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  1. 4 points
    Maybe not professional but it made me laugh like hell
  2. 4 points
    The big question is will Snoopy share some of what has put him on this trek?
  3. 4 points
    If I was to run NASA I’d make all ground crew dress like apes whenever Astronauts returned to Earth.
  4. 3 points
    This is terrible advice. 90 days on full line? I could spell it out if necessary, but I think any seasoned full line guy knows why going 3 months between service cycles is bad for full line. And to say to get more like that?? Do you want people to go out of business?
  5. 3 points
    Our larger accounts under contract have pricing spelled out and most have provisions for price increases. We lose a few accounts over price increases, and these are usually smaller accounts that know more than we do. (sarcasm). We also lose accounts to competition with lower prices but usually get the account back due to poor service or the competitor went out of business. Be respectful, reasonable, and play nice. But also be prepared to leave. There's another location that will love the equipment. Usually, you have one that could use an upgrade.
  6. 3 points
    DO NOT put stop leak into refrigeration systems unless you want to replace them on a regular basis. That will contaminate the system and cost you not only a compressor but the evaporator, condenser and all the freon lines. You need to find a different refrigeration tech who knows how not to rip people off. If he had evacuated the system due to a found leak that he repaired then he should have verified it could hold a deep vacuum for at least 2 hours before recharging it. The fact that he won't stand behind his work on a sound unit like yours (assuming there weren't any obvious issues with the quality of your unit) then you know to never use him again and you should probably dissuade anyone else from using him. It sounds to me like you didn't know all the ins and outs of this kind of repair and he took advantage of that. The first thing I do for anyone wiith low freon is tap the system, put my low side hose on and recharge the system to the required low side pressure. I watch the gauge to see if there are any signs of bad valves and I also know when it should have received enough freon to be charged so that if it still shows low pressure then I know the valves are bad in the compressor. This is with the caveat that this might not be a long term fix. If the freon leaks down in less than 6 months then it's a large enough leak to be found with a sniffer. The longer you go past the 6 month point the smaller the leak is and the harder it is to find. The tiny ones often can't be sniffed out so UV dye must be injected into the system before it's recharged again. Once it again runs low on gas you should be able to find the leak with a black light at that point. In these cases there is no warranty for slow leaks because you never know what kind of leak you have to begin with. There is always a tendency for gas to slowly escape from sealed systems depending on the quality of the brazing and the copper lines.
  7. 3 points
    So I have a number of bottledrops at various locations - mostly DN 5591's & a couple of 2145's. One 5591 in particular had an UGLY door - looks like it had been painted with a rattle can of Krylon - didn't lay it down smooth, lot of over spray, etc. The machine is in a public location in a business that was grumbling about appearances - armed with information off this site and youtube videos I decided to try and wrap that ugly-golpher door with some vinyl wrap I got off of Fleabay. Long story short - took me about 2 hrs to completely disassemble the door, apply the wrap, re-assemble the door - everything appeared to be functioning normally, so stocked the machines, cleaned everything up, and as I was preparing to leave, decided to check and clear errors on the DN before I left - that's when I found out the selection membrane had been damaged in my fumbling around and the *, 0 & clear keys no longer worked...... 2 choices - walk over to the bar and start day-drinking in earnest, take off and steal another membrane out of one of my other machines at another, slower account.... Robbed Peter to pay Paul - took the defective part and swapped it at another locations (1st disabled all selections that were affected) - got the wrapped machine up and running and was able to grab another part from my shop and swap out the other machine the next day. Getting pretty good and taking these bottle drop doors apart - think I should have the Mission Impossible theme music playing in the earbuds while I am tearing them apart....NOT THE RED WIRE!!!! 2hr project turned into about 4 1/2 hrs but looks pretty good, and I aint a-scairt to try it again. ABC
  8. 3 points
    It's the gullibility hack.
  9. 2 points
    Maybe i am wrong but i feel like i have seen this exact picture before, possibly over a year ago.
