(Topic ID: 107113)

Pinball Gone Mainstream--Restoration Hardware?

By ZNET

9 years ago



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“Restoration Hardware--Selling Woodrails”

  • Good for pinball because it attracts new consumers, most likely families, to a fun hobby 2 votes
    33%
  • Bad for pinball because the few examples of these woodrails will become more scarce 1 vote
    17%
  • The pinball collector community zeitgeist will remain unaffected 2 votes
    33%
  • Outside of an avant-garde German film, the words zeitgeist and pinball may not be utilized in the same sentence 4 votes
    67%

(Multiple choice - 6 votes by 0 Pinsiders)

#1 9 years ago

Well, for years I've been trying to convince my wife that woodrail games are works of art, Americana that belongs in the main living area of the house. If you're like me, all of your games have been banished to your basement gameroom man cave and your arguments remain unconvincing. Restoration Hardware has launched its sales of various restored, woodrail pinball machines [e.g. 1959 Gottlieb Universe]($3,995 plus delivery) and vintage arcade games [e.g. Galaga] ($2,995 plus delivery) marketed to mainstream consumers for display (like fine furniture) and use (like an Xbox, I suppose). Here's the link:

http://www.restorationhardware.com/search/results.jsp?query=pinball&hidden=&go.x=-2523&go.y=267&go=go

Men and women on this forum----what do you think? Has the apocalypse arrived or is this marketing effort a flash in the pinball coin pan?

p.s. I do not have any financial interest in Restoration Hardware. ;>

#2 9 years ago

Is it just me or do those games have rusted legs?

#3 9 years ago
Quoted from futurepinhead:

Is it just me or do those games have rusted legs?

Kinda looks like it.

I think there was another thread up recently pointing out RH's completely ridiculous prices, especially since those pins didn't undergo full restorations.

[edit]: The thread in question: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/anyone-buy-their-ems-from-restoration-hardware

[edit2]: A better indicator of pinball going mainstream would probably be commercials for pinball machines airing during a very popular TV show (namely, TWD being advertised during the airing of The Walking Dead).

#4 9 years ago

these look great in amazing condition, but the prices are out of this world. Looks like somebody with deep pockets already bought a couple. Not used to see professional web photography on arcade/pinball games...

#5 9 years ago

Restoration Hardware has always seemed pretentious to me.
"Look! Overpriced crap!"
Example:
http://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=prod690307&categoryId=cat5300038

#6 9 years ago

I noticed the video games have been "Faithfully restored with new LCD monitors."

#7 9 years ago

Is there a service contract/warranty on them? I'm sure there is a market for pins to be 'overpriced' to people with way too much money (none of us here... right?) with a full warranty for a few years.

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