Quoted from akm:
I have to disagree with this. Add-ons cost money and don't magically appear out of thin air. Ultimately it's up to the buyer to research what's on the game and determine if it's priced appropriately given what's been added to it. Think it costs too much? They can try to find one without the extras included.
For myself personally, mirror blades, side rails, LED smoothing boards, and some other add-ons are valuable to me and I take those into consideration when it comes to the price, particularly if they are games I think I will have for a while. What's the condition like overall and what does the machine usually go for in a clean/normal state? I think of that and then factor in what it will cost me to personally add the same add-ons myself. I am OK with springing extra to have that stuff already included, because in a lot of cases I am going to pay to have that stuff added anyway.
I can see my quote was a bit unclear. Let me help with that:
Mods worth their money: ColorDMD, upgraded sound systems that actually make a difference, LED OCD Boards, any replacement Rottendog boards in the back, PDI/Invisiglass, side rails, shaker. Mods that really add to an experience.
Some games have very specific mods that add value: Bill Ung saucer mod for AFM, total rock concert for ACDC, LCD concert screen that replaces the "mechanical band" in ACDC, LCD mod for CFTBL, Bicycle girl strobe light from pinsider, Gnassel - those are GOOD mods.
Mods I couldn't care less for: some stupid ass action figure with an LED in it for $120+, an LED light for a scoop that's like $50, 75 difference mods on a TZ adding $3000 to the game "in value", 37 different mods on a TAF adding $2000 "in value", those lit speaker grill mods, underbody light up kits...I could go on, but hey, I think the point has been made.
Would you REALLY pay $3000 for this?
Man, with all these action figures, they should ask like $5000!!!!
Holy cow, that RFM martian and saucer adds another $1500. And the tube girl from BBB? $1000 more!!!
More does not always mean better, and DEFINITELY does not mean more expen$ive. I'll pay less just to have to take the time to de-mod the game and actually make it worth something again. Prolly a bunch of half-ass hacked wiring in there too just to get those $85 LEDs to light up...