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my little journey with a big route

So as some of you may know, I took over a[color=#ff0000] Gigantunormous [/color]bulk candy route this month with 373 machines in 173 locations and since I am just starting up, this has been an amazing feat! The following is a detailed account of my activity over the course of the last few weeks while ramping up to go out. If you don't like all the details about how "I" did it, then scroll to the bottom of this entry to read my first full weeks income report. That's working 3.5 days on the route

VenDana

VenDana

 

Growing the Route

Well I added 4 stops today I need to lose 2 so I will gain 2 out the deal. One did a whopping 2.50 and was put in front of the window so the MM's are melted. I will probably run and grab it tomorrow. The other one is a garage. I did 6 bucks last month I don't have high hopes for it on Monday when I check it. Was up last night until 1:00 am prepping machines to place today. Placed 4 machines today. A single at an old lady hair salon. MM's One double at a small bar. A vendstar triple a

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

Facing a giant

As the date draws closer for me to move into my new high-traffic account, I'm now facing a giant problem. As part of the agreement, I get the space currently occupied by the store's old machine, a Victory Jr. Giant gumball machine, if I agree to take the machine off of their hands. Sadly, I can't find a single picture across cyberspace for one of these machines, so I've slotted in a picture of my brother's chinchilla Oscar. This single machine has been on this location for decades, and has fared

PerformaVending

PerformaVending

 

Next Steps

Busy Day today when I got home. 1. Check forum 2. Called Eagle and ordered 4 50 cent mechs and 4 capsule wheels and 4 .50 stickers. 3. Check and Ordered some 1.1" toys for my 4 space. rack. Checked Cardnial and they just about killed me on shipping it was almost half the cost of my order. I ended up getting some stuff from SSM the following Bounce Balls, Color rings, Hammer and hands, and just a mix of stuff. I tried getting though to AA no luck. Looking forward to running the

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

June

June was my best month since I've been in vending. Saw quite a few machines like this This was not one of my better performers and the machine is only filled half way on most of the rows and is on a 60 day cycle. [url="http://img826.imageshack.us/img826/691/emptymachine.jpg"]http://img826.images...mptymachine.jpg[/url] Doing the numbers though comparing it to the avg for a single head gumball/candy machine I'm still not doing that well even with this doing my best month with this being a 6

decaturjack

decaturjack

 

How today went

Well no actual success I did get some info found a couple of racks AA equipment No info on them. Big one at a Dollar store and a smaller one at a pizza hut in town. I talked to an owner of a local pizza chain store he had a 5' wizard gumball machine. The comment was He gives me 25% I said I have a small 4 way rack ready soon and it and I can do a 25% on it. Plan to vend some Toys I will probably up the gumballs to Nerds GB BB and some toys and see what happens. He said come back and talk w

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

Locatating tomorrow.

I have tomorrow off my regular job so I am going out Locating tomorrow. I have a singe gumball and a couple of doubles I would like to get placed. I need to find one more eagle to go with the 15 I have so I can get all the 4 way racks I have coming set up and looking good. I will probably order 1 new one to go with them 50 cent mech and the XL cabinet to match the other one I will place with it. That or just make a couple doubles out of them. I know a few places I want to hit A BBQ joint in

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

Things work out

A teacher I had in grade-school had a little wooden sign on the wall by the other inspirational posters. It read "Sometimes not getting what you want is a great stroke of luck". Well, as a kid that didn't make much sense to me- if I wanted it, or had planned it and it fell apart, my first recourse was usually panic, followed by devastation. Cliche as it sounds, I think this is one of those things you just don't get until you get older. I think some people out there never learned this lesson. S

PerformaVending

PerformaVending

 

Christmas In July New (used Machines are here) Eagles Have Landed

Well It is like Christmas in Big Red Land. I filled my little Pontiac with boxes that I picked up from my Pak n Mail store. Still have one yet to get and 3 or 4 more on the way. So I have began the Chore of pulling them apart and cleaning Them Filling a couple and getting them set up to locate. On the NW I got off of Craigslist. I wonder how they actually made any money with them the candy wheels were wide open. I will probably order some triple plates and some double plates to have one ha

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

In my living room

In my living room, the closest-to-complete setup yet. The 2 left-most machines have 2" caps filled with "LEGO candy" for $1. The 4th machine is 2" caps filled with LEGO arches, bricks and slopes, as you can see from my Photoshopped sign which is hanging in the machine. Machines #3 and #5 are set for 1" caps at $.50, which I'm still stuffing. The bill changer is at my bro's shop, where I'm still building a deeper red box to accommodate it. These machines are bolted to the box tops [i](you

ToddWebb

ToddWebb

 

Goal's to achive.

