Agreed. I think the most I ever paid was for Medieval Madness (or maybe it was Tales of the Arabian Nights): if I recall, they were both $2200.00. The ToTAN was a private sale from a collector in Salinas, and I got the MM from Betson off route. Purchased both around 2005-2006.
I don't think we'll ever see prices like that again.
At the time, the prices DID seem high, although after physically inspecting the machines in person, I reckoned it wouldn't cost me much in parts (I don't count time spent on machines as money-that's why it's a HOBBY to me) to restore them to 100% operation, so I went ahead and purchased therm. I've been in the hobby since 1976, so one could say that I've been exposed to market fluctuations before, but not nearly as bad as it is now-strictly focusing on pinball.
The one thing I can honestly say has improved in recent times is parts availability. There for awhile after Williams closed up shop, a lot of us were sweating bullets trying to find one-off machine specific parts, and paying huge markups if we could even find them. So thanks to all of the renewed interest in pinball (and the money to be had) parts are now more available than I can ever recall before.
To be blunt, I suck at playing the game. My interest has always been more focused on the repair and restoration-that's where I get my satisfaction from. Used games off route used to be cheap to find, maybe not so cheap to repair, but I'm pretty sure the time to find cheap solid state machines just for the fun of repairing them is long gone.
Time will tell.
I'm gonna have to watch Detroit Rock City tonight to see if that dude was in the movie.
I have my ways of knowing. Can't divulge those secrets, though. I'll be visiting my folks in Thousand Oaks this weekend to fix their plasma TV and celebrate Easter. We've lived there since 1964. Growing up there during the 60's, 70's, and 80's was awesome.
Yes, your search for a reasonably priced game is feasible and not unreasonable, but may be unlikely based upon the resurgence in pinball popularity and greed. There are a few machines listed here on Pinside that are fairly priced and may fit into your budget. I would suggest also searching for a reasonably priced machine on the Mr. Pinball Classifieds website for your specific (and surrounding) geographical area.
There are always good deals to be found; patience and perseverance are key factors. Not to mention where to look, and the greater your pinball knowledge, the better your result(s) will be!
Just listed my Twilight Zone for sale with a few extra parts in the Marketplace. First $6,000.00 takes it all. Photobucket URL is:
I received some requests to add some additional photos of the Twilight Zone playfield I have listed for sale in the marketplace, so I have created a new Photobucket Album for them at:
Just for fun, I'm going to occasionally drop the price of my Twilight Zone (without the extras) to $4400.00. That's a full $1,000.00 off my asking price (with extras). This will only happen at random, and only for 15 minutes or so, and not every day. Only when I feel like it.
This will make things a bit more interesting, at least for me.
Glad you like it. When I thought of it, it cracked me up too. When the Marketplace ad is set to $4400.00 that's when the machine will be available at THAT price. No other time. And I'm not stopping there. There will be various other price points set between the maximum $5400 and the minimum $4400, most below 5K, until the machine has been sold. I'm also not in a big hurry, so I can afford to wait and have some fun doing so.
Price of $5400 on Craigslist will remain with no changes.
Quoted from TheOnlyest:
I for one will never buy ANY used, 20+ year old pins for twice what it cost brand new, regardless of its condition... And if this means I will never acquire the last 4 games on my wishlist, so be it!! I wont be on the list of chumps who help drive up pin prices to the retarded level they are these days!
No offense or anything dude, just why you wont hear from me on this one. But good luck selling, there are still plenty of chumps around here with way more dollars than sense!!
As far as chumps with more dollars than sense, that's true of any hobby. It really didn't start infecting the pinball hobby until about 12 years ago, though. Fortunately for me, and a lot of other "old" guys/gals that have been in the hobby for decades, we got the majority of our machines (and parts) rather inexpensively.
I have a Gottlieb Haunted House complete project machine that needs a new home. The cabinet is in better shape cosmetic-wise than most, and the playfields have the typical wear. All the boards are included and some ground modifications were made to the CPU and driver boards, and some transistors were replaced on the pop bumper driver boards. The capacitors for the rectified DC in the bottom of the cabinet were replaced. The backglass is in very good shape and is included. I will have some photos available this evening on Photobucket. Local pickup ONLY.
Price is $750.00 firm.
PM with any questions.
Location is in Shandon, California, 18 miles east of Paso Robles off of Highway 46. Guess I should make my location visible instead of private, eh?
I knew the machines I invested in 20 years ago would triple or quadruple in price someday.
I'm considering parting with a project Williams Space Shuttle. Everything is in good shape as is, aside from wear on the playfield.
The machine is complete and all original, with the following spares ready for installation/restoration:
And I'm sure many more NOS or new parts I can't remember right now, but will include.
I don't have any photos of the machine or parts at present, but can take some for any interested parties, I suppose.
I was planning to restore this, but have lost interest for various reasons.
PM if interested. Local folks are welcome to stop by and take a look. Just send me a PM and we'll arrange a day and time.
Pick up in Shandon California ONLY. Shipping is NOT an option. Price is negotiable, but all parts go with the machine.
No lowball offers considered.
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