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Third Times A Charm

Well, just a year ago, I was in the middle of a divorce wondering where I was going with my life. Seemed I was having a hard time getting a date. I never told anyone but I was getting a little lonely after 2 or 3 month's of living alone. I had my pet chihuahua's, Ellie and Rocky, and my son's cat Jester, But they were feeling like more of a burden than companionship. The bar scene and nightclubs were not, nor ever have been my style, so meeting single women was a problem. Maybe I was a lit

Hillbilly

Hillbilly

 

Worked on Marketing materials Today

Well worked on my Tri-Fold flyer today some. This is one to promote placing some racks as I will have a couple ready here soon. I will probably order some more products the end of the month as well as some coin mechs to get them ready. I have enough to do a few. I should have 1- 5 way 2-2" 3-1" machines on a rack 1- 4 way 4-1" machines on a rack 1- 3 way 1-2" 2-1" machines and a tattoo sticker machine to place were ever there is room. I had the wife go over my flier (she is a newspaper edi

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

Growing a business

For some of you This might be old news but for the new guys it is something to think about. I have been doing this for about 3 months and am getting a idea on how to run the route and keep up on stuff. I been keeping track on some spread sheets and what I have been spending. Just opened up a account for the vending route now that I am starting to have a more positive cash-flow at the end of the month. I worked on a route book so I can keep track on product levels and how each one dose at vario

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

Some machine work today Locating tomorrow

Well I got the Tattoo machine repainted today and got another machine I am giving to a buddy ready to paint. I am doing working on doing a Hawkeye Themed NW 60 for his game room. I am also going out an try to locate a couple of GB machines and maybe my small 4 way rack. I have scoped out a few places to try. I also got the 2" capsule machine on one of my small racks. thought about doing the 2" on top and 2 1" on the bottom. I have enough product to fill two of them without any problem

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

Long weekend and the Route

[indent]Well We have a long weekend coming up I plan on doing some stuff to get a couple of machines prepped up for the route. I have two route masters I need to break into (I have No Keys) cleaned up and ready to place. I also have 2 vendstars I need to do some stuff to and get ready to relocate. I also need to get the Tattoo and Sticker machine repainted and order a lock for it. I am thinking of ordering some more capsule wheels from NW for my 60's and setting up one of my other 4 way rack w

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

Route building

As Some of you know I am the new kid on the block in this business. I just started in May bought some old vendstars off of Ebay got around 80 bucks in each with a re-key on each machine. Been using locators to start locating them. I have worked on keeping things as Tight as I can. Started g with trying to get machines placed in my home town. 25,000 is the Population. I have a couple of ok spots out of the 1st five of them 3 have worked out ok. One I pulled one I replaced with a single GB It did

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

Finished the route

Well I did get the route Finished up on Monday. I did swap out two vendstars for single GB in two stops. I my per machine average was still the same had several accounts that were down from last month. Hair salon 4 of my 6 check cashing spots were also down 30-40% from last month. I still did ok though I did pulls on 18 stops and made 240 The Break down is this I placed my first machines in May did my fist pull end of June June 7 stops 91.00 July 12 stops 131.25 August 18 st

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

Service Cart

I started about 2 years ago using a little Stanley cart from Wal-Mart when I serviced my route which was mostly candy back then. Since then I vend mainly toys and gumballs (finally listened to will.vend and Havending) and outgrew that little cart a while back. Recently I have been going in and see what rack needed then go back out to my trailer and grab the toys I need, they are pre-bagged in 4 mil bags (a will.vend idea) purchased from uline. Then grab what gumballs and flat products I need

mainor5251

mainor5251

 

Finish up the route tomorrow.

Well I will finish up the stops on the route tomorrow and will post some figures on how it is doing. I did do 3 of the First choice stops they did real well. Compared to the rest of the route. everything was down from last month. I did swap one Triple out for a single GB. Will do another one tomorrow depending on how the location dose. I also moved the machines to another spot in the store to see if I can get a little more revenue out of each one. I have 9 stops to run. I will also s

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

Running the Route tomorrow

Well I got the car and the cooler all ready to go. I also loaded up a couple of GB machines to swap out two vendstars in a couple of my check cashing places. With what they did last month I will hold out and see but Thinking a swap might be in order. For 6.25 and 10.50 I figure I would try a single and see what happens. I hope to do 6 tomorrow after work and that will leave 13 for Monday. I have worked on some route sheets and put together a route book so I can keep track of stuff on

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

Located a stop today

Well got my last stop from LRU today a Nail Salon In Town where I live. With the route I purchased In town I am up to 12 stops now in Fremont. I have 16 In Omaha for a total of 28 My per machine average has been 13 a stop. I have pulled one machine for non performing and relocated it. I also pulled one vendstar and replaced it with a single GB. Will probably let it sit for 2 months this time and see what it dose. I am hoping to get a little Higher average with a couple of spots I got

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

Well I am going to get some more stops

Well did the route purchase today 8 stops total paid about an average of just over 60 a stop. Looks like all should average 15-20 One should do a around 40. All vendstars will work on changing locks in them the next week or so. One of them is a route pro. Seaga three way. Going to pickup his Blair run Will need to update 3 machines there the old vendesign style plastic with the metal coin mechs. I will probably put in some Vendstars or some of my new NW I got. I still also Have a

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

New Route purchased

Well I did it I bought my First route. I got 8 local stops to add to the route. That will make things just about even between Omaha and Fremont. 12 in Fremont now and 15 in Omaha. I need to get locks ordered so I can change them out as needed. I need to come up with a couple of extra tops and back doors it would make the job a lot easier. 2 he didn't have keys for so I need to run out today and place some of the extra locks that I have here in them to get by with until my new ones arrive.

