The second pin I ever bought was a Ghostbusters premium, long before I even knew what a Spike or Sam system was. When I opened the box, the game didn’t work. I spent a few weeks troubleshooting with Stern whether it was a bad VUK, or an entire node board. They eventually sent me a new VUK coil and an entire node board, and I replaced both. I’ve owned it 2 years since, and played it 300-400 times. But the initial mystery about what was wrong was a big frustration. It made me wonder about the quality of these Spike pins. Other corners cut, such as the plastic apron and the power button being moved to the head, where many people can’t reach it, especially if the game is between other pins, makes me wonder how much more we will lose before the market says “enough.” The prices are not going down, they are going up. But we are losing key features that we’ve come to expect for decades, like a single level for the lockdown bar, not two lunchbox latches you have to feel around for to remove the bar. I prefer the SAM pins and their individually replaceable parts, and higher quality. Whitestar was superior too, in many ways.