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Prices & Demand Falling? 2013 seems like "price drop" has become the norm?

By too-many-pins

5 years ago

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    “Prices trending down & why?”

    • I see no real change in prices 42 votes
    • Prices are down because there are less people coming into the hobby these days 4 votes
    • Prices are down because of all the great new machines coming out. 127 votes
    • Prices are just coming down to a more realistic range for used arcade equipment and were crazy before. 94 votes
    • OTHER 12 votes
    • I disagree and actually think prices are still trending upward. 39 votes

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    #71 5 years ago
    Quoted from Stack15:

    Is there going to be a $3,500 LOTR near me soon??

    I think I bought my LOTR in 2008 for $3400 - and even then I was probably paying a few hundred too much (HUO, but totally filthy and needed a lot of love)....

    Quoted from shacklersrevenge:

    It just became stupid for some games. I scratch my head over a game like WH20 for example. It's 20 years old, and up until the last few years was a $1500-2200 game all day long, which feels spot on for what it is. Almost over night, it becomes $3500-$4500.

    I bought my first WH2O in '07 for $750. Now, GREAT DEAL...but - operator type of game...worn playfield, shitty ramps, no topper, faded cab, etc. You have to dump a lot of money into WH2O to make it nice. Ramps, playfields, cab decals, etc...prob add another $2k to it, plus time and labor. That's why that game shot up in price...

    ...and I think that's why the whole market in general shot up in price. When I started collecting, there were still tons of games from operators, auctions, garage sales - PROJECT GAMES! ...hobbyists love project games cuz they're cheap and you get the satisfaction of bringing a game back to life and making it nicer. Even if prices soften (which they should, it was getting way too insane) - I don't see them ever dropping to '07-'08 levels because there will never be an inventory of project games like there used to be. Most games going up for sale are from hobbyists now, not from homeowners who never knew the glass could come off. So - nicer games are for sale, and prices will reflect that.

    As for personal experience - I recently had 2 games for sale. Took a little longer than it used to - but both sold within a month of listing & I got what I wanted.

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