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    Any recommendations of distributors that can accommodate frequent orders of 20-120 Pachinko Machines? Having a diverse selection on-hand never hurts either 😁. Feel free to PM.

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    are you looking to buy state side or direct from japan?? im assuming direct..

    there are a few state side..

    and of course

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    What you going to do with all those machines?

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    I found a distributor in Japan and I'm about to do a trial run. If the result is favorable, I'll share details should others be interested

    What's are the options state-side? I'm buying in bulk to reduce the unit and shipping cost to reasonable prices, as I'm working through the legalities and business model on opening a parlor that doesn't upset or compete with local casinos. In the worst case scenario, folks here will benefit with a flood of machine sales

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    Theme is everything. Especially when it comes to players, repeat business and future selling on. There are some really great fun machines out there. But as the theme is unknown in the western world. Chances of getting a sensible resell value is low. Of course you have the anime, j-pop and marvel themed machines as well as things like Lady GaGa.
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    Default Re: Bulk Ordering

    Quote Originally Posted by Vikingwiz View Post
    I found a distributor in Japan and I'm about to do a trial run. If the result is favorable, I'll share details should others be interested

    What's are the options state-side? I'm buying in bulk to reduce the unit and shipping cost to reasonable prices, as I'm working through the legalities and business model on opening a parlor that doesn't upset or compete with local casinos. In the worst case scenario, folks here will benefit with a flood of machine sales
    Hello my fellow Michigander and welcome to the group

    I have often wondered about how our state looks upon public pachinko machine use. I'd be very interested in your results. Please keep us posted on your working towards a parlor and bulk purchasing. There is a growing number of us here in the upper midwest.

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    Hey there! Thank you for the warm welcome. My apologies incredibly late reply.

    From consulting w/ local attorney's nobody really cares about Pachinko. However, if you choose to have cash redemption- go get a gaming licensing and the force the issue. non-cash prize redemption model is just fine by me

    That said- I have a such a long road in front of me..

    I've spent probably about 100hrs searching and emailing shops (in Japanese), I hired someone to then call these shops and find out who's willing to ship to the US and if there's bulk rates available. What I've learned is these shops don't care how much money you want to spend (my experience), the extra paperwork to ship something is not something most are willing to entertain. I have a few contenders, but if anyone is willing to throw a known entity my way that's cool w/ bulk purchases that would be eternally appreciated.

    Ok, so machine sourcing is one problem. To get a feel for the business model, I went to Vegas two weeks ago. I went to *every* Red Dragon. It's pretty interesting, here's a couple observations:


    • Employees not sure what Pachinko is or how to maintain the room. “It just appeared one day”. Most machines needed a bit of assistance and it was fun educating the staff.
    • 5 bucks for an hour.
    • I was the only person in the room at every location
    • Each location had about 15-20 machines
    • Pachinko Balls are grungy
    • Underneath ball track system where the balls usually bounce off and onto the floor
    • That yellow Star Wars machine w/ the clear plastic playfield and spinning chance tray was broken at every location (they all ticked in whatever is on the upper left corner). Just thought it was odd that it was always that machine.
    • First time I saw 009 Cyber Solider and Kinnikuman (Anime origin of M.U.S.C.L.E figures from the 80’s). Also played Lupin – The Lost Scenes which was really cool.



    Kudos to Red Dragon for making that experience possible, but there's a bit of fit and finish that could be put on the experience overall. I'm going to Japan in Dec specifically to play Pachinko (and super table flipper 2) for a week, will share a trip report then.

    Next, designing a commercial ball system, NFC credit redemption system and cloud-powered battle counters for both the machines and the establishment w/ a leaderboard. But- those are problems I'm skilled at solving

    The rest of my time has been spent building cabinets and 3d printing prototype ball systems. I've attached a handful of related pics of Red Dragon and my standalone Cabinet (scrapping the design in favor of a traditional parlor/grocery isle approach).

    Net-net: I own 10 Pachinko machines, 7 Pachislots and will get another 100 over the next 6 months (assuming I sort out my sourcing issues). What the heck did I get myself into?

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