I tend to say out of these price policing threads, but I think NPO is on to something that's bigger than this thread. I've mentioned countless times where the generality of Pinside prices causes these types of issues. I tend to equate pinball machines to cars (as most do) and a lot of similarities arise:
1. Book value of cars changes on make/model and condition. Pinside keeps an "average" price that doesn't factor heavily routed vs. HUO / CQ models. This is partly due to the lack of archived details about each game. Simple metrics on "restored" or "players" do not give enough depth to each listing. I understand why they did it, but the system could use an update.
2. Different people are looking for different things. Do I want a $3,000 Paragon? No. Would I buy a junky $300 Paragon? Absolutely. Does that make the $3,000 overpriced? Not necessarily but it's just not what I'm looking for.
3. Flippers / Light shop vs. Restorers is a very different story. Restorers (like HEP) demand a premium for labor. Flippers don't demand the same premium for labor. In my opinion, if you are trying to recoup labor cost out of restoring pinball machines, Pinside is going to be a tough crowd. This is why many restorers I know have a legitimate customer base (of non-enthusiasts) that they sell machines to regularly.
I would like to carry some of these ideas off to another thread if folks are interested to see if there is a way to "address" some of these issues. I don't think it will magically make the price police disappear, but it would be interesting to see what could be done to curb some of this behavior to better inform potential sellers and buyers alike.