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Price Police - fuel the fire with back in the day prices


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    #1 87 days ago

    After reading all the price policing - let's relive the good o'l days with prices you paid. I'll start: Just posting some highlights but you get the point
    ---2008---
    TOM - $2900
    POTC - routed - $2700 (passed on an $800 WH20 on this deal)
    ---2009---
    Firepower $775
    F2K $130
    Sing Along $150
    LOTR HUO $3250
    ---2010---
    WH20 $1400
    WCS'94 $1300
    MM $6700
    ---2011---
    EBD $1250
    IJ $2000 (from Mike Chestnut) project
    NGG $1900
    WH20 $1800
    ---2012---
    JD $1250
    Earthshaker $900
    FT $1850
    LOTR routed $3000
    RCT $1400
    FH $1000
    TZ $3400
    RBION $2100
    Shadow $1500
    ---2013---
    CV $5000
    JP $1300 HUO
    TOTAN $4000
    IJ $4800
    TZ $3400
    FH $1000
    SS $3450
    BSD $1500
    T2 $1500

    #2 87 days ago

    I love topics like this. Wish I was in the hobby when I was younger but I'm enjoying all the new machines that are being built now. Cool stuff.
    -Mike

    #3 87 days ago

    Back in 2008, I remember passing on a Twilight Zone for sale on Craigslist for $3,200 since it was a bit higher than the usual price. I did buy a local Addams Family that needed minor work for $2,500 at a random booth space in an antique (using the term loosely) mall. The actual trade was three arcade games (Golden Tee Complete, Crisis Zone, and NHL Open Ice) + $1k for the Addams Family.

    About the same year, I bought a Super Mario Mushroom World at a Super Auctions event here for $650 and it came with a second populated playfield.

    #4 87 days ago

    I remember passing on system 1 gottliebs along with black holes, haunted houses etc in the mid eighties that were 25 to 50 dollars a piece. No one wanted gottliebs back in that time.

    #5 87 days ago

    And to think 1200 was s lot 20 years ago when I grabbed IJ and CFTBL

    #6 87 days ago

    I paid 1500.00 delivered for Elvira and the Party monsters 1999 . And got an insurance claim for 1500.00 later on for it .

    #7 87 days ago

    TRIGGERED

    #8 87 days ago

    Here's a pricelist of pins that we're available to buy at Expo 2006 that a vendor sent me:

    Addams Family 2500 sold

    Addams Family 2500 sold

    Addams Family 2500

    Dracula 1200

    Dracula 1200

    Champion Pub 2100

    Circus Voltaire 3100

    Circus Voltaire 3100

    Corvette 1900

    Corvette 1900

    Creatute o/t black lagoon 2100

    Creature o/t black lagoon 2100

    Creature o/t black lagoon 2100

    Creatute o/t black lagoon 2100

    Creatute o/t black lagoon 2100

    Creatute o/t black lagoon 2100

    Demolition man 1200

    Demolition man 1200

    Demolition man 1200

    Diner 1400

    Diner 1400

    Dr. Who 1200

    Fish Tales 1400

    Fish Tales 1400

    Fish Tales 1400

    Flinstones 1500

    Getaway 1300

    Getaway 1300

    Getaway 1300

    Guns 'n Roses 1700 sold

    Indiana Jones 2500

    Kiss 1600

    Kiss 1600

    Kiss 1600

    Maverick 1300

    Medievel Madness 6200

    Riviera 600

    Road Show 1450

    Rocky Bullwinkle 1200

    Royal Rumble 1200

    Royal Rumble 1200

    Scared Stiff 2300 sold

    Star Trek 1650

    Star Trek 1650

    Shadow 1650

    Tales of the arabian Night 2750

    Terminator 2 1200

    Tommy 1300

    Twilight Zone 2400 sold

    Twilight Zone 2400

    Twilight Zone 2400

    Twilight Zone 2400

    Twilight Zone 2400

    Twilight Zone 2400

    Twilight Zone 2400

    Twilight Zone 2400

    Twilight Zone 2400

    Whirl Wind 1200

    White Water 1500 sold

    #9 87 days ago

    I would hate to be the person who balked at a legit TZ prototype.

