If you're looking to get an old arcade game for your house, it's hard to know where to start looking. There is no consistent demand across the population for old arcade games, so the means to find them seem hidden. But getting hold of a used arcade game will lead to hours of fun, and provide a talking point with new visitors to your house for years to come. Finding used arcade equipment is actually easy to do, bringing you one step closer to anything from pinball to Pac-Man.
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Search online. There are many websites that sell used arcade games. You could visit BMI Gaming, Vintage Arcade, Money Machines, or many others (see Resources). If you are looking for a specific machine, you can search many competing sites to find which carry your machine. If you're just looking for parts for a machine, you could visit websites such as Jamma Boards, Arcade Shop Amusements and Quarter Arcade, who deal in specific parts from machines (see Resources).
Use auction websites. They are a great source for used equipment of all types, and arcade games or parts are no different. The only issue with auction websites is that they rely on the sellers themselves, and although there are usually feedback scores on these websites, you cannot be certain that you're getting what you asked for. Any errors or omissions in the item description, for example, may lead to you getting something you don't want. Usually, you can judge if a seller is trustworthy, but be careful.
Search local public advertisements. Although searching through want-ads may not turn up an arcade machine or parts all of the time, there is a chance you can hit on a good purchase in this way. Spending your money online is tempting because it is so easy, but the old fashioned method of listing items for sale locally can often turn up better deals.
Go to a local amusement arcade. If you are looking for specific parts for a machine and have a general understanding of how arcade machines are put together, you may be able to salvage parts from an old machine. Amusement arcades have to deal with broken machines frequently, and if you're lucky, you may be able to grab something useful from a machine that is going to be scrapped.
Ask about the monitor when buying a used machine. According to Arcade Equipment, the monitor is the most likely cause of problems or failures with machines, and when buying a used machine. Ideally, it will have been previously replaced, but if not, you can invest in a capacitor kit to get a bit more life out of the old one.
Tips and warnings
- Only tinker with the machine's internals if you know what you're doing. Don't hesitate to seek professional help if you don't!
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