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  1. 4 points
    It is amusing (sarcasm) that the location won't tell you if they have been getting free product (or too much change, etc.) for weeks, but as soon as they find an out of date candy bar, they are calling to tell you what a bum you are. I love my job...
  2. 4 points
    You are correct. With a card, you get a credit on the machine, make your selection, get your selection and the value of that selection in coins. Do you have the address where that machine is? I'd like to play it a few times.
  3. 3 points
    Shameless Plug Edition Vendors Exchange
  4. 3 points
    I have no employees & service my routes every 90 days (ish). I do have a list of 'hots' that require more attention & I make my way out as needed. I try very very hard to tighten up routes b4 venturing further away. Much prefer to turn a route that's 50 stops into 60 or 70, just seems more efficient. My wife works for local govn't so I get benefits thru her. I have 28 routes in the 10 counties nearest me. Luckily (at least for vending, lifestyle less so) I live in a more urban/commercial area so locations aren't so spread out. Have asked people that know more than me & still haven't figured out how to get good honest employees in an all cash business. Vacation time, I just plan ahead by visiting early or filling higher, etc- got no problems taking time off. Really only work full time Tues-Thurs. Monday & Fridays usually set aside for misc vending- picking up lost locations, repairing, responding to calls that a machine is empty (love those) & locating.
  5. 3 points
    I just uploaded the USAT ePort compatibility chart to help those struggling with getting card readers to function properly. This chart can also apply to most other brands of card readers, but the source was USAT. https://vendiscuss.net/files/file/129-usat-eport-compatibility-chart/
  6. 3 points
    finally got it all stocked. I feel like this is gonna give some of you guys strokes lol
  7. 3 points
    Not being rude but the first line of this post is funny. I'd hate to see the long version haha. Good post tho
  8. 2 points
    Those are dream prices around here. Most locations whine if they have to pay $1+ for candy or $1.25+ for a bottle
  9. 2 points
    That would get me kicked out of every location lol.
  10. 2 points
    For sure. I raised my candy prices to $1.25 as retaliation. Lol
  11. 2 points
    When you have a location with 6 or more machines (assuming the location warrants it) in a bank of equipment you wont worry about the 6 service fees
  12. 2 points
  13. 2 points
    What's wrong with your current machine? Vending machines are not like consumer goods or cars, if you use quality parts they will last for a long time. As far as a refurb unit goes there's Vendors Exchange in Cleveland, National vending warehouse in Wilmington NC. But for a Laundromat a refurb really isn't worth it, too much vandalism and break in risk. For the price of a refurb, you could swap out the cooling deck, coin mech, bill val, and control board on your current machine, and still come out ahead.
  14. 2 points
    Happy thanksgiving 🍁🦃🍽 everyone
  15. 2 points
    Oh yes, it was cooked. The leftovers will become Gumbo tonight. Here's a small sample from the past:
  16. 2 points
    Buuuuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrppppppppp! So how was yours?
  17. 2 points
    Have about 40 soda machines out. Early on people would ask if I could get them a soda machine too & I'd say that I don't do that. Eventually questioned if I were turning away a good business opportunity so I jumped in a little. Soda is cumbersome. I only do it in the county where I live. Snacks, never considered it, gotta stock 40-50 items & they spoil easily. I don't know how to fix soda/snack machines (can put a Oak coin mech together in my sleep). Regarding bulk, if I get a call from 50 miles away that a machine is broken, place is closing, etc, etc, I head out there with 7 or 8 machines in the back of my van & locate, making a day of it instead of driving 100 miles round trip to fix or pick up 1 machine. Can't do that with a soda machine. Bulk just seems easier
  18. 2 points
    Lots of good points covered already. But your issue right now is to go with parlevel systems vs whatever methods you use now. I think that you can never have enough information about your business, and a good VMS like parlevel gives you the ability to capture a lot of info. How to use it is up to you. You don't say if you are using route cards or some other system now, but I cannot imagine 150+ machines on manual management - yes, I know it can be done, it has been done by many for decades; but now that VMS is affordable and available for small operators, there is no reason to work harder when you can work smarter. Once you get past the initial input of data, it starts giving you a lot of good info about your business. If you are not already doing cashless with your machines, adding that alone is likely enough reason to switch, at least for your best accounts. Since everyone else is talking about prekitting, here is my story. Like Cat and others, I liked being able to make changes on the fly out of my van. What I did not like was trying to squeeze enough product in for a full day and still running out of 6 or 7 items before I was done, and really did not like picking orders in a Florida parking lot in July and August (or most of the rest of the year for that matter). Also did not like having to restock the van every single day, either with a daily shopping trip to sams or from my warehouse, which I also had to keep stocked. I had always prekitted my