This is not meant to be a thread about “what’s the deal with the prices on pinballs ?” Lotsa other threads on that.
I went back into the hobby about 2011. I rapidly and earnestly acquired machines. At least 10 games bought a year. I slowed down about 2018 when I thought -wow that’s a little more than I remember paying. And today the spigot is mostly closed.
If I’m honest it’s closed because I remember my old prices I used to pay, and just can’t bring myself to lay out 2X 2018 prices even though my current machines will be listed for the 2X prices when they go. Even up until 2020 I still bought 2-3 new machines, now they seem too expensive to me and I’m down to 1 a year.
This is not a bitch post, prices are what they are. But I know probably even in 2011 people who had been collecting since 1999 probably were out due to remembering what they used to pay in 1999. It’s more a psychological thing since in 2011 I easily paid prices that were probably 4x the time of the crash, while others then were complaining loudly on prices.
So my question is how long did it take when you started buying for your purchases to slow down significantly specifically due to pricing. What year did you start and how long did it take to get to that point. What Multiplier did it have to get to before you said “I’m out !” Or have you always had the attitude of “pay the man - that’s what it costs”. It’s not that I don’t purchase anything at all, but I went from 10 a year to 1 a year in the space of about 3 years and it’s not lack of desire, it’s the price thing with me.
Any similar stories out there ? I’m sure I’m not alone. What did your purchasing pattern look like at the beginning of active collecting compared to say 5 years later compared to now ?