Quoted from Who-Dey:
Yeah we understand what you’re saying, because cars and pinball machines are very similar items and should be compared to each other.
No, that's not what I'm saying at all. I was using cars & their prices as an analogy that most every can relate to:
When I first started buying new cars they cost around $20K. That price impression/expectation is still with me 30 years later.
When I first started buying NIB pins they cost around $4K. That price impression/expectation is still with me 20 years later.
Compared to that price impression I have in the back of my mind somewhere anytime I look at car/pin prices the perception is that they seem to have gone "out of reach". The reality is that most everything goes up in price over the years, and if the price increase follows inflation, they really haven't gotten any more expensive than they were 15 or 20 years ago.
Anyone getting new into the hobby today sees NIB pin prices start around $5500, and will in the future if he stays in the hobby long enough still see that as the price that new pins should cost......
It's the false perception in ones mind that they have gotten more expensive, when the reality is in terms of constant dollars the price of a NIB pin has stayed constant......