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Introducing Pinswap!

By Pinswap

9 months ago

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    #1 9 months ago

    Hello everyone!

    We would like to announce the start of a very exciting project that we
    have been working on for a few months now. https://www.pinswaprentals.com/ . Hopefully
    this is a welcome and fresh idea that has some value here on Pinside.

    Pinswap is a Peer2peer rental platform for all coin operated machines.
    Obviously we put Pin in the name because like you we are obsessed with
    pinball! Here at Pinswap we truly believe that we have a place in every
    segment in the Pinball industry. Whether it's a distributorship, an
    operator, competitive player or a hobbyist there is something here you
    will like and could use!

    We have put in great efforts to make this an easy way to look up
    machines, to rent them from like minded hobbyists and to help facilitate
    the growth of our hobby. In an effort to make this safe, easy and fun we
    have made sure that all transactions are through either Stripe or
    Paypal. Both have very strong reputations of protecting online transactions!

    Another feature of Pinswap that we are extremely pumped about is that we
    were able to acquire insurance for every pinball machine rented through
    Pinswap. This will protect your machine up to a value of $10,000! Theft,
    fire, major damage will all be covered under our insurance policy! No
    need to go out and find your own insurance!

    How does this work?

    Well it really is as easy as any online market place. You sign up with
    an account (Free). From there you can either browse in your area via zip
    code or a map. And see what is available for rent in your area. If you
    choose to put your machines up for rent click "Post a Machine" and
    follow the directions. Add pictures, a description and any rules you may
    have regarding your machine (Non smoking house required, no pets, first
    floor only... etc.).

    The owners of the machine will deliver and set up the machine, and the
    renter should be there to ensure that the machine is in working
    condition. The owner always sets the price and time frame. We have
    everything as a monthly rental but we are just fine if you want to rent
    machines for a week or a weekend! It is up to you!

    After the transaction is complete and after the owner picks up the
    machine, a review option will appear. Here you can review each other and
    rate the experience as a positive or negative. You can then put write a
    few sentences explaining why it was positive or negative and boom! You
    did your first rental!

    The ratings and review section will be incredibly important. It will
    weed out the bad renters and owners pretty quickly. Although there are a
    few bad apples in the pinball community, I strongly believe there are a
    lot great people here and I expect the majority will have very positive
    experiences with Pinswap.


    Distributors- Great lead generation! You will find out pretty quickly
    who is a pinhead in your area! You can put your used and slow moving
    inventory up for rent to make a solid monthly income. You would rent to
    those who may not be well off enough to afford a pinball machine, but
    still wants to play pinball in the safety of their home! Vastly
    increasing your customer base!
    Also it would be a plus to show off that Stair Climbing Escallera!

    Operators- You have the equipment, you maintain the machines, you have
    already done the hard work. Now you just need bars to open and full
    capacity! Due to Covid-19 renting machines may be a great option for you
    to make much needed income. Newer Stern Titles should rent out around
    $400-$500 a month. If your local bar/venue isn't providing that maybe
    this is a better alternative. Plus you dont get the wear and tear you
    would get at a bar.

    Collectors- I love my machines! I know you do as well. I can already
    hear some of you pinsiders talking about how they wouldn't allow anyone
    to touch their Circus Voltaire! We hear you! If you have a crazy nice
    pristine collection, then no... this is not for you. But if you are like
    us, you have quite a few games in good/great condition and like every
    collection there might be the one or two games you just don't play
    enough! What about always having to sell a game because you ran out of
    room and you have a new game coming in? Well why not put some of these
    machines up for rent? Make $300-$500 per machine per month. Treat it as
    a small business. Advertise, put up your listing on Facebook or
    Craigslist and get these machines rented! 3 games at $400 a month means
    you could afford a Stern Pro every 5 months! That is a nice side hustle!

    Pinball fans- Listen I know you would love to own a pinball machine!
    Maybe you do own a few, but the price just seems to keep getting higher
    and you are slowly (or extremely quickly) getting priced out of the
    hobby. Instead of having to save up $6k to buy a TMNT why not pay $500
    to rent one for a full month! Play the hell out of it, get your fill,
    learn the rules and really get a chance to enjoy pinball in your home!
    Competitive peeps! Have you ever had a game you wish you could just own
    so you can master it?

    And after a month, rent another machine!!!!


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