There are at least two reasons why you might be considering buying a used slot machine. You may enjoy visiting gambling casinos, so that the thought of having one of those machines in your home really appeals to you. That way, you and your family and friends can play whenever you like, and you can have the fun and excitement of the game without having to travel.
The other possibility is that you own a casino yourself, or are thinking of setting up in business as a casino owner, so that you need a number of machines. You soon realize that buying them new really eats into your profits, as new ones are extremely expensive. Used ones when refurbished can look good, and provide the same benefits as new ones.
Whatever your reason for buying a used slot machine, there are several things you need to be aware of before you take the plunge. Before you even start looking at what type of unit you want to buy, you must be very sure of the legality of the purchase, on both the buyer’s and seller’s side. First, you must check whether it is actually legal for you to own a machine. There are some states in the USA which do not allow ownership of gambling machines at all, whatever the age of the machine. In other states, machines are allowed provided they were made before 1950, and in others provided they are at least 25 years old. In the remaining states, there is no law against having a slot machine in your home, but some will only allow ones that take tokens, not money.
As well as checking whether it is legal for you to own a machine, you must also ensure that the company you are buying from has a Department of Justice license to sell these items. If it has not, you would not be advised to purchase, as you would have no legal recourse if anything went wrong. You can buy from Internet sites or on eBay, but it is preferable to use a company near you, where you can go personally and see the item before you buy. As well as checking the license, also make sure they offer a warranty and technical support, and that repair parts will still be available if the company goes out of business.
Another thing you need to be clear about is exactly what you are buying. Is it a true Vegas-style machine, a Pachislo, or a knockoff? Broadly, a Vegas-style machine takes real money. If it takes tokens, it is a Pachislo or a knockoff. In addition, true Vegas-style machines have the name of the manufacturer on them. Reputable brands include IGT, Bally, Williams and Konami. If there is no brand name or it says AGT, it is likely to be a knockoff.
When choosing your used slot machine, you will have to consider what type of unit you want. You can buy a manually operated kind that you work by pulling a handle. These are simpler to operate, but offer a more limited choice of games. An electronic unit will offer a greater variety of gaming options. Make sure you buy the size of unit that will fit into the available space, especially if you are buying for home use. There is a huge amount of choice, but provided you are careful to buy the used slot machine that is exactly right for you, you can be sure of years of fun and excitement.