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How rare is Sopranos?


By fattrain

4 years ago



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#55 4 years ago
Quoted from mcluvin:

Not sure how rare, but it appears the mob is controlling coil stop prices. Wow!!
http://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/515-7470-00

Off topic, but worth mentioning since it's been brought up....

It's easy to get complacent when ordering. It starts with that one product you need, then you just keep adding to your cart. Because I had nothing better to do last month, I took a couple of the items I purchase regularly and did a quick price comparison:

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To hell with coil stops -- look at those slingshot switch prices - Marco is 67% more expensive than PBL.
Flipper rebuild kits, about 30% more!

Last email I sent to Nancy @ Marco on this topic went unanswered. Figured she might want to know why my annual parts orders are going to drop by couple thousand dollars. Nope, my email was completely ignored.

What would be nice is to have a talented web developer (perhaps pinside.com or pinpedia.com) write some code that goes out once a month and scrapes prices off their sites and renders a comparison table like the above.

#60 4 years ago
Quoted from mcluvin:

The lower priced suppliers could just as easily raise their prices with the info. After a few months they are all more or less the same and likely more expensive.

could, maybe, what-if.... Online tools help level the playing field. Sure, it could get "too level" at some point for a short time, but then the competition would start up again, just like gas stations on opposite corners of an intersection. You have heard of gasbuddy.com, I assume?

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