Quoted from limelime20:
After seeing this, when I inspect a Stern pin I am wanting to buy,
I will be lifting up the table and looking in the corners..
If I see ANY separation of cabinet, I will offer 1,000.00 less than the asking price.
Alternatively, enthusiasts can fix games.
That is what collectors do for titles that want to maintain the titles.
A person that owns enough games eventually has to learn to restore cabinets at some point anyway or have someone do it for them.
Unless the splitting is highly visible and severely cracked on the outside or completely delaminated, the value reduction is minimal, if the rest of the game is solid.
If a game looks "rocked" there is no doubt on that there should be price reduction considerations, but that is part of the technical inspection process when people buy games in the first place.
Cabinet separation, dry rot, splitting, cracks, etc happen whether age or condition.
Pinball machines have never really been made to high grade furniture standards.
If there is one this that can be learned from this thread is there are buying aspects to observe with cabinets, backglasses, playfields, mechanics, and electronics if applicable.
Stern has provided a bit of education to the community, albeit in a very hard lesson to NIB owners who cannot see what is in the cardboard box.
They can provide any type of "cabinet repair kit" they want for new owners, but it does not change the fundamental of what happened.
This has been unfortunate.