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What price in a bar is fair?

By Ibanezshreader

3 years ago

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#148 3 years ago

I have zero issues paying $1 or 3 for $2 for a newer title or A list B/W. I find it laughable that someone would walk away because it's .25 more, my god it's a quarter people, on a machine that costs up to $8K.

#152 3 years ago
Quoted from boagman:

But it's *their* quarter, now isn't it?
Not to stray too far off the path/subject here, but do you have any Aldi grocery stores in your area? Are you familiar with how they disperse their grocery carts? It's commonplace in Europe at every grocery store to utilize a Euro dollar to "release" a shopping cart to you for your use, and when you're done, you return the cart to the corral, connect it to the others, and get your Euro dollar back. In the USA, they utilize quarters for the same effect, and boy howdy, does it work in *spades*!!! It might be kind of an inconvenience at times, but I'm absolutely *sold* on the concept, because whenever I go to an Aldi, the parking lot is absolutely bereft of stray carts. You *might* see *one*, and I can guarantee you that it won't be there for long, because hey: free quarter! People WANT THEIR QUARTER. And they WANT THEIR QUARTER *BACK*.
I totally understand the desire to not lose a quarter in a game that's $.75 per play. So, apparently, do most other people. $.75 is just such a weird, awkward price for a game. You might as well just automatically boost the price to $1, just because.

Everybody is entitled to be total cheap asses, with "their" quarter. The whole I won't play a game at a $1 but will at .75 is just dumb. It is almost always either .75 or 3 for $2 or $1 or $3 for 2. So in the grand scheme of things it doesn't really make a lick of difference.

#155 3 years ago
Quoted from boagman:

But it does, even if it's just subconsciously. You're better off just charging the buck for one game. No one feels gypped then, and it's really high time for games of pinball to require that price. I don't think anyone's cheap for not wanting to put $1 in a $.75 game and losing the excess. Were it me, I'd change that dollar into four quarters first, insert $.75, and be better off for it. In the same way, when I see a quarter on the ground in front of me, I pick that bad boy up, because hey! Quarter!
I don't think we're that far away in our thinking, I just think that the nature of humanity as a whole doesn't want to give away money for no particular reason. That, and I think it's time to stop discounting multiple game purchases. $1 per game, straight (none of this 6 for $5 garbage or anything), with winnable extra balls, replays, specials, etc.

I agree with $1 straight for a game, my friends and I will play the same amount of games that way as well. Meaning a little more money for the OPs. I just can't see finding a pin in the wild and then walking away over a quarter. If this is the general attitude of the public I would think pins on route would be a guaranteed losing proposition.

#165 3 years ago
Quoted from boagman:

And I would add that the price per play doubled to $.50, so we've achieved detente, comrade.
C'mon, Lloyd, $1 per play in the early 90s for all games was out-and-out *ridiculous* greed, inspired by stars in ops' eyes that were fueled by many types of illegal substances. It's odd to be making this statement from the point-of-view that I am, in favor of the rise to $1 now. And I mean it: when ops put out pinball machines today, as many of those with coin doors that have places for bill acceptors should have them, even on older machines. When they're brought into the shop to be cleaned, rerubbered, rebulbed, etc. one of the things that should be done is they should grab an older MARS DBV off the shelf, install it on that Sega Harley-Davidson, and set it for $1 a play, and send it back out into the world to actually *earn*, rather than just exist.
It's 2016. It's time.

I 100% agree and I am a consumer. I don't want to see pinball just survive, I want to see it thrive.

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