(Topic ID: 181310)

How often is the manual missing when you buy used games?


By brannonrad

2 years ago



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    Topic poll

    “How many of the USED games you've purchased have included the manual?”

    • ALL of them! 9 votes
      10%
    • Most of them 25 votes
      28%
    • More than half 13 votes
      15%
    • Maybe half 14 votes
      16%
    • Less than half 10 votes
      11%
    • Hardly any 12 votes
      14%
    • None 5 votes
      6%

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    #1 2 years ago

    Just curious what the experience has been for other pinball collectors.

    For me, I'd say less than half of the used games I buy include the manual. Many don't have a tilt mechanism or a cash box!

    How about you?

    #2 2 years ago

    Most of the time I have to purchase the manual because they are missing. When I sell the game the manuals go into my library for if I ever purchase the same title again.

    #3 2 years ago

    I would say somewhere in the 25% to 30% range for us as far as machines coming with manuals. I actually find cash boxes missing almost 100% of the time and tilt assembly is missing about half the machines we buy but 1/3 of the time they are laying in the bottom of the cabinet.

    Here is another question - anyone ever keep track of change found in the average machine. I would say my average on that is somewhere between 25 cents and 50 cents. I find money in about 1/2 the machines when we clean cabinets out and normally it is under a quarter of something like 7 quarters. But if I added it all up and divided by number of machines we have owned it is likely to be around 35 cents per machine average.

    #4 2 years ago

    i voted most of the time because the poll is the opposite of the title, which is what i read . Most of the time the did not come with a manual

    #5 2 years ago

    What manual? i would say 50% of the time. Less for other coin op games.

    #6 2 years ago

    The biggest break here is going to be "moderns" vs EMs.

    I'd guess Most EM sales have them, most Moderns do not.

    #7 2 years ago
    Quoted from herbertbsharp:

    i voted most of the time because the poll is the opposite of the title, which is what i read . Most of the time the did not come with a manual

    Sorry! I have no idea why I did that. If a mod can change the thread title, please do! (I can't figure out how to do that!)

    Change from:

    How often is the manual missing when you buy used games?

    to:

    How often is the manual included when you buy used games?

    #8 2 years ago

    Since I usually pick up project machines, Tha manual is gone probably 3/4 of the time.

    #9 2 years ago

    Depends on who you get them from and the era.

    EM and SS you're luck to get on %10 of the time.

    90's DMD maybe %25 - %40

    Chances double if you are buying a project off someone trying to fix it. But then of course you are getting a game where someone didn't know what they were doing, but tried.

    #10 2 years ago
    Quoted from Taxman:

    EM and SS you're luck to get on %10 of the time.
    90's DMD maybe %25 - %40

    Funny I've had the exact opposite finds...of course you have a much larger sample size

    #11 2 years ago
    Quoted from TheLaw:

    Funny I've had the exact opposite finds...of course you have a much larger sample size

    I guess it is who you buy them from and where you are. But then I also only get %30 with coin boxes. I think people do it to save a couple of $ and since I buy to play and love I could care less about a couple of $.

    I buy because I am hoping to love the game and expecting to own for years. I'm not in it for money or buying a pin would lose the fun effect of a new pin. If you care about the money then every cracked plastic or burnt header goes from an expected repair to a money loss.

    I rarely haggle. If you are selling a pin and ask a price I think is good I buy. I think some people figure if they had to send Steve Young $20 for a manual and I did not ask if "it comes with a manual" they keep it and sell for $10 later (yup seen it).

    #12 2 years ago

    Manual? Games are supposed to come with a manual?

    #13 2 years ago

    Imagine a world where everyone left the manuals, the coin mechs, and the tilt bobs in the game.

    #14 2 years ago
    Quoted from wisefwumyogwave:

    Imagine a world where everyone left the manuals, the coin mechs, and the tilt bobs in the game.

    Oh crap. I totally forgot about the @#$% tilt bobs. Great call and I'll put them at 50/50.

    Or more accurately 100% for off route games and 50 for home.

    #15 2 years ago

    I am 0-3 on manuals. I guess maybe 0-4 since I actually bought one for my Police Force and cant find it

    #16 2 years ago

    My 1st 2 pins came w/manuals......the last 6 no...........

    #17 2 years ago

    To make this a bit more scientific, I did an actual count--and if I remember right, only 4 of the games I've owned actually came with the manual. So that ends up being 10%.

    #18 2 years ago

    The more they are asking for a game usually insures no manual and a dumbass saying "you can download it off the internet". Yet no one does this and prints it out for the new owner.

    #19 2 years ago

    Of all the used games I have purchased, I can only remember two that came with manuals. Now it's not that big of a deal, but 10-20 years ago buying a game meant buying a manual too.

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