Patience is a virtue with anything... for example I wanted a Dodge Hellcat Charger but I didn't want to pay full price and I wanted a certain color. I looked for 6 months but my patience paid off and I got one and saved over 10k. With pinball the same thing is true practice patience and you'll eventually get the game you want for the price you want to pay. What I've learned is I'm not going to buy a pinball game from really far away or buy something that has to be shipped to me. Why? I agreed to buy a game from someone in Kansas City hearing about how the game was perfect, only to get there and realize it was a pile of crap. I wasted 10 hours of my time ... unless I can see it with my own two eyes its just not worth it. Eventually one will come up for sale within an hour or so of my house. Maybe I won't get the game exactly when I want it but I will eventually. Heck I might even learn by waiting for one to pop up around here I didn't really want the game after all.
I haven't done this but I warn everyone to stop buying games from new companies unless you're buying with a credit card where they're shipping on the spot.
This industry like all others is filled with crooks.