(Topic ID: 23612)

What was the best deal you walked away from (and later regretted)?


By awarner

7 years ago



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    #1 7 years ago

    A friend of mine told me that the MM I shopped for him was awesome, but he just didn't like the game. Lots of new parts, it looked and played awesome. He told me it was $4K if I wanted it. This was 12 years ago and I "Passed" because I couldn't afford it. Months later, after the game was gone, he told me that it didn't matter about the money, I could have paid him "whenever" - Doh!

    Share your "One that got away"...

    #2 7 years ago

    whoa, pay him "whenever?"

    I can't wait for the deal of an "I'll pay you tomorrow for a pinball today" to fall in my Jeep Cherokee

    :^)

    Well, I haven't walked away from anything that I didn't manifest later.
    I tried a great condition Judge Dredd last year,
    at that point I didn't know that Dead world working was a mod to do haha.

    #3 7 years ago

    Peanuts compared to that, but, there was a really nice Bounty Hunter (http://pinside.com/pinball/archive/bounty-hunter) only about 90 minutes from me for $400. That would have been my first machine but I was just too intimidated by the prospect of the sale, not knowing how to transport it, etc...

    Bummer.

    #4 7 years ago

    I prob could have bought any number of BBB's when they were $8k ....I thought that seemed CRAZY at the time...now it seems very sane lol.

    Also - lots of good deals at auctions I passed on....$400 JM and DW...lots of good games at really low prices just a few years ago.

    #5 7 years ago

    53 Gottlieb Grand Slam - $250. It was a little rough, and at the time I didn't know better. I could kick myself over it now.

    #6 7 years ago
    Quoted from HighProtein:

    whoa, pay him "whenever?"
    I can't wait for the deal of an "I'll pay you tomorrow for a pinball today" to fall in my Jeep Cherokee
    :^)

    I'd classify him as "Wealthy" at the time. I might not have taken it anyway, that much debt with a friend might have been strange. Still sucks though...

    #7 7 years ago

    Never worried about anything I did not do. It was not meant to be mine if I did not get it.

    #8 7 years ago

    When I bought FGY in 2008 it was between a NIB FGY or a high end restored AFM with a ton of chrome and saucer mods . . . both were around the 4k shipped mark . . . while I had a blast with the FGY I will never sniff a high end restored AFM for around 4k again.

    #9 7 years ago

    1970 Plum Crazy Charger R/T 440 4 speed, 3.55 Dana. $9500 (1993 money).

    #10 7 years ago

    Oh, you mean pinball deals. Sorry.

    #11 7 years ago

    HUO TSPP and RCT for $5000.

    #12 7 years ago

    Tz and a whirlwind for 3k

    #13 7 years ago

    Popeye for $700, but I don't regret the decision.

    #14 7 years ago

    I was overbid (just missed out) on a trashed Xenon and Lost World. Both pins together went for under $650. Thankfully, they went to another Pinside member....so it's all good in the end.

    #15 7 years ago

    A Lethal Weapon given for free, but i went to late...

    #16 7 years ago

    Passed on a very nice TZ for $2900 a couple of years ago. Not as drastic as the OP's MM story, but in light of today's pricing would've been a great deal!

    #17 7 years ago

    TSPP for $1600.
    Had side art wear (this was prior to the armor guards being out)
    Small display not working up top.

    Could have fixed shopped and doubled my money...just wasnt a big fan.

    #18 7 years ago

    A home use only TAXI for $800, I just couldn't drive the 4 hour trip that weekend, and I lost her.

    #19 7 years ago

    A MM four years ago for $6,500 when I first got into the hobby. I wanted it pretty bad but that was a lot of money at the time for a pin. Should have bought it.

    #20 7 years ago

    Walked from a mint LOTR for $4000 with all the figures etc. Could have had it in my house now if I would have just pulled the trigger!!!

