Buying and selling during COVID-19

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Buying and selling during COVID-19

Postby steamfitter » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:05 am

I think some people are not taking this seriously , it's a PANDEMIC :FP:

Let's keep everybody safe , and stay home

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Re: Buying and selling during COVID-19

Postby DrDude » Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:08 pm

Above and beyond the concerns of viral spread I think that these are desperate times for some and that everyone has a personal and unique situation. Some have suddenly lost their entire source of income, and maybe don't have the financial resources to even feed their families, so who are we to say that unloading a pinball machine to put bread on the table is not an "essential service" for that family? Don't forget that Canada Post, FedEx and UPS are still delivering packages (some of which will be movies, books, games, and other things you don't really need to survive), so it's not like we've shut down all forms of commerce not related to food and medical supplies. Unless you are living in a glass-free house and are thus justified to throw some stones, I believe that it is not our role as individuals in this wonderful community to police others, who may be just trying to survive.
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Re: Buying and selling during COVID-19

Postby steamfitter » Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:22 pm

Your right people need to survive

The safest way to beat it is not getting it , it's going to get worse before it gets better .
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Re: Buying and selling during COVID-19

Postby Sparky » Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:43 pm

I had to responsibly turn down picking up 2 pins in a week due to everything going on. If seller moves on to someone else, I understand. But I can't jeopardize anyone's health.

Once this blows over? Sure. No problem. But if you purchase a machine, ask for the seller to hold it if possible. And do the same if you are the seller. Best to be responsible.
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Re: Buying and selling during COVID-19

Postby cait001 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:29 pm

Latest details released say the virus can live on plastics and steel for up to 3 days.
So if you're grabbing from someone, have it sit in their garage for 3 days first and then you do all the moving.
Or if something is getting delivered, leave it in your garage for 3 days.

If you are receiving NIB, apparently it only survives up to 24 hours on cardboard, so leave the box in your garage for a day then open.
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Postby steamfitter » Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:01 pm

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Re: Buying and selling during COVID-19

Postby pinhead » Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:24 pm

I sold a couple for necessity, I have no income until Bars open again. I need to pay my rent. The games are still here and money was received by EMT.
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Re: Buying and selling during COVID-19

Postby Fifty » Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:21 pm

pinhead wrote:I sold a couple for necessity, I have no income until Bars open again. I need to pay my rent. The games are still here and money was received by EMT.

Any thoughts on renting games Geoff during this pandemic? Many arcades are doing this.

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Postby steamfitter » Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:21 am

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Re: Buying and selling during COVID-19

Postby steamfitter » Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:07 pm

Mike posted on pinside , i couldn't agree more

The “temporarily closed or worried about having to close my arcade” thread
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We decided to close the Ottawa Pinball Arcade along with our partners the Neighbourhood Pub on March 15th, despite the fact that we were prepared for an amazing week during March Break with an unlimited play event every day for the kids, and had just rented and fully renovated the adjoining unit to expand the Arcade and move our Pinball Medics store to the new shop area for game sales, parts sales, and repairs from a storefront retail location, something this city has never seen, and my lifelong dream. We had just finished moving in and things were going better than we could have ever hoped. Even if we had not chosen to close however, on March 17th all restaurants and bars were ordered closed, and this week all non-essential businesses were ordered shut.

Despite all this being a huge drag, and financially beyond brutal for myself personally, for my customers (which will blow back on me), and for the Governments of the World (which will blow back on us all), My mind is occupied thinking about my elderly parents, who I can not visit, stuck in their house alone, and what would happen to them if they got sick, hurt themselves, or for any reason required any sort of medical attention. And as has been mentioned earlier, it's not just old people at risk. If any of my children need medical attention, they will be in the cue with the masses, with a medical system that has a 5 + hour wait on a good day, when they have healthy staff working their normal hours and PPE to go around, and an ICU available God forbid it be required.

