Welcome beep! You are always welcome to voice your opinions pertinent to this thread.
Even the most casual of observers will recognize that I believe that the Project Pins thread serves some beneficial purposes. Why else would I spend so much time looking for and posting these project pinball machines?
Project pins are like those older mutts at the animal shelter that no one wants. Unless they are given away for free or at a bargain price, they tend to hang around a while. By listing those "mutts" here, I am hoping to get the project pins into the hands of the very people who know how to bring these pieces of Americana back to life. Pinside is the perfect place to find the lovers of project pins who can appreciate and respect these remarkable machines.
There are people who can't afford the latest Stern pinball. I hope that those people will find their way to the Project Pins thread and find an affordable pinball that only needs a little TLC to get it working again.
I am hopeful that Pinsiders who have never tackled a pinball project can, with the help of this thread and the many awesome restoration threads on this site, tackle the restoration of a broken down EM or SS pinball project. Clay's site and Vid's informational threads gave me the confidence I needed to restore the mechanics and playfield of my Williams 1969 Expo EM. I would like to share the challenges and joys of restoring a pinball machine destined for the scrap heap with you good people here at Pinside.
Most sellers of project pins on this thread have better prices and nicer pins than you generally find on Craigslist. They often give a price break to Pinsiders or give Pinsiders first dibs at a machine because they would prefer to sell a project pinball to a Pinsider.
Pinside benefits with a small commission when a Pinsider clicks on an eBay ad and then buys a pinball machine on eBay. I don't know if that is still true, but it was when I joined six months ago.
As for this thread raising the price of project pins, you would have to ask those people who found and bought a pinball on this thread. I know some, as Ryan Claytor has said, have gotten a project pinball for less than the listed CL price.
And lastly, not leastly, thank you to all of you whose name I recognize for your support.