Sometimes getting parts can be frustrating and time consuming. Is there a source for the best parts and service with the best prices? Or does it depend upon what type of parts you need? I decided to do a short study on parts and prices. These prices cover a span of several months or longer as I put together this article, but the pricing and availability for any specific part were all checked on the exact same day.
NOTE: These results have been tabulated over a long period of time. I first started comparing prices more than a year ago, and realized how tedious it was, and I created a draft and didn’t finish. But every once in awhile when I’m looking for a part, I research it and post the details here. So these prices may not reflect current prices but they do reflect prices offered at the same time from various suppliers over a period of a year or more. (On newer comparisons I will list the date I looked things up)
The results are quite interesting. In some cases we found price differences on the same part by more than 250%! It pays to shop around.
Comparing online pinball suppliers: 5647-12133-12 Microswitch - A common switch used in outholes/troughs (8/7/2013) - This was the result of looking for a trough switch assembly A-10417 which was not found anywhere - this switch would be part of it I believe. Pinball Life 3.25 Mad Amusements 3.25 Marco Specialties 5.95 Competitive products N/A Planetary Pinball nothing - their microswitch page was completely empty Bay Area Amusements N/A (had some other switches but not this one and no info on comparables) 1" White rubber ring: PinballLife: 0.27 (10+ .243) Mad Amusements 0.29 (5+ .27) Bay Area Amusements 0.29 (no qty discount) Competitive products 0.41 (100+ .38) Marcos: 0.49 (10+ .45) 555 incandescent bulbs (clear 1 box of 10) (6/29/13) Marcos: 3.00 (qty 1), (10+ $1.50) eBay: (10+ $1.25 - $1.50 some with free shipping) Bay Area Amusements 3.00 (no qty discount) PinballLife N/A (closed) Competitive Products 1.50 (sold individually @ 0.15 ea) Game-specific Parts: Bally Black Rose back ball trough (Part #A-14825) 6/26/13 Marco 79.95 Bay Area Amusements 69.00 (out of stock) Pinball Life N/A (entire store closed until 7/6/13 for vacation) Mad Amusements N/A Bally Black Rose Cannon Body (Part #03-8566) (date not noted) Bay Area Amusements 69.00 (door for $12, no decal, actually upon contacting them, they had the decal out of stock $25 but not listed under parts for the game) Marcos: $89.00 (door for $19, no decal) Mad Amusements N/A PinballLife N/A Planetary Pinball N/A (door for $19, decal for $25 out of stock) Simpsons Pinball Party Couch Weld Fix (Part #535-9307-00 on 3/28/12) PinballLife $14.95 Bay Area Amusements 46.00 Marcos: 46.40 Mad Amusements N/A Planetary Pinball N/A (doesn't appear to sell Stern parts) Red & Ted's Road Show plunger link assembly, used for slingshots - common on many B/W games (#A-15847 9/9/12) Competitive Products $2.25 Planetary Pinball 2.75 Bay Area Amusements 3.00 Marcos: 3.99 Planetary Pinball N/A Mad Amusements N/A Attack from Mars - slingshot/kicker leaf switch - the assembly was unavailable but the individual switch could be found. (#SW-1a-420 9/4/13) Pinball Life has the entire assembly with the bracket for $6.95. Marcos did not. Marcos 4.50 Pinball Life 2.75 Bay Area Amusements 2.75
Great info, thanks for sharing!
I try to order as much as possible from pinalllife.com, they tend to have the best pricing.
Though more expensive overall, Marco does have some hard to find stuff and they have good deals at the pinball shows they attend.