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How far would you go (drive) to pick up a pin?


By Bigbill55

8 years ago



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    #1 8 years ago

    I'm just curious how far you would drive to pick up a pin. I personally have driven 600 miles one way to get a pin (my TFTC). To get any decent pins, I must go 150 miles one way.
    I drove 450 miles to get an arcade game, and stopped off at The Gorilla's for a little golf.

    I guess driving doesn't bother me, if I really want the game, and the price is fair. I think I'd draw the line at a weekend trip, leave Friday after work, be back Sunday night.

    Am I the only one who would go to such lengths to get a pin I really like? I'd love to hear other peoples adventures/stories.

    #2 8 years ago

    I only search for pins within 150 miles. I suppose if it was a MM for $1500 I could break that rule.

    #4 8 years ago

    Depends on the pin, condition and price. I'd drive anywhere I don't need a passport.

    #5 8 years ago

    The gorilla says thanks again and he has driven 310 one way...that's about far enough for me

    #6 8 years ago

    call me crazy, ill be driving somewhere around 700 miles one way on my next pickup, consisting of Fish Tales and LW3.

    #7 8 years ago

    I search within a 600 mile radius, but my furthest drive is 450-500 miles one way. After that the deal has to be amazingly good or the gas negates it.

    #8 8 years ago
    Quoted from yenningcomity:

    450-500 miles one way. After that the deal has to be amazingly good or the gas negates it

    I don't consider the cost of gas, as I bring the family, and turn it into a mini vacation. Like bringing the wife golfing!!!

    #9 8 years ago

    600-800 miles round trip is about all I could stand...
    It would have to be a "once-in-a-lifetime-deal", to get me to drive any further.

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    #10 8 years ago

    If I had unlimited money and time I would drive from NC to
    any state I had to in order to get what I want.

    But since I have limited funds and time I will probably go 2-3 states
    in all directions from NC when I start buying pins 2 &3 in 2012.

    #11 8 years ago

    I would go probably around 200 to 250 miles for a good deal on a pin in the wishlist. Road TRIP!
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    #12 8 years ago

    I would drive across the entire country in a Yugo wearing a Lady Gaga meat dress, with a lion riding shotgun, if I thought it might somehow tow a u-haul with a beautiful MM that I could obtain from selling off extra organs after realizing that pimping my sister was a bad idea. Sorry to stray on your thread Bigbill but Im kinda getting weirded out on owning an MM before its costs more than my home. And, I would love to see NimblePin come up with a picture of this scenario. Peace.

    #13 8 years ago

    Took a road trip to Reno from Fresno. 600 miles round trip. Got a very nice Shadow for 1400 about a year ago. Took a buddy so the trip wasn't that bad. Actually, it was his truck, so I guess he took me.

    Worst part was getting it out of the guy's basement.

    #14 8 years ago

    Probably in the 250 mile range for me.

    #15 8 years ago
    Quoted from Silverballer:

    And, I would love to see NimblePin come up with a picture of this scenario.

    I will try my best SB... Stay tuned!

    #16 8 years ago

    Revised answer...where is the nearest SM for sale? That could be how far I would go....

    #17 8 years ago

    TG's got the SM blues!
    Don't worry buddy, one will turn up for you, I am sure of it.
    There is always the NIB route!
    Man, those prices got crazier than the plot of the third movie!!!

    #18 8 years ago

    What makes it harder is the one I get to play is AWESOME, so I probably wouldn't like one in worse shape. Thus driving the cost up, I Assume...

    #19 8 years ago

    I am getting my WOZ shipped to my Dad in IL and drive it to AK myself next summer. It is a 3,630 mile trip each way. The only disadvantage to being in Alaska.

    #20 8 years ago

    Depends.. I sold a machine last week & drove 500 mile round trip in a day.

    Needs must. I'd be willing to travel over seas IF the deal is at the right price.

    #21 8 years ago
    Quoted from PinballParadise:

    Depends.. I sold a machine last week & drove 500 mile round trip in a day.

    I did not know you could go that far there without a boat

    #22 8 years ago

    1000 miles one way, but that was part of a vacation I was going to take anyway, so I guess that doesn't count. Just to get a pin I've driven 300 one way.

    #23 8 years ago

    650 miles one way was my farthest journey so far. I threw a mini vacation in there at the same time, plus the person I bought the game from is a friend of mine who has twenty something games set up to play. There is usually a big pinball party involved, so it's not hard to make the trip

    #24 8 years ago
    Quoted from absocountry2:

    I did not know you could go that far there without a boat

    .. Well you do now!

    250 miles each way multiply that by 2 (two).. 500.

    #25 8 years ago

    I flew from England to the USA to get a Black Hole with a spinning disk because the export version available in the UK is a watered down version of what's in the US... and if you're gonna have a BH, you may as well have one with the spinning disk, infinity effect and speech!! The seller refused to crate the game for shipping, so I flew out there and stayed in his house for 3 days while I built a crate for it... I don't do silly things like that any-more!

    I'm currently toying with the idea of doing an 800mile (one way) trip (from Czech to Romania) to pick up 3 pins (IJ, ToM and NF) at a reasonable price... I can only squeeze 2 in the car, so one would have to go on the roof!! I think if the price is right, then you can justify the fuel cost and time...

    #26 8 years ago

    I don't mind driving a moderate distance for a pin i really like..I drove from Nashville to Florida for a LOTR last year..My wife likes pinball,so we get the mother-in -law to sit for us..and make a mini-vacation out of it..

