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I bought my 1st game (a Fathom) in 1993 for $600 in beaut condition. Should have bought half a dozen - LOL.

But seriously, I agree with the above comments as in Price versus availability.

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It is amazing what has happened as per original post I was nothing but ridiculed for buying my first pinball in 1998 (F14 Tomcat) , which I still have, at the time it was 11 years old and purchased for $600, it is now been at the same home for 23 years.

Only the last 5 years I get random people enquiring about buying a machine, where do I get one etc, even my CEO at work bailed me up 3 years ago and wanted a pinball machine, I suggested then you are probably better buying one new with the way prices are going.

Opening my Garage door with people walking by always poses the question would love to play those, where do you get them etc.

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I know a guy here in Melbourne that bought TZ and IJ for $400 each back in the day. Way before I got into pinball. I also clearly remember when bike city warehouse had 5 Addams golds for 4k each and thinking wtf that’s a rip off! 

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7 hours ago, radirgyman said:

I know a guy here in Melbourne that bought TZ and IJ for $400 each back in the day. Way before I got into pinball. I also clearly remember when bike city warehouse had 5 Addams golds for 4k each and thinking wtf that’s a rip off! 

Aah, the good ol' BCW. Yep, those prices look pretty good now eh?. My 2nd Fathom I got from there.

My best buys  in the last 10 years would have been a TZ that just needed a guiding hand - $1800. A filthy TAF, goody bags and all - $2200. FT - $1500. FS - $2200. Bally Playboy - $1000.

Mark and I helped an op out once and took some games off him over a 2 year period which included. TZ, FT, BSD, T2, PZ, Dr Who, WW, ES, 3 x Juke boxes and none of those was over $2500.

I guess we won't be seeing that again - 😢

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1 hour ago, Railways said:

Aah, the good ol' BCW. Yep, those prices look pretty good now eh?.

They sure do.

I'm still surprised i was able to get a beautiful JP2 prem still as new - loaded with mods for under rrp.

Good deals can still be found. 

 

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1 hour ago, Pop Bumper Pete said:

Ask a stamp collector

Stamps are worthless...........And if you happen to have a rare one good luck in the buyer letting on what it's really worth....

First day releases can be got anywhere anytime last I heard.....

Another Joke IMO

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25 minutes ago, radirgyman said:

What about art? A squiggle drawn on a piece of paper can fetch millions. A banana stuck to the wall with sticky tape… Stencils spayed onto 5$ canvases (banksy) worth insane amounts. 

Art is only expensive because we deem it to be "cool"
There have been many artists that have toiled in obscurity, universities churn them out by the hundreds

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On 03/10/2021 at 5:19 AM, ocyen said:

I have found it is because some people, particularly those from older generations, have no idea how to relax and have fun. Everything has to be a job, a side hustle, or a scheme to make money. If it doesn't make money, particularly if it's associated with something "childish", then it's a waste of time. That's why the Mercedes collection is fine (Mercedes = money). Often these people have absolutely nothing going on in their lives so they ridicule those who have found a way to enjoy and spend their time. 

At the end of the day, you do you, and stuff what anyone else says. 

NB. Not saying the above applies to your parents specifically. Just a generalisation. 

Well, Thats not entirely true, Laying on the couch "relaxing" doesn't pay all that well.

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Good thread. Or not good, because the commercialisation of community sentiment is the sort of thing only bottom-feeding scum would endorse, But heartfelt and sad to hear. I don't like/get pinball myself, but i do like most ppl on here. Watching the same thing happen to CRT's has been disheartening for me, so i sympathise.

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I would think you are not seeing the whole picture, Arcade machines like pins are a snapshot in time in terms of technical advancement and were not built designed to be collected 50 years later, They actually were made just to make money in fast and hard production runs, before the next new thing rendered them all but obsolete.

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33 minutes ago, CandyLand said:

I would think you are not seeing the whole picture, Arcade machines like pins are a snapshot in time in terms of technical advancement and were not built designed to be collected 50 years later, They actually were made just to make money in fast and hard production runs, before the next new thing rendered them all but obsolete.

That is so true. A Bally tech once told me these pinballs are designed to last 5 years. Fortunately that old US technology was designed with repair in mind and not throw away and that is why they are still here.

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About the same as house prices which is a fair old whack, like >10% compound from about 1996

eg could have bought any old inner city dump in Melbourne in 96', like south Melbourne for 180k, now they're about 2m

I remember seeing a TZ in the trading post late 90s for 1500 or so, all day they are 12500 now which is closer to 9%, still a great investment and great fun!

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