  10. 2 points
    You are better off buying 1 decent account to learn on, then moving forward on your own, By the time you upgrade the technology and learn the business, you will be retiring as well. With the information you provided, the total deal would be worth less than 50% of gross annual sales. Your alternate deal of $150K in annual sales only averages $2K per machine. The sweet spot is $5K. None of this is adding up to a good start. Send this forum $100 and that's the most you'll lose. This month. Also, $332K in sales to a newbie would either kill you or send you on a serious bender.
  11. 2 points
    I have a retirement home, with some on the spot type gripes. It mostly family and friends of the tenants. The tenants have a sheet at the front desk that gets paid back monthlt. Usually $10-15. It's the on the spot people that see me and suddenly lost a dollar. It's always a dollar, not .35 or.65. I try to only refund product. If they lost it on a candy bar, I give them their snickers, or their bag of chips. I am probably still getting taken, but at least they know they can't hit me for money.
  12. 2 points
    Raising prices is a fantastic idea. I have been meaning to do it anyway... now I have an excuse.
  13. 2 points
    Not shocked because I'm not sure where this guy is, but if he's found a location ready 5591 for $500 he should buy it. I sold one this weekend for $1400 - guy that bought it was happy, he knows what they are and already has a couple. Hate bottle drops or not, for a small operation guy like me they fill a niche between old stacker and $4,000 Bevmax 4: If a customer wants more selections than a stacker will give and is big enough to warrant an equipment upgrade, I would rather throw out $1000-$1500 for a bottle drop than $4,000-$5,000 for the latest and greatest - 90% of the customers can't tell the difference anyway. I am not a member of the Vending Operator Elite - just a ham and egger trying to make some side money - if they're mdb and credit card capable, they work for me. ABC
  14. 2 points
    There may be space to sales programmed. Do a master reset and start over.
  15. 2 points
    I would dump the monthly accounts. I'm going to look at this from the customer's perspective - if I realized that all the product in that machine had been sitting there for a month - other than canned soda at least - I would not be too anxious to buy it no matter what the shelf life. Even if the account didn't actually NEED servicing more than once a month I'd be there every other week just to swap out some of the product to keep it from looking like snack museum.
  16. 2 points
    The best way to test out products is to put the standard stuff in most of it, and in a slot or two out your test products. If you're right, it will sell out , and you can add more. If not, the other stuff will pay for part, if not all of your experiment. But then again if cost is no issue for you than run whatever experiment you want.
  17. 2 points
    People that have that many locations don't usually admit they have that many on an open forum.
  18. 2 points
    Not really. It's about setting your vend visits at the sweet spot where the machine is 70% depleted, and the average cash pick up is $125. So where some machines get worked 3 times a week, most get worked once a week or every other week. And, yes, we have a few sacred cows that get worked once a month, and we have a few killers that get serviced every day. It's all about making the most of your time and having the equipment sized correctly to match the volume.
  19. 2 points
    I've been quietly going up on a bunch of my items. No one has said much yet, but in my part of the country, cost of living is low so my costs are pretty reasonable. I'm mainly doing it in accounts that are somewhat slow, ones I'm not worried about potentially losing, and ones that I know no one would go in if they called on someone else.
  20. 2 points
    My experience has been that high income complexes don't buy much from machines because they buy nutritious groceries and all the fridge paks of soda they want. Low income complexes do very well with can stackers as long as they are caged. More kids and a lack of good eating habits there.
  21. 2 points
    Here's the big question! What EXACTLY is HEALTHY? I have them explain what they are looking for. Some products are Reduced or No Fat, but to compensate for the lack of flavor, they jack up the sugar or salt content. Some items are Low sugar or sugar-free, but again will be HIGH in sodium. Some are low sodium, but the calorie count is double, and the list goes on.... "Healthy" is such a Subjective term. I ask our accounts "specifically, what type of healthy item do you want?" Everyone's idea of "healthy" is different. Once they start to wrap their heads around that, the whole idea of healthy gets dropped. I usually tell them, if you are looking for Low Fat, Sugar-Free, Low Salt and Under 100 Calories, just by a bottle of water and any snack and just eat the wrapper.