Yes, it will be tight, and I'm not sure how I will weather this storm for what sounds like at least 2-3 months if things go well and everyone does their part. Many businesses will not survive this. In fact many will personally not survive this financially intact, whether employer or employee. Entire economies are being devastated. And any investments that may have been cashed in to bridge the chasm have been devalued beyond logically selling at this point. But I keep hearing what my Dad has told me since I was a money hungry kid and throughout my career. Money is worth nothing if you don't have your health. And the reality is, there are not that many who can afford a personal wing of ICU's equipped with ventilators with attendant Doctors and Nurses for their entire family and everyone they love. I am imagining most hospitals in the middle of this resemble a field hospital on the front lines while the Blitzkrieg raged and the bodies stank than any scene from Grey's Anatomy. All the money in the world will do you no good. The stories and numbers of deaths in Italy combined with the scenes from NYC with the reefer units chilling tents to keep the bodies cool and the sound clips of the ER staff describing the scene are burned into my psyche. And that show is on the road and coming to town near you if we don't get a handle on this.

I truly feel terrible for all who are suffering financially (myself included), but feel much worse for those watching their loved ones die because they just don't have the resources to save them. And while I would not categorize this as "short term" pain (it is in fact somewhat long term feeling to me from what I predict), but it's better than the permanent pain this will inflict if we don't get on top of this as soon as possible.

All the efforts being discussed to help keep these arcades going are great, it really would be a horrible loss for these locations that have been popping up all over North America, allowing us to play Pinball in the wild like when we were young and got into this "hobby" before it was a hobby in the first place, and as with any crisis that restricts the way we live, work, and play, new opportunities will present, and we will adjust.

I for one hope all I stand to lose is my business. And if I do, I'll build it again, in the company of everyone I love.
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Re: Buying and selling during COVID-19

Postby Blackghost4 » Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:49 am

Very well said Mike. Hopefully we will all recover from this and will be able to play Pinball as a group again.
Everybody stay safe and hope we can get together soon.
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Re: Buying and selling during COVID-19

Postby steamfitter » Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:48 am

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Re: Buying and selling during COVID-19

Postby pinballjah » Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:53 am

I have three games pending pick-up. I have offered to pre-wrap the games and they can be picked up in my garage. For the payment, likely do EMT with a large prepayment and final payment on pick-up. I think most people are fine not being able to test the games in person given everything going on. That way there is no physical contact on the exchange.

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Re: Buying and selling during COVID-19

Postby eh97ac » Sun Mar 29, 2020 12:05 pm

pinballjah wrote:I have three games pending pick-up. I have offered to pre-wrap the games and they can be picked up in my garage. For the payment, likely do EMT with a large prepayment and final payment on pick-up. I think most people are fine not being able to test the games in person given everything going on. That way there is no physical contact on the exchange.


Except for the game itself.

At this point, everyone should consider everyone else as infected.

"Shelter in place" should be a lifestyle not an afterthought.

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Re: Buying and selling during COVID-19

Postby pinhead » Sun Mar 29, 2020 2:39 pm

eh97ac wrote:
pinballjah wrote:I have three games pending pick-up. I have offered to pre-wrap the games and they can be picked up in my garage. For the payment, likely do EMT with a large prepayment and final payment on pick-up. I think most people are fine not being able to test the games in person given everything going on. That way there is no physical contact on the exchange.


Except for the game itself.

At this point, everyone should consider everyone else as infected.

"Shelter in place" should be a lifestyle not an afterthought.



I agree with eh97ac 100%

Any sales I have done recently were paid by EMT and the games are sitting here until it is safe for everyone to go out again.

Rentals are out of the question for the safety of everyone.

I just wish people would take this pandemic seriously, I actually hope they put us in lockdown and enforce it. It would for the best thing for all of us at this time.
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Re: Buying and selling during COVID-19

Postby semicolin » Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:48 pm

As a worker in the construction industry I'm terrified of what's happening. Never before in my life have I been considered anything more than an afterthought, and now that we've been declared essential it's done nothing but reinforce how much of an afterthought we are.



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