Quoted from pinballer0415:
Yep. When my dad was purchasing the hobbit, I told him numerous times there are better deals out there and that sales tax in MO will be added as well. His response: "I don't care, I've dealt with Nic before and know that he will deliver and set up the machine for us and be there if there are any problems."
Like I said above, he makes it super easy for non-pinball people to have hassle free transactions. And his customer relationships are great.
Simply put.. retail vs wholesale.
The collector community buys all second hand and wholesale prices. You can't compare the 'take home' price of a Stern Pro through distribution to the price at retail. Completely different buying experiences, completely different audience, completely different expectations.
If you don't buy retail.. its full cold stop on this title. It's not aimed for you, and you won't be able to whine it into what you want.
What I find most intriguing is why TPC doesn't see Stern's offering fitting this need. Its way cheaper, it's theme still hits all the marks (Marvel appeals to both old and young), and at least aims for the right balance of complexity.
Too complex to maintain?
Too complex of software?
Too 'boy' and not family?
Is it 'too cheaply made'?
Is there simply not enough margin in it for you?
I am curious how they pitch $6000 vs $3800 when they (today) sell both.