Why is it that every time someone draws a parallel to cars, they get beat down? There are differences yes, but there are also very similar trends in play here.
I hosted a 16 year golf team party at my house on Friday. Was very interesting to watch these kids. They walked in the basement and ran to the pinball machines. I have a MM, WoZ, and CV. Within 30 minutes only the WoZ was being played. Within 60 minutes, they were all on the XBox.
Gen Y & Z are very social in nature. They were around the Xbox, but checking their phones every five minutes. Even though they text with each other 90% of the time.
I would say pinball prices may hold for the next decade, but will drop fast once the boomers pull back. X'rs can't sustain it. Y's and Z's don't know how to turn a screw driver.
Look what happened to Juke Boxes. They were destroyed by other entertainment technology and frankly they broke all of the time. Sound familiar?
I love pinball like the rest of you guys, but its days are numbered. At least the older pins for sure. If companies like JJP can reinvent the pinball and keep the innovation engine going, maybe you can buy another decade. Time will tell.