I learned a tough lesson today as someone looking to buy their first pin.
I went to see a JP Pro and the seller couldn't have been nicer. He sent me a PM after seeing my classified wanted ad telling me he was getting ready to sell his JP to make room for a new game. Then he posted something in the local area thread saying he'd sell it shortly too.
After seeing a pin in a home environment for my first time and playing it, seeing how clean it was, I wanted it bad. The seller told me he had another guy lined up that would buy it (someone he's dealt with before and sold to) and wanted to let him know yesterday if possible, but said I could let him know by today at the latest.
But being an expensive purchase I had to run it by my wife first and she thought it was a bit much so I asked the seller last night if he'd be willing to go a bit lower after already telling me the firm price the other buyer was going to purchase it at if I didn't want it.
Unfortunately my hesitation cost me the machine and he got back to me telling me that he could sense my hesitation/uncertainty and decided to sell it to the other guy and he took a deposit to hold it until Sunday for him. I also told him I had been going back/forth between the the Home and Pro edition, simply for price reasons. But I expected at least a back/forth before that since I didn't say I was definitely not able to grab it at his asking price or anything. I just wish I had gotten some kind of ultimatum because I would have 100% gotten it and just tell my wife I'd sell some of my arcade boards to cover the extra money.
Tough lesson learned but it was my first time every checking out a potential pin to purchase and it's a lot of money to me. But I learned how quick this market can go and am regretting it still. It was a fair asking price too. And I can see how just accepting someone else's money instead of trying to haggle is more intriguing. It's just easier in the end.
Hopefully another one in the same condition shows up around me. And hopefully this helps out some other noob by learning from my mistake.