pinball machine

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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.

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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

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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