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Hello everyone, welcome to the arcade club!

I'll introduce myself, my name is Abelardo, I'm from Monterrey, Mexico, my first arcade experience as a kid was a Donkey Kong cab in a convenience store near where I lived and have been gaming on both consoles and arcades mostly during the 90s, I began collecting console games perhaps about 10 years ago and started with arcade about 4 years ago, I own 4 candy cabs and as far as games I own a lot of Neo Geo MVS and CPS2 games, both systems are very common in Mexico so I was able to build my collection, also ran into a lot of broken/dirty games so that made me want to learn to fix stuff and now I've embraced electronics repair as part of the hobby.

That's it for me, looking forward to reading you guys 馃檪

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Helloz. My name is (not actually) Sumez, from Denmark.

I started out buying MVS games back in the early 00's after selling my AES, because AES collecting was getting way way way too expensive even then. At the time, nearly every Neo Geo game could be acquired as MVS cart on eBay for $10 or $20 at most, so it was a great way to get started, and it forced my to buy a Supergun so I could play the games on my TV.

A couple of years later I went a bit further into the arcade territory when I acquired Bubble Memories (alongside Bubble Symphony as they were sold in a bundle). I discovered the game on a vacation to Sicily and was frustrated that it wasn't playable in mame (at the time). Of course, once arcade manages to get its foot inside your door, there's no keeping it out any longer, and since then I've acquired numerous other arcade PCBs, and storage is becoming a really big issue. In '09 I got my first arcade cabinet, a classic European woody, and in '16 I finally had the money to upgrade to a real Japanese candy cab, a Sega New Astro City.

Fortunately I managed to amass most of my collection before the massive price hikes a few years back, but of course there are still games that I want, and it hurts that I now need to pay several times as much as I would only 3-5 years ago.

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On 1/2/2020 at 3:36 PM, chromableedstudios said:

What do you alls setups look like? I'm pretty space limited for cabs so sharing a computer desk in my kitchen 馃槀

Great to see a CV-1000 PCB. These are consistently pricey, and all the ones I own I got fairly late, so they are among my absolutely most expensive acquisitions.
Here's my setup, brandishing the same title:

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6 minutes ago, chromableedstudios said:

That cab is pretty awesome! How do people even ship those things? Or is local pickup the way to go? The couple I've seen come up wanted as much in freight as the cab cost.

You can have a cabinet shipped as freight, but it is very expensive to do (freight itself is $300 - $500 door-to-door and you are paying the seller to build a wooden shipping container)

So a lot of people buying cabinets are willing to drive quite a distance with a truck or trailer to do their own pick-up.

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I think shipping was like 鈧180 or so, I'm not really sure.

Often people who live near eachother order in bulk. I live in a place without a lot of genuine arcade activity going on, so that's not really an option, but I've seen people in the US or Sweden doing container orders shipped straight from Japan where the cabs are a lot cheaper because they are so common there.

I bought from R Klok in the Netherlands who's probably the biggest single pusher of candy cabs in Europe. A friend of mine was getting two blast cities, so I got my astro city ordered along with them. He's in construction and had a contact he was able to get to pick up the cabinets, and then he himself drove my cab over to my doorstep. I was very lucky and didn't have to pay anything for the shipping at all. Needless to say, I owe my friend big time and always do him favors when he needs it.

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