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  1. 3 points
    >Keep your machines clean, full, and working >Keep your gross profit at or above 50% >Do not have the lowest prices in town >Do not get bullied by customers. Cooperate with reasonable requests but set a time limit for it to succeed or fail >Be licensed, pay sales taxes, have proper insurance, and have these documents available >Don't be afraid to say "no, I don't do that" >Be respectful on your customer's property, but also be approachable. We all know what it means to be "the cookie man" >Give samples to your customers >Never turn your back on an unlocked vending machine >Have a drop safe in your service vehicle and leave the key at your home or warehouse >Hang out with us, we're informative, even on grumpy days.
  2. 3 points
    The machine is from 1977. You probably drowned the thermostat. You can try removing it from the machine and let it sit in the sun for a day or 3. It should look something like this when removed: And welcome to TVF! Let me warn you that you will be banned if you ask how to put a card reader on this heap.
  3. 3 points
    It can, but realistically that's a snack and soda machine combined. I hsve a trucking place with maybe 10 drivers and 10 on site. It does $1500/year soda+snacks combined. I have a manufacturing facility with about 25 employees and it probably does $2200/year. A fabrication shop has 15 employees and does $4500/year. Another place has about 30 employees + 0-40 temps depending on jobs that come in requiring more labor. That location usually does $250/week. It can be as slow as $100/week and as much as $350/week. An account I just got has about 30 employees and does $80-$120/week depending on over time. 25+ is really a good minimum, but I want 40+ now as I value my time now. Starting out though, 25+ employees in blue collar environments can be a good start. Avoid offices.
  4. 3 points
    You have that column's rotor 180 deg out of time. You can either pull the motor off and rotate the rotor 180 or pull both plastic timing cams off and turn the base cam 180.
  5. 2 points
    The Bev 4 will be fine. We have some "outside", but under shelter so they don't get wet in the rain. South Louisiana has been known to occasionally get a bit warm and humid. {sarcasm font}
  6. 2 points
    It's a very good machine to bring to a scrap pile.
  7. 2 points
    Twenty five years ago we were worried about destroying trees, so we switched to plastic grocery bags instead of paper. Let that sink in.
  8. 2 points
    Sounds like the account would definitely be worth it. You may want to consider a glassfront pop machine also. Sounds like you will have a heavy female customer base and having the ability to offer a variety of drinks should boost sales. I know at the cosmetology school that we have, we sell more energy drinks (especially the new REIGN), Sparkling Ice, Vitamin Water, juice, even flavored milk (YUP). Seems like everything and anything in a weird size container...LOL. But their tastes change as the classes change and a glassfront is WAY easier to make changes in as opposed to emptying out columns, adjusting shims, etc. Just a thought. Good luck, sounds like a GREAT opportunity.
  9. 2 points
    The old Chevy F-150.
  10. 2 points
    Those older Dixie chicks might be heavier and not look as nice as the the newer models but she'll still give you the goods if she's working and you have money.
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  12. 2 points
    Buy a new AMS. The 797 National is already over a decade out of production and some parts are not available.
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  14. 1 point
    Thanks, Tony, it was a lot of fun, but can't say i wasn't ready to get back to it. So much different than when i had a "real" job lol
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    I have a private vo-tech school, about 99% male students in their early 20's, average 80-100 students at a time. 4 machines, $400 to $500 per week, about 85% cashless...
  17. 1 point
    Toss that 145 in the trash and upgrade to a nice snack with card reader to double your sales 😉
  18. 1 point
    The royal 660 is a good machine, I have several, but AZ is correct; the programming takes some practice. Coca-cola buys a lot of them and it could still be theirs. (I think the RVCC means it was built specially for Coke, someone tell me if I am correct??) If it has a card reader with it the value of that depends on the make and age of the telemeter and can you get the unit transferred to your own account.
  19. 1 point
    Hello have a customer with a FSI 3076 Their old bill validator is a old conlux mB2-16a-400 27 volt. it is no longer taking bills but it is taking coins. There is an upgrade path from usi/vendnet for a coinco ba32f bill validator both 117 and 24 volt model (buying the data and power cable from USI/Vendnet) but the question is this, will a mei 24 or 117 volt validator work on this machine at all? Thanks for the help!
  20. 1 point
    With some people, it's immediately obvious that their gene pool is one of them above ground ones.
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  22. 1 point
    I always find it amazing how generous people can be with somebody else's money.
