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  1. If you go to the downloads section on this site there is a full line vending contract that could be edited for bulk. Read it and you will get the gist of what they are all about. To me contracts are more important if you are dealing with chain stores where you have equipment in multiple locations. Just as an example....if you had equipment in 25 Safeway stores with no contract they could call you up and ask you to pull all of your equipment at any time. A contract will give you some protection against something like that although they could chose not to renew the contract once it expires. If these people are ok signing a simple contract it would protect you from another vendor coming in trying to get you booted via higher commission/newer equipment out of left field. You can also make sure you maintain exclusive rights that prohibit any other vendor from coming in and sharing the location with you. In busy locations more machines can generate higher sales through improved variety but it is not always a guaranteed slam dunk. Is the business established and pretty busy when you are there? If so it is probably a good opportunity. You should be able to tell pretty quickly with the rack you already have in there if it is worthy of more equipment. If you are that uncomfortable then stall them for a while and see if you think sales really warrant more equipment. If you're looking to grow in this business then you will need to take a calculated leap of faith at opportunities like this. If you buy some decent used equipment odds are you will do well over time in this location. Worst case scenario you leave with your equipment and sell it off or place it elsewhere. Sounds like they don't like being bothered for change so you may want to look at a affordable change machine first.
  2. You pay 20% of the gross sale from each time you pull. Most places you count or weigh it in front of them then pay them. Some want receipts some don't. The charity route is much easier because you are in and out of each location quickly. One of the challenges you face with commission on bulk candy/gumballs is that the machines don't always make that much. Service cycles on candy are ideally 2-3 months in my opinion so unless it is a powerhouse location you may only pull 10 to 20 bucks which is about 4 bucks or less for the location at 20 percent. On capsules you can stretch out those service cycles to save you money and to make the locations commission a higher dollar amount when you pay. Most of the time I will go 25% on candy and at least 30% on gumballs. I really try to avoid paying commission on candy accounts but sometimes it is unavoidable.
  3. From a vendor's perspective I would suggest looking at established, reputable charities who use vending as a revenue stream and try to emulate what they do. I think it wise to have a person whose sole job is to direct the vending program but that may not be a viable option due to cost. The program needs to be consistently managed from top to bottom and needs to be transparent so people can see what is happening with donations. Make it simple for vendors to participate and to pay their fees. I think the key these days is an informative, easy to use website that provides all pertinent info to people looking for help, potential benefactors, and corporate partners (big business and small vendors alike). Just my 2 cents. I wish them luck.
  4. Not true. Go to https://thenccs.org/ and see how they use donations to directly help families with daily expenses, transportation for treatment, etc. There are many legitimate cancer charities out there so I disagree with your assessment that most of these organizations are just "fundraisers". If there are some fraudulent cancer charities out there than please share so we can avoid doing business with them.
  5. I have run into issue more frequently in the last couple if years. I use Scotch 3M clear mailing tape (1.88 in wide) to repair, I actually used it in a pinch a couple years ago to repair a canister and was really surprised once I was done how hard it was to see the tape. I line the edge of the tape up with the beveled clear edge on the globe (running the tape long ways from the top to bottom of the globe) and then smooth it out over the transition point (from clear to colored) to the side of the canister. I've never had one fail after that and never had anyone mention anything about it. If you feel it doesn't look attractive then you can switch that canister to the middle spot to hide the repair further.
  6. Unfortunately carrying machines around and dealing with the occasional rude person is just part of the business. As for your question "what choice do I have?", take a few minutes and familiarize yourself with the charity you are partnered with so you can answer general questions if asked. If they ask how much you give and you just say "I pay $1 per month for the sticker" and leave it at that you will more than likely be shown the door more often because in that context it doesn't sound like much. You can explain that it is a great deal for the charity because the more locations I get the more they get. You can put it into perspective by telling them "if I get 200 locations then the charity gets $200 per month ($2400.00 per year)" and odds are there aren't many small businesses that give that type of money to charity every year. The key is being prepared for questions. If you aren't prepared and are evasive then you can come off as suspicious when pressed for info. It could really get awkward when they see your company info sticker on the machine and say "who is this?" after you misidentified yourself as an employee of the charity.
