I regret not getting into the hobby in '94 when I had the opportunity to buy a pin... I bought a motorcycle instead. Turns out I enjoy pins WAY more than I did motorcycles.
It wasn't the money per se, I just didn't have the balls/confidence that it would happen at the time. I was onboard for 4 of them too, but bailed on the whole thing too early.
This mistake caused me to "buy-in", when JJP started up, without hesitation.
So as said before it all worked out sorta....
I regret not raising my price per play years sooner. Trying to keep 50¢ play made me sell some good pins trying to stay open.
LTG : )
Biggest regret is not making more time for play, so my WOZ would not consistently kick my butt. Love the game, the theme (I am from KS so give me a break), the layout and the light show. But for some reason I have players block when it comes to this pin. I progress with all my other pins, and I am not asking for it to be easy.....I pull the plunger on her and my mind goes to jelly. Very much a love-Hate relationship.
Not having money when the prices were cheap. Actually I guess it's all relative. When they were cheap I was poorer, now that I have a little extra the prices have gone up. I blame all you bastards that are the exact same boat as me!
I had rescued Popeye from a laundromat where it had sat dirty and broken. Shopped it, added cool white LEDs and the game looked amazing. I even liked how it plays and the ruleset, I think it's underrated for sure. I wanted to get a TF Pro so it had to go to make room and help fund it. I had never gotten to Battle for Cybertron on location so I thought it would keep my interests longer term, but within a week I had already destroyed it (even got to Battle for Cybertron on 1 ball) and there is so much wood chopping in that game I had little desire to play it again. TF left within a month.
My biggest regrets were X's and O's and Vector, lost $500 each on those games and they never really grabbed me when I owned them.
Started collecting em's about 10 or 12 years ago. Was new to the hobby, and on business in Los Angeles. Heard a local prop house supplying set pieces to the movie industry had some games. Went by and checked them out, and they were all 1950's / 60' em arcade machines, mainly baseballs. Prop guy told me they were junk, as none of them worked and he had to rig them to light up. Company was moving warehouses and wanted them gone. I passed, because they were "junk". Hard to recognize sometimes when opportunity is staring you in the face.
I regret arm wrestling Rick Stetta for the IFPA Championship of Pinball Arm Wrestling at Tim Arnolds.
Regretted buying a Fire Champagne Edition. Beautiful, beautiful games to look at and the plastic buildings are amazing on it and so well integrated into the theme. Unfortunately I had to do a lot of work and some was very, very frustrating and time consuming to get it working right. Once I finally did, I found out that for me the game play got boring rather fast.
FT bought it in 2007 for $1300 sold it 3-4 months later and that was dumb. Should have kept that one much, much longer. My dtr has asked many times for me to find a second one to bring home. But with room for only 4 games and how much they've gone up on price, I haven't been able to make that happen.
Gone through 70+ machines-all gens except Williams sys 7-- over the last 7 years - have 12 now..soon 13.
Top 3 pinball regrets:
-Selling an excellent WPT with the matching playfield color middle strip (not the ugly white with black letters) so I could buy Indy500.
-Buying Walking Dead NIB, and not ACDC Luci.
All 3 were such idiotic moves, I cannot say which is the worst?
I regret buying Judge Dredd. I hated it. I sold it two week later at a loss just to get it the hell out of my house. Crap game.
I also regret selling X's & O's. Out of the games I've sold, that is the only one I regret. It's another crap game, but the play was very different. It played "short", and was very frustrating to not get the last symbol in the board correctly. I used to play it as I did laundry in my basement. Jeepers, maybe I'll try to get in touch with the guy I sold it to and see what happened to it after that...
Getting married to someone who had me sell all my pins to fund a horse hobby, and then getting divorced, and having no pins. The price of pins have doubled, and I'll never get them back for what I paid for.
I regret not turning the light on in the bathroom last night. Nothing worse then setting down when the seat is up
I regret ditching Spanish class...
I went to a concert once and a really hot Mexican girl sat down next to me. We genuinely tried to speak and failed miserably. I really should have gone to Spanish class that semester. Not only would I not have had to pay for that class twice but that night could have been a lot more awesome.
- Having sold my zaccaria Blackbelt. It's a rare pin, even on the side of the Atlantic, and it has a good layout. The "Zaccaria touch" for the ruleset is a nice change. Will be hard to find another one but I informed the buyer that the day he would sell it, he may contact me first!
- I had to sell my LOTR as I needed the $ - can't say I regret the sale... but I miss the game.
- Stayed until the end on the sinking Predator boat. Should have known better.
- Never met Python. He was an interesting character. We'll meet on the other side then.
Quoted from badbilly27:
I see many threads where people ask for opinions on specific games or specific game reviews. Many times it turns into "how dare you" by the current owners or "just be happy we have companies making games". I'm not sure when it became such a crime to share an honest opinion about disappointment or a purchase regret.
Welcome to the thread where you can be 100% honest.
Quoted from badbilly27:
JPOP? RAZA? Thanks for removing that memory block spell I had put on me. That and the whole preorder mess, let's agree to leave in it's own thread.
Well, that didn't last long.
I regret not jumping immediately on a Voltan Escapes Cosmic Doom almost 15 years ago. The price was great and it was very close to where I lived back then. I called the seller and should have immediately made an appointment with him, but had another appointment that evening, which I held onto. After that, it was gone.
Some time later I speak to this Dutch pinball dealer. He knows I had been after the pin and casually tells me that it is him that bought the machine. 'Oh by the way: it is in amazing shape as well.' Thanks for telling me, man. Awesome.
I stopped kicking myself for it years ago, but it's still not a nice remembrance. Might very well have been the only Voltan existing in the Netherlands. I've never made a mistake like that again.
Over the years I 've had my share of good finds, though. So no need to feel sorry for me.
Quoted from cosmokramer:
Regrets, I've had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption
I planned each charted course
Each careful step along the byway
And more, much more than this
I did it my way
Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall
And did it my way
I regret it when people use song lyrics in their posts.
You know it makes me wanna Shout!
Kick my heels up and Shout!
Throw my hands up and Shout!
Throw my head back and Shout!
I regret buying high and selling low in all aspects of life, including pinball. As for that, it's allowed me buy and sell a lot of cool games and related stuff and to pass them on to great people. Some of them have become friends. So on second thought - except for pinball, I hate buying high and selling low.
I regret selling my Whirlwind to a buddy as I needed space... I should have chosen something else to sell. (lt was closest to the door) lol.
I also regret not getting in on the BBB remake in 2004. I felt that I did the right thing for a few years there, but when they finally did get made I was really sad I didn't suck it up and take the chance...
Pre-ordering Ghostbusters pro a couple months ago only to find out stern is delaying production to at least July
I regret jumping on my uncle's back when he started to climb up the silo ladder. But I learned not to trust adults after that, so it was good, I suppose. 12 feet is a long fall for a little kid.
Getting involved and losing $5k on Predator. Spending money and waiting years for a WoZ that I ended up getting rid of in less than a month [hated it]. Selling my clearcoated/decaled TAF for $5500 a few years ago [don't miss the game but could have gotten WAY more for it]. Selling the nicest Congo on the planet for what turned out to be WAY too little.
Was standing at Gene's booth with $2500 in hand to preorder a BBB at 2004 expo. Decided not to chance it and went home with a TZ and a demo man with that money. Ah Well.
Had an offer for a NIB Tron LE +1K cash for my clearcoated/restored AFM when they came out and turned it down.
But it's all good. It's only pinball. It's not all about money and I wouldn't have what I have now without buying and selling.
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