I've read many posts about people stressing over pricing bubbles, etc and I'm curious what others consider when collecting pins. I believe my approach avoids stress and keeps the primary focus on the enjoyment of the hobby:
Take what you paid for it, including fixes, etc and divide it by the cost per game. For example, i'm $5500 into a scared stiff. Will take me 11,000 games on it @$.50 a game to have paid for it through playing (sets a goal for me to keep that pin getting played by me, family, friends, etc). If i choose to sell it / trade it, etc,after that number of games the money/trade that i get back is great as i have already realized the value of the pin in play/ # of games. Seems some folks forget to factor in the fun with owning one or more pins - I even enjoy rehabbing & maintaining them though that time is not factored in other than costs of parts.
It also helps me when looking to buy/trade. I take the price i'm willing to pay and divide by the per play cost to determine if i believe i will put that much play into it. So an older $2k game may look tempting but at $.25 i would need to play 8K games on it for a break even in my head. It's something to consider.
OK i know this approach is not perfect but it helps me to sleep. What do others do to "calculate" or "justify" the spend on this hobby? And am i forgetting to consider anything?