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  2. savend

    Drink machine outside business

    I have one that does ok, nothing fantastic. There is a lot of foot traffic from apartments being all around. It is also across from a university police station so I have had any issues with vandalism. That being said. I have repaired several that have been broken into & vandalized for other people. It gets expensive quick when they destroy a changer or validator. The other thing I have noticed is if they aren’t protected from the sun the changer & validator fail much quicker. Paint, buttons, signs all fade within a year or two. Upkeep eats up profits in a hurry.
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  4. AZVendor

    Drink machine outside business

    You'll need 2 to 3 hockey puck locks on it and it will still probably get broken into or vandalized. A cage would be better but your sales will likely be poor and non-sustainable.
  5. I just started my vending business and I have a friend that has give me permission to place a drink machine at his job. the only spot that's available is outside the mechanics shop. would a drink machine be ok in the weather like that? I've seen coke machines at walmart outside. just wanted some feedback . thank you for your time. I would have posted this topic to a thread that was already created but I did see one that already existed.... sorry
  6. Southeast Treats

    vending stories

    Vending isn't very sexy for sure, but people never fail to astound me... early on in my business I was stocking a small account when a lady came in to tell me I needed to put healthy product into the machine. So of course I had to ask - is there a specific healthy product you want to buy from the machine? Her response: " oh no, I would NEVER buy ANYTHING from a vending machine!" Um OK, well thanks for the input......
  7. kikegtz

    AP LCM2 Motor Problem

    Thanks worked like a charm!
  8. orsd

    vending stories

    Most of the golpher I have involves buying and moving equipment. I've backed my pickup down a steep gravel slope with like a foot on each side into some guy's backyard to go get an LCM before. Picked up an old DN440 from a place whose pavement was like the surface of the golpher moon. Honestly, there are probably war zones out there with better pavement. Plus, it was sloped too. Somehow managed to get in loaded onto a drop deck trailer by myself without dropping it. I think I ended up tying a strap to the dolly and pulling it up the slope carefully with the truck and trailer. Easily one of my worst moves, moving 79 inch machines solo is a golpher even on a good day. Also I come like this close to dying or launching a machine off the truck every time I've been dumb enough to rent a box truck with a wore out tuckunder liftgate. Best one was trying to move machines into a storage unit with a 2 inch curb/lip at the entrance. By myself. Oh, and I only had a piano dolly, no Dutro. golpher that, never again. Dropped a couple machines before, thankfully both were scrap machines. Ended up using ratchet straps as a redneck comealong to drag it onto a trailer and haul it off for scrap.
  9. AngryChris

    vending stories

    Due to a previous topic, I thought it would be fun to discuss stories on things that we go through in our worlds. What are some of your stories? Maybe you found a family of racoons nesting in your vending machine, or maybe someone tried to sue you because there were only 10 potato chips in a 1 oz bag of lays when there should be at least 15. Maybe it's those stories you hear about in break rooms like about how someone doesn't know how to confess to their spouse that they have had an on-going affair with a co-worker, so they'll probably wait until their spouse gets out of jail before they tell them. Perhaps you showed up to a location and it was completely empty and closed and you had to jump through hoops to get your machines back (or not at all). Maybe someone tried to tell you how to do your job and literally had no clue what they were talking about (those are great!). One of my silly stories was when I first started working in the vending business. I had been hired to work with a partner on a temporary basis for a big account. The company we worked for had been contracted by another vendor to service the account for them due to some political crap. There was this guy at one stop (there were some 30+ stops at this plant) that would always tell us stories about ways he tried to infiltrate the orifices of his female guests. His stories were hilarious and it seemed as though he purposely tried to time his breaks so he could get into the break room just to talk to us. Things got weird one day when he was talking about how he had participated in a threesome with his buddy and a girl. Things got awkward when he started to describe the eye contact he made with his buddy and how that was the best moment of his life. Thing is, he was saying this as he was staring at his co-worker (who was also in the break room) with a totally straight-face, which was unlike him. Suddenly, he walks closer to his buddy and mumbles some stuff, tells us bye, and walks out of the break room with his co-worker (also totally unlike him). Me and my partner just looked at each other and didn't know wtf had just happened lol. I don't think we ever saw him in the break room again and the word was that his supervisor had stopped letting him take his breaks while we were in there.
  10. DirtyHank

    candy delivered via mail

    I get 90% of mine delivered from Sams. Never anything wrong with it, very convenient.
  11. DirtyHank

    HELP! SHOOTIN HOOPS LOST KEY!!

