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  • Warning to newbies about buying site unseen.

    A nice chap came in today and brought his machine straight from the depot to us. This was an Ebay purchase he had shipped from WA.

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    This is just a reminder to newbies to the hobby to never buy a machine site unseen. The bloke bought this from ebay thinking he was getting a bargain which cost him over 2k including shipping to Queensland for what you see here.
    I spent about an hour today going over the whole machine with him pointing out how much time, effort and money its going to cost him to get this thing running. As you can see its not pretty, not working and smells like a moldy sock.
    I wouldn't normally touch a game like this just due to the unknowns and time but I felt bad for the customer and he's agreed to be patient.

    For around the same money he paid for this he could have got a fully shopped and working game around the same vintage, lesson learned the hard way.

  • #2
    Even though it was a ripoff price wise it depends what was stated and pictured in the ad...

    If it's different then he has a case with Ebay customer service

    can we see the ad?

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    • #3
      Think that spidey was on gumtree too. If same seller (incase was sold and reflipped again) another guy had issues buying and shipping to over east
      you can always expect change in life..except from vending machines

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      • #4
        Originally posted by vintage View Post
        Even though it was a ripoff price wise it depends what was stated and pictured in the ad...

        If it's different then he has a case with Ebay customer service

        can we see the ad?
        From what I was told by the buyer the seller told him it "was" working but stopped. He certainly wasn't expecting what he got.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Arcade King View Post
          From what I was told by the buyer the seller told him it "was" working but stopped. He certainly wasn't expecting what he got.
          Yeah I found the ad.

          http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/PINBALL-M...-/162655884409

          Spidey pin from May of 1980

          Machine has been stored in a box and rugged up since 1985

          A true survivor

          In original nick

          Sold as is seen in pics

          Inspections welcome

          Needs service rubbers and globes

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          • #6
            Originally posted by vintage View Post
            Yeah I found the ad.
            Go ahead

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            • #7
              Seller is a operator selling under different user account than his main one.

              Sadly been bit shonky long as i been collecting and been stung my self with a "just needs a power supply" old line when was bit green

              Shame when people get stung big as kills off the hobby for newcommers
              you can always expect change in life..except from vending machines

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              • #8
                Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/162655884409

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                • #9
                  clears throat - the word shill comes to mind looking at the bidding history
                  looking to buy gottlieb electro mechanical pinball machines from any era

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                  • #10
                    Looks better in his ad. Definitely misleading. Is this the same guy with the firepower a few weeks back?

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                    • #11
                      That's the one, very misleading ad.
                      3 of the leg brackets had to be replaced also just so we could stand it up.

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                      • #12
                        haha [MENTION=5499]Boots[/MENTION] is gonna love that, t***n in the bidding history again

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Arcade King View Post
                          That's the one, very misleading ad.
                          3 of the leg brackets had to be replaced also just so we could stand it up.
                          false advertising more like it. pictures look like a younger more attractive version before it was left to rot away and turn into a doorstop

                          - - - Updated - - -

                          just had another look and I cannot believe that they are one and the same machine

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                          • #14
                            I think the end of the ad says "good luck" , its also should have had "your gonna need it !"

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                            • #15
                              That is nothing but a scam there is no way that is the same Machine as in the ad picture wise
                              The seller is nothing but a prick if he is saying that is the same machine as the one this thread is about


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                              Putting out the feelers for my next early Gotlieb project

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