Quoted from ad356:
pins offer some security that consoles NEVER will. A used console and games cost quite a bit of money BUT are completely worthless as a source of income in an emergency. pins are not that way, when things are going well and your working steady you spend money on them, thats the hobby. As long as things continue normally then you just enjoy them. if things fall apart its "money in the bank" so to speak. thats the big difference for me, knowing that if i had a money emergency i could sell them if i had to.
If I needed to sell something and quick, I'm 100% certain that I could get the same price as I paid for 99% of my Super NES collection as I did when I bought it a couple years ago. In 5 years, I bet I'll still be able to get the same amount.
In 5 years, I bet that I will have lost a bunch of money on my NIB Metallica Pro compared to what I paid when I opened it.
In 5 years, my brand new car will have depreciated. In 5 years, the person I know who owns an Excalibur, unless something happens his will have appreciated.
Brand new consoles are a completely, totally different market. It's silly for you to compare them. It just is.
Quoted from ad356:
i think that getting roughly 10% of what i paid for my xbox 360 4 years ago is a joke. 10%?? i might as well run the thing over with my farmall cub tractor, and that was store credit only. im not interested in buying anything from gamestop i wanted some extra cash to spend on LED's. its not even worth the gas or the time to drive there.
Considering that the Xbox 360 was released at a $400 price point 9 years ago, $50 for it would still be worth more than 10%. The SKUs from 4 years ago on the 360 were actually $299 or $199, so you actually retained about 20% value, which really isn't that bad for what is essentially a consumable commodity.
Hey, look - I get that you want to whine about losing money on something, and that you're disappointed that 4 years after you bought it, no one wants to pay you $500 for your console, but that's the real world and the normal lifespan of consumables, which is definitely what the 360 is while it is being made. If you want your video game market to be stable, invest in just about anything 10 years old or older and it's a pretty amazingly stable market that has increased a slight bit - because it is now a true collectible market. If you are buying entertainment stuff to invest however, I'd strongly suggest coming up with a different avenue and quickly. 10ish years ago when your Xbox 360 cost $400, you could have bought a NIB Austin Powers, opened it up, and then sold it a year later for about $1500.
The pinball market is an odd cross between collectible and consumable, and there is nothing overly stable about it. Ask anyone with a $15k MM about it. I bet they would have liked to have lost $100 on an Xbox 360 if they bought their MM just for an investment. If they bought it for fun though, I'm sure they are still happy with it.
I'll say it for the millionth time, if all of my pins are worth $10 tomorrow, it doesn't bother me because they are still just as fun to me. Hell, if all of my entertainment collection is worth that, it's still fine by me. Buy to enjoy, not to speculate unless you want to get burned.