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  1. We are pretty lucky. We have a couple part out machines in the garage, and have soooooo many random parts laying around collecting dust. We rarely have to order or look for something on the internet (unless it's a new changer or validator). Hang in there sport. Live and you learn.
  2. Depends on the account, & depends on the pricing I have a machine at. Mostly depends on the account. For an example, if I can do big bags at a dollar in an account, opposed to small bag at .65, I'll try and do more big bag because its an even dollar. I have a couple YMCA/Gym accounts so doing dollar items makes sense because no one wants .35 cents back when they are working out and have no pockets. So it just depends. Also, the big bags that I normally purchase are different than the small bags. There's very little overlap. Like I don't carry a small bag Doritos, and a big bag Doritos. Almost all of them are different. So I'll try a little bit of both big and small, see what sells, then go from there. As TKK said, there's a little bit more profit in the big bag, but one would think, you are going to sell more small bags due to the lower price. It's just something you have to juggle and decide on.
  3. I try to stay away from it. I may do 5 pop-tarts, then 5 different ones behind the first five, but this is mostly due to expiration date issues.
  4. We have a couple of those still out on site. Only in hotels. We landed a couple of hotels years ago and they wanted a machine on every floor. We put a nice big machine on the first floor, and those on the top floors. We work the bottom machine every week or two, and the top ones every 4-8 weeks. They keep the good account happy, and if they get broken into, we haven't lost much. For a weird/unique situation, they can come in handy. Otherwise, in most scenarios, they are close to worthless.
  5. Correct. Either unplug from the wall, or flip the power switch inside a machine before messing with MDB cords.
  6. I wouldn't be surprised if no one bids on it as Chris said. I posted on another topic about a week ago about a somewhat similar situation. Local school district has had an open bid for years (5-10 years that we know of) and no one has bid on it. We have tried to go and just get a handful of the schools to start and then go from there but they have shot it down each summer. Big thing is can you get your hands on that many machines at once. Heck, we only have about a 100 out on route as I speak so I know I couldn't. Also, the labor to execute that many machine placements would be a huge burden that my company couldn't accomplish at this point in time. The restrictions on what you can put in schools also is a headache that makes the bid a little less sexy imo.
  7. We used to have a couple schools (we still have them), that absolutely killed it. Back before the strict guidelines came about, the money was rolling in. Two of the schools were my top 2 accounts, even with them producing in the summer and winter break. We could put whatever we wanted in and didn't have to worry about timers at all. We still have those schools, but on average, they do 20-30% of what they used to do before the restrictions. That doesn't take into account the amount of stales we have to deal with, which can be high at times. We are just lucky that we were diversified enough to where it didn't hurt us too bad. The restrictions were put in place for a good reason, (I'm all for making fat kids less fat) but they went overboard on the rules IMO. I know the cafeterias have to be hurting as well. But back to your current situation. 50+ schools for most vendors, me included, is such a huge number of new accounts at once. Getting my hands on 50 machines tomorrow would be about impossible. Yes, I could go new and get them tomorrow but that would cost an arm and a leg, and some/most of those accounts wouldn't do enough revenue to justify it. If I could find 50 used machines then maybe, but then you deal with multiple different types of machines, the labor and time of cleaning them and getting them presentable, etc. Then, if I did get them all up and running, I would lose so much sleep thinking about when the district wanted to do something different next year. A notification saying "You need to pick up your 50 machines this summer" would probably kill me. I have about 10 relatives that are teachers so I've seen/heard it all. I wouldn't feel comfortable putting 50 of my eggs in that big of a poorly built basket. For me, it'd be a much different story if it were 10 schools and 10-20 machines, but you may be big enough where 50 machines isn't that much to you. Not to go on and on, but we have a district near us that is in a similar boat, sort of. We have wanted a couple of the high schools and middle schools for years. Like 5-10 years. Every summer, we go in to the schools and try and get their business. None of them have vending for kids or teachers. None of them. We even would do their teachers lounges, because if done right, they are worth it in our eyes. We have about a dozen teachers lounges. They aren't game changers, but every 3-4 weeks, we go there and collect 125-150 bucks per machine. It slows up in the summer and winter but that allows us to take some time off which we don't mind. We put in older, paid for equipment and it works for us. When we go to these high schools and middle schools, the secretaries all say, "Unfortunately, you have to go through the district office". The district office says every year, "there's an open bid for all of the schools in the district. Elementary through high school". The bid isn't the biggest deal, because we could charge whatever we wanted due to no competition, but every machine has to be 5 years old or newer. We explain to them how this way is beyond stupid. No vendor is ever going to do this deal/bid. You would think me telling them "You haven't had any vending, even for your teachers, for 10+ years" would open their eyes but it doesn't. We explain to them, how we are willing to do a couple each year, and maybe eventually get to most/all of them, but a vending company in this area is never going to have the capital to do them all at once. They have yet to change their ways. That is why your earlier situation would make me hesitant. There are some idiots in every profession, and schools are no exception.
  8. Not worth your time and/or effort. They don't hold enough product for the most part. If an account is worth it, you'll want full sized machines. If an account is requesting a combo machine, or you think a combo machine would be perfect for the account, the account is probably not good enough to justify having. There are rare occasions but this all is a good rule of thumb. But as AngryChris said, AMS combo machines are nice, and will come with all the bells and whistles that you will ever need.
  9. Yea, there's a ton of variables in every situation/new account, and this is no exception. I've never had anything like what you are describing. One small thing can make or break an account. Just take a look around. Go there on busy days, as well as slow days and just see what's going on. If you have a machine paid for, and are willing to put in the work and place it, feel free to take a chance on it. Just realize no account is a sure thing. Good Luck
  10. ditto all the previous comments...
  11. Interesting... We are in the southeast so having them nearby may be cool way down the road but we are pretty happy with the AMS machines that we buy. Unless they have some crazy new technology, or can consistently beat AMS's quality and prices, I don't see us dealing with them. Who knows though. May need a coffee machine years down the road and they may have to one to get.
  12. Seems like a pretty solid deal Dubs. That's roughly $1100 US dollars. If you can go look at it, and everything looks right and is working, I'd buy it for sure. AMS makes a really good machine. We have several and love them. None of ours are combo machines with the cooling deck so I can't speak about that all that much, but we love everything about AMS for the most part. Ask the guy for the serial number and that will tell you how old the machine is... Let us know how it goes...
  13. Yep. Good machines. Looks pretty new/clean as well. What's he asking for it?
  14. Go back and search through some posts and you'll find more than what you need to know. Sensit 3 is 10 times better than sensit 2. Sensit two, if something doesn't fall after a full rotation, rotates a quarter turn until the item falls. As you know, the auger can get stuck in any position so the whole machine looks crazy and bad because augers are all over the place. The sensit 3 system fixes this problem and has a home position that it remembers, and tries to return to when possible. After a full turn, the auger just turns a tiny bit until something drops. All in all, the augers not looking crazy makes the machine look a lot better. You will love sensit 3...
  15. I hate how websites say "request a quote"... List your price. And yes, I have heard from many people that a bill counter that discriminates what each bill is jacks the price way up. I'm with you. It'd be nice to have but I have more important things to spend my money on as of now. I've always wondered what the banks do when they retire their old ones but the ones at my bank already look ancient. They probably rarely break, and when they do, it looks like they repair them because they look decades old.