    #10 87 days ago
    Quoted from Roostking:

    I would hate to be the person who balked at a legit TZ prototype.

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    #11 87 days ago

    2001, Funhouse, $1200

    #12 87 days ago

    I bought my TZ back in early 05’ for $2650. About five months later I picked up an IJ for $2700.

    Both were from eBay.

    In Nov of 16’, I picked up my EatPM and a BoP for $6800. I have since traded the BoP for a Doctor Who.

    #13 87 days ago

    Oh I can’t wait! I’ll go through my list dating back to 2005 or so tomorrow.

    Mostly I remember the b/c games readily
    Available in nice shape till about 2011

    $1200 or less would get you, easily
    And on the reg....

    Wcs
    T2
    DH
    Shadow
    Doctor Who
    NBA fastbreak
    Congo
    bSd
    No fear
    Hurricane
    HS2
    Jackbot
    All DE games except JP, GNR, and TFTC

    And so on....

    Basically whenever one of those came up I’d buy it. I once picked up 2 doctor who’s and a congo for $900 each in one trip.

    Sometimes I’d splurge for a whitewater at 1500 but I always thought it sucked (hated the music).

    Even then people were whining about the prices of the “good stuff” like tz and Addams and complaining that it’s a “rich man’s hobby” because they couldn’t find an MM for under $5k.

    If there’s one constant in the hobby it’s people finding a way to be miserable!

    #14 87 days ago

    It was 2014 or 15 when someone on here threw up a HH and BH both working, for $750. Will prob be my last words.....I SHOULDA BEEN FASTER.

    #15 87 days ago

    2014 I got a JP for 800 bucks! Nothing wrong with it... fairly clean. Should'a kep it!

    #16 87 days ago
    Quoted from MikeS:

    Here's a pricelist of pins that we're available to buy at Expo 2006 that a vendor sent me:
    Addams Family 2500 sold
    Addams Family 2500 sold
    Addams Family 2500
    Dracula 1200
    Dracula 1200
    Champion Pub 2100
    Circus Voltaire 3100
    Circus Voltaire 3100
    Corvette 1900
    Corvette 1900
    Creatute o/t black lagoon 2100
    Creature o/t black lagoon 2100
    Creature o/t black lagoon 2100
    Creatute o/t black lagoon 2100
    Creatute o/t black lagoon 2100
    Creatute o/t black lagoon 2100
    Demolition man 1200
    Demolition man 1200
    Demolition man 1200
    Diner 1400
    Diner 1400
    Dr. Who 1200
    Fish Tales 1400
    Fish Tales 1400
    Fish Tales 1400
    Flinstones 1500
    Getaway 1300
    Getaway 1300
    Getaway 1300
    Guns 'n Roses 1700 sold
    Indiana Jones 2500
    Kiss 1600
    Kiss 1600
    Kiss 1600
    Maverick 1300
    Medievel Madness 6200
    Riviera 600
    Road Show 1450
    Rocky Bullwinkle 1200
    Royal Rumble 1200
    Royal Rumble 1200
    Scared Stiff 2300 sold
    Star Trek 1650
    Star Trek 1650
    Shadow 1650
    Tales of the arabian Night 2750
    Terminator 2 1200
    Tommy 1300
    Twilight Zone 2400 sold
    Twilight Zone 2400
    Twilight Zone 2400
    Twilight Zone 2400
    Twilight Zone 2400
    Twilight Zone 2400
    Twilight Zone 2400
    Twilight Zone 2400
    Twilight Zone 2400
    Whirl Wind 1200
    White Water 1500 sold

    Good memories. I actually bought that CP that he was asking $2100 for....but I got him down to either $1700 or $1800. It was a sample game from Switzerland if I remember correctly.

    #18 87 days ago

    2001, Scared Stiff early production game with glow parts, $1,395. Sold it in 2009 and it sat on the market for 1 month before selling at $2,600 along with my mint NGG for $1,750 (paid $1,400). Good times.

    #19 87 days ago

    Judge Dredd was a $1250 game, folks.

