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Swap Across Countryi


By bdPinball

2 years ago



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#1 2 years ago

Myself and another pin user are considering a trade between My Riverboat Gambler and his Fire. We haven't gotten down to a +/- or anything, The condition of the RBG is very good for it's age. From the pictures I saw, the Fire Looks pretty good too. Let's say we DO make a deal, how does one go about any sort of verification?

Truth is, I could have just showed him some pictures I found on line somewhere. He could do the same. What proof do I have that after I send my game off on NAVL, or who knows what- that I'll acutally get another game in the mail? And that the game will be the same one in the pictures?

I suppose one solution would be to drive half way and meet my friend in person, and do a car-to-car swap. I've heard of people meeting in a parking lot, and passing a game from car to car, I did that last weekend in front of someone's house (Hi Pinguy!) but that didn't involve taking one out, putting another one in.. What do you do with the one pin in the meantime? Put the legs on it? Leave it just set on the ground while you swap the other ones? I guess I could bring my pin-lift table.

That would be a HECK of a road trip. What is mid-way between Tampa and Sioux Falls? maybe St. Louis?

Anyone have any good suggestions for something like this?

-Brian

#2 2 years ago

Your idea of meeting half way is okay, but would you have electricity to play test the game?

Perhaps you and said person could meet at an agreed upon pinball show?

If you don't mind the risks associated- you could just both agree to ship, and you'll hope it all works out.

Traveling half way across the country might not be worth it to you. And if you don't like the risk- you may have to decide that the trade won't work out.

#3 2 years ago

Always trust a South Dakotan.

#4 2 years ago

Oh yeah? Well I'm from Minnesota originally, and, well, the Badlands Fks aren't as bad as those Iowans!! (reference unlit-dynamite joke)

Seriously though, the guy seems honest enough. Maybe if we had designated surrogates- I'll pick mine in SD, He can find someone here, and we'll have our trusted friend check out the other guy's pin. Probably someone from a national board. Like Pinside!! And then, we throw the inspector a little cash for helping out.

There must be businesses that do this type of thing for other antiques and jewelry and what not. If you watch that show Pawn Stars, they have people who know the value/condition of any/everything! There is also that show where that guy (I guess he's friends with the pawn Stars dudes) restores all Sorts of things- antiques of all kind, Coke antique coolers, little child's toys, cash registers, 50s nik knacks, I like the show Better than pawn stars.

-Brian

#5 2 years ago

I have pulled off 4 trades where I got seriously hosed.

First, met someone off here. We each drove 5 hours to meet at a truck stop. Swapped machines, get home and the condition of the rbion was nowhere n ear what the pictures stated.

Second, trade a batman forever in a kind of 3 way trade. Met in st louis. Guy took batman and gave me a few hundred. He then gave me a rbion he was buying off an op. I was supposed to see the rbion working, but he showed up early and had them pull it from location. Got it home to find it had no sound when it was supposed to be fully working. 6 weeks later and 120 to get it fixed by clive...

Third, traded someone who is on here I traded for his stargate. We met in a parking lot and instantly I knew things were south. The cab was planked which he told me it wasn't. Got home to find the game had major major issues both electrical and cosmetic. Drove back two days later (even further this time) to trade back. Wasted 60 dollars on that one.

Last one, traded my tftc for a radical (originally billed as a prototype, but most likely a sample or very early production). Guy drove here from AZ. I bought another machine off his friend at the same time. The were supposed to come in the morning, but asked at the last minute to come late the night before. Being exhausted I didn't unpack the game I bought and didn't so much as eyeball the radical. Game I bought has a broken head. I can fix it, but seriously wtf. This isn't a little crack, the bottom of the head almost fell off when I cut off the plastic wrap. The radical's prototype ramp was melted. Not just a little, completely and utterly melted beyond use. I am in the process of making a mold using my spare radical to fix this snafu.

The short of things, DON'T. If you are going to trade, trade local or have them bring it to you and look it over stupidly carefully before taking it. After a long drive or late night, and them seeming so nice you will shrug you shoulders and not give it a good look. After all, they are stand up guys? They would never screw you over six ways to sunday now would they?

