Same thing goes on pinball machines sold out sight unseen. But for the sake of an argument, one could argue why pinheads spend the extra money on a LE model when they could buy a premium model with the same playfield and features for about $2500 bucks less. The money you spend on the LE accessories you can probably get cheaper and still have the left over money to buy a topper, plus some money left over.
I LOVE my GZ Pro, so I bought the Stern topper because this pin is a keeper in my collection. We all know once the toppers sell out you can forget about getting one later without paying a heftier price tag. Yes it’s expensive and probably over-priced, but tell me what other “mod” to a pinball isn’t overpriced?
Think about this for a second. Let’s say I take all of the mods and additions made from our wonderful modders and companies (Tdiddy, Mezel, Goudevia, Modfather, Modcouple, etc, etc, etc) and take them to an average flea market that didn’t cater to the pinball community. I lay them out on a table and put them with other items, except I keep the price I paid for the mod on the item, so how many of those mods do you think I would sell? Do you think I would have a non-pinhead offer me $250 bucks for an Atomic Godzilla or $500 bucks for an Iron Maiden Gus? Probably none. However, if I take those same mods to a pinball expo I would have sold them before they could leave an impression on the table and maybe would have gotten more money for them.
At the end of the day these toppers and mods still puts a smile on my face and I get a blast out of just sometimes looking at the pin more than playing it. I purchased around 18 different mods from different individuals and vendors for my GZ pro and it looks ssssooooo much better than the “plain Jane” stock version I originally received. I guess sometimes beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but that still doesn’t make that person an idiot for what he likes.