Fact 1. Labour is a huge part of the cost of pinball machines.
Fact 2. An increasing amount of pins are sold to home collectors.
Fact 3. Many home hobbyists love to spend endless hours modding/tinkering at home on their pins.
Fact 4. Online communities like pinside offer free help with almost any issue.
So... Imagine if Stern released DIY pinball kits for current games. It could come in a smaller shipping box as one would have to glue body together so shipping would be less. Wiring harness done at factory but every single part included in kit.
Think Lego set for pinball - or IKEA for pinball. Different sections in numbered bags with detailed instructions included.
Stern would sell with warranty only on parts saving them even more money. Instructions would cost more but entire production line disappears at factory. Many more hobbyists could get in as kits would be half the price. Secondary market would pop up with experts building and then selling games. Code development would be as today. Perhaps eventually every new pin could be sold as assembled or as kit.
What are your thoughts on Stern releasing DIY pinbal kits? Has it been done before? Would you buy?