    #21 7 years ago

    I have turned down a at least 3 mm in my day for under 2 grand and......i am glad i did lol. BBB for the initial 4500.

    #22 7 years ago

    Gottlieb Counterforce for $350. Was HUO and really nice.

    #23 7 years ago

    I could of picked up a RFM for $1700 HUO 2 years back. Not a scratch on it. Guy needed more money for a boat he was picking up and told me the first to show up with cash gets it. If i recall correctly it only had about 400 plays on it.

    #24 7 years ago
    Quoted from AkumaZeto:

    3 mm in my day for under 2 grand and......i am glad i did

    This does not even make sense to me? It would be like saying I had a good tip to buy into this company Microsoft the day it went public. Im glad I passed on that.

    #25 7 years ago

    This isn't a pin but when I was 16 I passed on a GTO Judge convertible with a weak engine but and a little bit of rust for 4000 for a '79 Camaro with a good body and engine for 3500.

    The Camaro fell apart from the inside within a year and I was told a year later that the body alone on the Judge was worth 10k. Dammit.

    #26 7 years ago
    Quoted from 6S3NC3:

    This does not even make sense to me? It would be like saying I had a good tip to buy into this company Microsoft the day it went public. Im glad I passed on that.

    At the time there was no repo pf's or anything for mm and all three where ghetto fab. I am glad i passed. I also hate the game more than a 2 dollar whore.

    They where also from local douche chips4sle in chi town.

    #27 7 years ago
    Quoted from AkumaZeto:

    At the time there was no repo pf's or anything for mm and all three where ghetto fab. I am glad i passed. I also hate the game more than a 2 dollar whore.

    You hate 2 dollar whores?

    I agree. 20 dollar whores use their tongue purdier

    #28 7 years ago
    Quoted from playboywillis:

    I agree. 20 dollar whores use their tongue purdier

    I dont like the smell of cheeseburgers and rotten snatch on my whores.

    #29 7 years ago

    I passed on a nice condition RBION for $1,400

    And then I "almost" walked away from a 6-pack of SS/DMD pins for $1,300 since I had no way to test them (no power)....

    LUCKILY, I did not pass this up, as it made me some big $ and bankrolled my pinball addiction!

    #30 7 years ago

    My fiancee! Met her when we were Freshman in college, dated a bit in law school but life took us on different paths......... But, happy ending: We reunited following a college reunion 30 years later and are engaged. She was always The Gal for Me. Just needed to figure it out. I did.

    #31 7 years ago

    I once passed on a chance to get a C37 for $200. I still regret that, but it was a 4+ hour drive to get.

    #32 7 years ago

    i passed on a Totem for $208 plus a 4.5 hour drive one way...what was i thinking

    #33 7 years ago
    Quoted from Rarehero:

    I prob could have bought any number of BBB's when they were $8k

    I could have bought one from Gene when he announced that he was taking preorders at the 2004 Midwest Gaming Classic for like $4k or whatever it was. I really wanted to, but losing like $5k on the show that year and working at a job where that was like 25% of my wages at the time meant NO WAY.

    I don't regret it, but it is the one thing that I wish things had been different for, as I know that I would've got one.

    #34 7 years ago

    The two that stick out the most were, NIB SM $3699.99 shipped from Amazon... (Late Fall of 2010) Before that, of course has to be the BBB pre-order...

    I try not to think about it... "Drinking" about it is much more fun!

    I can't complain though, the good deals (when they do come around) I've had in the past, greatly outnumber the "could-a-would-a-should-a" moments in my pin-life.

    #35 7 years ago

    I had a chance at a few recently, LAH $800 and a JP for $1200, but could never muster the courage to pull the trigger. Is buying a first pin only difficult for me? I used to collect knives and was closing in on a very nice late 60's classic Italian knife. Very valuable and very rare. After missing out because of indecision,I moped about and mentioned it to a freind who happens to be a very prominent knife collector. He told me "there will always be another knife". It was 12 years ago and I have never forgotten that nugget of wisdom.

