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Has the pandemic had any affect on pinball prices?

By hbpinball

11 months ago


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    #1 11 months ago

    I noticed the prices at the captains auction seem to be up, but craigslist ads seem to be lagging. It still seems difficult to make an easy sale at a decent price. The pandemic has affected many prices, some up, some down. What about buying and selling machines during these unique times.

    #2 11 months ago
    Quoted from hbpinball:

    I noticed the prices at the captains auction seem to be up, but craigslist ads seem to be lagging. It still seems difficult to make an easy sale at a decent price. The pandemic has affected many prices, some up, some down. What about buying and selling machines during these unique times.

    You’re behind the curve, there’s been a ton of threads about prices during the pandemic.
    Sky-high and outrageous.

    #3 11 months ago

    Lots of people like myself who, with nowhere to go and play, had to resort to purchasing a machine. Prices went up as a result.

    #4 11 months ago

    Pricing is like it’s been for at least half a decade, high.

    #5 11 months ago

    I noticed the minimum price for an EM, working or not has settled at 850.
    Also for some reason everyone feels like their SS machine is worth 4900.
    Funhouse went up another 1000, or at least they are asking that. Roadshow did too.
    Houdini seems to have settled around 5200.

    #6 11 months ago

    People seem to be asking more, it doesn’t look to me like they are actually selling though. Only things that go are priced to sell or rare pins like POTC. If you can buy it NIB you ain’t selling it unless it’s a good price...

    #7 11 months ago

    I really underestimated the effect travel had on disposable income. Hobbies, pinball, boating, gym equipment,etc... are out of control. I really thought prices would drop but in fact it has been just the opposite.

    #8 11 months ago

    An example, my parents usually go on a very expensive cruise once a year, instead my dad is planning on buying more games for the game house.

    #9 11 months ago

    With price increases on new games the bottom prices on used market will continue to rise too. Pandemic or not.

    #11 11 months ago
    Quoted from jorge5240:

    I really thought prices would drop but in fact it has been just the opposite.

    We really haven't seen the true issues for the Economy but will soon. No doubt many machines will be sold to pay rent/expenses. There are not enough well healed collectors to horde all of them for what could become years.

    #12 11 months ago
    Quoted from phil-lee:

    We really haven't seen the true issues for the Economy but will soon. No doubt many machines will be sold to pay rent/expenses. There are not enough well healed collectors to horde all of them for what could become years.

    This is what I believe would happen but not yet. I guess it depends on stimulus and how quickly the economy bounces back. Also lots of high end collectors with cash ready to pounce if prices drop.

    I know I have funds set aside in case it does.

    #13 11 months ago
    Quoted from jorge5240:

    I really underestimated the effect travel had on disposable income. Hobbies, pinball, boating, gym equipment,etc... are out of control. I really thought prices would drop but in fact it has been just the opposite.

    I believe this is key. I was finally able to pick up a DMD pin after a long time because we weren't paying for gymnastics for months or summer camp for the kids. You can't forget the stimulus that was thousands whether you were impacted finacically or not by Covid-19. I know a lot of people were really hurt, but certain sectors were unaffected and people have been able to redirect "fun" money. I still feel sorry for those in the enterainment business whether you have an arcade or work in a restuarant that can't get back to normal.

    #14 11 months ago

    De ja vu.

    #15 11 months ago
    Quoted from hbpinball:

    It still seems difficult to make an easy sale at a decent price. The pandemic has affected many prices, some up, some down. What about buying and selling machines during these unique times.

    Present a safe environment, and make sure the games are sterile, especially the flipper button area, and that all precautions are taken, and of course make sure everyone properly wears a mask.

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