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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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    #58 5 years ago

    Maybe for the A-list/expensive games the prices are dropping...I sure don't see it on the older solid states. If they come up for sale at all - which seems less and less, and the prices are very high when they do.

    #74 5 years ago
    Quoted from Rarehero:

    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.

    I'm in agreement with what Rarehero says here. Parents are not dumping machines as often "because the kids don't play this anymore" and everyone either knows about selling online or knows someone who does. Popular TV junk collecting programming, such as "American Pickers" or "Pawn Stars" means more folks know about trying to get more for their unwanted items - especially if they are old. Being an old item doesn't automatically make it valuable, but still puts it in peoples minds to try to negotiate more for their stuff.

    I think all this has much effect on the lower end market. Maybe not so much on EMs (as too-many-pins said that market appears flat as has been for a time) Solid states in the eighties and nineties are drying up over time and mostly because the are absorbed by collectors, or bought by flippers and eventually migrate into collector possession. Games are made nice or at least maintained and the prices as they change hands generally increases. I don't see this reversing now, and I don't speculate it will improve. I can't imagine droves of collectors dumping these games at deal prices that will push the market down, just because of some new games released.

    #77 5 years ago
    Quoted from bmunn1:

    Another thought is when older pin collectors downsize there homes thus room for pins reduces means more older pins on the market.

    I don't see this impacting the price much. If a collector folds right now, let's say for example someone here on Pinside. There are a huge number of folks to fight for his pins. He could be a generous soul and give them all away cheap - first come first serve, or a little high priced, or something in between. I think it would take a lot of collectors to fold simultaneously to affect the average prices.

    Besides, some older pin collectors never downsize. They just build bigger houses, new storage facilites, buy a barn and put a gameroom in it or whatever, sometimes just to store games - not even to play them.

    #95 5 years ago
    Quoted from kvan99:

    A lot of new people came into the hobby due to the pinball app

    To me this is like saying a whole bunch of folks bought real guns because of shooting games. Anyway, that's my speculation/guess - I don't think there is enough evidence to support any increase in pinball sales because of some Ipad apps.

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