Quoted from Spyk:
Well I'll give it a try again. Again no one in my area selling anything. Not a ton of people willing to ship. I'm going to check out the group's mentioned on Facebook but without much more direction than make local contacts when there either aren't any when looking on Facebook or Craig's list I don't know what to do. Is there another site I don't know about? Check out Facebook market place and Craig's list for 100 miles starting in Venice Florida.
It sounds like you really just don't want to put in any effort and hand someone cash. This is just not going to work if you are looking local.
Here are the things that you can focus on:
Join Klov forums. You have to log in to be able to read/post in the forums (https://forums.arcade-museum.com)
Other social media groups like "arcade exchange" are more regional but they are still good for getting an idea of what stuff should sell for working or broken.
Auction sites like estatesales.net will list local estate sales in your city
CL is too popular now and stuff is bought instantly, look on other local for sale sites like offer up
Pinside forums - others here collect arcade games as well and I have seen a lot of people on this site buy and sell arcade machines:
read this thread-->
and search for other threads to track down the other Pinside members that are also arcade collectors.
You may also want to try to track down any old operators in your area. If you can find one with old stuff that barely works, you can find some good deals and teach yourself how to fix the machines. They are much easier to repair than pins.
In the attached image below, I found some places in Bradenton using pinballmap.com... You could check them out to see if they may have arcades as well and possibly ask the owner where he/she bought them. There has to be a local op/tech servicing those pins and that guy could possibly help you out because he knows where all the games are located.
You just have zero connections and need to make a few key contacts to get the ball rolling.
Oh, and local "arcade auctions" are typically a waste of time in my opinion so I would stay away from them for now.
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