Quoted from maddog14:
The down tick we are experiencing was 100% triggered by the official announcement of the MMR.
Everything was fine and selling right up to that moment in time.
Why it is continuing during the traditional upswing in pin prices? Hindsight will tell for sure. But it was 100% triggered by the MMR.
There have been many excellent comments in this thread about the various observations and theories for the recent pinball machine price decreases, or pins sitting on the market for longer periods of time; even though it's my belief that the reason is multifactorial, I would like to revisit the MMR theory:
A remake of a pin should in theory, only affect the specific pin, but in the case of MMR it may have affected the psyche of the entire pin community that nothing is sacred. People in this hobby as an investment may no longer bank on the appreciation of their machines. The MMR announcement, for example, came on the heels of a Texas pinball site listing a "highly shopped" MM for $24,000 on eBay. Could it be that people like the Texas site were responsible for the speculation of pinball machines and over-inflation of prices, and now they have to rethink their strategy?