As someone that has sold a number of pins I can attest that at this point if someone asks stupid questions I tell them to go away. If they low ball me I let them know it. I am not a business and quite frankly I do not want to deal with it. I have also found that troublesome buyers up front tend to be the ones who bug you down the road when something goes wrong with the machine.
I will also say selling int his hobby has gotten worse the longer i have been in it. It honestly didn't use to be this bad. Sure you always get the annoying ones, but really in the last year it has gotten bad. The only thing that hasn't changed are the amount of scams which for the most part are fairly low. I probably toss 2-3 emails per machine I try to sell that are pure scams.
Selling a machine means dealing with picture collectors. I have 14 pictures of the pf for a machine. All different angles going over the entire thing. I still have people tell me they cannot see what they want to. a 1023x682 picture isn't big enough for them to spot wear... These aren't cell phone pictures. I shoot with a rebel xt because my fiancee is into photography and that is the size phtobucket uploads to.
No joke, but some people expect me to email them 50 4mb pictures 3 at a time to their email. I take pics of the cab that show things like wear, lockdown bar holes, etc and I still get emails asking me if the cabinet has any wear because people are too lazy to look.
Then you have the lowballers. They ask my lowest price and I will tell them. Then they bug me to put it lower. It doesn't matter what it is on ebay. It doesn't matter what the game sells for at auction. Doesn't matter what they sell for on rgp or here. You hear all kinds of bs as to why its not worth anything. Then if you tell them it won't happen they throw a bitch fit.
There are a number of people that want something for nothing. They believe that prices haven't gone up in the hobby for years. Anyone who has been around awhile knows I used to be the price police. I stopped doing it because prices have gotten ridiculous. Some games made huge jumps in value. Some games are still the same, but not a whole lot. these people will listen to what you have to say and then throw out a price that was valid sometime in the past with explanations that the game hasn't gone up or isnt desirable.They may email you back and forth for quite some time before it comes down to this. The best is when you hear that they would pay more if it was huo and you are asking the going rate for routed. HUO might mean tacking on another 500-1k to your price.
Don't forget for the ones that want free delivery. I live in Indy and I get people that expect that when I sell a game that I will drive it to them for free or the cost of gas alone. Why yes I will drive the machine you have not paid me for 300 miles, put wear on my car, waste an entire day, setup the machine, make sure everything works, and take all the risk because you won't get off your ass and come get it. Better yet the ones that expect me to knock the cost of gas off the machine. Sorry, but if it is worth x amount it doesn't matter if you live next door or across the globe. I do understand that some people are too busy to make a drive like that. I also get that gas is expensive which is why a lot of folks are asking more and more to meet at shows. That is fine, but I am talking about the ones that really do believe I am a free delivery service to their doorstep.
then there are the trade offers. It doesn't matter if you post no trades, or if you say I only want x title and nothing else. Will you trade your 3k game for an 80's gottlieb plus 500 cash? Better yet is when they offer you a blown out project for your nicely shopped game. Say both games have the same average value and their's has major issues. They still expect you to make the trade.
I am not the only one who feels this way here. I have a few other local collectors that have been in the hobby for awhile and they all say the same things. It has gotten to the point that I will turn down trades for games I used to want, simply because I do not think I will keep them in the long run. It gets to be too big a hassle going through shenanigans every couple months. A few of us have decided we will get the last few titles on our hit lists and then walk away for awhile.