Seeing that this thread rose from the dead, I just noticed this, but...
Quoted from StevenP:
Funny, there are 2 apparent perspectives on pricing. First (and dominant) is what it can be sold for later. Second is if the price is reasonable in view of the fun factor and condition. Just a thought, but (assuming general good condition) I see people paying more for many games that are NOT as fun as the lower-priced SST (even at $2.3k). Looks like pinball has become more of a market than a real hobby for people who like to own and play the games.
Here's the problem though - No matter what anyone says, SST is NOT a family friendly theme, which most definitely limits it's market. When I was fixing mine up, my at the time three year old would hear the sounds on it and run around saying, "If you don't listen, I'll shoot you!" or whatever it says, which is rather mortifying even as someone who usually isn't worried about such stuff. It made the decision by me to put mine in storage until I got a bigger place (within a year!!) pretty easy. If I was limited in space or knew I wasn't soon going to be upgrading, even though the game is a blast and I'll be the first to tell you that I buy for myself and not others, it's gore and lack-of-family-friendly-ness outweigh the fun that I have on it, and I would have kept an equally fun, yet family friendly theme for about the same money in the line up (JP, VND, Airborne and Popeye all made the cut, for instance, and are all about the same amount of money, and I find equally if not more fun than SST).
SST is great, and a bargain at it's prices... if you have all mature enough people running around your house to handle it.