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Used Table Worth It?
« on: May 29, 2022, 07:32:14 PM »
This Tornado coin-op table is being sold for $800.

Appreciate your thoughts if it is a good deal.

https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-R5Hp6B/

Re: Used Table Worth It?
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2022, 10:08:24 PM »
I think that is way too much for a 30+ year old table.  The parts are up-gradable to newest versions but that is expensive probably $250 ish  ?    I think $400 would be high side though if you paid a premium of $500 for immediate gratification that's not the end of the world. At $800 you can get a decades newer table that has current style men/parts but you may have to wait until one pops up.

Nothing to alarming in pics but you would need to inspect table thoroughly for any structural issues with cabinet, I would wonder about glue for sidewalls and laminate.  I have seen tables where adhesive has dried out causing walls to be "dead"  i.e. not much bounce. They can certainly last if not abused or stored in poor conditions.

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Re: Used Table Worth It?
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2022, 09:39:57 PM »
Looks to be in decent shape and has no apparent warping or blowout near goal mouths. I wouldn't pay $800 personally but prices have gone up a bunch in the last year or 2 so it's probably not too far off market price. Prices are also dependent on area (SE and Texas tend to be cheaper) If you can get it for $500 it's a great deal. Closer to $800 may not be a horrible deal depending on location and how bad you want a table. Once you start getting near that $1k price, you can get a much newer coin-op so for that reason alone, it's about the ceiling for that kind of table. I usually just shoot the seller a message and tell them "if you drop the price to ~$600, let me know as I'm interested". About 1/2 the time, they send me a message a few days later and say I can do $600. Then I go take a look at it, assuming they are close, and if it's pristine, I'll pay asking price. If not, I pull up the cost of parts and let them look at it. I usually can get another hundred bucks or so knocked off the price. That's how I've bought most of my used tables over the last 15-20 years.