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How to approach local Walmart


By Mercyscene

1 year ago



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    #51 1 year ago

    I bet hoby is the Senior Engineer of the claw itself. Making it the biggest POS on purpose so it can barely grab enough to hang onto a prize as it goes up.

    #53 1 year ago
    Quoted from shlockdoc:

    It’s so easy to say how you would of, could and should of, but you didn’t.

    Would have, could have and should have. I have no idea why people use "of" other than the contraction " 've " perhaps sounds like "of"

    #54 1 year ago

    Put a pin in wally world??? It would be destroyed rather quickly around here. I personally hate wal-fart.

    #55 1 year ago
    Quoted from Flowst:

    » YouTube video

    Interesting video.

    #56 1 year ago

    I don't even go to Walmart to shop, why the hell would I go there to play pinball.

    #57 1 year ago
    Quoted from timab2000:

    I don't even go to Walmart to shop, why the hell would I go there to play pinball.

    It wouldn't be my first choice for placing a game on location.

    #58 1 year ago

    A pinball machine in a Walmart? Great idea!

    When there are no tables left available at the internal Micky Ds, it will give their customers one more table to eat on.

    #59 1 year ago

    I can see bringing out some pins as a popup event on free play to expose / promote pinball to new folks. Like a weekend from 2pm till 6pm.

    #60 1 year ago
    Quoted from Gryszzz:

    If WWE can't turn a profit in its native environment, why bother?

    WWE might be too sophisticated for the Walmart regulars. Now if there was a Kardashians or Jerry Springer pin...

    #61 1 year ago
    Quoted from timab2000:

    I don't even go to Walmart to shop, why the hell would I go there to play pinball.

    I would only go in there to play pinball, my daughters dance academy right around corner. WWE is $6 worth of fun no doubt. Never saw anyone but me play it so it was in pretty good shape.

    #62 1 year ago

    What is walmart?

    #64 1 year ago
    Quoted from Frax:

    Okay. You'll forgive me if I don't take your word as law and wait for secondary confirmation on that.

    #65 1 year ago
    Quoted from cudabee:

    What is walmart?

    Murica!

    #66 1 year ago
    Quoted from cudabee:

    What is walmart?

    I already want to live in the Netherlands for a year. This statement reinforces that thought.

    #67 1 year ago

    Love how the kid gets involved. True trash!

    #68 1 year ago

    Ugh, wally world is the worst. I wander in about once a year and am always amazed by what I see.

    #69 1 year ago
    Quoted from ViolinSteve:

    Love how the kid gets involved. True trash!

    Yeah it's funny for like 10 seconds until the kid jumps in. Then it's REALLY FUNNY. I kid. I love a good scrap but that shit is heartbreaking. Teach your children well right?? WTF.
    Also, don't live in Beech Grove, Indiana.

    #70 1 year ago

    There is really only one correct way to approach Walmart.

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    #71 1 year ago

    Hey the truth hurts...no need to blow sunshine if there is zero chance of the OP being able to put a machine in WM. Hoby is doing this guy a favor...

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    #72 1 year ago

    How to approach local wal mart? The answer is Don’t.

    #73 1 year ago

    With a capital D.

    #75 1 year ago
    Quoted from MinusWorlds:

    Yeah because hoby1 took it to the curb!

    No sir! To the curd it was.

    #76 1 year ago

    1) No, you can't put a games on location in Walmart because they, like many big businesses, have exclusive contracts with select (major) vending companies to place games.

    2) No, hoby1 does not make a lot of money working for a vending company. Only the owners of vending/amusement companies make a lot of money

    3) Yes, redemption games like claw machines, Cyclone...most of them cheat. They are operator adjustable as to how often they should pay out. Doesn't apply to smaller prize games like candy cranes, Stacker (small prize only), etc. where the cost of the prize can be less than the cost of one play. So while a claw machine does require some "skill" to win it ALSO requires luck that no one else won in the last 30, 50, 100 (operator adjusted) games. Is this misrepresented to the customer? Yes. Should redemption games be required to pay out on skill? No, because then how would the operator make money. Should it be illegal or considered gambling? The laws are always changing and like everything else it comes down to who is lobbying the state politicians with more money.

