I have undertaken a survey of current pricing of table tennis conversion tops. I will present my findings below. Spoiler alert: for the most part, they are priced within a pretty tight range, which I find interesting. I would’ve expected that a not-so-well-known product like a conversion top would find manufacturers experimenting a lot more with price points.
However, I think in this day and age when every piece of data can be found instantaneously online, sellers know that they cannot get away with too much price gouging. There is always someone who will price things more reasonably to steal their buyers. I guess the great democratization of the internet has not even left ping pong alone!
As you can see, the seven models listed on the bottom of the graph run in a range from lowest (Harvil: $229) to highest (Martin Kilpatrick #2: $379). One of the reasons for that Kilpatrick being higher is that it has some add-ons and customizations.
From our decent-sized amount of data inputs, we can see that the average cost of a table tennis conversion top right now is $314. The median price is $326.
This information is very helpful in quickly enabling shoppers to know if they are getting ripped off or not. Of course this is online, generally no-frills pricing. If one were to buy from a physical store, they would probably try to upsell “installation” and maybe a warranty or something of that nature.
These prices also don’t necessarily take delivery into account, which could be significant (I’m guessing $100) because of the large size of a table tennis conversion top, which is typically shipped in two halves.
I remember back several years ago when I first started tracking conversion tops: there were some models which sold for around $500. Again, I think what has happened is that as time has gone on, the sellers who priced too high have been knocked out of the market or been forced to lower their prices in order to ship some volume. This could explain the relatively narrow range we now see of about $230 to about $380.
It really appears to be Brunswick who is trying to take that higher end of the market. Brunswick is primarily a billiards retailer, so they may have more access to higher-spending pool players. Yes, I know anyone who is purchasing a table tennis conversion top will be a pool player, since they go on top of pool tables, but Brunswick, from what I can tell, is kind of an old-school company. Think: regal, smoke-filled billiards halls and old cherry and mahogany wood.
Are ping pong tops a good deal at these prices?
Now let’s consider the meat of the issue: is a table tennis conversion top worth $300? Well, you don’t have to ask me twice! I think that forking out three bills for the perpetual chance to add-on ping pong to your living room or basement is a no brainer. It’s really a small price to pay.
You can easily pay $50 to go play in a pool hall for a night, but in this case that money would be earned back in potentially less than a week or two.
When I was growing up, my family had a ping pong table in the basement. It was one of the most fun things and it created endless hours of play for myself and so many of my friends. If I had to put a figure on that amount of fun, I would probably place it at at least $5,000. Maybe $7,000 LOL.
The only thing that might be a little annoying is that there is a cost in terms of having to move the conversion top on and off of the pool table. It can just be a bit of work, nothing crazy but the sort of thing that can dissuade one a little bit from using one or the other of the games.
So in the end, I would say that whether one is shelling out a mere $229 for a Harvil table top, or $379 for a souped up Martin Kilpatrick model, you really can’t go wrong at these prices. It won’t take much use before you have recovered your cost in fun, and after that it’s all a cherry on top!
What do regular table tennis tables cost?
For comparison, i thought it would be interesting to look at what normal table tennis tables cost. By normal, I mean the ones that come with legs and aren’t designed to lay on top of a pool table.
Regular tables tend to start at around $380 or $400. And they quickly rise in price if you want a little higher quality and sturdier table. For example, a Stiga outdoor table will run about $500.
If you want something that is more professional, a Kettler table might cost a cool $1,000. A Joola Rally table can run around $800.
A table tennis conversion top will not only save space, it will save money. A pretty good fidelity to play can be achieved, too. I suppose a conversion top will never quite replicate what one can get from a full-on ping pong table, but it is a great solution when one does not have any more space to stick another large object in their house.