|Posted by Rob Maerz on November 17, 2014 at 2:20 PM|
The Old Warehouse At TNT Amusements
Originally published in Retrocade Magazine Volume 1 Issue 1
In business since 1986, TNT Amusements is a retail arcade showroom with pinball machines, video arcade games, jukeboxes and much more. Their showroom is also available to rent for private parties.
The photos shown were taken at TNT Amusement's former 10,000 square foot warehouse in Southampton, PA in March, 2009.
“Over the years, we have purchased from closed arcades all around the area,” said TNT Amusements President Todd Tuckey. “We traveled down to North Carolina one time to purchase a tractor trailer load of about 50 machines. Those days are now history. Most of these arcades have been cleared out long ago. Arcades are becoming very hard to find and locating a stash of games is becoming more and more rare. Recently, we came upon a load of games in a barn in Lebanon, PA where the home was foreclosed on. A bankrupt vendor lived there and the games left were late 80's fighting games and many empty carcass cabinets. Nothing you could really retail - just good for monitors and MAME cabinets. The classics were already gone!”
“Problem is, people want an empty cabinet from $50 to $100 these days!” Tuckey explained. “There is no one that will want to keep a supply of $50 cabinets in valuable warehouse space these days. Cheap warehouse space is not in nice neighborhoods. Our company is surviving the rapid downsizing of this industry by owning our own warehousing. We now outright own 10,000 square feet and are currently renting another 3,000 square feet for $1100 a month. By the end of this summer, that rental space will be gone, too. TNT will be lean and mean with only the classics in storage and the undesirable stuff long dumped!”
“We are watching the business of arcade machines that used to have three full pages of Yellow Pages ads drop to a small part of one column,” Tuckey added. “The coin-op industry is going the way of the Dodo bird. However, there will still be some free standing fun centers and specialized arcades that will remain.”