Goals I read Perfoma's vending blog today. Nice to see into your head a little bit. I have enjoyed your comments the last few weeks I have been on here. Thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement. We all need to have some goals in our Life and our business's (A Man Who Plans Nothing will Reach it Every time) One thing I love about this board is the answers you get. Proverbs 15:22 Plans fail for lack of counsel but with many advisers they succeed. As I start the adventur

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

The path of the vendor

Well, after some pressure from Mr. Caserri, I have opened this blog on the TVF. We'll see how that pans out for him. Fingers crossed! Something that a lot of new vendors face when they start is a lot of resistance- and a lot of new guys never make it past all of that. However, I think a fundamental question every new guy should really be asked is "Why did you become a vendor?" I think the most common answer is "Money". It varies from "I need some money on the side for whatever" or "It's a

PerformaVending

PerformaVending

 

I have machines now to get locating again

Well I have worked some overtime so now I have several machines on the way off of flebay 2 vendstar triples NIB 75 shipped 1 NW gumball round globe yellow went a little crazy on that one but hey it is cool 70 shipped 1 NW 60 no key with stand brown Might need to paint that bad boy good deal 41 shipped 9 eagle cab style Black smoking deal 35 each shipped 4 4 way racks Les then 20 bucks each shipped 1 single stands 28 little more then the 4 ways but can use it. 1 NW single 60 Gu

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

More Items on the way.

Well sent payment for the other 2 4 ways that a Michael Vanloon had for sale. I bought the one off of eBay and then emailed him about the one that didn't sell I didn't have Cash to buy it last week but with the massive OT from work I had coming I had Cash do do it this week sent off the payment today Paypal. Got lucky he had two of them so I bought both. Also bought 3 single head eagles from him. So with the other two I bought I have 17 total and one NW round globe BG machine. I also scored

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

New equipment

My eagle 4 way is here. I will have 2 more by next weekend. I have a few places picked out to pitch them too. Plan on getting some gumball wheels for them. GB BB and some kind of Toy Upgrade 2 to 50 cent mech.s and see what happens. I also Scored a classic globe gumball machine. I know of a couple of spots that that might do well. Then also got some more used eagles cheep on auction off of eBay. So I am going to try to locate some single and or doubles in the next week or two when they

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

VIKDR Update Demo

And I finally have the demonstration available. This actually took a lot more work then I expected. (And hope my voice isn't too annoying.) I kept finding things that needed a little change here and there, so made a few changes, and rerecorded these videos. And it didn't help that the video software kept crashing, requiring me to reboot. (I think this was due to a recent upgrade to the video software I am using.) Also the software I used to record this is limited to 5 minutes (for some rea

The Mage

The Mage

 

Finished pulls

Well did some pulls got the rest of the route done. Next month It will double 7 stops this month it will be 12 stops next month. Overall totals TNT hair saloon 16.50 Might swap hot Tamales with Mike and Ike GTR sales Rental Ins office 15.00 Pretty even across the board. Cafe 6.00 stays like this might get a single gumball sports bar 16.25 wish it wasn't buried in a corner by the TVs but hard to get to if busy Sm garage 5.75 maybe a single MM or MMP if

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

Did some pulls today

Well I did 3 pulls today and will try to do the rest tomorrow morning. Check Cashing store In the town where I live. 15.50 Small garage 5.75 Mexican Restaurant-Bakery 16.50 Stopped at Sam's for some Plain MM's Didn't have enough Time to get to the sports Bar they were getting busy as I drove pass will Hit them in the morning after they open about 11 or so So tomorrow sports bar should be good. Beauty shop should do good. Groege Thomas reality and Ins. is ? should be Check be

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

Two more Down

Well the last two vendstars left the house. I got them in the Check cashing stores both next to the Coke Machines. Now I am down to one Uturn. Need to get that home tomorrow and get it ready so I can try to locate it next week. Found a couple more eagle machines on ebay so Put a bid in on them 4 total. will have to see if I get them. Should go good with the 6 I have on the way and 8 I am getting next week. My little Pack-n-Mail store will be shocked when those start arriving. Still hopi

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

Placing today

Well worked sucked today but I did get 3 machines placed in the Check Cashing Company I just got into. every one seemed excited on getting them I couple have coke machines so if they can support a Coke machine my little vendstar should do good. As I was placing one of the machines the manager there was talking with the manager at another location I have to setup Tomorrow and she is eagerly awaiting a machine. I have all kinds of kids In here he should make a ton of money. Music to my or any

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

Life of a Newbie Vender

Why I got Into Vending MMMMM Crazy like to work for myself somewhat. I got the good job but wife doesn't have much in Retirement at her job. Small Town Newspaper. I have thought about it for a few years. Didn't buy into the Biz Op guys trying to sell me overprice equipment with poor locations. Now the kids are grown out of the house I work Tues-Sat for 10 months of the year. I figured it was something constructive I could do on my Day off. Depending on how large of route I grew. Limited

BigRedvender

BigRedvender

 

How to open 4" bank-balls

I've been quiet for a while. Progress has felt slow as I've been building my road cases (and awaiting parts to continue that phase). Last Friday my brother let me know that 3 more Beavers arrived at his house. Those will complete my planned setup for this August - five NBs + my two cranes. Also last Friday the bill changer finally arrived (thank you Gumball.com) on my doorstep. This, after two previous companies rejected my orders placed via their websites because they "no longer carry" t

ToddWebb

ToddWebb

 

Why Online?

[size="4"][size=4][u][b]Why Online?[/b][/u][/size][/size] Why am I developing my vending management software, VIKDR, online instead of for the desktop? Isn't a desktop solution what people have been requesting? Why would I seemingly ignore those requests? Until now, I haven't adequately explained my reasoning, but I didn't just jump to the idea of putting VIKDR online. Before I even started, I spent at least 4 months thinking, researching, and planing what would work the best, would benefit

The Mage

The Mage

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