Quoted from Cheddar:
Why is it a "Rare" pinball is always a Flash? They made almost 20k of these! I know I shouldn't be surprised by anything on cl but when did rare=flash?
Well, the seller hasn't ever seen another one, must be rare, right?
Quoted from Dano:
Why do people see a listing on ebay that does NOT sell and think that is what things are "going for"
A question I've been asking myself for years. The best I can come up with is that they are so used to stores that they can't wrapntheir little brains around the fact that someone might price something in a way pretty much gauranteed not to sell.
Quoted from cosmokramer:
pinball stuff (Anaheim)
I'm selling this pinball stuff make me in offers or trade
This always bothers me because you know it's one of those guys who gets pissed when you try to help him at least pick the correct words (having given up on his grammar long ago).
Quoted from ForceFlow:
Re-posted for posterity.
<image of pin taped shut>
Honestly, it's not that bad. Use some goo gone on it to remove the tape without ripping off the artwork, and it will probably be fine.
Do you seriously believe there isn't some major horror lurking in that backbox, or under that playfield? I wouldn't be shocked if it held a corpse.
Quoted from electricsquirrel:
Somebody completely destroyed this poor thing.
Well... The one side is sanded clean, the other half way. But the playfield looks OK.
The price is at least not totally irrational like most. Though I would like to know the story of how the sides got sanded...
Quoted from jibmums:
I've never listed anything on ebay, so I have to ask - don't they charge a small amount for every listing, whether something sells or not? Why on earth would someone pay to list a topper that's basically garbage, on the infinitesimal chance that some idiot may want it? And I'll assume that when it doesn't sell, they'll relist it, wasting more money.
Depending on who you are (high volume seller, or whatever) you get some free number of insertions per month free. It's been variable over time, but it's always been at least 20-30 for the last year or two.
Personally I'd like EBay better if it DID charge at least a nickle for every insertion. It would cut a lot of the crap.
Quoted from Ring-Them-Bells:
"I am selling an antique "vintage" Japanese pinball machine. The "Pachinko" game is most easily described as the pinball game. The one I have is in great condition although it needs the steel balls replaced. They were missing when I acquired it. I am asking $ 700.00 a bargain considering they can easily be sold for $1000 and up. This money is needed to go towards transportation so I can get back and forth to work. I would be open to trading it for a scooter / moped something that I don't need to insure or tag. Be realistic and dont insult my intelligence plz."
OK, here's a realistic version:
I need some cash or some way to get to work because I got a DUI and they took my car.
I didn't put up a picture of this thing because I know my grandparents (in whose basement I found this) bought it from Montgomery Wards in the 70's when they were imported by the assload. And I know it's worth about $25, instead of the hundreds that a modern imported Pachinko would cost.
In short, I've screwed up my life and I'm trying get someone else to bail my ass out. Again.
Quoted from BrewinBombers:
RARE Original Flyer for AMH:
ebay.com link » Spooky Americas Most Haunted Original Flipper Game Pinball Machine Flyer Rare
h/t: Spooky's Facebook
You know, I've bought one or two things from that guy before. Seemed like a perfectly rational person, so I'm not sure where he got the idea that flyer was worth big money.
I wonder if it's a moron trap?
Quoted from darcangeloel:
For me it's just one of those things that is hard to even look at. Why would you 1) Let the play field get that bad... 2) Repaint the entire cabinet white and 3) Why would you install a door bell on the front of the machine... 4) Why would you price the machine at $1200. Crazy,crazy crazy.
#1 - because you know NOTHING about pinball and just figure it's supposed to do that? But then, #2 doesn't make sense...
#2 - Damn if I know. One presumes something was wrong and instead of touching up the art, they just slapped paint over it? Or was it that someone wanted it to 'go with' their furniture?
#3 - this at least makes sense, if you care not for the value of the machine and just consider it a toy that you'll throw away some time in the future, then an extra hole for the easiest available button to coin it up would seem sensible.
#4 - Again with the knows nothing about pinball perhaps? And thinks old broken toys must be valuable because they are old.
Hmm. EBay doesn't have a reporting method for 'Image clearly not the thing being sold'.
Ahh. That Image isn't his (well, it's unlikely. TinEye.com finds it many places, but this one http://rocket9.net/ both looks like it isn't just an aggregation of cool pictures, AND claims that everything on the site (not very much) is the site owner's own photos. So, probably the source.
Now, the owner of the picture can report the doofus for stealing the image. Sadly, I don't see any way that we can do so.
You know, I get that EBay doesn't want to investigate 10 million claims from every moron in the galaxy, but it really would be nice if they had a way for users to report obviously fraudulent listings.
Quoted from Scribbles:
This auction is live again. Same fake seller
Look at this on eBay ebay.com link
Whoops - Scribbles, the link you posted is to a (valid-looking) auction from a user with over 4K rep.
The one you meant to link to is:
ebay.com link » Bally Silverball Mania Pinball Backglass From 1976 Looks Cool On Any Wall
Quoted from dozer1:
Pinball wanted - I will lowball the shit outta you
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At least he's giving numbers up front so he can be ignored more quickly. That's a plus.
'Thicker' playfield glass? That doesn't make any sense, any idea what they are talking about there? Obviously from the glare shown it's not really nice anti-glare glass. Are they just making shit up?
Quoted from cosmokramer:
translation-- I broke the original tempered glass so I bought a cheap piece of plate glass that is slightly thicker and requires you to have someone help you cram it through the guides to get it up far enough to get the metal rail glass holder thingy locked in place
Ahh, thank you - my ability to understand 'idiot' has apparently be compromised of late. I blame lack of sleep.
Quoted from girloveswaffles:
The seller could get in BIG trouble for using the cubs and World series logo's without permission.
No, that's really the theme for the machine. Premier payed up for the license back when it was manufactured, and the trademark owners can't really demand more money from the guy who resells the thing he bought.
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