Quoted from RyanStl:
Besides FT the others you list are top 15 pins. FT is 37, so pretty darn good in my book still. If these titles aren't earning great prices then what should? Only NIB pins? Has the Top 100 led to higher prices for some pins?
There are many reasons why those could be considered stinkers by some, but could be just fine for the casual player. Some are way too easy, some just have a horrible design flaw in them. FT is fairly shallow, but I do like how difficult it is with Lightning flippers. I wouldn't take the Pinside ratings so seriously when considering the purchase of a machine. The more you ignore the Pinside top 100, the better off you will be.
After you play highly rated pins 1000's of times, you begin to see some of the flaws in them more and more. A lot of folks can overlook them for a variety of reasons. Someone that just plays pinball a few times a month is probably going to be satisfied with a game flaw that would be very hard to achieve. Others that never play pinball compeptitively, are probably never going to realize a lot of the flaws of the pins in top rated lists (wether that's ipdb ,pinside or wherever). Different games for different people is a good policy here.
However, when I consider a purchase for thousands, I try to look at the decision from a perspective including things that the average buyer for a highly rated pin may never consider. One easy example, if I can't see myself playing a game 1,000 times or more during the time I own it, I probably won't buy it or at minimum, will not keep it. I turn to these considerations much more strongly, the higher the price is for a game. Call it whatever you want, but the more information you have about a game (as long as it's good info) the better off you will be, long term. If you just have to have a TZ or TOTAN and have not played one 50+ times, you should find a decent one to play 50+ times. That's one reason why shows are so great for people new to the hobby.