  7. I have been doing this a long time and the last thing I ever do is misrepresent myself or the charity (NCCS) I am affiliated with. I always tell them my company name and if they have questions I explain how the program works. The NCCS program is a good one, it is legitimate and it generates alot of money for a great cause. I have rarely had an issue after I explain the process and show the charity paperwork. If they want more info I give them the charity's website, telephone number, contact person and encourage them to call. Most locations have no problems with this and I think they appreciate the honesty.
  8. I have been in this situation a few times over the years and have always told the location that I can't touch the other vendor's equipment and it is up to them to remove it. Like I said earlier you don't know why there has been a lapse in service. Is the operator deceased, sick, elderly and lost track of locations, in jail, or was it a sold to another vendor and left off the location list? Who knows? What I do know is that I don't own it and I have no right to take property that I don't own. If the other vendor or his family suddenly reappear down the road looking for their equipment I can say honestly that I never touched it, I'm wasn't involved with it's removal and I simply came in as a new vendor at the request of the location. The windfall of taking this equipment and the money inside it is not worth the potential problems and damage to reputation.
  9. You probably already know this but I will say it anyhow. If you take those two screws (should be three but it looks like the middle one is missing) off of the metal strip on the front and remove it the plexiglass should slide right off. It is the same strip that you remove to change the individual column displays. That graphic is usually a removable card but I have seen them glued down. Either way you can replace that card or slide another card/paper over it. I wouldn't spend a fortune on a graphic card. Just a nice background with the price and maybe a computer generated Sticker/Tattoo printed on it.
  10. Should I just buy some new machines and have the manager move the old ones too the back, or is there some legal way for me to take possession of the machines. I would advise you to leave the other vendors equipment alone. If the manager wants to move them to the back that is his call but you have no legal right to remove another vendor's equipment without permission. There maybe a valid reason that the guy has not serviced the machine such as illness or a family emergency. Make sure the manager has the authority to make the decision to install new equipment BEFORE you buy anything (talk to the owner if possible). I would discuss commission and a possible contract and inquire if the original vendor still has a binding contract before I would buy anything specifically for this account.
  11. I have never seen a change machine mounted to the front of a coin pusher. Not sure how you would do that and not have it be in the players way or impede service access. i would encourage you to do extensive research on the machines and how they work so you don't inadvertently buy something that doesn't fit with your plan. The machines should have a tilt/bump mechanism that prohibits people getting free items. Also a good idea to "L' bracket the machine to the floor.
  12. That really is high for a bulk vending machine. I would make positively sure they are not charging you for an amusement or full line type of machine by mistake. I would make it clear that it is a GUMBALL type of candy machine. $15 bucks annually per machine will add up quick. If you had 200 machines on the street that would automatically be 3k off of your bottom line right off the bat every year.
  13. That is an Eagle capsule brush housing. You really should use a double spring brush (doesn't have that plastic part covering the chute) housing. The gumballs (850s) have a tendency to jam on that plastic piece covering the chute when you are turning the handle. It is especially bad when the unit is more than half full. It will make the wheel jump causing mis-vends. You can get the double spring housing from Eagle, Oak or ebay.
  14. Make sure the cover that is on top of candy chute (the part where the quarters tend to stack up) is not bent or malformed in any way. Sometimes people will jam their fingers up the chute and dislodge or break that cover especially if the machine no longer has chute doors. This can cause the coins to catch more often thus causing the jams. The 3000s always have had this issue but to be honest I have had very few jams with these clunkers over the years so I never tried to mitigate the problem (like the hose cut in half). The 6000s actually have a rounded tube under the coin mech so this problem is greatly reduced.
  15. That looks like an Eagle capsule wheel. It won't work correctly with gumballs. The gumballs will pinch/jam & misvend against that plastic part covering the chute. You need a 2 spring brush housing and it should work correctly. You can order it from Eagle or Oak or Ebay.