Quoted from derek533:
Hobbies ain't cheap, but that doesn't mean they have to be ridiculous as well.
I agree with this statement.
BUT with pinball If you buy a game at 7k (just throwing this out there). Keep it for 2 years you still have a good shot of getting at least 5.5k back. So the hobby only cost you 1.5k. Now if you were luck and got in on a good one (like Tron LE just to name one really quick) you would come out with much more money when you decide to sell it, so now you’re up. In the long run pinball for me has been free. Free by the means of money into the hobby to money out (selling a pin) or liquidation ones collection. This hobby has cost me nothing. I will give you examples. I bought a LOTR that was on RT 1 year. Was in great shape (less than 1k plays on it). Sold it last year. Yes im up a lot on that. I bought a tron pro NIB First run with Mods and sold that a few months back. UP on that also. Bought a T2 and my girls were scared so I sold in in <1month. Money lost was travel expenses.
Most of us can say the same. Im sure. And yes its not cheap to get into but in the long run it dont cost much if anything if you decide to get out and liquidate.