(Topic ID: 32736)

Stern and JJP look out, China is building pins.

By Pinballmike217

7 years ago

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    #42 7 years ago

    There are literally dozens & DOZENS of arcades in China in every city and they are always full. Pinball machines are not legal in China and never have been allowed so Chinese have no idea what a pinball machine is.

    I have been to see this machine as I do business in some aracde parts - it is in a small factory in a suburb of Guangzhou - Panu, where almost all arcade stuff comes from - buttons, sticks, 60in1's etc etc

    It is more like a bingo machine than anything else - it certainly IS NOT a pinball machine as we in the west know them.

    I have no doubt that the Chinese 'could' make a pinball - let's face it, many parts for WMS machines were made in China (they kept that a close secret) and SEGA pinball PCBs were always made in China - I wouldn't doubt for a second that Stern has many, if not all of their PCBs made in China.

    #43 7 years ago
    Quoted from Russo121:

    There are many bogus companies operating on alibaba so beware if you choose to deal with any of them. Always look for verified gold suppliers that have a traceable past record of business. With that in mind, almost anything can be sourced from Alibaba.com. If it doesnt exist, there will be a legitimate company on that site that will be able to create it.

    More than 30% of listings on "Ali-Baba (and the 40 theives)" are bogus.

    Gold verified status means NOTHING as all you need to do to achieve this is pay extra money to Ali-Baba.

    I confronted Ali-Baba staff at a trade show in China a few years back about this and they confirmed that ANYONE could join as a gold member for (at the time) RMB5000 - about US$800

    DON'T deal with anyone from any of these sites. It costs peanuts to visit them in person and make up your mind first hand - even then you risk being ripped off but at least stand a better chance of getting some goods - even if they are the wrong ones or inferior.

    I have my own office in China and I employ 8 Chinese staff and one Australian manager. My son also lives in China. Even then it can sometimes be difficult - from a distance, in another country, you WILL get ripped off.

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