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  1. Generation X, born in 1975, I'm 42-years-old.
  2. You also deal with Shirley, what a small world vending in. Shirley's real helpful, nowadays I'm just scanning the paperwork and sending it to her whenever I need new stickers. Still, I wish the process was electronic from the get go, like buying something on Amazon, getting insurance, etc. I'm not a Millennial, but why is the NCCA stuck in the early 1990s? When my realtor wants me to sign a lease, he does it with docusign or one of those companies. It's easy, you read, click, maybe type your name once, and it's done. In the past, I would have to print that BS and send it by mail.
  3. I agree. In fact, if anyone wants to get out of the vending business, NCCS demands you return all your stickers. I don't know what happens if you don't, do they send collectors? I'm not sure.
  4. This man got in trouble for not paying for his charity sticker.... FORT ANN - Deran Akullian is accused of stealing from a charity that that helps kids who suffer from cancer. The 59-year-old Saratoga Springs man placed collection jars at businesses in New York, Massachusetts and Vermont seeking help for a St. Louis-based charity called the National Children's Cancer Society. In exchange for some change, donors could help themselves to a piece of candy. But police say Akullian turned it into his own sweet deal. He was in court Thursday, charged with one count of scheme to defraud, a felony. "How does that all work?" Akullian asked Judge Dane Clark after the judge set bail at $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond. Police say it worked well for the alleged scammer. They say it appears he was collecting at more than 300 establishments in three states, raking in tens of thousands of dollars a year. Richard Heath, owner of R and B Diner on State Route 22, says he was eager to help sick kids when Akullian asked him if he could place a collection jar on his counter. Then Heath learned Akullian is an accused scammer. "Makes me feel sick how somebody could do that to kids that really have cancer. I'm glad he was caught," Heath said. Mark Stolze, the CEO of the National Cancer Society says Akullian initially made payments to the charity in exchange for the stickers that go on the jars, but the payments stopped in 2014. "It's just astounding to find out someone could raise money using the pretense of helping children with cancer and keeping that money for themselves.Thank God this rarely, rarely happens," Stolze said by phone Thursday afternoon. Anyone who may have had a jar from Akullian in their business is asked to call New York State Police Investigator Kevin Reppenhagen at (518) 642-0599 or (518) 642-9455. Source: http://wnyt.com/news/deran-akullian-jr-man-accused-of-using-cancer-charity-as-scam/4535058/ The link has a video.
  5. Car Vending Machine

    It's a bunch of BS. Buying a car requires license, insurance, financing, paperwork, valuing your trade, etc. Last time I did it it took me 3-hours. Even though my credit had had a $20,000 credit limit, I still had to call the bank because the dealership charges you a fee if your credit card purchase exceeds $5,000.
  6. Cell Phone Assesories

    Do you have any friends at the airport? I hear getting a machine at the airport requires a lot of red tape. So unless the company helps you finding a location, I wouldn't bother with them.
  7. Locating

    I like the NCCS, except that their stickers could be smaller and I wish I could login to their website to order stickers instead of having to mail the paperwork or scan it and send it by e-mail. I'm curious about the people offering to share 20% of the drop. How do you do it? Do you count the money in front of the client? I think paying $1 a month per machine to the NCCS is cheaper and involves less hassle.
  8. Locators explained

    I know what you mean. Before I got into vending, I thought 100% of the money in honor boxes went to the charity, now I know better. Maybe that's why I'm more comfortable with gumballs, plus, it's a lot harder to steal from a bulk vending machine than an honor box. I mean, the honor box weights nothing, what if someone just takes it home? Then you lose the candy and the money. How much money can one honor box make? Realistically speaking?
  9. Do I need a warehouse for full-line vending?

    So cans pay more than snacks? That's surprising. But then again, I'm more likely to buy soft drinks than snacks. I consume a lot of Diet Coke throughout the day.
  10. Locators explained

    That's an interesting response, although I don't think it's any of their business how much money I'm making or how much I'm paying for the sticker. I suppose they have the right to ask. I guess I could tell them that the NCCA uses vendors like me to raise thousands of dollars a year with the fees we pay for our stickers. You're right about being prepared, next time I will anticipate potential questions, and I suppose I will learn as time goes on.
  11. Do I need a warehouse for full-line vending?

    Thanks for the tips, at this point I'm earning $40 to $50 from two bulk vending machines, I just bought two additional machines. I want to get into full-line vending because I assume the profits are higher, but maybe I should wait until my cashflow increases to $500-$1,000 a month. What are the profits of a soda vending machine in an average location? Who pays for the electricity?
  12. Locators explained

    Good for you, I on the other hand was treated very badly by a rude GM at Kmart, my bulk vending machine was for the employee break room, and I introduced myself as Whatever Vending, then he said "I thought you were with the NCCA." I replied, "I am, I pay a monthly fee for the sticker," then he wanted to know how much of the proceeds would be donated to the NCAA, I told the truth and he said he didn't want my machine there. Now you got to realize that this that transporting a 50 pound machine is not exactly fun, nor did I like such a rude GM. So I learned my lesson. If paid for the NCCA sticker, then that's how I'm gonna introduce myself as NCCA. Maybe I'll even buy their t-shirt. It's not a real lie, more like a white lie. What choice do I have? Locators won't sell you unless you're with a charity, and they sell you as "Hi, we're from NCCA and we were wondering if we could put a machine in your business."
  13. Do I need a warehouse for full-line vending?

    Thanks for the tip, I like your idea. I found one near my location for $75 a month, it's 5' x 5' Unit. I also like your other idea. Moving those machines is complicated, so if I can find a seller that doesn't mind storing it until I find a location, that could work.
  14. Locators explained

    I've employed locators in the past, I've had mixed experiences. Sometimes they find you a gold mine, sometimes a crappy location. However, most of them let you choose categories such as restaurant, car wash, etc. Others you give them a zip code and they start dialing. Most will require you join a charity, because apparently that's the easiest way to sell you. Just remember, when you visit the location, don't say "Hi I'm Bob from Whatever Vending" but "Hi, I'm Bob with the NCCA, I believe Jeffrey spoke to you about putting a vending machine in your business." That way you'll be treated better and they won't ask you questions about the profits.
  15. Real time reviews of locators

    Kickstart found me a location, a hotel next to a Walgreens, which is why I suspect my sales aren't that great. vendinglocator4u.com found me two. A K-mart that kicked me out when he found out I'm not donating all my profits to the NCCA, and a great restaurant with a family area. The one head gumball machine does better at the restaurant than the three headed machine at the hotel. Rodney (vendinglocator4u) is also a lot faster and more efficient than Kickstart, and he only charges about $44 after finding you the location. Personally, locators are a MUST for those of us who are shy and don't like talking to strangers unless we have a meeting. Those who enjoy scouting, networking, etc, probably don't need locators.