Vintage trade stimulators

Trade stimulators were counter top machines widely used to encourage shoppers to indulge in a game of chance. They became popular in American saloons during the 1880s, their use spreading to cigar, confectionery and general stores.

Produced in a wide range of designs, they were developed during the same era as slot machines and were operated by inserting a coin and pulling a lever, the player standing to win prizes of cigars, cigarettes, candy and other goods if a winning combination came up. During periods when gambling was prohibited or in states where gambling was illegal, these machines could be used with little fear of prosecution.

Trade stimulators are one of the strangest areas of coin operated slot machine history. At their peak they often took the form of a true one arm bandit style slot machine yet remained so different in their usage that they are never looked at as being the same as a standard slot machine.

Trade Stimulator value and price guide

What's your Trade Stimulator worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items.

Item Title Date Price
1933 daval chicago club house trade stimulator profit 1933 Daval Chicago Club House Trade Stimulator Profit 08/2021 C $2 210.08
field s five jacks gambling machine 1930s original Field S Five Jacks Gambling Machine 1930s Original 07/2021 C $1 635.46
1933 daval chicago club house trade stimulator watch 1933 Daval Chicago Club House Trade Stimulator Watch 06/2021 C $1 888.04
1933 daval chicago club house trade stimulator watch 1933 Daval Chicago Club House Trade Stimulator Watch 07/2021 C $1 888.04
mills 1940 s vest pocket slot machine coin op trade Mills 1940 S Vest Pocket Slot Machine Coin Op Trade 06/2021 C $972.42
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Comments (12)
Kevin - May 28, 2021
Can you point me to a guide to repair a Jennings Grandstand Trade stimulator?
I am sorry, no idea where to find one.
Bill - April 21, 2021
What can you tell me about a trade stimulator made by Plat Write Corp Akron Oh.
Patrice - March 25, 2021
Hi I am looking for the key to the coin compartment on my Daval's 21 simulator. Can you refer me to someone where I can buy a copy?
No idea... maybe have a look at this page now and then to see if a key pop ups one day: Trade Simulator Daval.
Jean - February 20, 2021
Hi there! Sorry, I don't have any parts and I don't buy machines my house if already filled to the roof :-)
Jeff - January 18, 2021
I have a mills vest pocket need arm that rides on top of coin slide Its purpose is to cock reel fingers to make them spin anyone have one for sale?
Ivo - January 13, 2021
I'm searching for the coin mechanism thats is placed on the back door so coins drop in coin tray.
For Groetchen 1940 Deluxe Mercury
I'll forward any message I get!
Steve - December 29, 2020
Looking for a back door for liberty bell 1940 groetchen trade stimulator. And a thumbspring and lever for a atlas indicator works chicago 1cent baseball game.
Jeffrey - November 21, 2020
I am looking for a back panel to a Liberty Bell Groetchen 5c Trade Stimulator
Look now and then here to see if someone sells parts: Trade Simulator Liberty Bell.
Mike - October 27, 2020
I have no idea where to start with this one. Definitely some kind of trade stimulator but can’t find any info it. Labeled “reliable metal engineering co.” In Chicago. Any help would be appreciated?
Impossible to find any information. This company seems to have existed only for a couple of years. This 'IMP' is probably from 1947, other than that, I have no information, sorry. Maybe other visitors know more.
Arthur - September 20, 2020
Info needed on mills pocket twenty one.
Really difficult to find info on Mills trade stimulators in general. I've seen a few vest pockets, but that's it. Maybe also try this forum:
Marko - March 4, 2020
Looking for a Charles Fey Midget in nice and working condition
Not many Charles Fey for sale at the moment, although the 3 in 1 looks a bit like the midget: Charles Fey stimulators.
Lisa - December 16, 2019
I am interested in selling several trade stimulators. Any suggestions or advice in doing so would be greatly appreciated.
Hi Lisa! I'm afraid I'm not an expert on trade stimulators... Maybe eBay, Craigslist or Etsy? Maybe there are some groups on Facebook dedicated to these machines.