  22. 2 points
    On a Royal machine the sold out messages are cleared when you close the door and activate the door switch. If the switch doesn't work or it's wiring is bad then the logic board doesn't get the signal to clear the sold outs and then you get this result. You probably had sold those columns out before or you had a product jam which flags the column the same way but then the door switch didn't clear the message since then. If that's not the case then you could have a mis-adjusted drop sensor or motor that turns so slowly that the vend time expires before a product drops, or jammed columns.
  23. 2 points
    Yeah but I'm pretty sure the discussion is geared specifically toward chips. Some chips last longer than others but I think Russ nailed it when he said "No worthwhile account should take two months plus to sell the stock of inventory in the machine, and your own purchasing should not result in having such old product sitting around." The same logic applies when you find yourself stocking items with long shelf lives. If you put items with long shelf lives specifically so the machine doesn't look so empty, then the account probably needs to go. I have actually begun to make some very important changes to my route.. these changes are reducing stales while also cutting service time significantly. It's also allowing me more time to perform necessary upgrades and repairs.
  24. 2 points
    A locator's only job is to find a location, hence why they are known as "locators." A locator is essentially a salesperson who typically cold calls locations and tries to get you the lead so YOU can get the account. Their terms vary but the general idea is that they get you a decent location and you pay them for "finding" the location. You can totally do this yourself and many of us don't bother with locator services because they are almost never local and you can usually do a better job yourself. Aside from that, the locator's job is nothing more. Some companies may offer locating in addition to other services, but a locator just finds the location. You're pretty much on your own from there. Just remember that locators find locations for you to provide your vending services. A bottler, on the other hand, is completely different and not related at all... nor is a distributor. The bottler is essentially Pepsi, Coke, 7up (aka Dr Pepper/Snapple Group or DPSG), and whatever else is out there but those are the main 3 bottlers. The bottlers are the ones that put the beverages in the cans or bottles. Now.. let's leave it at that for now.... A distributor is a company that distributes the products to you OR has the products available for you to pick up. Basically, the distributor is the company that sells the product to you. Companies such as VSO, Vistar, Sam's Club, Costco, and others are places where you can buy goods at WHOLESALE prices. Aside from Sam's Club and Costco, distributors typically carry stuff mostly geared toward resale, so almost everything you purchase there is made to be sold at a higher price somehow. Sam's Club and Costco are stores that also sell retail items so they have things that don't apply to this (general grocery, clothing, etc...). If you call Vistar for example, you can order 20 oz bottles, 12 oz cans, 1 oz chips, LSS chips, pastries, candy, etc.. and there are SO many selections. They literally have hundreds of different items in their catalogs geared toward resale, most of which is used specifically for vending. These places are distributors. Wholesale.. in case you aren't familiar.. is simply a term used to describe an item that is intended to be resold later. When you buy something "retail," you are essentially buying it as the consumer. You have no intention of selling it; you are going to use the product for yourself (or family). When you buy fast food, you are buying it retail. When you buy a 20 oz soda from a vending machine, you are buying it retail and at the retail price. When you go to a restaurant, that's retail. When you go to the grocery store, that's typically retail. It doesn't matter WHERE you get it or HOW MUCH you paid, if you are the consumer, it's retail. The catch is that it's all a question of are you going to USE the product or RESELL it? If you are going to resell it, it's wholesale. So, if you go to Sam's Club and buy a variety pack of chips for yourself, that's a personal expense and not a business expense, and it's also a retail item now. if you buy that same variety pack so you can sell each bag individually out of a vending machine so your customers (the consumers) can purchase it for retail prices, then it is now a wholesale item and it is a business expense. If you understand the different between wholesale and retail, great.. moving on.. Here is where it starts to get confusing if you aren't familiar with the terminology or the industry. The bottlers are often the distributor for their own products as well