Warning tough love coming .
By the way - What game do you even want?
Not a dig on you, but I have seen folks get caught up complaining about sellers and how they think a game should be bought that it can put off legitimate, normal sellers from selling to you. Yeah maybe this seller is not good but commenting on sellers in general can give off a sense that you are a difficult buyer who will go online and post negative feelings after a sale. Just a thought for the future. Also Use any opportunities to get your game. Say what you are looking for now!
If you are here to complain fine and good luck but it you here to learn this is what I do and works everytime. If I see a game I am looking for and the seller has pretty good reputation from his past sales and seems like a nice person online then I say - I will take it!! I also mention as long as it is what you say it is and that I have no plans of renegotiating when I pick it up. ; ) Send a deposit also. If seller says I don’t have to send a deposit I insist at least. Some say OK and some don’t care as much. I plan to get it quickly also. If I can’t make it for a week I say why so they don’t think I am going to bail. If they need money earlier I can work with sending more deposit.
If I travel far during the time in between pickup I message a couple of times to make sure we are on the same page. I am always clear on how I am moving the game - I am coming alone can you help? Any stairs? Do you have a dolly or should I bring one? Be appreciative along the way. Ask them if they are buying another pin etc.. Never miss an opportunity to make a new pinball friend and connection. This is not Amazon, this is pinball. Thank them for selling after. Have fun with it!
These connections are especially true with Bally folks - great group, love pinball, many old schoolers, tight group. If you make a few connections and friends with them you will have friends for life and always get help with a fix and help to find for your next game.
Another thing - If you sell games if you try to max out top pricing for them that is great and all, but folks remember who is in it for the money. You will likely get no deals or breaks when you make the next call to them for your next purchase or anyone else in your area. Be a great seller also. And you will have great buying experiences paid back to you down the road.
Pins are a small pond. These folks remember who was a great buyer. They sell games again. They may know a ton of other folks. Work connections, make friends, have fun and you will get your games at reasonable prices. Good luck in the hunt!