Originally Posted by Pigpen
I would love to a pinball machine. but just can't bring myself to dropping over 1000 dollars. Are they incredibly hard to work on? If not, does anyone know anywhere in the Southeast that sells them cheap?
What type of pin where you looking to buy? Most of the ones made in the late 80's and newer will cost over $1,000. Some over 3k if it's a popular title.
To avoid shipping fees, try not to buy on eBay. Plus, you can't really see what you are getting. Go to Mr. Pinball on the Internet and see what is for sale in your area. You can do a search by machine or state to see what others have for sale.
Depending on the title and your experience with electronic, they can be very hard to maintain. The difficulty also varies by title. Even changing some burnt out bulbs can be a pain.
If you have issues with a pin, you can always pay someone to fix it for 50-100 per hour plus travel time. Or, you can learn to fix them your self with the help of other collectors in your area.
I'm only at the light bulb/switch problem ability right now, as I'm just a beginner. First pin was about four months ago. Once you buy one, you won't be able to stop until you have either no more money, or no more space. I've hit both of those limits.
Well, I can maybe get one more.