Quoted from LEE:
Ahhh, I see now. You are one of those people who only want to take advantage of the show being there so that you can profit from it.
Here's the way I see it;
There wouldn't be a show at all for people like you to profit from it if good people didn't bring pinball machines inside the show to sell(or to share) in the free play area.
I'm one of those people who like to bring games into a show and shun parking lot deals so that the show will continue to go on.
Maybe that makes me a sucker.
What does that make you, I wonder?
I consider myself to be a nice and honest person. So please don't vilify me when you don't even know me.
I personally don't like bringing a game to put into the show and having to stay the whole day to make sure it sells. I'm impressed by the people who travel a long distance and have a game there for 2 days. That's not me at this time though. I work weekends and have other obligations like many others do.
There are people out there in the pinball world who don't want to be forced to get to a show really early and race others in order to buy a machine. I think I'm doing a service to the pinball community. Someone who normally wouldn't drive a long distance (Pittsburgh to New York for example) to buy a machine now has the opportunity to buy a machine that they might have been looking for. It must suck for someone who has to drive a long way with hopes of coming home with something nice only to leave empty handed.
I think anyone in this hobby would agree that they would rather have more machines for sale then less machines for sale.
If you want to be mad at anyone you should be mad at the people who bring poor quality machines to the freeplay area and put a large price tag on them and call it "The Show Price." Those are the people who are taking advantage.
If you were at Allentown this year then you would have seen that was the case. Yes, there were a lot of machines there that were very nice, but there were come junkers there too.
Best machine at Allentown was the Spot-a-Card that was not for sale. I read the card that was on the machine and apologize if I'm remembering this wrong. The machine was restored by a gentleman who had passed away and the current owner brings it to the show in his honor. I think that is the greatest thing ever.
I got into this hobby because my dad loves pinball and this is a father son thing that we share. Most of the games I buy are games that my dad played as a kid on his paper route, at the local bowling alley, or down the shore. I love surprising him with one of these games and they are becoming harder and harder to find.
So like I said please don't vilify me for letting people know what games that I can deliver to the show for them because there are definitely people out there searching for specific games just like me. It's nice to know a head of time that I can guarantee myself a machine that normally I wouldn't have been able to get and don't have to fight others to get.