as a sort of middle-man distributor for machines. You might call coke up (if you're lucky and your region is nice about 3rd party vending) and say "Hey, I would like to get a coke machine and sell some coke out of it." If you have your ducks all in a row, then they might lend you a soda machine with an agreement that you have to purchase x amount of soda from them every year...and it's probably north of 100 cases per year which isn't difficult if you have good locations. So, Coca-Cola, the bottler, is now going to deliver a coke machine to you (or a location) at no cost to you but you now have to purchase soda from them. You call them every 3 weeks and order 10 cases of coke products (as an example) and they come out and deliver it to you if your location allows for their trucks to make deliveries (they typically won't deliver to residential neighborhoods). On the other hand, Coke might let you take over some of their locations. The same deal applies regarding ordering a minimum number of cases but the difference here is that the machine is already on location. So now they have essentially located a location for you and already placed a vending machine there and they act as your distributor by selling you soda. If that all makes sense, excellent. There is much to learn in the industry, but here is where it all comes crashing down. EVERYTHING is relevant when it comes to distributors. Your region might not have bottlers that are friendly to 3rd party vending (3rd party vending is where you use lease their machines at the cost of buying soda from them as discussed above.. the process is known as 3rd party vending). They might not deliver to residential neighborhoods, meaning you'll either need some sort of business or commercially zoned building, or you might have to constantly meet up with them in a parking lot of a business somewhere to pick up orders. They might have stricter requirements such as requiring you to order a minimum quantity of things you don't want.. such as gatorade or powerade. They might have stricter minimums on deliveries (ie. you need to order at least 15 cases per order or they won't deliver). They might not do 3rd party vending at all. Every region is different. On the flip side, you can call up a vending machine distributor (which usually only sell vending machines) and buy a used machine yourself and stock it with cans that you can purchase at your leisure for probably cheaper than you could get from the bottlers. For example, cans can cost over 33 cents when purchased directly from Coke or Pepsi, but I pay a little over 27 cents per can from Sam's Club for Pepsi and Coke products.. that is a HUGE difference, but I had to purchase my equipment and pay for all repair costs myself. My advice for something just starting is usually always the same... start off with a can machine or two (make sure they work properly) and find a couple locations and get your feet wet. You can get cans of soda at 2am from Walmart on a Sunday if you need to, whereas you need to order by a certain time and date in order to receive an order on a certain date (and uncertain time) from the distributors. Plus, if you own your own machines outright, there is no minimum orders. You could go and pick up 5 cases of cans with your car. Cans also last much longer than bottles do, which is the deal maker when it comes to low volume accounts. Right now, my MINIMUM for an account doing bottles and snacks is $2,000/year. If they can't make $2,000/year from bottles and snacks, they need to go. I have several locations under that number that need to be canceled. The reason for the minimum is that $2,000/year in bottle/snack sales equates to roughly $1200/year in bottle sales or less than 3 cases per month. Since bottles really don't last long at all, selling only 3 cases in a month is horrible and requires extra labor to rotate product. When you start out, you have no where else to put that product and it just expires, plus you have to order an entire case at a time and not just the 6 bottles or coke zero that you think you need. On the other hand, my minimum for cans and snacks is $1,600/year. That equates to roughly $800/year in cans or about 90 cans per month. With cans, selling low volume can still work out. You can even stock up on the high selling items such as mountain dew, pepsi, coke, and anything else you sell a lot of. Back in the day, I would go to the grocery stores during the holiday sales and get cans at low prices.. my house was full of probably over 100 12-packs which lasted me maybe 3-4 months before I had to restock. Nowadays, I think I sold the same quantity of cans this week alone.. if not more. I push cans wherever it is realistic to do so. Cans are also better when it comes to pricing because their prices don't change very often and, if they do, it's not by much. Bottles are a whole different animal. So there you go for today's lesson in vending terminology.
