Yeah I was a bit of a collector also, but the market has gone up so much, I couldn’t justify paying the prices now. Heck, I have a Simpsons machine I picked up around 2010 that there’s no way I’d pay the average price for now. I could probably get twice what I paid for it (slight discount with a guy I knew already and had bought from before) without breaking a sweat. Really miss having my MAME cabinet working but it’s just so much easier to run a raspberry pi with an arcade controller, even tho I miss standing up at a cabinet.The prices for video games and pinballs has been going through the roof in the last 5 years due to the increased interest. Pins have been climbing since 2008, but videos have nearly 3x'd in price in just the last 5 years. Used to be the running average was about 200-250 for a random title.. 300+ for the marquee titles... now a dead, nearly empty ms pac cabinet can fetch 450+ and a decent one 800+. It's actually way out of control right now... even MAME cabinets are selling for over 1k.. which is insane.
It's all fueled by the flood of new buyers in the market right now. Used pin prices have basically doubled.. even for junkers.
To Pooh, I’m over in Tampa/St. Pete and the ‘barcade” market is thriving. Even 5 years ago arcades were mainly either Dave and Busters or possibly a relic in a tourist location, but right now they are very much “in”