Quoted from drsfmd:
So you offered them $1500-ish on a $3-4K machine because it needed some repairs? Was it in otherwise good condition?
Sounds to me like both sides have unrealistic expectations.
Edit: You then cite pinside prices... so what did you actually offer them?
Game that sells for 3100, needs repairs, and probably a shop.
There is a woman locally selling a Batman Forever. Its a mid 2k-low 3k game when done. Her only picture of the machine shows the gi on and nothing else. It hasn't been shopped in a decade so there is 50 bucks and 40 hours if you are thorough. It has incandescents, but if I am buying it at 3k from a collector it will be led'd, another 100 bucks. It's batman forever which means if the flippers are worn, you can't make the ramps. Chances are (of the 3 I have owned so far this was true) they need a rebuild. 3 stern rebuild kits, plus the missing parts from the kits is over 100 bucks. You want the correct early sega bats too? Thats another 30-40 if they are even available anymore.
This is before you start asking what works/doesn't on the game. Display bad, which they often are due to the cost having been so high for so long. 250 to build an lcd, 400 for a color dmd, 500 for an original, take your pick. If the dmd board is beyond repair (had it on one game) be prepared to sit and wait for one to come up and spend 200+ for it. Had one with a bad sound board, also rare since DE kept changing them every few games. I want to say that one was used on 4, took me 4 months to find one at the time and was 250.
So, before you sit and say someone has unrealistic expectations about an unshopped game start doing the math. I wouldn't pay more than 1500 for a BF in that shape and its a game I like. No sense in throwing money, putting in time, to be lucky to break even or worse lose money. Just pony up for one off a collector that needs nothing.