  25. 2 points
    Bulk vending is like piggy banks that everyone else adds to for us. All we do is collect their money. It's a business, every minute we spend I it costs more money.
  26. 2 points
    I agree also. I created spreadsheets for mine with basic info and tracking. I was micro managing my locations, tracking individual heads etc., and I was originally tracking them on paper. Didn't take long to give that up lol. Time is too valuable to spend over-analyzing.
  27. 2 points
    If you think that you could put a machine out with only those products in it you would fail miserably and quickly. There was a guy here who had a retail jerky store and decided to sell it in 10-15 dedicated jerky machines but it didn't last long. If you want to add those items to the normal fare in a machine then they would sell, but only within a normal mix of vending products.20
  28. 2 points
    They should make the bachelor but instead of a guy it’s a dog and it’s 16 families competing to be his new home.
  29. 2 points
    Press service mode, then hold buttons 1&2 until you see "user" menu. Press button 1 to enter the menu STS - SPACE TO SALES To view the space to sales condition, press any select button to display the current columns assigned to that select button. To change space to sales condition: To Add Selection: Press Service Switch, "ADD" will be displayed. Note: Pressing the service switch will toggle between add and delete. A 10 second inactivity time-out will return to "STS". Press and hold any select button, whichever select button you are holding is the select button the additional column will be assigned. While holding the select button, the display will read "ADD #" and the selection will increment from 1 to 10. Release select button when the desired column # to be added is displayed. A message will scroll across the display telling you what column will be assigned to the button you were holding. Press service switch to complete space to sales decision and re-enter service mode. To Remove Selection: Press Service Switch, "ADD" will be displayed, press service switch again and "DEL" will be displayed. Note: Pressing the service switch will toggle between add and delete. A 10 second inactivity time-out will return to "STS". Press and hold any select button, the select button you are holding is the select button from which the additional column will be removed. While holding select button, the display will read "DEL #" and the selections will increment from 1 to 10. Release select button when the desired column # to be removed is displayed. A message will scroll across the display telling you what column will be deleted from the button you were holding. Press Service Switch to complete space to sales decision and re-enter service mode. NOTE: Only one space to sales change may be made at a time. The service switch must be pressed before and after each change.
  30. 2 points
    Sorry, that's my fault. I just performed an update on the website and forgot to check for compatibility with the theme first. IP boards updated the like button. They added 4 more choices. But the theme I am using is still being worked on to adjust for the changes. They have updated 10 of their 21 themes to be compatible with the update, and unfortunately, ours is still not one that has been updated yet. At the bottom, you can change to the default IPS theme to access the like/sad/confused/HaHa/thanks button. But the theme should be updated real soon. Sorry for the inconvenience.
  31. 2 points
    Regardless of what the other chip expiration dates are, if you can't sell a bag of chips in 2 months then you don't have good enough accounts for snacks or it's just a poor choice for that account. Longer shelf lives means more preservatives so you could say that Frito Lay has a higher quality product perhaps. You can't argue with their success and these same dates apply on the retail shelf, too. Keep in mind that in the grand scheme of things, vending chips are slow sellers so there is a longer time from manufacture to distributor to where you buy it for a lot of the time to be used up. You also don't want to eat those chips 2 month after they expire because the do lose much of their fresh taste. Stop worrying about simple stuff and things that have always been.