  23. 1 point
    Over 5 years ago, while working for a part time job, I talked to a guy who heard I was also a vendor. He told me he was interested in a better deal for the vending. His only requirement was that he wanted his employees to be able to buy a can of soda and a candy bar for a dollar COMBINED. I was really curious because I was at 90 cents for candy alone. I went during second shift and there I saw a can machine (50 cents), a snack (50 cents everything except the expired pastries at $1), a bottle ($1), AND a cold food machine. I talked to the guys on second shift, both of them. This turd had less than 25 employees and this was a known vendor in the area who had low pricing but not THAT low lol. But the kicker... Is that this guy STRESSED that he had no contract and could switch tomorrow for a better deal. Unfortunately, I never landed this great account *sarcasm*.
  24. 1 point
    A common mistake. The depth setting is by selection as well. The only settings involving columns is space-to-sales and test vend. The rest of your advice is spot on.
  25. 1 point
    Just don't lick the paint, and youll be fine.
  26. 1 point
    Remove the board cover and give us the EPROM version. Sounds like you might have Coke programming. Here is the manual for Coke programming: https://vendiscuss.net/files/file/117-dixie-narco-s2d-programming-4-button-coke/
  27. 1 point
    If the board was locked with a password it would show LOC when you pressed the mode button.
  28. 1 point
    I'm bad at recalling how to program machines unless they are right in front of me, but what you need to press the service mode button, and then hold buttons 1+2 simultaneously to move through programming options until you get to price or SP or whatever it says. Then, you hold the selection you want to change. It will increase/decrease in 5 cent increments. If it's going the wrong way, you let go for a second and then hold it again. From there, your price should change. I have never seen a password on a SIID board so I don't know how it reacts when there's a password. Once you have changed prices, press the service mode again or just press/pull the door switch until the machine goes back to sales mode. Then press the button to verify it changed prices.
  29. 1 point
    Good luck, interested to know how things work out for you! If you are going to sell your regular vending items in the market, why bother with the market at all? The point is to move to a more upscale (and busier) type of sales. More like a C-store or small deli.
  30. 1 point
    http://www.vendingworld.com/Manuals/Savamco/FM1462.pdf From just glancing at the manual, the board is represented as an "LF-80" board, which is probably just as I thought -- a coinco board just like the F80 in some USI models and the same/similar board in AP LCM machines. The machine is apparently MDB as well, which is good, but doesn't make the machine worth anything more than it is (which is almost nothing).
  31. 1 point
    If it’s still tripping after getting a new GFI there is something wrong with your machine. Running it without a GFI is like taping over your airbag light and pretending everything is ok.
  32. 1 point
    I have no solid answer or knowledge on Royal, but my money is "all in" on Iowa. Should we start a pool?
  33. 1 point
    new or used AMS or USI Combo's built in the last 5 years or so
  34. 1 point
    That National model is a good one though personally I preferred the AP LCM Combo machine. Both will only vend 12 oz cans and I find the AP easier to work on from a cooling system standpoint. AP was bought by Crane who owned National and neither model is produced any longer but aftermarket parts are readily available for either with some exceptions, such as the evaporator for the AP. The National has a more confusing electronics system, especially when it comes to their temperature control and that is why I have always shied away from the National machines. The vendors who preferred Nationals (in my operating days) preferred them because they ran a lot of National machines. You really have to learn them well by using them a lot or you will be lost in their electronics. AP, on the other hand, was more user friendly I found and continued to find when I was strictly a repair man. Crane may still stock some parts for this model as it was one of the later legacy machines they built but their tech support charges per call for help. On the other hand, any repair technician who is any good will know how to work on either machine. I am surprised that no one would even touch a Seaga. Even though I will tell any vendor to avoid their machines for the same reasons you mentioned, I still worked on them for my customers. I didn't like to, but money is money.
  35. 1 point
    Follow the instructions on your inner door. Here's the manual: https://www.dsvendinginc.com/images/pdf-manuals/S2D-Program.pdf
  36. 1 point
    Not sure what a 276 "cb" is but it depends on if the machine is single price or multiprice and what board is in it. Take a picture of the inside of the door with the electronics and we can tell you.
  37. 1 point
    Yes, this is a must. I put a small label just above the coin slot,( Pay Here.) This also tells the customer where to pay and not have to ask the cashier, the cashier will take it
  38. 1 point
    Some of the bodies dont fit on the bases too well and a coin could fit through the gap between them. That's why the cash box plate is there for. Whatever you end up doing, good luck.
  39. 1 point
    Were you having problems with the Eagles not vending? I have yet to have a problem unless I fill it more than 1/2 full and if I need to put more product in, I just use a Cab Back. If you glue that to the wheel; the baffle will need to turn with the wheel which will put added pressure on the wheel teeth, which could cause it to slip. I would not use copper pipe because it will eventually wear into the wheel... find a small diameter PVC. Are you doing this with gumballs and BB's? Thought you were only having problems with BB's?
  40. 1 point
    If it's just canned drinks, I'd estimate $100/month but it could do more or less, and I'd lean toward less. Stales may not be much of an issue with cans but it certainly can happen if you over fill, especially on diet soda.
