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Increasing Prices: Good for Pinball


By brundaged

3 years ago



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#30 3 years ago

How is it good for pinball when an operator has to charge $2 per game to afford to put a new machine out on location? No thanks, I'll just play this one over here for $.50. Also who wants to put a machine that costs that much out where it can get damaged?

The collectors market for the most part involves collecting and not as much playing (no offense, I have machines too) and the most exposure and use a pin can get is usually in the wild. It is what will keep pinball relevant for the future.

I would argue that making machines that cost this much when they are only a little fancier than the older and much cheaper pinball machines is not good for the hobby.

#41 3 years ago
Quoted from brundaged:

I'd suggest that the per game cost does need to go up for pinball to be sustainable.
Also, other non-pinball location games commonly cost $15k and up. The prices going up suggests the market is moving to support it.

Even if $2 is OK for one of us to pay to play a pinball, novices and kids will never get their moneys worth. Remember when you first started playing? Pinball was a huge waste of your quarters until you learned how to play. The future is in getting new players.

Also I love pinball! If a $12,000 game showed up at $2 a play I would probably play 3 games on it total. No more.

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