glass front drink machines, as they were bottle machines with large assortments and telemetry, and I don't drive a large truck for service. Other machines that were online were done hybrid style, using the pick list at my truck when I arrived. It takes some time and planning to go to full prekitting, plus you need the data in place to support your order packing. I finally added extra shelving to my snack and candy storage room, and organized it to allow packing the totes without having to cover too much territory. I also had to be sure I had enough historical data on my offline machines to get good prekitting estimates out of the program. Yes, some of the work time is just transferred from the street to the warehouse, but it is much more organized time, so picking the order goes faster. Plus, AIR CONDITIONING and no wind, no rain, no stress of climbing around the truck. Parlevel lets you make changes as you pack, so if you need to change a product you can enter it right there, or in several other ways. I pick the drinks in a different room, bottles get picked by unit and 12 oz cans get picked by 12 pack. The whole space is larger than the truck and I can buy enough inventory for the week, instead of daily dealing with those issues. At the location, you get the most time saving, first because you normally only have to go inside once with all the prekitted product. You don't need to spend time counting and planning what you need from the truck, then going back to find it all; you already have it. You still pull expired product, talk to customers, you can still do product demos or whatever you want. Parlevel gives you choices of pick order, I use the reverse of the machine, so when I open up at a snack machine the first row of the machine has all it's product on top, and in order right down thru the machine. Loading the machine goes quickly and neatly. I have a lot of offline machines still, so I also enter data as I go (started with an android tablet, now using my iPhone). Collect, stock, clean and go. You still manage customer requests, rotate product selections, try new products, etc; but you get more organized and intentional. If you want to see individual product performance that info is there for you rather than relying on memory. You can plan your product placement to maximize your sales and keep customers interested in finding out what's new. Parlevel keeps expanding and improving the software. My current project is building up the warehouse module for my business. I am using it to plan orders from a couple suppliers now, and I am seeing improvements in keeping enough on hand without over ordering. I have been using parlevel for 3 years now and can't imagine running my business manually again.
  19. 2 points

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  20. 2 points
    Well it is all about location. Much like going to a movie theater and soda and popcorn cost 20.00. Or the last gas station near an airport, they know you have to turn in that rental with gas in it. There is nothing in my machines under a dollar, the highest item is 4.95. But I customize the selections for each location, and my machines have card readers, and take bills up to 20. I have made mine a “cost x3” prices, if a candy bar is .54 cents then it is 1.65 in some locations and 1.50 in others. Times 3 covers 1) more product 2) expenses: licensing, insurance, gas, card fees, repairs, etc. 3) I gotta feed my kids. When I took over another route, they had their stuff at .65, and I did have one lady in one office who gave me lip about jumping up .35 and how that could happen. I said, well maybe that’s the reason they sold their machines, I don’t know for sure. But I do know that I will be pulling these machines cleaning them up and they will be updated with card readers, and that stuff costs more. If it does end up being to much for this location to accept the extra .35 cents, I do have a few locations eagerly waiting for a machine. I never brought the machine back there after I updated it. It was a reality office that closes at 5pm and open by appointment on weekends. Not the kind of location I like. I like open 24/7 availability, or at least close to it.
  21. 2 points
    I'd say you could do 85 cents with little pushback if you're competing with those prices. Chris and I are in the same area, so we are fighting the same battle. People moaning over an 85 cent candy bar but spend 1.29 at a gas station without a thought.
  22. 1 point
    Honestly, if you are retired, it may be an ok choice. But, I would read all the back posts here, and think long and hard about this. Also, I am guessing that you live in a warm area, is there demand for hot drinks? Personally, if I were to do this, I would talk to local vending operators, and ask to partner. Reason being, most vending operators (myself included) don't like dealing with coffee. Too much work, and hassle, and you have to be there once or twice a week to clean. But, if you specialize in coffee you could work on a deal with an existing company, where you put coffee machines in only their best locations. Then, I would choose one model of machine, and only use that (if you do decide to do this, come and ask for recommendations). Since you are on an island, parts will be hard and slow to get. So, only run one model, and have a machine dedicated for spare parts. Get to know it inside and out. Another option would be ice cream. They are somewhat lower maintenance, and you could possibly place them in tourist spots. Ice cream should sell better, as you are in a warm area. But there are still a bunch of pitfalls, so think and read the posts here first, before you spend a dime.
