(Topic ID: 85205)

Price of Old Machines When New


By tcore

6 years ago



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  • 8 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 6 years ago by LTG
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    #1 6 years ago

    Hey Pinsiders. I was curious if anyone knows what some of the older games went for when they were new?

    You know... what did a ToM, Cyclone, Black Hole or whatever go for back in the day when they were new?

    Just something I was thinking about...

    #2 6 years ago

    All I know is that a Medieval went for about $3000,- new back in the days...

    #3 6 years ago

    Black Hole about $2800, TOM about $3400, Medieval about $3600.

    LTG : )™

    #4 6 years ago

    So...
    are we saying that the appreciation of most pinball machines doesn't keep up with inflation?

    #5 6 years ago

    HENSBROOKER and LTG, that's great information and quite interesting. I was thinking about how expensive the new machines are now, but $2800 for Black Hole would have been a lot of money back in 1981.

    #6 6 years ago

    Some like circus vol didn't sell well and were eventually sold at clearance blowouts for less than $2000

    #7 6 years ago
    Quoted from tcore:

    I was thinking about how expensive the new machines are now, but $2800 for Black Hole would have been a lot of money back in 1981.

    Just for fun I ran those prices through an inflation calculator website. I don't know how accurate it is, but I'm guessing it's somewhere in the ballpark.

    Black Hole at $2800 in 1981 would be equivalent to $7068 in 2013
    Theatre of Magic at $3400 in 1995 would be equivalent to $5135 in 2013
    Medieval Madness at $3600 in 1997 would be equivalent to $5191 in 2013

    #8 6 years ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    Black Hole about $2800, TOM about $3400, Medieval about $3600.
    LTG : )™

    Thats a lot Stern was selling games for $3500 10 years ago.

    #9 6 years ago
    Quoted from ek77:

    Thats a lot Stern was selling games for $3500 10 years ago.

    keep in mind the machines that stern was making 10 years ago. high roller casino anyone?

    #10 6 years ago
    Quoted from Phantom1911:

    Just for fun I ran those prices through an inflation calculator website. I don't know how accurate it is, but I'm guessing it's somewhere in the ballpark.
    Black Hole at $2800 in 1981 would be equivalent to $7068 in 2013
    Theatre of Magic at $3400 in 1995 would be equivalent to $5135 in 2013
    Medieval Madness at $3600 in 1997 would be equivalent to $5191 in 2013

    Wow! Well, I guess that's about what they're charging for the Pro machines now and Black Hole if it was a "Premium".

    #11 6 years ago
    Quoted from ek77:

    Thats a lot Stern was selling games for $3500 10 years ago.

    Stern was killing themselves making great games at old prices.

    Remember all the layoffs, when times looked like they might not make it ?

    LTG : )™

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