Things to Consider when Buying Vintage Pinball Machines

by Randy Sorrentino |

Looking to buy vintage pinball machines? It is hard to find vintage paintball machines in mint condition with all of their original parts intact and still working flawlessly and if you are new to collecting vintage pinball machines, it may be hard for you to determine which brands are authentic vintage pinball machines you plan to purchase. Here are some things to consider when buying vintage pinball machines:

1. The well-known major manufacturers of vintage pinball machines are Gottlieb, Williams, Stern, Bally, and Chicago Coin, just to name a few. The more reputable the maker is, the more valuable the vintage pinball machines are.

2. Being antiques, expect them to be pricey. Brand new pinball machines would usually cost around $5,000. Used pinball machines with high end restorations are the priciest with prices ranging from $9,000 to $18,000, some special edition vintage pinball machines even more. So, when looking for vintage pinball machines, if the price goes way below $9,000, it is okay to be skeptical.

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3. When buying a pinball machine, it is best to find out more details about it like if it is new or pre-owned, its mechanical and cosmetic condition, its machine popularity and rarity and its game rules and complexity of the game play. Buying online is okay and safe, but if you buy from a physical store, you will be able to check for cosmetic damages and other flaws. There is more information that you can gather regarding vintage pinball machines, such as pinball machine repair services, shipping and delivery, warranty, returns and refund policies.

4. As much as possible, buy vintage pinball machines that do not have too many damages. You might think vintage pinball machines that cost less than a grand area a steal, but you might be stricken down with repair fees later on that you’ll end paying as much as you would for brand new pinball machines.

You can look at photos of new and used vintage pinball machines online to compare them and find the price range for each model. Researching more about vintage pinball models is the key to purchasing and excellent quality product. Now is the time to buy classic arcade game machines, as prices will only increase in the near future. Add vintage pinball machines to your arcade game collection and impress and entertain your family and friends!


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