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How far do you look 4 a game


By hwyhed

10 months ago



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    #1 10 months ago

    I’m curious on how far some others look for a particular game. I look at my local CL, and nearby areas up to 10 hours away. I have even looked way down south, as I’m planning a road trip to S. Cal in late August-if my bro can pick a date that he’s getting married..I think that 1400 miles is my limit! And w the Canadian $ sitting where it is, shipping just isn’t an option for me..

    #2 10 months ago

    5-6 hours each way

    Based on game

    #3 10 months ago

    Usually about the same as you but to find Bally's Bigfoot I'd go to the ends of the earth.....LOL.

    John

    #4 10 months ago

    2 to 3 hour drive there. So really a 4 to 6 hour drive round trip.

    #5 10 months ago

    For the right game I'd go up to 10 hours each way. But I'm gonna factor in time, one hotel night, and gas when deciding if it's worth it..

    #6 10 months ago

    I love road trips. 1200 mile round trips is the limit. Norfolk being the furthest. Nice area.

    #7 10 months ago
    Quoted from hwyhed:

    I’m curious on how far some others look for a particular game. I look at my local CL, and nearby areas up to 10 hours away. I have even looked way down south, as I’m planning a road trip to S. Cal in late August-if my bro can pick a date that he’s getting married..I think that 1400 miles is my limit! And w the Canadian $ sitting where it is, shipping just isn’t an option for me..

    I wonder what it would be like to cross back over the border with a pinball machine in the back of the car? In my work I have traveled to a lot of countries and by far the one that gives me the most grief is Canada. Maybe they reserve that treatment for Americans coming over.

    #8 10 months ago

    I've driven to Ottawa / Gatineau a couple times for pins. The supply well is pretty dry in the Maritimes.

    #9 10 months ago

    Personally I feel like it's a dry well here in southern Wisconsin. Could have to do with certain nearby business's in Chicago that buy up everything, who knows, I am guessing. There are always a ton of ads on Craigslist in my area asking to buy pretty much any pin in any condition. I see so many pins I would buy If I were willing to drive more than 4 or 5 hours, just very few good ones around here.

    #10 10 months ago

    For a grail-type, hard to find title, I’ve done the over-night pin trip with a friend.
    Often, the high end restored pins, don’t come up too often locally in Toronto.

    #11 10 months ago

    I'm about 20 inches from my screen.

    That is how far I look.

    LTG : )

    #12 10 months ago

    10 hrs round trip, I get carsick, so 5 hrs of puking before and after I see the pin is my limit. Fortunately Chicago and Minneapolis are in range, if it ain’t there, I prob don’t need it....

    #13 10 months ago

    2-3 each way for me also, unless it's something special...

    #14 10 months ago

    Worldwide! I have brought and shipped games from the US a couple of those games from awesome Pinsiders.

    I have also done a couple of road trips my longest was a 26 hour round trip from England to Germany.

    #15 10 months ago

    I usually am willing to drive up to 7 hours each way for a game I really want.

    #16 10 months ago

    I flew from Australia to Europe for a single machine a few years ago plus a majority of my collection has been attained in bulk through personal container imports from either Europe or North America over the last 15 years.

    You can't afford to limit your search radar when you live down here or you will be forever chasing one or two units at most.

    #17 10 months ago

    8 to 10 hours each way. Can't wait to get out of the deep South.

    #18 10 months ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    I'm about 20 inches from my screen.
    That is how far I look.
    LTG : )

    Do people come to you, to try to sell you their old pins and pool tables? If so how many in a year?

    #19 10 months ago

    Found out my "limit" a couple weeks ago after 16 hours round trip in one day. Anything more would be overnight and depend on the title/seller but I would seriously consider shipping or just being patient

    #20 10 months ago
    Quoted from Darcy:

    Do people come to you, to try to sell you their old pins and pool tables? If so how many in a year?

    I've never counted. It happens occasionally. Very rare if it's anything good. Usually junk they don't want to pay to haul.

    They get hurt too when you tell them their $6K pool table is worthless because anyone wanting it will have to pay $500 to take it out and $500 to put it in their house. They don't want to hear the value was in their using it.

    If the pin is anything, I usually pass it on to people I know.

    LTG : )

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    #21 10 months ago

    I got lucky and saw a comet for sale on a fb post..immediately left a msg, and after a few questions I decided to purchase it. I took last Friday off work, and took my passport n truck on a road trip just south of Yakima to get her. It took most of my day commuting- man Seattle traffic is brutal, but was nice to get a game on my wish list. Thanks go to staythirsty (Brandon) on helping me load it up..we even exchanged beers from our province/state..the 600 miles combined n meeting a nice Pinsider was all worth it..

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    #22 10 months ago

    For the West Coast it's really 2-1/2 metro areas and you're done, travel time be damned. There are far fewer choices within 8 hrs than, say, east, of the Mississippi. (Man, if I lived east of the Miss I would have completed my wishlist long ago.) From Sacramento, you've got the Bay Area (1 to 2 hrs), Reno (2 to 3 hrs), and then it jumps to 6- 8 hrs for So Cal and that's it. After that you're looking at 12+ hrs to northern Oregon, Vegas or Phoenix. I haven't gotten that desperate yet.

    #23 10 months ago

    If I can get the round trip done in one day, I’m gonna do it. Obviously the deal would need to be pretty sweet to do a ten hour each way type deal.

    #24 10 months ago

    For something on my "grail-level" list, i'll fly/drive/walk/crawl to get it.

    #25 10 months ago

    Belgium....where I had my Fathom shipped from

    #26 10 months ago

    It seems as if demand > supply here on the west coast. I’ve shipped games here from the east coast, picked up games in both Canada and California, and every rare once in awhile obtained one locally. I remember back in the day when it was 2 for 1 shipping on NAVL for pins, you could get 2 shipped for say $350-400 total. Now it’s $500 to ship east coast to west coast. ;(

    #27 10 months ago

    3-4 hours seems like my max. Most the time closer to 2.

    Thanks
    Blake

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