    #20 87 days ago

    A $300 Gameplan Andromeda in 1999. Almost perfect cosmetic condition. Sadly, sold it a few years later.

    #21 87 days ago

    2016
    Getaway 1000

    #22 87 days ago

    I’ll have to live vicariously through my uncle for one:

    1993:

    Like new Funhouse $800

    Me 2014:

    $500 fully working Big Game
    $600 nice Eight Ball Deluxe LE

    #23 87 days ago

    2018: Frontier $500, Mousin Around $550

    #24 87 days ago
    Quoted from Agent_Hero:

    Back in 2008, I remember passing on a Twilight Zone for sale on Craigslist for $3,200 since it was a bit higher than the usual price. I did buy a local Addams Family that needed minor work for $2,500 at a random booth space in an antique (using the term loosely) mall. The actual trade was three arcade games (Golden Tee Complete, Crisis Zone, and NHL Open Ice) + $1k for the Addams Family.
    About the same year, I bought a Super Mario Mushroom World at a Super Auctions event here for $650 and it came with a second populated playfield.

    I passed up a TZ for $1600

    #25 87 days ago

    In the late '90s, specifically 1996-98 you could find any used W/B WPC game for under $2000 with a few exceptions. System 11 games were nearly all under $1000. Classic Bally and Stern $300-600, EBD and Centaur a bit more. It was harder to find parts for games than the game themselves.

    I remember going to an operators warehouse in 1997 and he had several BSDs, a few Fish Tales and Dr Who all for $900 a piece with discounts if you bought more than one. Going to an auction that same year to hear someone laugh at another bidder that just paid $1100 for a fully working STTNG, he called the guy an idiot for overpaying and driving up prices, ha. Passed on Safecracker at $800, it had a flipper problem I think. Eventually bought a SC for $1500 a few years later.

    Just off the top of my head, bought TZ for $1300 delivered and setup. Some more examples, Funhouse for $900, Creature for $900, IJ for $1750, TAF for $1500, Congo for $1100, I-500 for $1000, Shadow for $1100, WCS for $1050, MM for $3500--had to dig deep for that one. Close out games were usually under $2000 for brand new W/B games, bought CV and NGG for $1895 new. None of these are special prices, this is just what pins cost back then. Something else to consider--these games didn't get a whole lot of time on location so they weren't really all worn out. Worst issue was usually some wear to the sides of the head from being moved around so much.

    All the above prices are for pins in shopped and fully working condition.

    #26 87 days ago

    Deals can still be found... i got a game of thrones pro for 2k a couple years ago.

    #27 87 days ago

    February 2019, DE JP for $250 with cabinet damage. I tipped the guy who made the connection $50 so $300 was my real cost.

    #28 87 days ago

    Late’80’s and early ‘90’s - EM’s $25, SS were $50-100. Gottlieb System 1’s were worthless. Deals went south if you wouldn’t take them.

    #29 87 days ago

    And also STTNG , and Getway, Demo man from a dealer who broughtg containers from Europe in 99. $850 each and in excellent shape.

    #30 86 days ago
    Quoted from Dantesmark:

    Deals can still be found... i got a game of thrones pro for 2k a couple years ago.

    *mind blown*

    #31 86 days ago

    I got my TZ in 2006 from an operator who wanted to be done with pinball. $800.
    I got my TAF in 2010 from another operator who wanted to be done with pinball. $900.

    In 2007, operator #2 was selling a batch of games. $700 for an F14 or $900 for a WH2O. Guess which one I bought... (hint: wished I'd made a different choice)

    #32 86 days ago

    Remember when medieval madness was 50 cents?
    Pepperidge farm remembers

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    #33 86 days ago
    Quoted from Dantesmark:

    Deals can still be found... i got a game of thrones pro for 2k a couple years ago.

    I feel there is a lot more to this story than you are telling us.

    #34 86 days ago
    Quoted from Zablon:

    I feel there is a lot more to this story than you are telling us.

    Stuff like this still shakes loose. RIch people buy games, move or get divorced, and don't want to deal with them. Not everybody wants craigslist weirdos coming to their house.

    I've picked up a number of late model Sterns this year under $3000.

