(Topic ID: 210611)

Just got a taxi....eBay and it’s not as clean as I thought


By Balaraform

1 year ago



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  • Taxi Williams, 1988

Topic poll

“Should I try to sell, spend for a hardtop, keep?”

  • Sell 11 votes
    48%
  • Hard top 4 votes
    17%
  • Hardtop then sell 0 votes
  • As is 8 votes
    35%

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#1 1 year ago

Just got a taxi, brought it home 800 miles from near my in laws. The Mylar is bubbling in some areas. Not sure what to do, wife is said i could keep it but I really want a tspp so this would be the one I sell and then use as mo eye towards it. Do I try to sell and just recoup my money in its standard state, (upgrading to led no matter what), keep it for a longer period of time 1 year or so and spend the time doing a hard top and then a topside reinstall?

Thanks for the help with hard top and led I would be all in at 1900, cabinet is decent.

#2 1 year ago

For what it's worth, one time I pulled the mylar from a Taxi with the freeze spray technique and it came up without taking off any artwork.

#3 1 year ago

What is the PF like under the mylar, and in the areas without mylar?

#4 1 year ago

Shame on you for buying from eBay bro

#5 1 year ago

Qp

Quoted from DNO:

What is the PF like under the mylar, and in the areas without mylar?

Under Mylar are perfect, no Mylar a little wear not
Imperfect but gritty.

Quoted from MeNaCeFiRe:

Shame on you for buying from eBay bro

Yeah never again.

#6 1 year ago

Did the same thing years ago really enjoyed the game - play it until your sick of it then expected a lose but move on

#7 1 year ago

Taxi is a pretty neat game. Not sure what "gritty" means but I've seen filthy, grimy playfields that look great after cleaning and polishing. If I got a Taxi where the condition was not quite as good as I expected, I would probably fix it up (remove the mylar using the freeze spray technique, clean and polish the playfield, clean and replace playfield parts as needed, *maybe* do LEDs), and enjoy the game until I got tired of it. Then it's time to sell and get something else. I don't think that's is one of the voting choices though

#8 1 year ago

Taxi is a cool game. For sure clean it up! I could not even think of buying a game and not at least cleaning it well and enjoying it. Seems like you just unwrapped it and a few (a FEW) things are maybe not as perfect as your imagination had hoped. Sounds like a game that will clean up really well and probably look great and be enjoyable. It’s pinball- clean it up and beat on it till you set the high score or it tilts! Enjoy it- I bet it looks better every day you let it sit and soon you will be chomping at the bit to clean the bit of dirt away and play it.

#9 1 year ago
Quoted from Balaraform:

Under Mylar are perfect, no Mylar a little wear not
Imperfect but gritty.

Polish it up, take it to TPF, and let it be enjoyed, sell if you're not too attached by then.
You'll get free TPF entry/swag bag, and probly get 2k-2.5k if you sell, or trade?

#10 1 year ago

How much do you have into this game now? $1200-$1500? You can sell 5 players condition Taxi's at that price point. I say play it for a few months then sell it when you are ready to buy a TSPP.

#11 1 year ago

Taxi is a great game.

Option 1: Sell as-is and hopefully get your money back out of it. Dont waste your time putting LEDs in it if you dont plan to clean/shop the rest of the game.

Option 2: Clean it up as best you can and enjoy it for awhile. You dont have to go crazy. Wipe it down, wax it, new rubbers, new balls, etc... If you like the game and can see yourself keeping it, then maybe do a hardtop install.

Option 3: Dive in head first and do a hardtop install.

If you do decide to install a hardtop, keep in mind that you will probably want to replace other parts, meaning more money. Think plastic set, ramps, etc... Depends on how far you want to go with it.

#12 1 year ago
Quoted from Balaraform:

Thanks for the help with hard top and led I would be all in at 1900, cabinet is decent.

If it's fully working and you got it for around 1500 on eBay, you should have no complaints. You will never lose $ on a 1500 working Taxi unless it catches on fire or you are really bad at selling things.

#13 1 year ago

Pics would help this thread tremendously.

I say clean and play. Forget leds until you know you'll be keeping a while.

I also removed mylar with freeze on an F14. Well worth the half hour. Of course, your paint may peel off, then id feel bad. Play it first.

If you just hate it sell it to me for $800

#14 1 year ago

Some pics of the good and bad would help.....

#15 1 year ago

Pictures please.

I agree with snyper2099, if you really only have $1500 into the game, you're fine.

