Quoted from SantaEatsCheese:
I only have 1 pin that is "bolted to the floor", and that is ST:TNG. It's the only pin my wife likes (huge Trekkie), it's heavy, there are none local to play, and every time I see one at a show alot is borken. I really, really, like mine. I let it out on a temporary trade once and I missed it. It's not going anywhere. However, I have room for 5 and rotate pins alot. Here is something nerdy I've never shared before... my pinball ownership matrix!
Quoted from digdug2084:
That's actually really neat. I wish I had put something together like that. The longest lasting pin in my collection is Super-Flite. I've had it for a little over six years at this point. It's never my favorite game, but everytime I go to sell it I realize I'll probably never buy another game I like as much for as cheap ever again. So frequently when I need space it goes into storage and comes back out when I've sold something.
Quoted from Master_of_Trolls:
Your pinball ownership matrix is actually fascinating. Your combined months of ownership is 181 divided by 33 machines gives a quotient of ~ 5.5 months of ownership, per machine. I wish more people would post similar stats. I'm just starting out (first purchase in June 2021) and getting ready to add my 5th pin. I just assumed that I would keep them all until they fell apart though, based on the above stories, that may prove highly unlikely. Still, less than 6 months per machine really surprises me. I can't help but wonder if your situation is unique or the norm. I have also noticed that some people have owned some machines multiple times (selling and later repurchasing). I'm new to all of this and would not describe any of my pins as "bolted to the floor," however, I do expect to keep them all at least for several years.
BTW, I'm pretty sure that it is Epoisse de Bourgogne cheese that Satan eats. The rest of us have better taste than that!
Glad I can be entertaining,
Of those 33 pins, 2 were “temporary trades”, and 3 were projects that were never fully working before they left my garage. 181/28 would be 6.5 months per pin… Still. Out of all 33 pins, there were only 2 or 3 I genuinely hated and traded because I genuinely disliked them (Champion Pub, Judge Dredd, Hobbit). I know some folks love those pins though so don’t murder me.
Also, part of my strategy on pins is to buy 2 in a group deal when I can at a slight discount, and sell the second pin to bring down the price of the first.
I also tend to list pins as “Trades Welcome” and take the best deal I haven’t played before. This lets me try new games and involves people delivering them into my basement.
I have a stupid amount of money in pins right now. I’d guess my collection is worth about $40,000. However, over the course of 3 years I’m guessing I put about $25,000 into it (including the free pin), but don’t have accurate records on that. Everything else has been traded up/fixed up to sell for more. There is a lot of sweat equity in my collection.
For example, I want to say I am about $8,000 into Rick and Morty. How much are those worth now? I bought Twilight Zone for $7500 and put another $1,000 in it. It just sold above asking at $11,000. $300 or $500 a trade really adds up over time too. The 2 for one trades are amazing.
Waiting to see what comes up in trade offers often yields better than expected results. Someone traded me their original AFM for my JP pro.
Let me also state that at no time do I feel like I ripped anyone off, nor do I believe anyone feels like they have been ripped off by me.
Let me ramble on about how and why I went through 33 pins in 3 years. Pictures and for sale threads in my profile for those curious.
I picked up my first pin, a World Cup Soccer (great first pin) in August 2018. I sold it after 3 months because I wanted to prove to myself (and my wife) that a pin could be temporary, and that if I bought a pin I wasn’t stuck with it forever and could mostly get my money back (I did). I had a blast, and got to play the crap out of a pin in my house essentially for free. Shortly after I sold, I made a deal with my boss (big pinhead) to buy his ST Pro. When I showed up to pick up the pins, the company owners were there and surprised me with an AFM SE (Story on that is here https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/stern-star-trek-pro-vs-jurassic-park-at-same-price). He later sold me the ST Pro with the money I had gotten from WCS. Loved both machines, but really wanted a DE JP. Ended up trading the ST for DE JP and cash. Sold AFM to fund a Hobbit. Perfect theme, looked amazing. Took it home and absolutely hated it after a few months and sold it.
Took the Hobbit money and bought a ST:TNG (Dream/nostaligic pin/theme) and a Last Action Hero to sell to offset the cost (fun game, but no room it had to go quickly after fixing it up). Went to my first pinball show (Allentown 2019) and picked up a non-working Pinbot project(s). Couldn’t fix it. Ended up trading for a Big Guns (not my 1st choice), which I later sold. Bought a Fish Tales and White Water with some profits and extra funds. The Fish Tales I got was clear coated, but they used a weird material and it was “grippy”. Ended up moving it quickly. White Water was great and a fixer upper. Traded it for a Champion Pub and Cash. Traded Champion Pub for High Speed (flip to sell), Taxi, and Cash. Bought and sold a Whirlwind (Fun!). Bought a Stern Jurassic Park, Simpsons Pinball Party and kept those a bit. A local ad came up for a Medieval Madness LE for $7,000 I jumped on immediately and sold Taxi and Whitewater to fund. Bought a fixer upper Black Knight. Traded Medieval Madness for TNA and cash. Later traded TNA for Judge Dredd and Earthshaker (both sold). Put a deposit on a Rick and Morty. Bought a Twilight Zone, temp trade with a buddy for an Avengers LE. Picked up a Torpedo Alley and Robocop in a combo deal. Sold Robocop to offset Torpedo Alley costs. Bought an El Dorado/Space Shuttle combo and sold Space Shuttel to offset El Dorado. Bought a Lord of the Rings. Traded Black Knight for Sorcerer. Sold Twilight Zone to fund Indiana Jones. This leaves me with a Rick and Morty, Star Trek The Next Generation, Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, Torpedo Alley, and Sorcerer.
All in all it’s been super fun and I’ve had a blast trying out different machines.