Quoted from chrisnack:
I've bought a machine for $300 and I've bought one for $8000. What did a machine cost in the 70s? 80s? 90s? I don't think they are probably that crazy given inflation etc. You can get a new machine for somewhere in 6-8k depending on the machine etc. Compared to $2-$3k for a DMD that's nearly 20 years old, that doesn't seem that bad. Or $2000 on a machine that is 30-40 years old?
PDI is not regular glass, so you can't use that comparison (IMO). I don't think you can compare PDI/Invisi/Stern/whatever to normal glass, that's not apples to apples. Different products.
At the end of the day, everyone is complaining about the price. If it was $150 people would still complain it's too expensive.
I guarantee people are spending more money on other items. How much do you spend on a shaker? A topper? On mods? i guarantee some of the people in this thread complaining about the price the of glass have spend that money on other things that other people would find ridiculous. $300 for a topper? That's pointless, it doesn't do anything. $300 on mods? Do they change the gameplay in anyway? The list goes on and on...
So you're comparing a 70's $300 beat to hell EM to a $8500 2017 machine? While I'm comparing 2017 pinball glass to 2017 pinball glass. Yes one is technically better.....but 12 times better? For you that answer is yes....12x better. For me, no.....maybe 6x better.....maybe. I'd be even happier if it was only 3-4x better (or $75-$100).