Well we need more photos of the playfield and the like.
But generally I would pay $1450 for a Fish Tales that boots up and plays all day long.
Quoted from GLSP3022:
Where is everyone finding these deals!?
Well since you asked.
I just picked up a Whitewater for $1400, a Diner for $500 and a Getaway for $1200 all within 20 miles of my house in the past two months.
It used to be even easier back in the early 2000's when I was buying out all my area route dealers that were getting out of the pinball business. Those were the good old days.
Whitewater needed a complete new MPU board. $180 As well as flipper rebuilds and a few switches needed to be replaced. Looks and plays great now. Also getting a cliffy for the upper playfield ball drop.
Diner needed to have the battery holder cut off but the board was great. Needed several new switches and or diodes as well as a complete flipper rebuild. Some inserts in the Diner letters are raised a bit and I have not gotten to those yet.
Getaway was in great shape. Needed to have a molex plugged back in on the loop ramp magnet and the battery holder was toast. Boards were great.
Here is the Diner and Whitewater as they sit now.
Found a Getaway photo before I cleaned it up.
And some others just because I like posting photos when I can
Quoted from Syco54645:
How the hell did you manage that?!
Many ways. Local classifieds not craigslist. And I happen to own an Arcade for my business.
People walk in or call me all the time with games to either fix for them or purchase. Most of the time they are looking to just get them out of their house as was the case with the Diner, Whitewater and Getaway.
I also purchased that 2001 in a garage sale for $50.
The Barracora from a route operator last year for $300.
And the Firepower early production model for $500 last year as well from local electronic classifieds.
I have some amazing stories from the early 2000's that would spin some heads but I don't want to derail this thread.
Pinball is an awesome hobby.
Quoted from danczaz:
People ask 1400 for the topper now a days
I was very surprised the topper was still on this one. Just some very minor bubbling on the foil. Still looks great though.
Of course someone had put #555 bulbs in the topper and they had all burnt up and turned a nice silver color. lol.
Quoted from thedefog:
As in the newspaper?
My city/area has a local classifieds online that is not Craigs list.
I always get the best deals the less people know about the listing.
With craigs list, if a good deal is ever posted there will be people price fighting and telling the seller he is way to low. Just a big hassle and I never use it. Not to mention all the scammers. I always say if the buyer and seller are happy, it is a good deal.
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