    #27 8 years ago
    Quoted from pinballslave:

    I flew from England to the USA to get a Black Hole with a spinning disk because the export version available in the UK is a watered down version of what's in the US... and if you're gonna have a BH, you may as well have one with the spinning disk, infinity effect and speech!! The seller refused to crate the game for shipping, so I flew out there and stayed in his house for 3 days while I built a crate for it... I don't do silly things like that any-more!

    I'm currently toying with the idea of doing an 800mile (one way) trip (from Czech to Romania) to pick up 3 pins (IJ, ToM and NF) at a reasonable price... I can only squeeze 2 in the car, so one would have to go on the roof!! I think if the price is right, then you can justify the fuel cost and time...

    You are officially Hardcore! I salute you, that is some dedication. Not really shocking though once I saw your 54 games in your collection!!

    #28 8 years ago

    It would depend completely on the price & the pin. 2000 miles?

    #29 8 years ago
    Quoted from Loupie:

    Depends on the pin, condition and price. I'd drive anywhere I don't need a passport.

    Well said, the longest road trip for me so far is about 250 miles round trip. I have also delivered a Pin to a buyer about 320 miles round trip.

    #30 8 years ago

    Depends on how much time I could take off work without getting fired.

    #31 8 years ago
    Quoted from TZ68:

    and make a mini-vacation out of it..

    If its not a day trip (did about 650 miles for the free bad wizard) then there needs to be some touristy stuff along the way.

    #32 8 years ago

    I would go 300 miles if it were a good enough deal. Regular deals are up to 150 miles.

    #33 8 years ago
    Quoted from pinballslave:

    I flew from England to the USA to get a Black Hole with a spinning disk

    We have a winner! Dang, BH is cool but I dunno if it's THAT cool!

    #34 8 years ago

    If my deal pans out I will be driving to Spokane from Kamloops BC for a Centaur. Google says 7hrs 22mins. That would be my farthest so far.

    #35 8 years ago
    Quoted from tomdotcom:

    If my deal pans out I will be driving to Spokane from Kamloops BC for a Centaur. Google says 7hrs 22mins. That would be my farthest so far.

    Good price I hope?

    #36 8 years ago

    Better than up here for sure, and it's from a trusted collector. I've never been there either, so I'll turn it into a little vacation. Gonna bring my 12year old boy with me too...keep me awake haha

    #37 8 years ago
    Quoted from tomdotcom:

    If my deal pans out I will be driving to Spokane from Kamloops BC for a Centaur

    Well worth the trip IMO.

    #38 8 years ago
    Quoted from GoneFishinLvMsg:

    BH is cool but I dunno if it's THAT cool!

    Well, the US version is simply way cooler than the crap that Gottlieb shipped out for that particular game, and I do love that game, so I simply wouldn't be able to sleep at night if I didn't have that slow rotating disk in my mind to lull me into a peaceful slumber

    I combined that trip, by the way, with a visit to the White Rose Gameroom show where I happened to meet one of the organisers before the show (forgot his name) who has probably the coolest BH on the planet... it was simply mind-blowing... he'd stripped the back of the playfield and chrome-plated all the brackets and done so many other mods that I can't list 'em... I think he said he'd spent about $10,000 on it and it took around 5 years to complete... I was speechless and overcome by a kind of God-like presence to have a game on it...

    #39 8 years ago
    Quoted from Meph:

    You are officially Hardcore! I salute you, that is some dedication. Not really shocking though once I saw your 54 games in your collection!!

    Please, I can't take any form of flattery, I can only handle abuse!! Thanks though

    #40 8 years ago

    And, I would love to see NimblePin come up with a picture of this scenario.

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    Now you are Bruce Willis, with a fashionable "meat-hat", on your way to your MM destiny!
    Congrats SB!

    #41 8 years ago

    I've gone 300 miles one way and would further for a good pin at a good deal. I could see grabbing a buddy and going as far as San Francisco (650 miles one way) - about the limit for me to go in a day our weekend.

    #42 8 years ago

    I live in SD and I would be willing to drive 150+, I check Craigslist for deals as far as Oxnard.

    #43 8 years ago

    I hate driving long distances to find out the pin isn't worth the time. I have to see it before I can buy it and if I've already invested 3-4 hours just to look I feel like I have to buy. Not the best way to get a pin. I'll pay extra to stay close. 2 hours each way max- exceptions made for wish list I guess.

    #44 8 years ago

    Im driving 100 miles this weekend to pick up a TSPP this will be my farthest trip so far. I guess the farthest I would travel would be about 250-300 miles.

    #45 8 years ago

    3 hour max drive one way for me. I just dont like to drive that much. The furthest I have driven was 6 1/2 hours one way, but my man LilRocky put me up for the weekend in a small beach house for the weekend if I delivered the pins we was swapping. So wife and I made a weekend of it. If it wasnt for the nice weekend, that deal probably wouldnt have happened but I couldnt say no to that! Weekend trip to OBX! Nice. Good to have pin friends.

    #46 8 years ago

    I'm driving 8 hrs R/T this weekend to pickup a F-14 Pin.

    #47 8 years ago

    700 mile round trip,so that I can pick it up in 1 day.

    #48 8 years ago
    Quoted from NimblePin:

    Now you are Bruce Willis, with a fashionable "meat-hat", on your way to your MM destiny!
    Congrats SB! []

    Wow. NP, you have outdone yourself. I salute you.

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