How to Buy an Antique Slot Machine and Not Get Burnt


When buying antiques it is easy to make a bad investment if you are not an expert. This is especially true when buying an antique slot machine. It is easy to get caught up in the moment at a yard sale, an auction or an antique shop. You see an old slot machine and you just have to have it for your “man cave”. If you are not careful you will be buying a major headache. Here are some tips that you must follow if you want to protect your hard-earned money.

First, if at all possible, consult an expert and educate yourself. There are several good and reputable sites on the internet that sell antique slot machines. These sites have videos slot that will show you what to look for when buying a machine. They will also tell you exactly what to avoid.

Second, decide between a genuine antique or a re-manufactured machine. A re-manufactured machine might be best for you if you are buying a machine that you want to actually play and not have as just a showpiece or investment machine. A “re-manufactured” machine is a machine that looks like a brand new machine. In most cases the outside castings and the wood are all brand-new. The mechanical parts of the machine are from an original machine but have been completely re-worked. The advantage of these machines is that they look beautiful and they are able to be played daily where a real antique machine would be too fragile to be played too much. The disadvantage is that the re-manufactured machines will not appreciate in value like an antique machine. In many cases a re-manufactured machine is a much better choice for you.