    Do you have any in Dallas that you want to sell?
  12. AngryChris

    Red Bull

    It wasn't a big deal, but I had a girl at a location ask SPECIFICALLY for "spreamint" gum. As it turned out, she thought "spearmint" was a brand so she got upset when I put Orbit spearmint in there. She immediately got an attitude and said she wouldn't buy it until I got Wrigley's Spearmint. Thing is, she had an attitude when she requested it and wouldn't specify the brand, acting as if I was dumb for not knowing what "spearmint" was. So, I ignored her little "threat" to refuse to buy my gum until I put wrigley's in there. The orbit gum ended up selling decently to everyone else so it didn't matter. The worst recent request was from a lady at a location that claimed that "everyone" wanted healthy items in the machines. It turned out that she was on a power trip and just wanted a way to tell me what to do and effectively tell her fellow employees what they should eat [at the vending machines]. I think she got embarrassed in the end because the healthy crap didn't sell well JUST like I told her it wouldn't. She had a very condescending attitude and I really think she was convinced that her opinion was superior to my 12+ years of experience stocking vending machines. I wouldn't be surprised if there was more than that (like if she tried to contact other vendors to do healthy) but the location kind of had a quasi-revolt and "demanded" that I go back to how it was before. I was happy about that, but she hasn't ever contacted me since. I wasn't the stop's dedicated driver, but 10+ years ago a fellow driver had an account that demanded coke zero in the machine. In other power-trip situation, this lady (we called her the dog-faced lady) would apparently call the office whenever ANYTHING was sold out of a bottle-drop machine (or even almost sold-out), even if there were adjacent selections of the same product right next to it. Mind you, there was a stack vendor right next to it as well. The office got tired of calls and sent me to take over for a little while. After a couple weeks, dog-face called the office saying that coke-zero was out. My boss, after trying to belittle me for my "mistake", sent me out of my way to take care of the location. I get there and low-and-behold NOTHING was sold out whatsoever. In fact, the reason why she called was because the machine was down to THREE coke zero bottles left and she said it wasn't enough to get them through until the next service. Thing is, it had been almost a full service cycle and I had only stocked FOUR bottles because I had previously pulled about 6 expired coke-zero bottles from the machine. In fact, I informed the boss (who had treated me like crap and threw me under the bus) that the location had too many selections and much of the products would expire if you filled them up all the way. The company eventually just pulled the machines out and canceled the account and we found out that dog-face had gotten fired because her company found out that she was spending much of her time harassing about every contractor that had anything to do with the location. The way my former employer treated me from this ordeal was one of the reasons why I decided to go into business myself. The customer isn't always right.
  13. antoniocinisi

    HELP! SHOOTIN HOOPS LOST KEY!!

    I had a key made and it says ilco 1568 on it
  14. AZVendor

    Crane National GPL 173 DEX issue?

    Get the version off of your EPROM and check with your card reader supplier as to what version is required then get one from D&S or VE or Crane.
  15. bullyfrog

    Crane National GPL 173 DEX issue?

    Is there a way to check for sure?
  16. AZVendor

    Crane National GPL 173 DEX issue?

    Needs an updated EPROM.
  17. AZVendor

    Need Help: Best Snack & Soda Machines?

