I have my own opinions and thoughts (yes- and it’s getting worse) about this personally as I’ve bought and sold a few dozen games over the 5 years I’ve been in the hobby, especially in the last 18 mos.
I’ve noticed buying appetite has waned while supply and choice continues to grow. There’s so many great games out already. And high expectations and money reserved for future games (Wonka, Toy Story, Elwin #2, Danesi #2, Eddy ‘19-20, etc etc)
The impact is certainly greater for vaults and remakes, as it should be, but I’m noticing a general trend that’s very different than when I got into hobby in 2014. Factory price increases aren’t helping. When I explain my passion to uninformed friends, coworkers, etc I don’t even bother to say “yeah but they mostly hold their value” anymore.
I mean, when you buy a $6, 7, 8k+ machine these days (NIB, or used), how much is it really gonna be worth in another year when there is even more supply, and continued gradually satiated demand...
I just bought a BKSORLE to operate for a few mos and then take home, knowing full well that my cost per play given depreciation is gonna be much much higher than just a couple years ago. It’s the last time I plan on spending more than ~$6,500 on a machine nib or used. The cost per play at that level is now too rich for me, whether operating or not.
Wondering what others think.