Quoted from 0geist0:
Only needs minor repair.
A little Novus should clean that right up.
$3,800!?!?!?! Are they out of their minds?
Mine must be worth around $5,000 with the LED swap and re-chromed handles.
This is my favorite part of that ad:
"Only 7,000 were made making this a likely collectors item in the future."
Quoted from ForceFlow:
Gottlieb EM pinball worked when stored. will probably need contacts cleaned and new rubber($35). Selling due to moving. Fairly rare Machine. Good shape otherwise. Tape on picture to protect glass in shipping. Can deliver to curb if purchased before I unload it in about a week.
I live in the same town, but I definitely didn't put that ad up. I should contact them and let them know that if they drop a zero from their price, I'd be interested in taking a look...
Quoted from Colsond3:
then you compromise even further because it's a game "they really want"...then they turn around and list it two days later for double that price, that is kind of irritating.
That really is a $@#& move. Who was it? I don't like dealing with people that like to lie.
When I'm shopping, I start with the Market Archive you can find here:
See what the game you're shopping for has sold for in the past. Then I'll check out current listings and see what people are asking for the same game. Pictures in both the archive and the current listings will give you a good idea of where to price yours in the range of listings.
Then you have to determine what you're comfortable paying. For example, right after I started playing pinball, I went to PAPA and played a Bally Safari. I immediately wanted one. My research revealed that one had never been sold on Pinside, making valuation almost impossible. After finally finding one for sale on ebay (yuck), I decided that I wanted it and didn't care that I was going to pay what some would have considered "too much". But to me, it was worth it.
Anyway, there are a lot of factors that go into valuation, but most of all, it's what you want to pay. If you're comfortable paying a premium for something that's hard to find and you really want, then go for it.
When I find on that needs work, you typically have a good idea of what it will cost to fix. Then subtract the cost of parts and some labor from the price and shoot them an offer. Provided parts aren't impossible to find, most things can be fixed relatively cheaply outside of cabinet repair, board corrosion damage and playfield restoration.
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