I was suppose to be in Florida by now but several things outside of my control forced me to cancel that trip for now. Anyway - after sitting here reading several other post like "What do you do for a living" I thought it might be interesting to hear how people get or set aside money for machines. When my son & I started in the hobby we decided to "fund" or collection by buying broken machines - fixing them - then keeping the ones we wanted and flipping the others at a small profit to help fund the collection. After about 8 years of doing this out collection is basically FREE.
I know this is not an original idea (by any stretch) but what I love about doing things that way is no matter what happens with the pinball market we are OK because our machines are basically free (except for hundreds of hours invested in buying-fixing-and selling other machines). The biggest down side to this method is you do tend to burn out on the hobby by the time you have your machines paid for if you are building a decent size collection.
Anyway - I thought it might be interesting to see if some of you have other unique methods for funding your collections? So if you care to share I would love to hear some of the interesting things other people do to come up with extra cash for machines. I know most "normal" people just have their good job and buy what they want from their paycheck money. But how about the other guys like me that are far from normal?