    But that's not what this thread is about. It's about old-time cheap games!

    I got a Creature for 800 bucks from an op at a closing dive bar back in 2002!

    Firepowers in need of board work used to be 200 bucks all freaking day long. I bought many of them.

    #35 86 days ago

    MM bought in 1998 for $3200 at the Louisville auction during an ice storm which seemed to keep a lot of monied folks away. Found out when I got it home the backglass tub connector had never even been plugged in so it was perfectly white and full of brand new bulbs!
    TZ $800
    STTNG $900
    CFTBL $1400
    My list goes on an on and I still own most of those good deals.

    I don't understand this hobby at the current price point on new games. My only NIB was TSPP for $3300 (delivered) and I thought that was nuts...

    #36 86 days ago

    I bought my first machine in late 2006. Between then and about 2012 were some good deals. It seems like 2012 was the turning point where most of the really good deals dried up.

    My biggest highlights:
    2007:
    ST:TNG $2,000
    Blackout $300
    Judge Dredd $1,000

    2008:
    Cirqus Voltaire $2800 + JD ($3800 total)
    High Speed $350

    2009:
    Wheel of Fortune ("NIB" but used at a show) $2350

    2010:
    Judge Dredd (sample/early machine and nicer than my first) $800 (wish I still had this one...)

    2011:
    Whirlwind Diamondplate $1600

    2012:
    Demo Man $1200

    Would love for these prices to be normal again!

    #37 86 days ago

    Nearly every single game that I have ever purchased before 2015 could be considered a "good deal" by today's standards. What is the sense in rehashing it all?

    There were more pinball games available than there were people who played them. It's quite simple. No one wanted to mess with a faded Fish Tales back in 2005. No one wanted a non working 4K Monster Bash in 2005. $1,000 Cyclone for sale in 2005? NO ONE WOULD TOUCH IT! EVERY single title pre 1990 in 2005 was priced 200-800. ALL OF THEM. I know because I bought all of them around me.

    #38 86 days ago
    Quoted from snyper2099:

    Nearly every single game that I have ever purchased before 2015 could be considered a "good deal" by today's standards. What is the sense in rehashing it all?
    There were more pinball games available than there were people who played them. It's quite simple. No one wanted to mess with a faded Fish Tales back in 2005. No one wanted a non working 4K Monster Bash in 2005. $1,000 Cyclone for sale in 2005? NO ONE WOULD TOUCH IT! EVERY single title pre 1990 in 2005 was priced 200-800. ALL OF THEM. I know because I bought all of them around me.

    I must have been looking in the wrong places because the ever increasing prices starting around 2003-2004 are why I stopped buying more games for so long.

    In 93-2000 I agree they were cheap (of course I was young and broke and limited in space at that time).

    #39 86 days ago

    From 2007-2011 it was raining deals. Non stop “cheap” games on CL, and enough that everyone competing to get them got something cool. Some of my highlights:

    LOTR $500 from a stuntman who worked on the movie. He said the studio got it for him for $700 & figured it depreciated.

    Dr. Dude $400 sitting in a lady’s backyard. It was faded to hell & the main ramp melted, but it worked.

    Big Guns $300 at a garage sale

    BK2K $700 from a photographer who just had it in his studio for photo shoots.

    NGG (HUO with almost no plays) $2200, bought from Marty Ingels, voice of Pac-Man in the 80’s cartoon. He was married to Shirley Jones. She stared at me from a distance like “why the fuck is this guy in my house!?”

    Apollo 13 $800 - HUO with shaker and topper

    Goldeneye $650 from someone who got it from an old arcade operator friend but just wanted it out of the garage.

    BSD & Fish Tales, HUO, $3000 for the pair.

    Addams $2400 - 5 min from my house! Bonus!

    Whitewater $750

    WOF, NIB $2400 when that Canadian game store was blowing them out.

    BTTF, my very first pin - $300!

    #40 86 days ago

    I don't know if the LOTR was a screaming deal in 2009. That's when they would always sell for $3100 HUO. because I bought mine shipped to my door NIB for $3400. (shipping and tax included). I remember seeing TSPP and LOTR would always be $3000-3100 for HUO.

