How do I sell a pinball machine?
April 24, 2012 11:15 AM Subscribe
What are the best online resources for selling a pinball machine?
posted by Bromius to Work & Money (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Back in the 70s, my parents lived in Belgium and enjoyed a particular pinball game so much that they bought it and had the machine shipped back to the States with them. Now, 35 years later, they're looking to get rid of it and make a little more room in their apartment.
I've done some googling and it seems that, despite its foreign provenance, the game is not particularly rare or unusual (although I can't be 100% certain). It's still in working condition. I, an untrained eye, would rank the condition of the unit itself as somewhere in the "Very Good" range; it hasn't experienced a huge amount of external wear but some of the internal parts (e.g. the elastic around the bumpers) could stand to be replaced.
I suppose I have two central questions:
1) Is there a reference book (or website) where I could get some idea of the relative value of the machine? If I have to name a price, I'd want to know what a fair price would be.
2) Where should I look to sell the machine? Is there a specialty site/forum I should visit? Is eBay/Craigslist the best option? Is there a brick-and-mortar depot I should visit instead? If it makes a difference, the machine is currently in New York City.