As we all know, the prices of pinball machines have been going up, as they have been continuing to go up for the past 20 or so years. However, I am not sure how much of this is due to pinball being awesome and how much of this is just due to inflation. I have noticed in other similar hobbies, and I’ll use Arcade 1up, that there has been a similar trend. After the first Arcade 1ups came out, many went on clearance for $80. These same clearance games are now going for the price of the newer better games even used, at $350 and up.
I went to dairy queen yesterday for the first time in forever. I ordered an ice-cream with strawberry topping and was astonished that it came to almost $7.
Now, I’m not trying to get into the old, “I remember when a loaf of bread was a nickel and didn’t come sliced” with the old timers. What I am saying is that I am seeing inflation in the pinball hobby, in parallel hobbies, and in daily life now. Maybe pinball pricing isn’t crazy, but inflation is and/or soon will be… Maybe pinball is a good “investment”.
No, this is not a, “the pinball bubble is about to burst” thread, but you are welcome to weigh in Levi.