"Hey I found this pinball machine on Craigslist. It looks like a great deal! Should I buy it?"
About 9 months ago, I talked to this guy about 100 miles away that had a Star Wars Trilogy Pinball. I never saw the machine but had his description and a third party account of the condition.
Last month, perusing Craigslist, I found the machine available for sale. The price listed was considerably less than my last offer, it was for sale by the same guy. I called and he didn't recognize me at first. His situation had changed, and he was hard up for the cash to pay some unexpected bills. Hey, we've all been there.
"Man, this machine is wrapped up in plastic, that's how it has been for 2 years but let me tell you it is Not Junk! All it needs is a $2 part and you are off to the races."
So the moral of the story is.. Be sure to be able to test drive a pinball before buying it. B/c that $2 part the guy mentions it needs, may just be a load o' crap.