(Topic ID: 19911)

This hobby is very expensive around here ... "sigh"


By BinGhanem

7 years ago



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    #1 7 years ago

    I really love playing pinballs and would love to try them all, but sadly as most of you know I live in Dubai and there is no market for that here.

    If I want to try a game, this going to be almost impossible, I have to trust my guts. This is not a problem, but if I decide to sell a pin or two I'm going to lose at least 1000$ minimum due to shipping "Dubai to US or Europe"

    for example I have a good condition LOTR been trying to sell for so long, I even went to E-bay and offer shipping world wide.

    I'm afraid I'll have to quit this hobby sometime in the future because of this, I really don't want to though.

    Probably a distributor in UK can help? I know someone, but he want to buy my machines really cheap, I prefer someone just sell my machine and take a %age or something similar.
    shipping should be cheaper than US

    any other thoughts ?

    #2 7 years ago

    I have a thought.

    With the money involved you invest or lose buying or selling. Maybe tackle the hobby a different way.

    Maybe pinball machine ownership isn't for you. But pinball vacations are ?

    Try and attend a few of the bigger shows around the planet that have lots of machines, and play a lot and get in on a variety of machines.

    I hope you find a way to have your hobby enjoy it too.

    LTG

    #3 7 years ago

    Or, you could try developing the pinball market where you live. Throw parties, invite people over, turn some of the locals into pin heads, and get some people ordering pins up there to trade around.

    It doesn't take many people to form a pinball club. Really just three or four people with three or four machines each is plenty . . . and they may attract more players.

    #4 7 years ago

    thanks for the reply guys, what I think is, buying LE's and pins such as MB and AFM won't lose their value and they usually increase so lose factor is very minimal, I might keep doing that.

    the club idea is great, I'm trying to help people buying pins, but it is very hard to turn ppl into pinheads specially when they never played pinball before.

    I do travel to UK a lot, I would love to know some of the dealers that have good reputation.

    Thanks

    #5 7 years ago

    I thought homes came with money faucets in Dubai - left one for dollars, right one for Euros.

    But seriously, good luck in your search. Is it hard to find private sellers willing to ship to Dubai?

    #6 7 years ago
    Quoted from BinGhanem:

    the club idea is great, I'm trying to help people buying pins, but it is very hard to turn ppl into pinheads specially when they never played pinball before.

    It all starts with one person. The three machines you have (and the fourth one you have on order) all look like good machines to turn your average guy into a pinhead. Expose your friends (preferably those with some disposable incomes) to your machines, have it be a family event where they bring their spouses and children and you'll eventually start gaining converts.

    #7 7 years ago
    Quoted from swampfire:

    I thought homes came with money faucets in Dubai - left one for dollars, right one for Euros.

    No, only black slimy liquid

    Buying is not a problem, selling is .

    Probably, I have to keep all pins I buy, not a bad idea

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