  23. 1 point
    No one has ever made a living off of coffee vending alone. Do not buy into a blue sky sales pitch.
  24. 1 point
  25. 1 point
    i have about 100 locks all keyed the same for sale
  26. 1 point
    The smallest a 7600 will get is 30.5". No need to remove the door. Disconnect the door stop rod, then remove the stop plate on the right side of the slide out, then push the slide out into the cabinet. Swing the door open 180 degrees and enter the opening cabinet first.
  27. 1 point
    I use medeco's from LSI in Orlando. They sometimes have used cylinders they will rekey to your key, and they are a few dollars cheaper than new cylinders. Just not always available. You have to ask when you call. Was doing some research on locks/keys today after noting an electric lock that LA commented on in another string. Very neat tech, would love to have them, but at about $190 per lock it's a non-starter for me for quite a while....
  28. 1 point
  29. 1 point
    LOL....That's because graphics on generic machines hasn't changed much in the last 20 years.
  30. 1 point
    Use breasts to sell food and booze no one bats an eye. Use them as nature intended and everyone loses their minds.
  31. 1 point
    I had about 40 boxes out at the beginning which I believe added up to $360/week. That was about 20 boxes on an A week and 20 boxes on a B week. The weeks simply alternated every week A, B, A, B, etc.. I reduced the route down to about 32 boxes quickly and was collecting about $320/week for quite a while. I can tell you that I came up with a simple formula that, as long as your shortage is less than 20%, you make roughly HALF of what you bring in in profits (not including vehicle costs). So, if you sell 20 pieces for $18 (supposed to be $20 with 10% shortage), then your profit is about $9, but that's every other week. Yes, my boxes were profiting me about $4~/box per week, but I could only service 3-4 boxes per hour. If I really kicked golpher and did 4/hour, I could feasibly do 36 in a 9-hour day, and I actually collected $9/box because almost every box was a 2-week cycle anyway.. so 36 boxes in a day at $9/box is $324 in profit if they were all decent accounts. Do that 5 times a week and you're at $1,600/week. While you won't break 6 figures, you can make a lot of money hypothetically. Here are the catches: you have to CONSTANTLY relocate boxes. Sometimes the account wants you to remove your box, sometimes you have to remove it due to shortages (aka: theft). Sometimes you have to remove the box simply because the location is too slow. What you really want (in my opinion) is to do at least $10/week on average if they are SNACK boxes, but mint boxes are different. Even so with my $1600/week figure, that would require all GOOD accounts, a lot of them for that matter ( about 360.. 180 on A week and 180 on B week) and that doesn't factor in vehicle costs. Your vehicle would need to be reliable to keep up with that. Check out humphrey's posts. He makes over $1,000/week now if I am not mistaken, and he has clearly worked his butt off to do it all. Making $1,000/week is very possible and relatively realistic if you put the work in AND you live in a pretty good metropolitan area. Making $2,000/week though... that's pushing it in my opinion. You might end up having to work 7-5 every day or work at least 6 days/week just to make those figures. Don't get me wrong, it's great to break into 6-figure income, but I make money to live. If I make 6-figures at the cost of all of my free time including valuable precious time with family, then I don't see the point in working so much. Wife would like it though.
  32. 1 point
    1) distraction, 2) someone I don't know and my money, 3) insurance, 4) trying to hide the fact, 5) that's not why he was hired, ^ not asking if it would be okay first, 7) not being smart enough to understand these things
  33. 1 point
    The most reliable way to troubleshoot the X/Y motors is to swap them with each other to see if the problem changes direction.
  34. 1 point
    Sounds like you have "sold out check" enabled. It's a feature designed to force you to spin the turret and make sure that the "sold" selections don't have tainted products. Mainly designed for prison/jail situations where smuggling is a concern. As for your health control issue, make sure the condenser fans are working and the condenser is clean and away from the wall, and the intake screen is clean as well..