  32. 1 point
    If the equipment is aged then that can and will become a problem as time marches on. Having newer equipment can make a world of difference when it comes to working a route. As angrychris said, if his prices are low that will be an issue. In our area, there is 2 older vending companies similar to the one you are looking at. Both of them have much lower prices than all the other companies around here. If I had to bet, I'd bet that this guy's prices are fairly low since he's been around forever and has older equipment. Also, the 35 accounts/75 machines is a pretty big chunk to start with. How do you know you are going to even like vending? Just speaking from a conservative point of view. I'd hate for you to dive into that big of a pool head first and then realize you hate vending after 3 months. Not saying that would happen to you but it's almost like asking someone to marry you after a couple dates. Could backfire on you. As for working that route, doing around 150k a year in revenue as a side gig, might be pushing it. It's do-able for someone that knows how to run vending company but for a first timer, it could be overwhelming. Most people just see the guy filling up the machine and getting the money out. I know you know there is more to it than that, I just think you may be underestimating the time and juggling that goes on. Especially with older equipment. How sure are you of the validity of the his numbers? Could he somehow get some of those accounts under contract? Is there a smaller chunk that you could potentially buy? Maybe something like 15 accounts/30 machines doing 60-75k a year. That would hopefully bring you 25-30k in profit at the end of the year, given that his prices are respectable and nothing crazy happens. Could work that in 1.5 days a week give or take as you see if you like vending or not. Then go from there. If you could do that, and then potentially buy more of his route later that could be a good option. Is there anyway you could shadow him before you make up your mind? You could gain more information about the whole decision buy watching him do his thing for a couple days. Sorry to ramble, but there are soooooo many factors that come into play when it comes to buying a vending route.
  33. 1 point
    My rule of thumb has always been to give them the refund and ask them what happened. The single thing that drives me up the wall is when they say "I put in my money and it didn't do anything." That just drives me mad instantaneously. I always have to ask them "What do you mean it did nothing?" and I can tell I sound frustrated even though I am trying to remain calm LOL. They ALWAYS either stumble over their words (which means they are totally exaggerating) or they calmly tell me what happened. I'm not giving advice, just venting. I have had similar problems to what you mentioned. Once I explain how the drop sensor works, the refund requests disappear. I have concluded that the cause for refunds is one of few reasons: the validator is faulty and needs to be rebuilt (this is known to be the fault when people say they put their dollar in and no credit was shown), the coin mech is going bad and not registering all change, there is a coin jam causing people to lose money, some payouts on the coin mech aren't working, they don't know how to WAIT for their refund so they simply walk away when the product doesn't come out and don't even get their money back but someone else does, the drop sensor is faulty, their snacks got stuck on the way down but tripped the sensor, they are lying. I can pretty much narrow things down depending on what they say. When they start off with "it didn't give me anything" or "It didn't do anything" then I have to keep asking questions. If they follow up by saying something like "I put my money in and pressed the selection but nothing happened" then I ask them if it showed a credit. If they say yes, then I can pretty much conclude that it's either the drop sensor or they are lying. Most of the time, they give the old "I saw it turn but it got stuck." which somehow translates into "it didn't do anything" when I ask initially. When it turns into "it got stuck" then I am 90% sure they are lying. How am I so sure? Because they could have just told me from the get go that the product got stuck, but no.. they claim it "did nothing." That's a total fabrication of what actually happened. On the other hand, when they say something like "I put in $1 and only got 10 cents back for a 65 cent item" then I absolutely believe they lost 25 cents. Who lies about 25 cents? Plus, it's a very common problem to have a payout fail, but they usually say something like "I didn't get all of my change back" or "i lost a quarter/dime/nickel/20 cents/etc..." So.. I think the only real way to discourage fake refunds is to DEMAND a detailed explanation of why the refund is necessary. If they simply say "It did nothing" then maybe they shouldn't get a refund. Personally, I pay them out UNLESS it's the SAME person constantly asking for a refund. You never know... the machine might be doing something that you have overlooked. Maybe a price is wrong somewhere, maybe their chips fell horizontally over the delivery bin but didn't actually fall all the way down, preventing that customer from getting their product. But when you have the same 2 or 3 people constantly saying they lost $1 every few days, it may be fair to simply tell them that this is the last refund they will get IF they cannot give you a reason that makes sense. In the last 7 years that I can think of, I had TWO guys, both from the SAME account within the SAME 2 weeks.. these guys just had my gut telling me they were lying. One guy said he lost $1 one day because his "chips got stuck" and $1 the next day because his "honey buns got stuck." Thing is, the chips are 65 cents... where did the 35 cents go? Even if the chips did get stuck, he's saying the drop sensor failed AND he didn't get change back all in one day, while the drop sensor failed the next day too. Meanwhile, the other 50+ employees had no problems. The other guy kept changing his story as I tried to get him to explain what happened. He actually offered to just give me the money back for my trouble lol. It's not like I was intimidating him or anything.. I think he just felt caught. He never asked for any more refunds though. The first guy I mentioned was fired after about 2 weeks at this place. This happened about a month ago.