    Disclaimer: I was only a small time business owner so I only made a little lot of money but I know too much.

    #77 1 year ago
    Quoted from ReplayRyan:

    1) No, you can't put a games on location in Walmart because they, like many big businesses, have exclusive contracts with select (major) vending companies to place games.

    Was the OP trying to put a pinball machine in ? Or asking if who had equipment at Walmart would do so ?

    LTG : )

    #78 1 year ago

    How I feel when I even see the sign...

    #79 1 year ago

    -Yawn- if people are still trying to armchair it, hoby1 works for the national entertainment network or NEN. I can confirm that rainbow machines are indeed as dumb as a box of rocks. They are built like a classic jeep, rugged, and only with the features you need. Of course it doesn't require programming to render a claw incapable of picking up prizes. Some more expensive machines let you enter the odds and it will adjust claw power dynamically as prizes are won. This feature has been banned in some states.

    To the OPs question, Wal-Mart actually has a program where they work with independent operators, but I've only seen them do it for bulk vending and when whatever installed operator (usually NEN) isn't doing that great of a job.

    If you want to fight the good fight and make pinball publicly available again your best odds are with small independent locations. As mentioned above bars and restaurants are probably best. Smart operators try to take a larger cut than legally required in bars. Also be mentally prepared to lose the machine. I've had a few walk away on me... Or get so vandalized that I have to call it a total loss.

    #80 1 year ago
    Quoted from InfiniteLives:

    speaking of cranes in walmart, i played one saturday morning as I was leaving the store and I won... but the bear got stuck on the claw and wouldnt drop lol. I just left it for the next person to get a free win. I had more quarters but really just wanted to see if i could win.

    You should call Hoby1 and tell him you want your F#cking bear or you will sue his insurance company

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    #81 1 year ago
    Quoted from digdug2084:

    -Yawn- if people are still trying to armchair it, hoby1 works for the national entertainment network or NEN. I can confirm that rainbow machines are indeed as dumb as a box of rocks. They are built like a classic jeep, rugged, and only with the features you need. Of course it doesn't require programming to render a claw incapable of picking up prizes. Some more expensive machines let you enter the odds and it will adjust claw power dynamically as prizes are won. This feature has been banned in some states.
    To the OPs question, Wal-Mart actually has a program where they work with independent operators, but I've only seen them do it for bulk vending and when whatever installed operator (usually NEN) isn't doing that great of a job.
    If you want to fight the good fight and make pinball publicly available again your best odds are with small independent locations. As mentioned above bars and restaurants are probably best. Smart operators try to take a larger cut than legally required in bars. Also be mentally prepared to lose the machine. I've had a few walk away on me... Or get so vandalized that I have to call it a total loss.

    Good to know hoby1 works for NEN so next time I’m in Walmart I can tell the GM the NEN games are POS and stole a bunch of kids money without working correctly Better get them out to fix em.

    #82 1 year ago

    Thank you for all of the informative and hilarious replies. I have a much better idea about the topic at hand now. I am not an operator as suggested but simply an enthusiast.

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    #83 1 year ago
    Quoted from Mercyscene:

    Thank you for all of the informative and hilarious replies. I have a much better idea about the topic at hand now. I am not an operator as suggested but simply an enthusiast.

    Once again ..... sorry about the harsh initial reply. I hope you can except my apology. I was just kinda taken when I read the statement about possibly removing some of our equipment .

    #84 1 year ago
    Quoted from Concretehardt:

    You should call Hoby1 and tell him you want your F#cking bear or you will sue his insurance company

    Or even better claim personal injury after trying to get the damn bear to fall out of the claws by rocking the machine. "I hurt my neck and my back trying to get the prize I won!". On another note it was previously mentioned that insurance costs are high...a child could be killed. Do you give the child a ratchet set and a sledgehammer to accomplish this?