    #41 86 days ago
    Quoted from Rarehero:

    From 2007-2011 it was raining deals. Non stop “cheap” games on CL, and enough that everyone competing to get them got something cool. Some of my highlights:
    LOTR $500 from a stuntman who worked on the movie. He said the studio got it for him for $700 & figured it depreciated.
    Dr. Dude $400 sitting in a lady’s backyard. It was faded to hell & the main ramp melted, but it worked.
    Big Guns $300 at a garage sale
    BK2K $700 from a photographer who just had it in his studio for photo shoots.
    NGG (HUO with almost no plays) $2200, bought from Marty Ingels, voice of Pac-Man in the 80’s cartoon. He was married to Shirley Jones. She stared at me from a distance like “why the fuck is this guy in my house!?”
    Apollo 13 $800 - HUO with shaker and topper
    Goldeneye $650 from someone who got it from an old arcade operator friend but just wanted it out of the garage.
    BSD & Fish Tales, HUO, $3000 for the pair.
    Addams $2400 - 5 min from my house! Bonus!
    Whitewater $750
    WOF, NIB $2400 when that Canadian game store was blowing them out.
    BTTF, my very first pin - $300!

    Great list of stuff but Addams was no bargain. THAT WAS THE GOING RATE!

    I bought many Addams Families for between $2000-3000 between 2003-2010.

    This thread is more about how cheap the market pricing was back then rather than those "steal deals" but I guess we've moved on to bragging. You must have had a huge smile on your face driving home with that LOTR.

    I got a free big Guns once!

    #42 86 days ago
    Quoted from CaptainNeo:

    I don't know if the LOTR was a screaming deal in 2009. That's when they would always sell for $3100 HUO. because I bought mine shipped to my door NIB for $3400. (shipping and tax included). I remember seeing TSPP and LOTR would always be $3000-3100 for HUO.

    Yup. I remember selling my routed but good LOTR and TSPP for what would be considered fire sale prices now... and feeling really good about it. Whoops.

    #43 86 days ago

    Deals are still out there you just have to hunt for them. picked up a potc a few years ago for $1,800

    #44 86 days ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    Great list of stuff but Addams was no bargain. THAT WAS THE GOING RATE!
    I bought many Addams Families for between $2000-3000 between 2003-2010.

    You were buying earlier than me. When I bought that Addams, they were prob going for $4k or so. Was still a decent deal at the time. Plus it had some extras already like a Pinball Pro sub installed.

    Oh, I remembered a few more...

    DE Star Wars w/ topper $900
    DE Jurassic Park $700
    Elvira & The Party Monsters $500

    The last “deal”/used game/project I bought was a Monster Bash for $4k from an operator...2011 I think. Not mega cheap, but MB’s we’re going for $10k+ at the time. Needed a ton of work, but still have it and it still plays great.

    #45 86 days ago

    Sold a Cyclopes 5 years ago... $1600

    #46 86 days ago

    2017 mousin around $500
    2018 JP $200 - working but needed just a little love

    just think about all the games that went into a dumpster at end of life

    #47 86 days ago
    Quoted from Zablon:

    I must have been looking in the wrong places

    Yup, you were. Probably still there looking.

    #48 86 days ago

    I agree that pricing really took off around 2012. There had been a very slow and steady climb up until then, but most pins (aside from some uber premium titles like MM, MB, CC or BBB) could still be had for around $3k or less all day long. Then it seemed like prices doubled on popular games almost overnight. There was a huge influx of new blood in the hobby and the long lists of WPC games for sale dried up completely. In the few years, it seems like even the C and D titles have doubled or tripled.

    #49 86 days ago
    Quoted from woody76:

    2017 mousin around $500
    2018 JP $200 - working but needed just a little love
    just think about all the games that went into a dumpster at end of life

    Especially overseas , before the big buy backs ( containers)

    #50 86 days ago

    To think I passed on a couple get this out of my basement calls from friends.

    Free Dragons Lair, Klondike, and Comet.

    Mainly as I had no place to put it back then.

    Got a Free Space Mission though at end of estate sale in 2016

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