  34. 1 point
    I wouldn't hesitate on the plexi. Plus cheaper then glass.
  35. 1 point
    Auto correct! Hire people to run it.
  36. 1 point
    I got a couple of Jet Sorters from a large full line vendor that up graded their money room. You might try calling around or even contacting a large amusement or full line equipment dealer, they may know of someone up grading or even have one themselves.
  37. 1 point
    Like putting rims and stereo equipment that's worth more than the car. This is why we don't do bottle drop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-ZTHuBav0g
  38. 1 point
    That explains why you're angry Draw a 35 mile circle around your base, then look for potential locations: schools, hospitals, manufacturing, service companies, retail, hotel/motel, nursing homes, auto dealers, government, office complex.
  39. 1 point
    Wittern/USI have plugs where the cord comes in. Mice can use the cord to climb into the cabinet. Take a flashlight and check to make sure they aren't getting in from there. If the plug is gone, you should replace it, but you can use steel wool. Just don't be cheap about it. Use plenty of steel wool so they can't possibly pull the whole wad out.
  40. 1 point
    Yea, that's the route I'm going. I'm a FCVG member
  41. 1 point
    Keep in mind that Lay's doesn't want short shelf lives either, because they have to buyback any unsold stales from c stores.
  42. 1 point
    Leave on site until you have a better location. Saves the trouble and expense of moving machines twice.
  43. 1 point
  44. 1 point
    Once you get it figured out, keep a spare master set of every key. I keep 2 extra sets. One with the service vehicle, and one at home. Of course now I only have about 7 keys, but I started buying route locks and padlocks don I could do that.
  45. 1 point
    The sold out problem could be weak motors. I can't see how jackpotting can be fixed by the method described. Can you be more specific?
  46. 1 point
    I only visit rarely as a someone who was in the vending business for many years, and have been OUT of it for 25 years now... but all of these stories ring true with me. People think that anything with a coin slot is making you rich. (I asked one such person once how much they thought that new cold foods vendor cost - they guessed $1000, and were WAY wrong, and that was ages ago.) They think that you should sell for the same price as the lowest price they can find the item elsewhere. They want items that are either not profitable or won't sell enough. I had more than one person say 'If you put an ice cream machine in here, you'd get rich!' Sure, until the weekend that the cleaning guy unplugs the machine for his floor polisher and doesn't plug it back in. Some sites know the difference between a good and a bad vending company and appreciate having one that provides good reliable service, and are not always crying about the prices. Actually, my experience (with other companies, not my own company) is that they would lowball the prices to get in the door and then start seeking increases. Yes there was a contract with pricing but it also allowed for adjustments, and they went after 'em as soon as they could.
  47. 1 point
    I REALLY like the Tapatalk app and it works wonders for me as a newbie if I am on-site dealing with an unfamiliar problem. I have solved many unfamiliar problems on-site by surfing through the taptalk app!
  48. 1 point
    Probably, but I can't help with that.
  49. 1 point
    Have you loaded at least 2 cans in each column? If not you are not activating the sold outs.
  50. 1 point
    I have discovered a new form of exercise. It's a cross between a lunge and a crunch: It's called lunch.