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

New machines

Well I just called and will be on my way shortly to pick up a few new NW 60's with stands. 9 of them NIB so that should be a great thing. The seller knows at least Three are gumball machines I hope for 4-5 are GB when it is all said and done. Well we are on are way now. If the deal happens on Monday I will have 26 he also has 4 more that are kind of out of his way he wants to sell will le mt know after his first service in a couple of weeks. . I could even do a 4 way or two if needed. eno

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

A chance to grow.

Well I got a chance to pick up some more stops. 300 bucks all vendstar 14-20 dollar accounts. That are up for sale. If figures 42 dollars a stop. All in my home town. That would bring me up to 11 here in Fremont. Will talk with the guy on Monday at about 10:00 am. Saturday I get my next batch of NW from my local source. Grabbing 9 machines with stands NIB for 50 each. Getting excited about running the route on the 27th. If i get these 7 next week that will put all the service set up for

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

Final result

Ten days ago [url="http://www.BrickFair.com"]BrickFair VA 2012[/url] finally came and went. [u][b]The sad news:[/b][/u] The candy machines were a flop by any measure. Upon setting up I sadly discovered that one of my 1" machines had a $1 coin mech; it should have been only $.50. So right away I left that machine filled, but put a sign on it that it was out of order. Not the end of the world, but disappointing. By Saturday night my brother noticed ([i]from behind; the machines bordered our

ToddWebb

ToddWebb

 

No luck

Well no luck today. I did have some interest from a quick lube place. I will stop back later this week when the proper people are in. Now that the weather is cooler I will probably keep a set up or two in the car so I can hit a spot or two on the way home. Next week have to take the dog into the vet. After that I will probably try to hit Blair and see what I can place there. Small town I should get a couple of machines placed.

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

Making flyers etc...

Well tomorrow I go out for my first real day of locating some machines. I have 3 Gumball machines I am going to try to find a home for. I also have a 4 way toy rack that is ready to go and needs a good home. I have a few places I plan on targeting tomorrow. When I get this batch of stuff located I have lined up 9 more singles to continue the process. Made up some business cards and worked on a new Flyer. Wife being a journalist did a little editing. Being married to a newspaper edito

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

Trade shows and Networking with other operators.

What trade shows or conventions do you attend for your business?? Most of the trade organizations where started by a group of guys just like us here on this forum. Like minded individuals wanting to chat about there day to day operations. A operator can't just talk to anybody around because if they "brag" about how much money they are making then the person they are commenting to will be their next competitor. Or if they complain about not making money the other party will immediately say

ronsidney

ronsidney

 

Working On Machines

Well I got some time on Monday to get some stuff done. I didn't get out to do any Locating. My Dog was sick and the battery Died on the car. I did get three eagles ready to place as GB machines. I also repainted and changed one of my NW to a Gumball machine. Turned out good. I thing I will swap out a few of the vendstars for the eagles on the next running of the route In a couple of spots. 2-3 of my Check cashing places. I am hoping to get some locating done next week. No sick dog

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

Good day today

Well I dropped off two more machines today put a double at a Dry Cleaners GB/Runts from Locators R Us. I figured stuff with a long shelf life. Did another corp break room from First Choice. No other candy or pop machine. They barely had room for my little triple in there. MM, Hot Tamales, and Runts. The manager on duty seemed grateful about it. I talked with Phil Nice guy got a couple of extra stands his Girlfriend has. Made a deal to by the rest of her singles in two weeks all NI

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

New Locations tomorrow

Well got a couple of locations to place tomorrow. Another corp break room from first choice and also a dry-cleaners/Laundry. Found a couple of stands from a guy I bought some NW from for 50 bucks still new in the box. Also ordered a couple 6 gumballs wheels and risers from Eagle for a few of my machines and a few stands. That is about the only thing I am short on is a few stands. I hope to get a few GB machines ready to place next week. I go back to having Sunday and Monday off so time get

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

Getting Ready

Well picked up a vendstar. Melted MM's replaced it with a single GB. Worked on prepping some machines I got a 4 way rack painted this week so got that put together. Also put another double together. 4 way Gumball 1 candy 3, Double Candy/Gumball, Double candy/candy and one single Gumball ready to go and a 4 way loaded with toys. We have a new Mexican Restaurant going in and will try to land it there. I will also try to work a couple other places also. I also have 2 single stands

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

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