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Anonymous
September 9, 2005 12:28:33 PM

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Still searching for my first group of pins. The Chicago Expo is coming
up soon and I was wondering if that (or other Expos) is a good place to
buy quality pins at "reasonable" prices.
Anonymous
September 9, 2005 12:33:12 PM

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hrmm, I would say no. Good place for parts though.

The prices are usualy inflated a bit for the impulse buyer.

-c
Anonymous
September 9, 2005 1:05:27 PM

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yes, expo is a good place, some stuff is too high, some is just right.
pends who is selling (same for parts). i know a couple guys who bring
several machines each and their prices are very reasonable.
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Anonymous
September 9, 2005 1:48:19 PM

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i'm happy-talky-talking tina, here's your extra ball wrote:
> yes, expo is a good place, some stuff is too high, some is just right.
> pends who is selling (same for parts). i know a couple guys who bring
> several machines each and their prices are very reasonable.

I would agree. Last year I noted several things with regard to pin
prices at Expo. First of all, there was a seller with what amounted to
unshopped pins straight off of a container, some good deals were to be
found there, but you had to know what you were looking at because they
were not converted to 110V. There was Keller's booth with the
exceptional condition refurbished games aimed at the retail or high end
collector market. I also saw several sellers with medium condition
games at all price levels, also a number of EMs were available at
decent prices.

For me, the best situation for a buyer is if a player/collector has
brought up a game that they have spent countless hours restoring and
have finally decided to sell. You get the benefit of all that work and
fine tuning, a chance to do some real playtesting, plus you can pick it
up so you avoid the shipping costs. Pricing will be higher on these
games, but it is arguably worth it. I know if Duncan ever decides to
sell his Star Gazer I will butt in line to get a chance at it:) 

I can tell you that last year I received offers on 6 of the 8 games I
brought, and those games were not even for sale! I received four
offers on Shadow alone, another guy kept bugging me about SnS for two
days, and these games all had "not for sale" signs on the backglass.
Same thing happened the year before when I brought I500 and SC. If you
have a game in decent shape, you can certainly sell it at Expo.

Brian Bannon
Anonymous
September 9, 2005 3:06:17 PM

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Not at all. Many pins that are brought to sell are
often less than stellar examples. It _is_a good place
to find that elusive game to complete a collection. (Of
course that applies to mostly older pins).

If you're looking for nice, you'd better "call ahead".

Great place to pick up parts, though!

Fred
TX
CARGPB#8
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pinballmick wrote:
> Still searching for my first group of pins. The Chicago Expo is coming
> up soon and I was wondering if that (or other Expos) is a good place to
> buy quality pins at "reasonable" prices.
Anonymous
September 9, 2005 4:08:21 PM

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EXPO I believe offers games for all budgets and Wants!! You NEVER
know what will show up UNLESS you come!! No OTHER show offers so
much variety!! TOUR, Seminars,tournament,PARTS PARTS PARTS ,GAmes
and more games PEOPLE..you WILL NEver anywhere find more pinball
industry people under one roof!!!
Anonymous
September 9, 2005 4:15:03 PM

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You should be able to find anything from firewood to
meticulously-restored machines there, with prices just as widely
varying. I hauled up a fully shopped Demoman up there last year and
had to let it go for only $1100 since I had to leave early, and there
were plenty of cheap projects around to go with the fully shopped
games. Bring money and see what shows up.


pinballmick wrote:
> Still searching for my first group of pins. The Chicago Expo is coming
> up soon and I was wondering if that (or other Expos) is a good place to
> buy quality pins at "reasonable" prices.
Anonymous
September 9, 2005 4:52:40 PM

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mikepin wrote:
> EXPO I believe offers games for all budgets and Wants!! You NEVER
> know what will show up UNLESS you come!! No OTHER show offers so
> much variety!! TOUR, Seminars,tournament,PARTS PARTS PARTS ,GAmes
> and more games PEOPLE..you WILL NEver anywhere find more pinball
> industry people under one roof!!!

You forgot to say:

"expo sales pitch over..."

the question is valid- "do I bring a fist full of cash or is it a waste
of time?" I have seen a few deals (nice black hole and HH for decent $)
and a LOT of high priced games. Prices tend to fall by the end of the
show, but so do the games. I never go to expo hoping to find a deal,
but I do keep an eye out for one.

Kirb
Anonymous
September 9, 2005 6:03:15 PM

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The guy with the container pins had the best deals. Some of the games
would turn out pretty nice with a lot of elbow grease. Bring a fist
full of cash for that.

Still at the end of the show there was a beat to all hell T2 there non
converted for $900. I dont know if i would say that was a good value.

your DM was a great deal for the money. RazerX's earthshaker was pretty
decent too.

Most prices i see on games just make me shake my head....maybe i should
get over my anti haggling stance ;) 

-c
Anonymous
September 9, 2005 6:10:32 PM

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> Still searching for my first group of pins. The Chicago Expo is coming
> up soon and I was wondering if that (or other Expos) is a good place to
> buy quality pins at "reasonable" prices.

I bought a pin that was at Expo last year. Granted I didn't buy it right
from the EXPO floor, but I ended up with it two weeks later for less than
was listed on the backglass...

...EARTHSHAAAAAAAAAAAAAKER!!!! :-)

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Anonymous
September 9, 2005 7:16:37 PM

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every year for the last decade+ i go to expo with a fist-full of cash
and every year i spend it all. be it parts, pictures, posters, machines
(of all conditions), or anything else pinball i just never seem to have
enough loot to buy everything that comes my way.

gas for the way home you say? credit card baby! ;-)

Pinlicious ( ...there is no spoon.)
Anonymous
September 10, 2005 2:17:30 AM

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There were some good deals at the Texas Pinball Expo last year.
If a I may Post a Shameless Plug....It's a Nice show and was a BLAST!!
Anonymous
September 10, 2005 6:57:48 AM

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yes and no. Yes if you know what you are doing (and what to look for) and
if you get to play the game prior to buying.
in general no if otherwise. If it's in auction format they tend to sell on
the high side.

Dallas...

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"pinballmick" <michaelpug@comcast.net> wrote in message
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> Still searching for my first group of pins. The Chicago Expo is coming
> up soon and I was wondering if that (or other Expos) is a good place to
> buy quality pins at "reasonable" prices.
>
September 10, 2005 8:39:35 AM

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Where can I find out information about the Chicago Expo?
Anonymous
September 10, 2005 4:31:08 PM

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http://www.pinballexpo.net/ LTG :) 

"EJH" <ejh33ny@aol.com> wrote in message
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> Where can I find out information about the Chicago Expo?
>
Anonymous
September 10, 2005 4:52:42 PM

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http://www.pinballnews.com/ Also Check out Martin's Pinball News site. Diary
section has upcoming shows. And the site is loaded with lots of good things
including write ups from previous shows. LTG :) 

"Lloyd Olson" <ltg@ssbilliards.com> wrote in message
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> http://www.pinballexpo.net/ LTG :) 
>
> "EJH" <ejh33ny@aol.com> wrote in message
> news:1126352375.788585.60340@f14g2000cwb.googlegroups.com...
> > Where can I find out information about the Chicago Expo?
> >
>
>
Anonymous
September 13, 2005 2:09:01 PM

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Awww....same can be said about the Texas Pinball Festival ....just a
mere six weeks away :-)

Sorry couldn't resist

Craig


2005 Texas Pinball Festival
October 28th-30th, 2005
Irving, Texas
www.texaspinball.com


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