Quoted from surfnrg:
I didn't get into the hobby to make money on the games. Anyone who has tried to buy a game from me knows that I only sell to make space for something I want more. I'm not a rich guy... I was able to enjoy my games because their value was somewhat locked in. I understood the risk of prices going up and down due to demand, but I never thought that supply would increase. Now any game can and will be reproduced at any time. There will be only 1000 LE MM games.... I think that means there will be as many non LE games as the market allows. So I guess I got burned, I lost money I was not counting on losing. I bought the games because I really enjoy playing them and working on them. I had no intention on selling MM anytime soon and was happy if the game went up in value. I paid a price for games that had built into the price value based on availability... now that value is gone. Now pinball games will be depreciating assets, the money to purchase those games will now have to come from a smaller pool of money.
I spent many years buying and selling games and working my way up to the collection I have. I would have purchased other titles if I knew that the most expensive games were going to be a bad investment. There are plenty of games out there for people to get into the hobby, including the new Stern games.
I read so many replies stating that there is risk in investments... and I took risks buying at the top of the market. This seems different though. The value did not go down because Stern made a better game, or because less people are interested in the title... the value went down because one person changed the game.
I understand the majority argument... more people will get to enjoy MM, CC and other titles. I guess I feel that these games will lose some of their magic and allure as well.
And to those who say the prices will not go down.. any takers on my MM for 12k? That's what I paid. Also my CCC is on the auction block for what I paid as well. I feel safe with my BBB for now, I don't think he will bother redoing the title.
I usually don't get involved in this stuff but I couldn't resist with this one. You paid 12k for a piece of arcade equipment to be used for personal enjoyment? Plus you own several other uber high dollar pins. You ARE a rich guy.