Quoted from Jkush18:
I’d be worried about balls needing inflating and or replaced often and theft. Plus the added liability of having someone getting jacked in the face with a wild toss.
Theft would suck, but it's part of the game. As long as your games can eat the cost and still turn out, it shouldn't be a big thing. I have people running off with 8 balls, cue balls and plastic crappy darts all the time.
Quoted from Jkush18:
Operating pinballs without any ancillary sources of revenue such as beer or atms etc is just not profitable anyway you slice it. On average newer sterns bring 100/month before retailer commissions. If you want to make real money get a video game that two people have to play to have fun. Mario kart gp etc. Please chime in if my experience is an isolated case but from most folks I talk to I’m not way of base.
at most locations I think you'd be right, which is why pinball is hard to justify unless your getting a bigger portion of the split at least 75%-90% (if there is a lot of pinball operators doing 50/50 where your from then I'm sure it'd be difficult to get anything more, in Houston operating pins isn't really a thing). I actually just renegotiated my split on pins and darts 2 months ago. Usually my new sterns do pretty good, payoff times with the new split averaging in the 2 year range. (my GB made 1200 on it's first month, haven't had it happen since or before on a new game though ). I've heard of people making a lot more with that title. Granted it was in the honeymoon phase, but man that would be fantastic to make that all the time on a few games.
Older bally Williams usually bring in less, as expected, but it's nice not just having sterns. The remakes do about as good as the sterns usually, MMR did better sometimes.
I try to only go with games with popular themes nobody else has, lot easier to do in Houston. Regardless, I opt for the premium/le edition of the game so even if we have the same title, it's a slightly different experience. Most people probably don't know any better as far as pro/premium, but I think enough do to make it worth it.
I've found that the bigger the bank, the bigger the overall pot, but the less the games make individually. Seems like every game I add, adds maybe another 10-15% to the overall pot but takes maybe 5-10% from other games.
Golden tees have always done really well for me, not sure if it's big where your from but might be worth a shot. Bigger newer arcade games scare me since there is no resale value really. Who is gonna want a giant walking dead arcade game in 5 or 10 years?