Quoted from Capinball:
Craig, if this was not in your wish list and was another EM game with limited sales history and varying qualities for research, you'd still offer around $500 probably, right?
Believe me, I know the limits of eBay, especially when it comes to pins. I just happened to see this and so thought I'd add it to the discussion. Were it for sale within driving distance of me, I'd definitely check it out.
The least I have paid for an EM is $650, and that was quite a good deal. Of course, I am rather fussy about the condition of my pins. I have passed up $500-or-less deals that just didn't appeal to me due to the machine's relatively poor condition (worn playfields, beater cabinets, etc.).
It's all in the eye of the beholder. I wouldn't dream of paying $8k+ for, say, a MB, but plenty of others would. I am willing to spend more on EMs because I value them more than most, partly because of my own age and especially because they are the only pins my wife will play.