Quoted from Classic_Stern:
Respectfully Disagree..I agree with you guys in the short term but long term: Glad remakes are coming and fast. This will drive prices. Supply and demand. We had an under supply situation and it is being fixed. Prices will eventually drop both on used and new. Hyperinflation was "killing" the pinball market.
I have my 50 or so games and I never viewed them as an investment. New pins will eventually come down in price. Prices are starting to get more realistic.
For someone that can afford 50 games, the exact price of a pinball machine doesn't matter (investment or not).
For someone that buys one machine for their game room and never sells it, the price of the machine doesn't matter.
For someone who that has room for 4 and wants to swap them out every 6-9 months, resale value matters much more. If every time you sell, the loss deepens, it's going to effect your willingness to indulge. Just human nature.
I'm all for lower prices if it doesn't imply resale values plummet. I own a tricked out IM that I paid 6.5k for...before IM VE, everyone thought it was a bargain. Now everyone thinks it's wildly over priced. Not a big deal for me (or my collection), but for many people, taking a 2k loss might discourage them from future purchases.
At the end of the day, Stern will do whatever they want. All the babble on this topic of supply/demand is just interesting speculation...10 years from now, it will be interesting to see what the pinball landscape looks like!