Two things I find interesting as far as play meters. First off it is amazing most of them still work even after 75,000 or more cycles. If you ever tear one apart they are pretty simple but it is amazing the little coil last that long in those.
Second and more importantly is the amount of cash these machines took in over a lifetime. Even if it is a dime machine 75,000 hits is $7500. A pretty good return from a machine that likely cost the operator about $1000 back in the day. But if it was a quarter machine that same machine took in $18,750.00 - talk about a heck of a return on a $1000 investment.
Then if you think about the fact that most operators had hundreds of these machines on route - talk about making money.
A few weeks ago I was talking to an operator that was telling me about the money they made on Pac-Man arcade machines when they first hit the market. The guy was telling me an average machine made them over $1200 a week and they had 87 Pac Mans on location at the time. That is over $100,000 a week just from their Pac-Man machines. CRAZY!!!
Remember the arcades back in the 80's with people lined up to play machines. Can you imagine the cash those places were taking in! No wonder Tim (PHOF) was able to retire when he was in his 30's.