#6 2 years ago

I have pulled off 4 trades where I got seriously hosed. All involved meeting partway or the last they pulled off an epic road trip in two days.

First, met someone off here. We each drove 5 hours to meet at a truck stop. Swapped machines, get home and the condition of the rbion was nowhere n ear what the pictures stated. The cliffy covering the scoop was bending because there was barely any wood underneath it. The magnet was buggered up and someone had tried to force it out at some point further damaging the pf.

Second, trade a batman forever in a kind of 3 way trade. Met in st louis. Guy took batman and gave me a few hundred. He then gave me a rbion he was buying off an op. I was supposed to see the rbion working, but he showed up early and had them pull it from location. Got it home to find it had no sound when it was supposed to be fully working. 6 weeks later and 120 to get it fixed by clive...

Third, traded someone who is on here I traded for his stargate. We met in a parking lot and instantly I knew things were south. The cab was planked which he told me it wasn't. Got home to find the game had major major issues both electrical and cosmetic. Drove back two days later (even further this time) to trade back. Wasted 60 dollars on that one.

Last one, traded my tftc for a radical (originally billed as a prototype, but most likely a sample or very early production). Guy drove here from AZ. I bought another machine off his friend at the same time. The were supposed to come in the morning, but asked at the last minute to come late the night before. Being exhausted I didn't unpack the game I bought and didn't so much as eyeball the radical. Game I bought has a broken head. I can fix it, but seriously wtf. This isn't a little crack, the bottom of the head almost fell off when I cut off the plastic wrap. The radical's prototype ramp was melted. Not just a little, completely and utterly melted beyond use. I am in the process of making a mold using my spare radical to fix this snafu. I keep being told he *knows people* and can have someone make a new ramp, but I have no faith.

The short of things, DON'T. If you are going to trade, trade local or have them bring it to you and look it over stupidly carefully before taking it. After a long drive or late night, and them seeming so nice you will shrug you shoulders and not give it a good look. After all, they are stand up guys? They would never screw you over six ways to sunday now would they?

#7 2 years ago

Wow. I know what you mean about some people in dealing with Pins. I too have been bent over and..

This last (*@#$ Meteor I got off some a guy that I drove an hour to meet, only to find out it has sound problems, as well as flipper reset issues. I asked outright - "Does this game work?" I can't have any more non-working games!

Well, I suppose the only thing to do is to acutally see/play the game myself before I agree to do something like that. I don't even want to trust someone else to do it. My rents live up that-a-way, near Duluth, so it'll be a little road trip when I'm up there. I think that might be the best idea. If the other guy is interested, he can come down here, or, just trust in the trade.

-dp

#8 2 years ago

If you are uneasy then don't do it

Ill use you as an example, you have less than one year on pinside, you have made less than 200 posts, and judging from your 'Mousing around or Gameshow' thread, a little wet behind your ears
(please dont take this personal, we all started somewhere)

I would only buy/swap from you if I could inspect a game personally and pick it up myself

#9 2 years ago

I have a little more experience with pins before I joined Pinside, but you're correct in that I'm somewhat new to the sport. I guess that's why I was asking what others had done in the situation. Sounds like unless you personally know them, you ought to examine any game personally.

The one deal I did with. Pin before I joined Pinside was about 10 years ago. I tried to buy this Black Knight on EBay, but some guy out-bids me. I think it went for like 450. So next day he messages me and says he bought it but he changed his mind and would I like to have it for what he bought it for. Being even more green, took him up on the offer. Never did get that game to work. So even if you SEE the game if you don't play it and listen to it, and practically do a switch and coil test, you could get screwed even looking at the game.

Thanks for the advice guys.

Getting my EBD tomorrow!! Whoopie!! Also, fixed the 3rd flipper on my Meteor!

-B

But anyway,

#10 2 years ago

The more I think about the problems you talked about there Dung, and the troubles I've had with pins that I KNOW the condition of, I think it's best to do my buying and selling in person.

-B

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