  41. 1 point
    That isn't the right demographic for a card reader. You need younger employees or a lot of transient traffic to make a card reader worthwhile. Otherwise it is just a drag on whatever profit you make because you'll pay each month for the card reader whether it's used or not. You also want high prices, close to $1, since fees are deducted from the selling price. You have no idea what is entailed in using card readers and this is not the location to learn on.
  42. 1 point
    If you buy a reader on Ebay you still have to have whoever the reader was originally assigned to transfer it. There is some risk in doing this. The readers could be leased or not paid off yet. Buyer beware. I'd say buy a 4g VPOS right from Nayax directly. It will have a full warranty, good customer service and they engineer their own devices unlike the other guys. Good luck!
  43. 1 point
    If you put this in a mini storage place you will make zero money. Even here in Phoenix where it's over 105 most of the summer you can't make any money in mini storage facility.
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    This is what I did. What are your thoughts?
  46. 1 point
    Apparently you haven't called any to ask or dropped in to ask. Each area's bank is different. Do the legwork.
  47. 1 point
    The BEST way to get started, in my opinion, is by sticking with either Royal 650/Merlin IV or Dixie Narco 501e's. Keep in mind that a 501e is very different from a 501T or 501MPC or anything else that it might say. You want a 501E with an SIID board in it. With the Dixie 501E or Royal 650/Merlin IV, you'll have all of the capacity and versatility you would need for almost any account that you'd be able to land as a new vendor. They are usually readily available used or refurbished, and you can actually buy the Royals new to this day as they still manufacture them (not the case with the 501E). I recommend new vendors stick with Dixie 501E's because they are easier to learn and you can transition to telemetry usually with no issues whereas older Royals might not report cash sales (this only affects you if you want to pre-kit, which requires a $300 card reader and $8/month wireless fee). Don't do Seaga, definitely don't do Gaines, no Antares, and a few other brands. There are other models too that are older and very good, but a lot of markets have 501e's and Royal 650's readily available for purchase and you will kind of future-proof yourself with those models. USI is okay too but many of their machines have pros and cons which can be a pain to deal with sometimes. Vendos are also good but, as a general consensus, you want to know what you are doing with vending because vendos can be problematic in certain ways. In fact, the only 2 series I would recommend you ever touch are the vmax (540, 720, and a few others) and the v21 series. The v21 is an excellent series but they DO have some problems at times (like all other machines) which can be somewhat difficult to figure out... and being new means you won't have a clue. There are SO many knowledgeable people that can help you diagnose a Royal or a Dixie and that's the only reason why Vendo moves down the rankings a bit. Also, certain USI soda machines are 100% incompatible with card readers and will not function whatsoever. One model I KNOW will not work is a CB-500 (aka CB-10, BC-10). However, only the model that have the MCB12 board in it are of issue. The models with GVC boards are fine. You'll know what it has based off of the actual model number (USI 3189 is the CB-500 with an MCB12 board and will NOT work with card readers. The USI 3500 (as the model number should say on the sticker) should have a GVC board and be fine. As for snack machines, there are many models you can go with because there are so many kits, but at this point, if you can get your hands on them, stick with machines of certain generations or newer. AP 4000/5000's, don't bother. Don't bother with any AP machine that doesn't have a digital display either. AP 6000/7000's are VERY good machines given how old they are, and they have made many vendors a LOT of money. They are probably the best workhorse snack machines ever made, but they are old and need to be upgraded to accept new technology. That can be done, but if you can get something newer then that's great. AP 110's are also VERY good machines for their time, but the same issues exist with them. In fact, they have a lot of important advantages over the 6000/7000 such as how the validator mounts and where the coin mech is. They are much easier to repair in my opinion, but they need the same money invested as the 6000/7000 and might not be as common in your market. AP 120s are good machines too but have some issues. If you get a working AP 120 with a drop sensor, then you are good to go. If a board goes bad on it, the simple solution is to buy a retrofitted board for about $315 + shipping and taxes. Anything newer than an AP 120 is probably a "good" AP machine but parts can be issues at times because of a history probably related to being bought-out by Crane, and I don't know the details of that history. National 145/146's were also workhorses, but I highly recommend you dodge these machines. The same is True for the National 147/148's. They all made a lot of money but I wouldn't even bother with those. National 157's are good machines but sometimes need some upgrades. The upside is that they are good machines and only require an MDB harness, maybe a new E-prom, and probably some programming change to make them MDB capable if they aren't already. We are talking about $50 if even necessary. The downside is that not all had drop sensors and to add one will usually only be cost effective by buying a retro kit that includes a board and drop sensor for $415++. But a drop sensor isn't really necessary and there is nothing wrong with getting a National 157 if the price is right. Anything newer than the 157 is usually a good machine for National, and I only know of snack models going up to 160/170 