    #85 1 year ago
    Quoted from DanQverymuch:

    Oooh, we're so impressed! Do tell, what would that cost on one pin, in the highly unlikely chance it could prove liable for, what, starting the fires pins are so infamous for starting? If it's so much, how can there be pins on location anywhere?

    I looked into liability insurance for Pins (specifically). It’s not exactly easy to find and, unfortunately, it’s not cheap.

    Believe it or not, many ops don’t have liability insurance. Just like many run pins as a cash business with money exchanging hands without following tax laws. Some folks do t mind the risk.

    #86 1 year ago
    Quoted from 27dnast:

    I looked into liability insurance for Pins (specifically). It’s not exactly easy to find and, unfortunately, it’s not exactly cheap.
    Believe it or not, many ops don’t have liability insurance. Just like many run pins as a cash business with money exchanging hands without following tax laws. Some folks do t mind the risk.

    Why do you need insurance, that's what go fund me is for these days.

    Sarcasm off but I swear it seems more and more that type of site is only their for people that did a piss poor job planning and looking for handouts...

    #87 1 year ago
    Quoted from tacshose:

    Good to know hoby1 works for NEN so next time I’m in Walmart I can tell the GM the NEN games are POS and stole a bunch of kids money without working correctly Better get them out to fix em.

    This is getting ridiculous, the guy apologized let’s just move on. No need to mess with someone’s job over a post on Pinside, and to be honest, I’ve seen much worse.

    #88 1 year ago
    Quoted from Concretehardt:

    You should call Hoby1 and tell him you want your F#cking bear or you will sue his insurance company

    Hoby1 pm'd me information to obtain a prize for the record.

    #89 1 year ago
    Quoted from InfiniteLives:

    Hoby1 pm'd me information to obtain a prize for the record.

    Right on! I was just busting balls and for the record I think Hoby1 is a good guy/Pinsider and maybe was just having a bad day.

    #90 1 year ago
    Quoted from Concretehardt:

    Right on! I was just busting balls and for the record I think Hoby1 is a good guy/Pinsider and maybe was just having a bad day.

    Thank brother,

    Just a tough time right now and I got a little jumpy.

    #91 1 year ago

    Everyone has hugged it out and we’ve learned nobody got time for Wal-Mart

    #92 1 year ago

    Damn... I had the popcorn already to go!

    #93 1 year ago

    All I know is that every time I set foot in a Walmart, I can't wait to leave. It's the last place I'd want to play pinball.

    #94 1 year ago
    Quoted from Concretehardt:

    Right on! I was just busting balls and for the record I think Hoby1 is a good guy/Pinsider and maybe was just having a bad day.

    Agreed, Hoby1 is a nice guy and always willing to help people out and he's fun to talk pinball with as well.

    #95 1 year ago
    Quoted from hoby1:

    You are 100% wrong about this. We make our own cranes and they cannot contol a set payout. Any one that owns a Rainbow crane can attest to this.

    .....and the Indian casino gives our parents player's cards to make sure they get their free meal and T-shirt when they have it coming.

    #96 1 year ago

    In our small market, the Wal-Marts are actually clean, well stocked and pleasant.

    But I've been to some major metro ones in my travels that looked like herds of buffalo had recently stampeded through them. The contrast was actually quite unreal. So I understand from where the aversion stems.

    #97 1 year ago

    What is the company he is referring to as the WM gameroom operator supplier. Betson?

    #98 1 year ago
    Quoted from altan:

    Everyone has hugged it out and we’ve learned nobody got time for Wal-Mart

    I guess we can start a whole new thread then.

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    #99 1 year ago

    I'll see your Kmart and raise you a Gibsons.

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    #100 1 year ago

    I'll raise you a Zayre Shoppers City

    LTG : )

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