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.