- Pinside Moderator notice: please read through the whole thread to form an opinion, "scammer" might exaggerating it quite a bit -
I agreed to purchase a Medieval Madness playfield IPB listed by Tom Flores here on Pinside for $875. Spoke to him on the phone. Told me he picked it by hand because he worked for the company that made them. He knows everyone important in pinball and has a self proclaimed Great reputation.
He sent me a MM playfield that was cracked by the shooter lane, horrible finish, and imperfections galore. Before I purchased it I asked him to check that the ball fits properly in the shooter lane because I saw a video where Chris Hutchinson said this is a problem with IPB MM playfields. Tom said Yes it fits perfect. NOT true. Ball only touched on outer edges of lane. See pic
Beware of this guy and this playfield. He wanted me to send him a check or Money Order and said he would refund me my money plus shipping. I insisted on PayPal payment. He agreed but suggested gift payment. I was leary so I paid the fee to protect myself in case of scam.
Don't waste your time with this playfield. Junk! People like him give pinball a bad name. He blatantly lied and said that he looked over the playfield and it's flawless.
I sent him pics of the crack and other damages. He said I could send it back for refund, but informed me that I have to send back the same playfield he sent me. When I looked back at the pics he sent me before I purchased it, the crack was in his pics. The crack was not noticeable unless you knew to look for it.
He did reluctantly refund my money, but he had no choice. I kept it cordial and suggested that he only sell the playfield to someone in person so they can see the damages and what they are getting. He said I have no business telling him what to do and so on. It's not like I called him a scammer and liar. He most likely intends to try to sucker someone else by selling it over the Internet. Just giving a potential buyer the heads up.