Quoted from flynnibus:
These are the same “collectors” that think people shaking their machines is abuse... who won’t take games to shows because they are afraid of them being handled or being played... and put 20-30% of the games price into mods on their games to doll them up. Yet can’t fix a simple switch stack and think schematics are hieroglyphs.... and what to define the “worst thing that can possibly happen” to a game to be 1/8” cosmetic chips around posts. Get real.
It sucks your new toy is no longer flawless... but that is inevitable in pinball. We spend good time and money rebuilding them... because they get broken, they wear, and they fail. Such is the life of a pinball machine.
Man I wouldn't try to minimize this calling it " cosmetic chipping"... this is BARE WOOD showing on PF's in the first month.
Look at my collection... yes I hunted around for the most flawless machines at the time but some are 25 years old with no chipping whatsoever. And no BARE WOOD exposed.
Not only doesn't the clear stay on for a month but even the art is gone. I almost feel sorry for these companies and they've killed the goose that laid the golden eggs. What better way to break people of their unneeded NIB addiction than letting them know they may be looking at bare wood right away. Yes I've said "bare wood" four times... rebuild *that* since you make it sound as easy as changing coil stops.
It's not the end of the world obviously but who would take such an expensive risk if they know anything at all about this issue?
These companies better hope the oft-repeated mantra "most buyers aren't on PS" is true. Right now I wouldn't take the chance of buying new even with YOUR money