Bubbling mylar isn't too much of a problem... broken plastics and major playfield wear are a problem. How's the cabinet? The boards?

My gut says: clean it up and enjoy it. It's a classic game... I owned one for quite a while and loved it.

#16 1 year ago

Pretty much in line with the others. If you're not keeping long term, don't throw a bunch of money into it. Fix things that may be broken, replace rubber and general cleaning. An elaborate shop job is not required, unless you have nothing better to do with your time.

#17 1 year ago
Quoted from 27dnast:

Pictures please.
I agree with snyper2099, if you really only have $1500 into the game, you're fine.
Bubbling mylar isn't too much of a problem... broken plastics and major playfield wear are a problem. How's the cabinet? The boards?
My gut says: clean it up and enjoy it. It's a classic game... I owned one for quite a while and loved it.

Perfect response, I agree completely. I've had TAXI twice, and just recently sold it again. One of the best System 11 games there is. Enjoy it for awhile, then maybe decide. You'll likely end up wanting to keep it, THEN start putting some serious $$$ into it pending on what you want to do...

#18 1 year ago

Was this the one for sale up in Michigan not long ago on ebay?

#19 1 year ago

Lets see how bad this taxi is? The Taxi hardtop IS amazing, but in my opinion it has it's place, and that place is on playfields that have large areas completely wore down to wood and are beyond "wax and play".....not my game, not my call....just my opinion. Remember, these games can only be original once. Once that paint is sanded away, it's gone forever and you can never get it back.

Wax it, play it, love it. Taxi is about as classic of a system 11 as you can get, so just enjoy that you have a chance to own one and embrace it's patina. Taxis typically have so much wear because it's such a great game.

I attached some pics of my first Taxi, maybe it'll make you feel better. You can see the insane amount of wear, especially in the stripped down picture. That was AFTER buffing, waxing, Novus, insert decals etc. The other pic is after. All i did was hand polish with Novus 2 everything, replace posts/bumpers/flippers with new (relatively cheap to do) and polished up the ramps and plastic. It was still not great, but it played great....and it was MINE even if it wasn't flawless I still loved and played the crap outta it while i had it. If there was a Hardtop back then i would of installed it on this taxi. But i sold it before it was even almost an option.

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#20 1 year ago

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#21 1 year ago

looks good- way better than many and totally worth the money. The vast majority of the art is near perfect Andy the major wear is pops and that’s just a solid color! if it ever got stripped and restored it could be fully rescued... no way you should hard top this game.

#22 1 year ago
Quoted from Balaraform:

Here are the pics...

Not sure what you were expecting, that looks better than 90% of Taxi out there. Is that works and was only 1500 then you scored big time and came out way ahead.

#23 1 year ago
Quoted from Tsskinne:

Was this the one for sale up in Michigan not long ago on ebay?

It was....when I got there some plastics were broken so I got a little back and leg was bent.

Quoted from Bohdi:

Perfect response, I agree completely. I've had TAXI twice, and just recently sold it again. One of the best System 11 games there is. Enjoy it for awhile, then maybe decide. You'll likely end up wanting to keep it, THEN start putting some serious $$$ into it pending on what you want to do...

It is a fun game.

Do I try to take Mylar off or just leave it on. The bubble by Santa effects the ball coming back down the lane. Pushes it towards bumpers. Not huge but if you all say it’s in good condition I’ll led it and fix the broken plastics and play it for awhile.

#24 1 year ago
Quoted from Balaraform:

It was....when I got there some plastics were broken so I got a little back and leg was bent.

It is a fun game.
Do I try to take Mylar off or just leave it on. The bubble by Santa effects the ball coming back down the lane. Pushes it towards bumpers. Not huge but if you all say it’s in good condition I’ll led it and fix the broken plastics and play it for awhile.

Yeah man I was debating going to grab that. For Taxinits in very good shape. Take a sharp object to Mylar bubbly to deflate. Someone with way more knowledge than me has discussed putting some sort of adhesive under that bubble as well to fix.

#25 1 year ago

Yeah that’s a excellent $1500 taxi IMO you did good. I personally would leave the Mylar, clean it up, led, and enjoy. I remember reading people using a very tiny bit of super glue injected under bubbled Mylar with a very fine hyperdermic (sp?) needle. Maybe research that for the one insert affecting ball travel. I say you scored though!

#26 1 year ago

You have a pretty nice Taxi. Unless you were lied to I think you nothing to really complain about. Push start and enjoy!

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