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    Posted: 11 Jan 2019 at 6:21pm
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Lardonate Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jan 2019 at 5:54pm
Yup there's got to be tons of old "Game Corners" in far flung places that are still teeming with old machines that they don't know what to do with. I think you would need a local middleman still do deal with storing stuff while you gathered things up to fill a container though, probably not easy for a foreigner to rent storage space/vehicles to move stuff around. 

Makes sense that city locations near ports are the places to get picked clean. Kobe, Osaka and Nagoya would be the next port cities to look at. I wouldn't want to guess at whether there's rich pickings to be had or not. It requires research! I'll have to see what I can find out.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote mysticmonk Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jan 2019 at 3:49pm
Its that disconnect from not being on the ground, so to speak, having to rely on middlemen.

Theres a vague possibility that I could arrange shipment via a car dealer over there, that would save one part of the headache.

I reckon that if these resellers are charging 300, then if you were there yourself and sourced them yourself face to face with actual arcades/closed arcades/old distributors, maybe you could half that? Maybe less, you never know with these things.

Combining the face to face element, along with less problematic shipping...could be well worth it.

Theres also the other part of the equation, that the last place you'll find these things is the likes of Dublin and London (for obvious reasons). So when we think of Japan, it automatically goes to Tokyo. I'd be willing to bet that Tokyo is picked clean. The real bargains are always furthest away from central cities.

Anyway thanks for the link there, all is useful :)
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With regards to cabinet sales there are second hand cab sellers like http://am-sevens.jp/ and probably loads more. Cabs wise they have mostly modern stuff, Only CRT cabs these guys have are New Net City cabs and they're just under £300, bit more for LCD cabs like Lindberghs and double that for a Vewlix.

I'd organise myself a container filled with treats if I had the funds!
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Originally posted by phillv85 phillv85 wrote:

Originally posted by itruk itruk wrote:

Originally posted by Flinnster Flinnster wrote:

Shall I stop?

Naaah..

 



Weren't these bootleg illegal machines? So sent to landfill? iirc..


Yea, that's not Japan, I can't remember the country (China, Indonesia, Malaysia maybe?) but they got rounded up as part of gambling laws.


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"so what did you do in Japan?"

"I spent most the time rummaging in dumps. And it was great! "
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Originally posted by itruk itruk wrote:

Originally posted by Flinnster Flinnster wrote:

Shall I stop?

Naaah..

 



Weren't these bootleg illegal machines? So sent to landfill? iirc..

Yea, that's not Japan, I can't remember the country (China, Indonesia, Malaysia maybe?) but they got rounded up as part of gambling laws.
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I thought it was something to do with gambling in china
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Originally posted by Flinnster Flinnster wrote:

Shall I stop?

Naaah..

 



Weren't these bootleg illegal machines? So sent to landfill? iirc..
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Ugh now I'm depressed
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Edited by Flinnster - 10 Jan 2019 at 11:23pm


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Oh that looks good :) will check it out tomorrow, thanks!
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That's interesting, thanks for sharing.

Just going by what youre saying (especially about small properties/not owning machines personally), it does sound like there is a lot knocking around.

Ideally Id love a few months over there, I bet I could dig up some real goldmines, but much harder to do with only a few weeks. Still, could make some headway.

I don't like the idea, at all, of making contact with some middle man, it automatically would jack the price way up. There has to be a more neutral way of getting stuff done. I'm a firm believer in just knocking on doors (and from what you say about plenty of arcades being around), definitely potential. I'd even be thinking of going into the likes of Capcom itself and just seeing what happens.

My overall impression is that the country is a giant unknown quantity. Its kinda cool in that sense.

Thanks for the impression though, it all helps :)
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