  35. 1 point
    Well... All I know is, my moms side of the family, and her parents, both were raised on farms, family ran farms. My grandma and grandpa both had like 13-16 brothers and sisters each, who all had a share of the farm to run. It seemed like if they needed another hand on the farm, they had another kid lol. My mom only had 3 siblings though, but their “farm work” fazed out as they got older and went to college and military etc, farm got sold, and family moved to Arizona from Illinois. My dads side of the family came from New York, he was an only child, and they moved to California. My grandpa (Papa) started a business building and maintaining gas stations all over Los Angeles. My dad ended up working for him and managing one of the branch offices, (they grew to 3 branches, LA, Burbank, and Ventura Co.) My Papa was a Army MP in Germany in WWll, my dad was in the Air Force in Vietnam. With that said, my dad was pretty use to his dad giving orders, and how frutile it was to argue. Usually the only part of the conversation I ever heard was the final words of “just do it damn it, handle it!” Now considering I was taking phone calls and messages (like a secretary) for my dads branch during the summers, since I was in the 5th grade, and paging my dad to give him the messages, I can say I have been raised in with the “family business” scenario. However, the “bosses” have always been the parents. Not the other way around. I really don’t see it lasting to long if the “kids” are the bosses, and the parnets (or in laws) are employees. I could be wrong, and there are probably family businesses out there that it does work for, I just wouldn’t bank on it lasting as long. With all that being said, my plans for my business has been from the get-go, to recruit my little minions when they are old enough to take on a few machines. My kids are six months apart in ages, which means they will be pretty much getting their drivers licenses at about the same time. That’s 3 cars, 3 insurance policies, and if they are anything like me, 3 times the amount of speeding tickets. 😳 My plan is to put each one in charge of 3 or 4 machines each. For them to run as their business. How well they run their business will determine what car they’ll be able to afford to get and afford other related expenses etc. Plus! they’ll learn first hand what it takes to run their own business whether it’s running machines or something else. 😁
  36. 1 point
    Bulk is much more flexible than full line. Depending on your focus customers are easier to deal with also. Employee issues are the same except with bulk there is less training and technical knowledge needed. Employees are always the biggest PIA in any business. As already stated there are some good ones but even after diligent selection when hiring you seldom get one good one for every ten you hire. But if you are serious about business employees are a necessity. When you get to full time, vending is my livelihood state, you also get to the place that if you fall ill, have an accident, family health or other issues, you are in a bad place. So employees are necessary to continue the business of providing you with income if you are not able to. I don't know if my experience is like anyone else's. As I grew I hit plateaus were things were at a standstill income wise. An employee costs money. So when you hire your first you take a big hit on your personal income until you can build out the business. Guess what, you are working really hard again! And so on as you build. So it really comes down to your goals. If you place income over everything then don't hire anyone and hope you don't get sick. If you place time to enjoy life over income then employees are a must.
  37. 1 point
    Email me at rbepic4gatgmaildotcom and I can send you a replacement of various models that will work better than what you might get from fleabay.
  38. 1 point
    Everyone says they are no good but I have been using one at a very high use location for the last 5 years with no problems.
  39. 1 point
    I was just making sure I was on the same page lol. I'm going to end up converting this one to the 167. If it was a snack/soda combo I probably would repair it, but I don't intend to start doing frozen anytime soon (or ever really).
  40. 1 point
    Maybe they just packaged the wrong display then. It might hook up the same if it was for a different AP machine. That, or you aren't messing with an AP 7000.
  41. 1 point
    Did you get the wrong one maybe? Can you take a picture? It should barely be narrower than the trim.
  42. 1 point
  43. 1 point
    Every rack I have has at least two flat items. I know that there are some places I would be somewhat better off with no flat and another 2" cap machine as far as gross goes. But you really need to look at your average cost of goods. Merchandising a rack takes more thought than most operators want to do. For example, even the highest priced flat items will come in at 20% product cost (50 cent vend), premium 2" comes in at 26% or more (75 cent vend) flat changes out much faster and requires less warehouse and truck space also lowering "cost". I run a lot of 27mm balls. They take up a position on the rack and sell very well. I know a lot of larger operators don't run them. I suppose they are afraid of a choking hazard, but the choking hazard is no greater, perhaps less that 1080 or 850 gum. In fact my insurance carrier underwriters have said this. But 27mm balls and gum are great ways to lower average cost. I cant even imagine a rack with 6 two inch products, let alone 8. Terrible waste of real estate and impossible to effectively merchandise. Now I do understand wanting to fill a space to keep others out, that is a valid consideration. But it sure is not cost effective.
