Quoted from Colsond3:
"Looking to buy a pinball machine. SS or DMD. Not interested in EM games. Have 700 cash in hand and can pick it up asap. Interested in almost all titles. Specifically looking for games like Teed off, escape from lost world, special forces, streetfighter2, Pool Sharks, Bone Busters, wipeout, blackwater100, High Speed, pinbot, Motordome ect. Let me know what you have."
Come on....he has cash on hand!!!!!!!! Doesn't anybody want to get rid of their cherry, fully-working Teed off, Escape, Streetfighter, Wipeout, or any other pin he wants for a whopping 700 smackeroos??? If anybody does plan on responding to this guy, I may throw up an ad saying that I'll up that ante and give $750 for any of those titles.
He must be an experienced collector. I emailed him just to try to help and tell him he won't find a working DMD title that he listed for $700, at least not in good condition. His response was "I have sen those games really nice and fuolly working for less then 700 before." (his spelling in last statement, not mine...but I wanted to be accurate with quoting him). I even offered him a Meteor semi-project for $450 trying to be nice (nice PF and perfect BG), and he said that game isn't worth more than $150!!! I tried explaining what backglasses alone were worth, but I gave up. He seemed utterly hopeless.
So many people on Craigslist...for their lack of grammar and a variety of other reasons, are a piece of work. So much for trying to help.
Craigslist is always a crapshoot.
Usually more "crap" than "shoot".
Actually come to think of it, it is more a "crackshoot" (in a bad pun way).
In the past, people have tried to lowball after arrival, tried to coax me into a selling another one of my machines (especially ones that are worth 3-4X the one I am selling for the same price), offer me other things in trade (other machines, motorcycles, golf carts, PlayStations, jewelry, watches, stolen goods, free cleaning services, car waxes for life, etc, you get the picture here), ask to pay me later (what?), ask to pay me in "installments" (double what?), ask to pay me via personal check (triple what?), want me to set up the machine for free for them in their homes, want me to carry the machines up stairs since I have the equipment, among all sorts of other tactics in the past. Its completely insane what people will do. They will try ANYTHING.
In all those cases, I told them to "get the $#%@ out" (sometimes nicely, sometimes not, dependent on what was said, their attitude, and what was observed), I have a security system installed, I carry firearms, am retired military, and I practice shooting on a regular basis.
If you cannot pay for the novelty toy, do not try to buy it. (See photo below).
Craigslist is not an auction house, estate sale, or "gangsta house".
When I buy, I NEVER make fun of a seller, but do a thorough technical inspection.
I ALWAYS require a bill of sale (BoS) (hand written) with signatures, I do not care who they are, friend or not.
If they are "in error" in their description of the machine, I tell them (nicely).
Every minor but significant omission, subtracts $100 from the price.
Every repair subtracts $100 from price.
Major features broken (especially things like welding ramps), missing critical hard to find boards, or are irreplaceable parts, I walk and I tell them WHY.
If the game is a parts machine that is different.
If the game is a project machine that is different.
Not at all.
Just be truthful.
There are plenty of sellers who actually will have "seller's remorse" (yes, this does exist) and try the buy the machine back for more, equal, or less value, or even "threaten you".
Some even says things like "small claims court".
A written BoS solves that problem, as they have no leg to stand on.
Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of good people, but the balanced is tipped in the other direction now from 20 years ago.
Its a "millennial" age.
In fact, I greatly prefer to assist first time buyers NOT get "bamboozled", by being present for the sale.
I welcome the opportunity when asked, and say nothing, until the period of inspection, if the buyer wants to make the sale.
These days, I sell to collectors, if at all.
"Cash and Carry" only, and you bring the truck...
This goes for back glasses as well, which can be tricky as well.
Its not worth the time and aggravation in most cases.
These days, I actively "block" ads that are WTB pinball machines (non-specific) with stolen photos, generic requests, etc designed to entice people to "click on them".
We have a guy right now on Portland CL, who on average has between 5-10 BS ads per day clogging up the system who is trying to buy cheap to "flip games", and I want to personally "chat" with him.