Glad I was into collecting pinballs since the early 90s. I have never been a NIB guy, but these price increases have changed the secondary market as well. What I miss is buying project games off of location. Buying a 2 year old broken pin for $1,000 that was $3,500 new and putting a few hundred dollars in parts to make it a very nice $2,000 value machine was common just a few years ago. This doesn't happen anymore because operators are done with pinballs for the most part in my area because of price and return on investment. With the latest price bumps, this is only going to get worse.
The hobby and the people that own pinball machines has changed. The latest pinball enthusiasts seem to really enjoy getting NIB and selling/trading for the "next game". The price of entry into this new space is unfortunately to high for me, but it appears that the hobby will survive without those like me as people are buying these big dollar games.