that machine would sell for more than 4-5k

Everything is bigger in Texas

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