I don't like the recent price increases from Stern and JJP but I can't really blame them when their games are far more complicated then pretty much any of the redemption games on the page below that cost the same amount and then some.
One of the reasons that redemption games costs so much is that arcade owners will pay the crazy prices as they bring in a lot of money. We have all heard over the last so many years that pinball machines do not bring in as much money as redemption games. Could that be changing and the gap between them is actually getting closer? Maybe pinball machines are starting to make more money then in previous years and that has led to operators be willing to pay more?
What looks more complicated and costly to manufacture?
Big Bass wheel pro at $10k+ Giant plastic wheel, plastic handle and a 20"+ LCD.
WOZ standard at $8500 with stainless steel parts, a bunch of moving parts and far more programming.
Both machines above are made in the USA but WOZ appears to be the more complicated of the two to build.