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Question: "Why is my game listed for more on ebay or sites like pinballcompany.com? You are offering me $7500 for my Addams Family while ebay and other sites are selling for $10,000-$12,000?"


Answer: Unfortunately, the answer isn't straightforward. To begin, companies that are selling games online and via ebay are typically retail operations. If they are selling a game for $10,000, assume they marked it up 100%. Why would they markup 100% - simple, they are out to make a profit. In order to make a profit, they need to sell games that are reliable otherwise, they will get technical service requests. In order to assure reliability, these games are refurbished. This process involves a deep cleaning of the machine, upgrades to electronics, new LED lighting, new rubber components and anything else which makes the game more reliable. This costs money. What costs the most is time. The time to refurbish a game is generally 20-30 hours. This cost is added into the price of the machine. Further, these companies also need to make a profit, cover overhead, employees, insurance, etc. Many offer free shipping ($600-$1000) and provide warranty support. As you know, nothing in life is free. So unless you are going to refurbish a game, upgrade it, ship it and warranty it, then we cannot offer you the same price as pinballcompanystore.com



What I like to tell sellers is that selling a pinball is like selling a car. There is a retail price (all shined up and serviced by the dealer), a private party price, and a trade-in price. I think you know what these are so I won't elaborate. However, what we try to pay is somewhere between trade-in and private party price.


Not all pinball machines are the same. Yes, I know you see a Twilight Zone on ebay for $9500 yet pinballvalue is only offering me $7000. Why? Well, the Twilight Zone on ebay has a color display ($450), LED lighting ($300), various modifications ($100 - $1000). The machine also has a full color cabinet while yours is faded from the sun. These factors all influence value.


What we try to do is provide a price and support it with a reason. If we are offering less, we will tell you why.


I hope this helps explain the evaluation of pinball machines and our process. We look forward to hearing from you. To sell your game, please visit pinballvalue.com. You can also call 610-615-1110.



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  • JC

Thank you to the crew of Pinballvalue. I was looking to sell my Stern Sopranos and these guys made it easy. Ron offered a fair price for the machine. He was professional and move the machine with care. I would definitely recommend them. Thanks again, one less things I have to move to Florida! Pete, Vineland NJ

(Jan. 2023) I just wanted to send a note and say thank you for the easy pinball transaction. You really made it easy to get this game out of my basement. Your price was fair and the process was great. I was concerned with putting this on Craigslist because of all the crazies out there. You guys made me feel comfortable. Thanks again. Jane, Bel Air Md.

(Feb. 2021) Great meeting you guys. Bob was easy to deal with and made the transaction smooth. He brought all the tools and equipment to take this heavy games out. Made it much easier to sell this place with those games gone. Enjoy them. Mary, Belmar NJ.

Mar. 2022 Thanks for the smooth transaction. I appreciate you organizing the shipping and paying via paypal. Super easy. Dan, Denver Co.

May 2022 Thanks again for buying my non-working addams family pinball. This is just one less thing we need to worry about when we move to Florida.

July 2021. Super easy process. Submitted the email, heard back, sold it in 48 hours.


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  • JC

Lots of "newness" this coming year. Pinball Machine prices continue to keep pace with inflation. However, one thing we have noticed is that higher value pinball machine game sales are starting to slow. Pinball machines with values over $8000 are taking longer to sell. I can only speculate that people are a bit apprehensive about the current economic climate and holding onto their money longer. That being said, they are being sold its just taking longer.


Lots of new games over the past year: Jersey Jack Pinball: Toy Story 4 (Pricing $9000-$15000); Stern Pinball James Bond, Spooky Pinball Skooby Doo. If you are looking for a new game, please reach out. We can put in you touch with authorized distributors!


Thanks for reading, please reach out with any questions about your pinball machine!

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