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Pin Pricing - JJP, CGC, Stern - Taxes & Freight??

By laclipps

42 days ago

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  • 7 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 42 days ago by LTG
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    #1 42 days ago

    Is there MAP pricing on all New Pinball machines from distributors? Do they offer free freight delivery and is tax included? I just want to know if it it worth shopping around and checking with different distributors to see if one can offer a better deal.


    #3 42 days ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    LTG : )

    To the point

    #5 42 days ago

    You have to call around to check prices. Remember to use the search feature on pinside for similar topics

    #6 42 days ago

    Distributors make peanuts off these games so don't expect much of a difference in price.

    #7 42 days ago

    People can correct me if I'm wrong but "tax included" is an issue relevant to state law. I think what many pinsiders do is purchase a game out of state and have it shipped to them. The distributor does not charge taxes because he/she is not legally required to collect them on behalf of the purchaser's home state. Then the purchaser is supposed to report the purchase to their home state and pay sales tax that way. I'm guessing many people accidentally forget to do so at the end of the year.

    If you buy a game in person or from a distributor who is required to withhold sales taxes from someone from your state (for whatever reason) then taxes are added onto the purchase price.

    In theory a distributor could offer you a "discount" equal to the sales tax to make it "seem" like you aren't paying them but you technically would be.

    Efforts have recently been made to change laws to make it more of a requirement for vendors to withhold taxes from different states. I'm not up on those changes/updates so maybe others on here are more familiar with this issue.

    #8 42 days ago

    Sorry for the double post - but the last thing I want to say is... while price does matter I also feel doing business with a trusted distributor is key. If I am going to trust someone with $5k-$8k of my money (cash) I want to know they won't go bankrupt or run off with my money/deposit. Sure you can use a credit card but that adds a few hundred to a transaction. I do business with a major distributor on here that I trust and I like saving a few hundred on CC fees. If the guy charges $100 more for a new game than the newest (unknown) distributor you have to balance that savings versus security.

    An important consideration in my opinion.

    #9 42 days ago
    Quoted from brainmegaphone:

    I also feel doing business with a trusted distributor is key.

    And one who is there for you before, during, and after the sale. For questions or problems.

    After the sale if you have an issue and they blow you off to the manufacture. What is that worth to you ? Will they go to bat for you ?

    LTG : )

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