Quoted from Elvishasleft:
which is a big part of prices going up...
everything now is a licensed theme and they need to recoup their money on those fees.
I would imagine one of the bigger expenses per game is the license.
It's not rocket science.
Everything goes up in price every year.
Supply costs go up. Labor costs go up, from the guys designing games to the people assembling them on the lines to the truck drivers hauling games to the airport or distributors. I guess people here don't think designers like Keith and all the people involved in designing, building, and distributing these mega successful games should get raises every year, but I'd guess these employees - and management - disagree.
People here really think the extra $100 they need to spend on a new game every year just goes to buy Gary Stern another ivory backscratcher. WHy aren't they sending angry letters to the Frito Lay CEO over the fact that a bag of Doritos goes up 10 cents a year? WHy aren't they bitching at the cable company for the annual $9 increase in their bill? Are you on some La-Z-boy forum ranting about the fact that the Murray Recliner with built in cooler and massage rollers went up $30 this year?
WHy do people here seem to think the laws of finance and inflation apply to everything but pinball, and that these MEAGER nominal annual price increases are some kind of a personal affront and cash grab?
Are pinball people really that stupid they can't understand what is going on here? Stop trying to isolate pinball from everything else in the world. Pinball is not some magical product assembled on a secret island by slave labor Oompa Loompas where they are immune to the same financial pressures and cost of living adjustments as everybody else, and every price increase is somehow 100 percent padded profit. You are making fools of yourselves and inviting ridicule!
And yes, I just posted a Cher gif. My mom makes us watch this goddamn movie every Thanksgiving!