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Why is there nothing for sale? Who's hoarding?

By bobWeir

4 years ago

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    #212 4 years ago
    Quoted from dung:

    We are a niche community even if our numbers are growing.

    Niche mainly due to lack of exposure. Pinballs are works of art, people appreciate art, and most people have never seen pinball in its proper glory. Almost everyone I show my games to is amazed at how cool they are, and describe their former vision of pinball as broken, dirty and boring machines on location. Continued mainstream exposure to "the good stuff" will attract more and more fans.

    #217 4 years ago
    Quoted from dung:

    Art is in the eye of the beholder.
    What pinballs are is massive. They require a large amount of space for each machine. They are incredibly complex. They require both electrical and mechanical knowledge to maintain. They are not cheap to maintain. Shop jobs require an inordinate amount of time which many do not have nor want to do. Also, they are not fun when broken and a single switch not working can ruin a game.
    These are all hurdles to people who are fans to begin with. Now try to convince someone who has never played them much.
    Remember to be realistic about your expectations. This hobby will always remain a niche due to cost, space, time, and skills required.

    It'll stay a niche, but with 310M people in just the US, it has plenty of room to grow.

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