(Topic ID: 235843)

Pinball Projects

By dwightheinink

5 days ago

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  • Latest reply 5 days ago by grantopia
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    Topic poll

    “Where do you buy projects?”

    • Ebay 0 votes
    • Pinside 0 votes
    • Local sites 4 votes

    (4 votes)

    #1 5 days ago

    Hi guys,

    Where do you buy your pinball projects cheap? I live in Overijssel (the Netherlands) If you have dealers or websites let me know!

    #3 5 days ago

    There's your problem right there. Don't use "dealers" or "websites".

    Cheapest way to find machines in this order:

    Friends through word of mouth - a lot of times these machines are free
    Tournaments (pinball friends)
    League events (pinball friends)
    Pinball Shows

    Storage unit sell offs
    Estate sales
    Live local auctions in person
    LOCAL online classifieds

    The closer you stay to the top of the list, the cheaper the machines will tend to be. Likewise, the lower you go on the list, the more machines there are but the prices tend to be higher.

    It also matters tremendously if you are able to work on them yourself. A considerable discount can be had if you are able to quickly diagnose and repair machines. You also have to try the different zones out and see where you are more comfortable. All of these take time and your time is worth something as well.

    The truth is if you truly love playing pinball, the machines end up finding you!

    #4 5 days ago

    I have always found mine locally, sometimes via friends that know
    I collect pins and at shows. Usually buy older fixer-upper games
    not the newer high dollar games. I will NEVER pay ebay or internet
    prices for pins.

    #5 5 days ago

    Poll fail. I buy anywhere there is a project I see I like. So...all the above.

    #6 5 days ago

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