I do love pinball and started collecting a few tables over 5 years ago.
I love the fact that new tables are still made, but I was floored by the sticker price.
I assume that they are that price due to operators investing in a money making business, however I think it is fair to say that the resurgence of the pinball market is more due to hobbyists rather than business operators.
As more new tables come to the market, perhaps the pin buying market reaches saturation and the demand starts to diminish in response to diminishing purchasing power.
With new tables reaching the cost of a car, I have to wonder how far will this go?
To that end, I wonder if any of the pinball companies, like JJP and stern, et al would consider something like a re conditioned market at a sub 5k price point.
As operators trade in for the newer tables there could be secondary market that would give hobbyists like myself who are not a fortune 500 the ability to enjoy them,and perhaps as the new tables come out and gain popularity and the back catalog expands, could there be the opportunity to move tables sold in pairs, could you imagine a JJP set of WOZ and Hobbit for 11K at some point in the future?
I think there is a far larger marketplace at the 5K price point and I appreciate that Stern is trying to access this market with the home edition pin, but I think they miss the target audience that is mostly hobbyists like myself that have enjoyed legacy titles with all the features and would consider a pin with a fewer features a missed opportunity.
I sincerely hope the new pinball manufacturers can access the market, perhaps with a reconditioned expansion of the business with an optional warranty service cost?, I think at some point it behooves the companies to expand their market share and introduce more people to pinball and perhaps have the tag line " one day every house will have a pinball table! "
what say you? do you think any of this could come to pass?
thanks for your time.