  44. 1 point
    Every new account we put on has cans priced at $1.00, 20oz at $1.50. We are in the process of converting all of our snack machines to $1.00 for all items (except pastry - $1.25). We are eliminating 1oz SS bags and going solely with LSS for chips. There has been little to no resistance from the customers. Most people understand that pricing has gone up. There is nothing wrong with carrying prices close to the C-stores. One advantage that we off that the C-stare doesn't? We deliver the product to the customer, so asking comparable prices is fair. The big vendors have higher prices because they know the market will pay it. Besides, it is always better to be a leader in pricing and go to a little higher price before your competition does. If you can establish the higher price, you will be able to absorb a future cost increase from the manufacturers, while your competition is scrambling to raise prices everywhere because now they have to. I've picked up several new accounts because vendors wait to the last minute to raise prices, surprise the customer and piss them off, and then the customer shops around for a new vendor; even if the new vendor is at the higher pricing, they'll switch because the old vendor handled the price increase poorly. We always give our accounts WAY advanced notice that a price increase is coming so that there are no surprises.
  45. 1 point
    Most of my can drinks are .75. I have 4 that get 10%. Instead of going to .85 I talked them into going $1.00 and 20%. Now I get make more, .80. I never noticed any change in sales.
  46. 1 point
    Sorry for the cross-post if you are a member of VendingNation on Facebook. A few weeks ago I posted asking whether anyone knew of a supplier who sold 50¢ coin mechs that were compatible with 1800 Vending triple-head bulk machines (like the one pictured). There are some products where 50¢ vends make more sense, and over time more products will be moving in that direction.I didn’t have any luck finding anyone selling compatible 50¢ mechs, so necessity became the mother of invention. I took apart one of my coin mechs and after numerous iterations and tweaks, I’ve successfully designed and 3D-printed a replacement part that converts a 25¢ mech into a 50¢ mech. I’ve attached a photo of a printed replacement part alongside the original one. Replacing with a metal part would be ideal, but I’ve so far been impressed with the performance and durability of the plastic replacement component that I’ve created. Below there's also a video I made depicting the process of swapping out the components; it takes about 5 mins if you're comfortable taking apart the coin mech. I’m writing to find out whether one or two other people out there using similar 1800 machines would have an interest in informally helping me test this pricing mod. If you’re up for it, leave a comment or send me a PM and we can connect further from there.
  47. 1 point
    For years we had .80-.85 on candy but the cost of candy has gone up so much over the years. We are $1-$1.25 on candy now depending on the account and we try to not have too many rows of candy because even at those prices the margins aren't great. I think you can easily increase your chips to .65 for SS and $1 for LSS. Our prices are similar to yours if not a tad bit lower here and there but we have almost all of our snack machines at .65 and $1 on our chips. After your chips, the next thing you could possible increase imo is your 16.9 oz bottles to 1.25. When you say "cookies" I assume you mean crackers like Toast Chee and Nekot? If so, that is pretty strong. I mean if they are selling at that price for you then keep it there but we have ours anywhere from .5 to .65 mostly. Our normal is .60 or .65 but we also have a handful of machines out there with .50 on crackers. In a lot of those accounts, they get 2 crackers for $1. The crackers only cost us .14-.17 cents so even at .50, they are still one of our better profit items. I think the next thing we plan on doing is trying to increase our cake prices. We have 1.00 on almost all of our machines (some machines we have .90 or .85). We try and keep cheaper cakes/pastries in those slots like Honey Buns, pop tarts, moon pies, and sugar wafers. Those items for us are in the .32-.38 cost range. Its some of the other pastries that cost a bunch that we try and avoid or limit.
  48. 1 point
    Is that a golpher Vendo stx All of the unreliability of a Vendo V*e and none of the sales boost or selections of a Glassfront. Brilliance in motion.
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  50. 1 point
    The fact that you do not like questions is extremely telling. Frankly, those who blindly follow a pitch are fools, and it seems that that is exactly who are looking for.
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