hey has anyone tried an idea like putting a pinball machine or other similar revenue-generator on property for sale? Does it work?
I put a gumball machine in a house to stage it... Made an extra $.75!
The house sat on the market for 6 months before I decided to keep it as a rental but I am not attributing that tenant to the gumball machine
Are you thinking that people coming to view the property would throw in a couple quarters?
How many people view a house for sale/rent?
If every single person stopped to play 5 games would you cover the cost of transporting the machine there and back?
I think something like a pool table in a finished basement might be attractive for the husband who would love a man cave.
If you have a pinball machine why don't you offer to sell it to me? I'm a very big pinball fan.
I had 4, sold 2, kept the 2 I love. I wouldn't leave something like a pinball machine. Too many moving parts and you might be there fixing it quite a bit. Plus depending on the year it's a very big safety hazard. Until 1991 I believe, you could open the coin door and kill yourself if you touched something. They finally changed the coin door design to have a button that disengages when it opens, shutting off the high level of current flow to the playfield as a safety feature.
PM me about your pinball machine. Sorry to hijack the thread :). I have a Terminator 2 and a Demolition Man. I had a Tales from the Crypt and a Judge Dredd but sold them a few years ago.
I own Williams Triple Strike - great condition. I have had it since 1978
Originally posted by @David Roberts :
Until 1991 I believe, you could open the coin door and kill yourself if you touched something. They finally changed the coin door design to have a button that disengages when it opens, shutting off the high level of current flow to the playfield as a safety feature.
What current flow? ;-) My friend's father had pinball machine in the basement when we were kids - it came from his fathers drugstore back in the 1930s - no electricity or flippers.
lol. That's way before my time. I like a couple machines from the 80s but mainly 90s and present with the dot matrix displays.
Never got into the electromagnetic ones, or the earlier ones lol
Funny. This is a stretch - even for me.
Back when I was in the restaurant business we had a few machines. You can either buy them outright and place upfront or there are rental companies that rent you the machines for so much per month or a split of what the machines take is.
We had split pac/man and galaxy all in one.
Brought in a few hundred a month.
The arcades are one thing, the pinball machines are another. If anyone ever enjoyed playing pinball at a bowling alley or pizza joint, you'd remember that there were always issues. Broken plastics, the ball getting jammed somewhere, flippers not lined up right, etc. Pinball machines require a lot of care. If they are getting played and beat on, they require attention. Arcades would be better.
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