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Great Craigslist deal on a Ms. Pac-man with vibrant pink sideart!

I hear a lot on the klov forums of different collectors who have awesome luck picking up some nice arcade machines off of Craigslist for great deals. The closest I have come to that myself, in this area, is an individual who was giving away a complete Gottleib Q-bert in Anderson, IN two or three months back. The key about Craigslist is, you have to monitor it all the time. It is a time consuming thing, and not something that fits into my daily schedule. If I sit down in front of the laptop, I will bring up my RSS feed reader with all of my saved arcade related searches. But if you aren’t sitting in front of a computer the instant that new arcade deal post hits the web, and are caller number 2, you don’t get the deal.

Well, last week Friday, I got lucky. At lunch I was lucky enough to see this posting on Craigslist for Michigan actually (arcade machines in Indianapolis seem hard to come by at jaw dropping deals);

For sale 3 arcade games for parts. Pac Man, Ms. Pac Man & Centipede. $100.00 each. Call (Number removed) for more information.

I thought I would call, that was an excellent price for those machines. The first thing that popped into my head was that this was an individual who wasn’t sure on the value of the machines. It just so happened, I was the first caller! I asked if they had some photos, and she said they did and she’d try to send them to me by the end of the day. That is usually a bad sign for me, because I was so far away in Indianapolis, if another person offered to come get the coin-op games that day sight un-seen, there was nothing I could do.

But luckily, in 5 minutes I had some files in my email. I say files, because they were a Microsoft specific file format type, and not anything I could view. After a chain of calls and emails, I was able to help the owner get the photos changed to .jpgs and sent to me.

Initial Photo of the Ms. Pac-man

I was blown away, and I told them this on the phone. The Ms. Pac-man had a lustrous pink left in the one side of the sideart I could see. I only had one photo to go from, but I had to assume that the sideart on both sides were close in color. I started to get really excited. But what ensued was quite a struggle.

I was the first caller by about 15 minutes, and then the calls just came streaming in. A collector posted on Klov about the machines and then all of the great arcade collecting community in Michigan on the west side was abuzz. Here I sat, down in Indy, with my hands tied a little bit. I knew I was possibly only interested in the Ms. Pac-man, and not the other machines. Gone are the days for me when I was to mess around with reselling arcade games for between a hundred and two hundred dollars. If I resell an arcade game, I want $300 plus to make it worth my while. The other frustrating aspect was, a lot of these collectors who are local, can make a little more money off reselling these arcade games, and that is what they intended to do. I wanted this Ms. Pac-man for my personal collection, having looked for one of this quality for two years at an affordable price, and I didn’t want it to slip through my hands.

After talking with the seller some, it sounded like they only wanted to sell them as a lot. Understandable. At the time they didn’t know about the forum post, and thought that if they did a piece meal with the games, they would be stuck with one, two, or all of them in the end. Not to mention all of the time dealing with a bunch of different individuals and their schedules.

So, I had first priority, but the second person who called said they would come up, by Saturday, and get the games sight unseen, or that is what I was told. I now had a number of things working against me, availability, location, transportation, and time.

I was honest through the deal, and kept the owner’s best interests in mind, knowing that if this was meant to happen, it would. I won’t go into detail, but we worked out a deal. I think in the end, I communicated really well on this deal except for one minor piece. I got what I wanted, the Ms. Pac-man, so that was all that mattered, but the ex-owner is getting a really great deal from me.

Here are the photos I got tonight, and more to come later. First off, I wanted to post photos of my current machine to show the drastic contrast!

Old Ms. Pac-man Photo 1Old Ms. Pac-man Photo 2Old Ms. Pac-man CPO Photo 3New Ms. Pac-man Photo 1New Ms. Pac-man Photo 2New Ms. Pac-man Photo 3New Ms. Pac-man Photo 4New Ms. Pac-man Photo 5New Ms. Pac-man Photo 6New Ms. Pac-man Photo 7New Ms. Pac-man Photo 8New Ms. Pac-man Photo 9New Ms. Pac-man Photo 10New Ms. Pac-man Photo 11New Ms. Pac-man Photo 12New Ms. Pac-man Photo 13New Ms. Pac-man Photo 14New Ms. Pac-man Photo 15New Ms. Pac-man Photo 16New Ms. Pac-man Photo 17

~Update 12/22/07 I got to see the Ms. Pac-man in person for the first time today. The Ms. Pac-man marquee has vibrant color with little scratches only on the black portions covered by the marquee brackets. The marquee was secured by non tamper torx screws, which I found odd. I’ll probably replace those.

The Ms. Pac-man glass bezel has just a tiny bit of flaking on the left side and the biggest surprise was the amount of flaking in the sideart. I can just brush off parts of the sideart with my finger if I wanted. The Ms. Pac game is dirty, so I will need to scrub it down, but I am not sure how to do that without taking off some of the sideart. Preserving the artwork will require some research.

I got to the back door through the marquee, checked the connections, powered Ms. Pac-man up, and surprise! It’s a working game! I got a working Ms. Pac-man with great pink sideart for $100. Thanks Craigslist. Hopefully it keeps working after transport.

I need some tips on cleaning the game. Can anyone give me any without ruining the sideart? I have heard of giving arcade games a clear coat to make the sideart shine and protect it, but I don’t want to put that over the dirt. Can anyone help me?

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Congrats! It looks like it’s in great shape. Craigslist is great for games. 🙂 $300 bucks for all 3 of those is a great deal. Glad you were able to beat them to it. Are you picking up Ms. Pac-Man or do you have to have it shipped? That and Galaga are 2 games that I will probably never get as dedicated machines. My wife got me a Ms.Pac/Galaga 20th reunion game for Christmas, which was my first game. However, if I saw a Ms. Pac for $100 I would probably have to get it to fix and sell. I can’t pass up deals like that.

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The deal I made was so that I would only have to buy the Ms. Pac-man, and they could sell the other ones together. They didn’t want to mess with two buyers, so I had to give them something in return.

I will have it brought to me hopefully. I think my father in law will be able to at some point if I pay him for gas to get it here.

I think a lot of collectors think like you do, a Ms. Pac-man for $100 bucks, let’s get it and flip it. But you don’t find them with original artwork looking like this often, and I feel it is more than right a collector who will appreciate it ended up with it rather than some Joe Blow, who will buy it for a little bit more money and be bored with it in a year.

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I’ve got it bad. I’m addicted to this to the point that if I could, I’d buy every game I saw that I didn’t already have, provided it was a decent game. Unfortunately, my bank account doesn’t allow me to do that. At least not yet! Room is also an issue as always. Someone posted a complete project Galaxian in my area for $75 and I had to pass on it. I have too much Christmas shopping for OTHER PEOPLE to do. 🙂

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looking for a ms. pac-man cocktail table reasonablely priced. the least expensive one I have found was for $750.00.

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Cecil – Stay focused. It is possible to find a Ms. Pac-man cocktail for $500 or less, if you are looking for the cocktail to be original and only play Ms. Pac-man. Craigslist is a given, but you have to hound that – the great deals for $50-$100 will disappear in less than 5 minutes.

Where are you located? Proximity to a large market will dictate how often games comes available…

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