    It depends on what you want to spend but DN 501Es are readily available used as are Vendo V-Max machines and Royal G-III machines. All are good workhorses but the DNs are easier to use. For snacks you should look for late model AP machines such as 113s and 120s/130s. They are out of business but parts are mostly still available. Even the older AP7600 is a dependable tank that looks great when upgraded. Other snacks would be any National model 167 and later, AMS Sensit3 and later or USI SM6 and later.
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  19. I've got a Crane GPL 173 that I recently added a card reader to. When I hooked everything up, no DEX. I purchased a 4 pin DEX harness and installed that, still nothing. Is there something else that needs updated before it will work?
  20. FerrisB

    Need Lock for Ultravend

    UPDATE SOLD THE MACHINE TO A KID HIS DAD SAID HE WAS JUST GOING JIMMIE RIG IT WITH SOME LOCKS
  21. THE WORST THING EVER HAPPEN I LOST MY KEY TO MY MACHINE I live in Dallas and contacted about 10 lock smiths all telling me they don't work on gum ball machines so ill have to drill it out and put a new lock anybody know what lock the machine takes?
  22. ABCVending

    Red Bull

    Yep, been begged, threatened and bribed for product that goes past date before getting consumed. Had a 10 selection Vendo stacker that had decent sales - main contact at the account told me I HAD to put in Mellow Yellow (because everyone was clamoring for it!) - told him no problem, which one do you want to take out - he's says no one likes Diet Pepsi so that one can go..... Mellow Yellow was a golpher for me to find - at least up here in Seattle hardly any stores carry it - finally found a couple cases at Target of all places. Loaded the machine, sold about 3 cans a week for 4 weeks and then nada for months - not a single can. Started getting notes and requests to put Diet Pepsi back in the machine, found out the guy who demanded I put the stuff in there got transferred and no one else had any interest. Had a rough looking gal at a metal fab shop offer to show me her tata's if I'd stock Diet Mt. Dew (I passed on the Tata's - most of the guys there had already seen em and told me I wasn't missing much) Diet Mt. Dew sold like 2 cans before it went past date. Seems like very time I get one of these requests, the requestor claims to be speaking for the group when in reality they are only speaking for themselves - sometimes it works out - had a guy claim that "everyone" at the account wanted me to stock Nutty Buddy bars - I figured he was full of bs, but filled a spiral and damned if it wasn't empty next time I was in there - so I filled two, damn near emptied both of them during the next cycle, so I kept them full and sold the hell out of Nutty Buddies for the next year and a half, then it just stopped - didn't sell a single one for weeks - found out that just one guys was eating 3 or 4 of those a day, every day - and he got fired so that was the end of that. I hate selling the energy drinks - everyone has a favorite and although I can stock lot's of different options in the bottle drops, never seem to pick the right ones - Monster sells the most reliably for me, NOS, Rckstr not so much - Red Bull is really hit or miss
  23. The startup for my vending business has been pretty slow, but I’m at the point now where it’s time to start looking for some machines for locations I can likely secure. I’ve been told Dixie narco 501e’s are pretty good for sodas, I’ve also been told through the Vending Mastery Course that having popular products with different size cartons or bottles is important so Wittern machines are the way to go. I have no real idea what snack machines are good. I really want to keep a good standard of quality machines and not just a bunch of random machines used for my business but I really don’t know. What can you guys suggest? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  24. livinginthe80z

    Where is everyone?

    mobile
  25. ginger vend

    candy delivered via mail

    If anyone is ordering candy online from Sam's club: How is the product when it arrives via mail? Good condition or chipped? I am not seeing any "pick up in club" option listed with the item I looked at which is available only online now (nor any other items I looked at for that matter). Per Sams site "pick up in club" is supposed to be listed with items that can be ordered online and picked up at a club (if there are any). Tks
  26. Southeast Treats

    Red Bull

    Energy drinks in general are strong sellers for me. I don't have Red Bull in too many locations, mostly Monster and in price sensitive locations Venom. In my experience, kids in general have never had a dollar they didn't want to spend RIGHT NOW and could care less about price as long as they have the money.
  27. lacanteen

    Random thoughts

    Boobs are proof men can concentrate on two things at once.
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