Quoted from Wolfmarsh:
I agree with Aurich, can you imagine how freaking awesome the pinball market would be if suddenly every machine was 2 grand less?
Yeah, it'd be like 2009 all over again - machines people can decently afford.
I am all for people who buy LEs and get upset - that's understandable - you bought something that is supposed to be Limited Edition. For those who buy the "ho hum" version of a game, and then it gets re-released, oh well. You want investment incentives, there's Wall St. You buy high - that's the chance you're taking.
I love that Stern is killing the high priced used pinball market. It's beautiful. The machines become more affordable for everyone, more people can actually get a machine, more choices get out there, more machines become available on the open market - no one that does this simply for the hobby loses. Only two or three groups suffer: flippers, people who bought high, and people trying to have a "special snowflake" pinball collection.
Some of us are in this hobby because we love the games, playing the games, working on and repairing the games, and sharing them with others. I love knowing my collection is a bunch of B-listers that anyone can purchase. I couldn't care less that I don't have an A-lister. I didn't join this hobby for investment banking, preparing for my retirement with a treasure cove of games to demand money hand over fist for, or any self-indulgent reason. It was entered to play, repair, restore, and enjoy. For the last 5 games games I sold, I think I made $100 on one; I lost money on ALL others. It is a hobby to keep games alive, make them a lil' better, and then pass that blessing onto someone else.
Keep things in perspective: this is a first-world problem. I'll be sleeping easy tonight.