I own a lot of Bally/Williams, and I love them. I picked up a couple of Sterns along the way. When Ghostbusters was announced, I loved the movie, and everything about the game, so for the first time I ordered a NIB Stern. I paid my deposit a month after it was announced, I like the upgrades to the premium, so I went that way.
Because I did my deposit a month after it was announced, it took me about 4 months between when the fist game was shipped, and I got mine. All I was hearing, was bad, bad, bad, and I was nervous, but I still wanted my game.
My distributor is not the biggest, but I know he moves some games. I was at his shop when I was picking up something else shortly after the fist shipment of games came out, and he had what looked like 20 ghostbuster's in boxes, so I know he sold a quantity.
I finally got the call, time to pick up my game. I drove to my distribute and picked up my game. I wanted some add ons, and they did that while I waited, so it was time for small talk. Again, it looked like about 20 boxed Ghostbusters. Since I was a bit worried about my game, I asked them, if they sold a bunch of these, of course they said they did, which I knew. Then I asked the question I really wanted the answer to, how many of those games did you have problems with, they said one, and it was not bad enough for any kind of play field exchange.
I got my game, one minor problem, a screw was loose, I tightened it and not another problem. I few people in my house play, so we have about 1,000 plays, no problems.
My feeling is the bad ones are very vocal, the good ones, you don't hear from. Plus on this type of forum, you are more likely to hear the negatives then the positives anyway.
The prices are high, yes, but they hold their value pretty good. It is better then buying a car and selling that in 2 years. If the prices get higher then I want to pay, hey their are plenty of good used titles out there, I don't have enough space or money for all of them.
So I am very happy with my Stern. I spent $6,800 on a NIB premium, or I could spend a $1,000 less and get a real good quality A list game that is 20 plus years old, and if I buy it right and take care of it, I will get my money out of it.
No, I do not want Stern to go out of business.
It's a hobby, and I love it.