Quoted from lordnorth:
Here's my question: How do you talk to new people about owning pins without coming across like a rich jerk?
Every time I talk to someone who isn't into pinball themselves, the conversation goes something like, "I was never into video games, pinball is what I really liked. I was finally able to get some for in my basement."
"Wow! Aren't they expensive?"
I feel if I don't answer I come across as a falsely modest jerk. If I do answer I come across as a rich jerk. (No.... You guys can avoid all theories that just come back to me being a jerk, thank you.)
But seriously, how do you broach the subject of owning machines?
Tell them to look at me. I bought my first machine for $900 almost by accident. Second for $900, which is like 1 paycheck. Third for $1200 I had saved up from selling stuff on ebay and charged the shipping in order to be able to "afford it" and sold a bunch of old collectables that were only collecting dust to raise $5800 for the 4th one.