Some people don't have it. Me ~ I'm currently in recovery. I'd buy anything up to a point if the price was right. I have friends who (thought/think) like me who have multiple rotted out B and C list games that they'll restore in the "not too distant future" and when you ask when they bought them, you'll get answers like, "oh, 10 or 15 years ago, I dunno...
When I first got into pinball, I'd get this feeling that I was the luckiest guy in the world to be the 1st person to respond to and look at some dog of a pin that had been sitting down some basement for 20 years. Every time I'd go see some Craigslist laugher I thought I'd never get a chance to see another one and feel some self-made pressure to buy.
Like yesterday, I go to look at a Genie that the seller described as being in "good" condition for $500. Turns out it had water damage everywhere. The transformer was just a block of rust. You could tell it must of been homeless at some point and spent some time in Tarp City, USA. But I still, STILL, thought about grabbing it and I already have a real nice Genie at home now!
The older I get, the more sure I am: the the best deals in life are the deals you don't make and just walk away from.
We all post pictures of the games we own now with loads of before & after pics, crow about our latest pickup and make the restoration seem almost easy. How about posting picks of games you walked away from or just the details and how much time & money you would've wasted.
It might just give us all some strength to turn and run, and who knows, it could even help bring down these insane prices.