but I don't know the differences in those models. There are also GPL's that look almost identical but they can have various amounts of differences between them. It's difficult to say whether you should bother with GPLs or not because it depends on what's in them and I don't even know. USI machines are difficult to even talk about. The easiest way for me to explain this is by saying this: Unless the machine is VERY recent and has a GVC board in it, you might not get cash sales reported if you want to pre-kit in the future. That's often not a big deal, especially for new vendors, but it can matter later on because it's the way of the future in many ways. If a machine has an F80 board in it, you WILL NOT get cash sales. If it has an SM6 board in it, you MIGHT get cash sales. If it has a GVC board in it, you SHOULD get cash sales. Regardless, anything with an F80 board, SM6 board, or GVC board in it will be a decent machine. Don't get anything older than those. For model numbers and some details, you can go to vendnet.com and look through their snack machine manuals list. You'll see details on what boards are in what models right there. AMS has also been in the market for a little while (not as long as the other guys) and they make good machines but older models often require costly upgrades. You can probably stay away from any brand not mentioned here. As you can see, there are a lot of models. One of the EASIEST ways to quickly check to see if a machine is even worth messing with is to see if it is already setup for MDB. Sticking with newer model machines is your best bet, such as AP 120 or newer, National 157 or newer, Dixie 501e, Royal 650, etc.. Any of those models will accept a card reader, should already be MDB, and there are many people out there that know how to diagnose them when you have problems because they are all very common machines. It MIGHT cost you more to buy these but it might not. Buying refurbished will, of course, cost more than buying used but a company with a good reputation can provide you with excellent machines to get you moving. Having good machines that are relatively future-proof will mean that you won't have to go through many of the pitfalls that many of us have gone through over the past 10,15,20, or 30 years. I promise you that there are many more vendors out there than you realize and the bulk of them only have a handful of accounts and often don't keep up with technology because they can't land decent accounts to justify the upgrade. Don't be like them; start with the right equipment first, and don't buy new machines until you get your feet wet.
  48. 1 point
    So here is my problem with placement companies. Even though they are called "pre-placements", until the box is actually placed, they are just in fact "leads", maybe a "confirmed lead". But any yahoo can go through a business listing, jot down the names and addresses of businesses in the area, and send them off to you, claiming that they are "sold" accounts ready for a box. The vendor then shows up and the customer has no idea that a box was coming. Some may still take the box, assuming that maybe the decision was made higher up, and that is what I think companies like Charity Vending are counting on. If I give you enough addresses, you're bound to eventually get your 25 sales to stick. Waste of time and money! Other options, such as Sheridan, may actually call AND secure the location for a box, which is great and what they were paid to do. HOWEVER, the problem is that there is a lag time between the sale of the box to the actual placement of the box, in which the customer can "rethink" their decision and refuse the snack tray OR a different manager is working at the time the snack tray is placed, has no idea it was coming and refuses the placement. Honor Snack Trays MUST be placed at the time they are sold in order for a customer/business to give it a try. That requires either selling accounts yourself or hiring a sales rep. I have ALWAYS had at least one sales rep for the 25 years I have owned my Honor Snack company. Direct sales is really the best (and frankly the ONLY) way to sell new accounts. My suggestion would to be to sell the accounts your self OR hire a sales rep (albeit even temporarily) to place new accounts for your business. It is summer time; college kids are out of school. Why not hire one for the summer to go out and work your market areas and place honor boxes for you. You can refine the sales pitch to meet your company goals/standards and highlight your service process. You can have more control over the type of accounts you are looking for and work just the areas you need to build up. I TOTALLY understand that smaller start-up honor system companies need help with sales, but seriously rethink the "pre-placement leads". Heck, for $12/sale, I could produce a list of accounts to place a box at, and continue sending you names until your quota was met. That's not selling, that's just compiling a list. I'm not here to take anything away from Sheridan, I do believe that they are instrumental in helping small start-ups to get going. I'm just trying to shed some light as to why many struggle with placing boxes at the "pre-placed" locations. Just my two cents.
  49. 1 point
    Everyone knows that if you eat a honey bun and wash it down with a Diet Coke they cancel each other out.
  50. 1 point
    Jax, I could come up with a bunch of lines to follow up on your lead but that would be less than honest. Mine wife is actually my best asset and can't hardly get her to go shopping at the mall. She goes on alot of sales calls with me, helps me do intalls and keeps track of the money. She's also my navigator. I'd literally be lost without her. She knows how to do the GPS. Actually, when I'm working on a car she jumps right in there with me. She takes the out feed side of my table saw and stands there with flying sawdust and melting plastic. I wouldn't trade her for a thousand of those Beaver Islands. nam

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