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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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    #97 5 years ago

    Take this with a grain of salt because it's eBay and we have no idea about the condition of the machines being sold, but the 2-3 year trend has been fewer and fewer machines being sold for higher dollar amounts. I don't see a supply and demand issue though I see higher asking prices and fewer buyers willing to plunk down the money. Good for the hobby? That's a matter of opinion I guess. We'll have to wait and see what 2014 offers

    #104 5 years ago
    Quoted from stevevt:

    I think at least part of this effect can be taken as the decline of eBay's popularity as a place to buy and sell pins.

    I'd like to think so but there are consistently around 1000 pins listed at any given time. When scanning through the "completed listings" though you see far more unsold than sold that's for sure.

    It's the pumping of pin prices on eBay that annoys me. That is, tacking on a 20-25% premium so the seller can cover eBay and Paypal fees.

    Ebay is one of the best marketplaces there's no denying that. As a personal choice though I don't sell large ticket items like pinball machines there at all. Local, Craigslist, eye to eye, cash in hand is the best way to go.

    #106 5 years ago
    Quoted from nosro:

    If a tiny portion of iPad/tablet/Xbox/PS3 owners play "Pinball Arcade" and a tiny portion of that tiny portion get interested in owning a real pinball machine, that is a potentially huge number of people relative to the existing pinball market.
    If there really are about "1000" pinball machines for sale at any given time, that could easily be swamped by just that tiny portion of Pinball Arcade players.

    That's a fantastic thought I can't wait for the first eBay sellout from the tiny portion of the tiny portion of all those "Pinball Arcade" players.

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