    #36 7 years ago

    Perfect SM for $2500 about 6 months ago. I saw it again today, now they won't even take $5k (on location making good money).

    #37 7 years ago

    2 smoking hot Asian hookers in Las Vegas.....

    $80 bucks a piece for a whole night ( as a pair)... and they came with paperwork.. !

    But i was there with my MOM, so i had to pass..

    #38 7 years ago
    Quoted from Gerry:

    2 smoking hot Asian hookers in Las Vegas.....
    $80 bucks a piece for a whole night ( as a pair)... and they came with paperwork.. !
    But i was there with my MOM, so i had to pass..

    Shoulda sent mom to the all night buffet !

    #39 7 years ago

    4 Cactus Canyons for 2000.00 a pop. If i only had a time machine.

    #40 7 years ago

    SM 3K very nice shape only played a couple months. But it was the old code so I did not get into as much. I was also saving form my MM purchase. Regret it but not a lot as I have MM instead.

    #41 7 years ago
    Quoted from Gerry:

    Shoulda sent mom to the all night buffet !

    Well there was no papers for sars back then so consider that lucky

    #42 7 years ago

    Sars..HA... a little pennecilin and your good to go... LOL

    #43 7 years ago

    Can't recall ever walking away from a good deal, that's why I have to pay for storage !!!

    #44 7 years ago
    Quoted from NimblePin:

    Before that, of course has to be the BBB pre-order...

    A lot of people passed on it because Gene's track record wasn't great when he announced it. I don't blame anyone for not taking a chance on loosing $2250 (and eventually $4500) on a game that might never see the light of day. I WAS stupid enough to do it though... BBB is still for sale...

    #45 7 years ago

    I have two that I kick myself over, and I can almost see a third playing out now.

    First and probably biggest to me is Black Spiderman for $4450 NIB delivered in 2008. I had the money in hand, but just couldn't bring myself to spend that much. Figured I could always get a used one down the road, especially a red, for way cheaper. Now you can hardly find a beaten red for that. Ended up spending the money on my CV and Pinbot instead, and even together spent about $1k less than BSM would have been (CV was a partial trade), which seemed like the way better way to go at the time. While I'm glad I got CV when I did, I sure wish I would have pulled the trigger on that BSM. Now I will likely never have a Black, though I hope a Red finds it's way to my basement someday.

    The other would be Neo's MM at MGC which I think was also in 2008..maybe 2009. If I remember right it was $4200 or so. It just seemed like so much money at the time for a game that wasn't brand new or in super nice shape. If I remember right I could have swung it, but it would have been tight, so I decided against it. I figured they would always be about that price, so I could find a different one down the road, maybe in better shape. Another one where hindsite is 20/20. Now I'll never own one. I like the game, but it's not near the top of my list, especially at the prices it demands now. Oh well. Of course I should have grabbed an AFM back then too when you could get them for $3-3.5k easy. Not to mention a MB. It's amazing what the prices on those top tier games have done in just the past 3-5 years.

    Live and learn I guess. I have this nasty feeling that in a few years X-Men LE is going to be on this list for me. I just don't have a way to swing it right now without sacrificing half of my collection, which I just can't talk myself into. But I have a feeling if I don't do it now, I will never be able to. I see the prices doing the same as Tron LE (which thankfully I don't have any interest in), especially with one more really good update. I hope I am wrong and the prices stay down, or at least I enjoy the Pro just as much when I get to try one.

    #46 7 years ago

    +10 years ago: MM for 1500. Bally Vector for 150.

    A few months ago a TZ for 1200..

    #47 7 years ago

    a $700 Stargate..cause i felt like I had enough pins..(yea right)

    #48 7 years ago
    Quoted from awarner:

    I WAS stupid enough to do it though... BBB is still for sale...

    ??? Care to explain - I thought the re-sell (asking) price on these was about $16K - 3.5 times your investment....

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