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runner
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Wrigleys PK vintage vending machine

Postby runner » Sun Dec 13, 2020 6:25 pm

A couple of weeks ago I was the highest bidder on this vintage Wrigleys PK vending machine through Amersham Auction Rooms. Well what a dissapointment it was. This was the first time I had bought from an auction house. On receiving the machine, I find the top of the machine had been forced back as someone had tried to force entry to it, the top two bolts are bent, and also the bottom of the machine was bent. This will now have to be taken to a specialist metal worker in the hope it can be straightened out.

What makes me angry is that there were three photos included that did not show the damage, and just the vague description that they give, obviously not mentioning the damage! Now I know that you can request a condition report which I have done recently on a pinball machine, that turned out not to be working (this was not mentioned in the description of the machine). It seems to me that they rely on people not bothering to request more information as they know that a lot of people won't bother doing it.

I had won the machine for £180 and had factored in to the price the auction house charge and vat and delivery cost, so I didn't want to be spending more than £250 all in, however the first lesson I learned was to get a delivery quote from their preferred courier before you bid! I had thought it would be around the £45 mark. It turned out to be £80 + vat (total £92), problem being that the auction house will not package up your item for you, so you then have to use a specialist courier rather than say My Hermes or other reasonably priced companies. Unbeleivably, when my machine was delivered it was dropped off by DPD, who the specialist courier would have paid DPD about £30 so they have made about £50 for just putting my machine in a cardboard box!! Did I also mention the cost the auction house charge you for making the bid online £11 !! (Always read the terms and conditions). Better still, just use ebay.

Photographs from the auction house have the label on, included a picture of my other PK machine for comparison.
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treefrog
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Re: Wrigleys pk vintage vending machine

Postby treefrog » Sun Dec 13, 2020 6:38 pm

Just part of the risk in bidding partially blind I am afraid. Auction houses have every exclusion from any accountability and make this clear, even if providing condition reports.

ilovemyjukebox
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Re: Wrigleys pk vintage vending machine

Postby ilovemyjukebox » Sun Dec 13, 2020 6:45 pm

Oh dear. I did intend to bid on that machine and then forgot all about it.

I always ask for extra pictures of all sides top and bottom. I was once a victim of a very similar situation but in my case the bottom of the machine has completely rusted away where it had obviously sat in a pool of water for many years. No mention of that on the condition report.

I also can’t bring myself to pay the outrageous commission these places charge for little more than taking a picture and putting it on a website. Thieving Bast@rds.

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Re: Wrigleys pk vintage vending machine

Postby treefrog » Sun Dec 13, 2020 6:48 pm

I reckon it will straighten up quite well. I had a similar state machine and pressed them out, but the seam between them had become detached and needed brazing.

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Re: Wrigleys pk vintage vending machine

Postby runner » Sun Dec 13, 2020 7:10 pm

I think it will straighten out ok as well treefrog, I could get hold of the correct hammers and striking back plates and do a half decent job on it, it's just the sides which concern me, so better to take to a specialist on this occasion.

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Re: Wrigleys PK vintage vending machine

Postby ilovemyjukebox » Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:45 pm

Does it show when displayed on your wall??

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Re: Wrigleys PK vintage vending machine

Postby runner » Mon Dec 14, 2020 5:58 am

You probably wouldn't notice it if it was high enough on the wall, and depending on your height :D but I like to try and put faults right if it is possible, after all we are caretakers for these machines.


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