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  1. 3 points
    I have been installing these boards in several of my USI machines, and in general I like them. I did run into a problem with my last install, the 4 wide snack had a satellite drink machine attached, and the InOne boards will NOT support any satellites/ side cabinets. I did not see any documentation of this in their instructions (I suggested they add the info!) Also, I did not ask in advance -Mea Culpa. Ended up having to re-install the original board for the time being. I am planning to remove the 6 select drink for a larger stand alone drink machine in the near future, so at that time the new board can go back in. Lessons learned - 1) Ask! 2) Don't do upgrades on a Friday night when you can't get tech support until Monday!!
  2. 2 points
    They are probably anti Vendo because they went sideways with Vendo. That's usually why distributors drop lines.
  3. 2 points
    Or just remove the mechs and vals and go credit card reader only. No money, no theft. Otherwise use Medeco or Abloy locks (LSI sells them) and add hasps to the side and secure them with hockey puck locks. Also, if you run T handle covers use big beefy brand name locks. Medeco/ABLOY/American lock. None of that Masterlock bullshit. Same with the hockey pucks. If you do it right it should run you over 100 dollars per machine.
  4. 2 points
    I can't get into specifics, but our cashless sales passed 30% of total sales several months back. That's a lot of quarters not being counted.
  5. 2 points
    Well I just had to share that not only is the machine still there, the manager let me put one of my campaign signs there!
  6. 2 points
    Follow Up!!! After contacting Coinco (who made the main control board), they pointed me towards which company made the display panel. I sent them an email, and received a response that they would forward me email to the person who knew the board. A week or so went by and I was contacted by a nice gentleman by the name of John Cassacia. Who stated: Hi Tim, Omar Castillo at Masterwork Electronics gave me your name and contact info. I am the former Engineering Manager of Versatile Control Systems / Masterwork Electronics. I understand that you have an issue with the display on a USI CB700. I believe that I can help guide you to a solution. The display module is available as a separate element. You can purchase the part from Digikey.com. The part they have for sale is a Lite-On part number LTM-8328PKR-04 (~$10.00) this display will work, but it is somewhat dim. The exact replacement is available, but is about twice the price, and is available to OEMs that purchase several thousand per year. Let me know if you have any additional questions. Best, John Cassacia He is correct, it is somewhat dimmer than the original panel, however it works fine without issues and for only 10.00 plus shipping!!!! For anyone doing this on their own machines. You will need soldering skills. Also, I had a problem at first with the "make another selection" LED flickering and eventually turning on. I then cleaned the board from the leftover solder flux with some Isopropel Alcohol and now it is working great! Just thought I'd send a follow up to anyone needing to repair their board since there is virtually no support for these machines from Vendnet anymore. Big thanks to John Cassacia for the help in repairing my machine for about 15.00 rather than scrapping it over just a bad display panel!! Now it can be sent to location and start making $$$!
  7. 2 points
    I buy them directly from InOne, they are a small company and very easy to deal with. I know there are distributors out there but I have not checked their prices...
  8. 2 points
    Cans 1.00 20 oz 1.75 LSS chips, pastries, candy 1.25 SM chips .75 (only use these at slower locations, trying to phase out.) Energy 2.50 My goal is to have sales tax+commission+COGS be less than 60% Cans for instance. Cost .33. Tax .8. Total 40%. Leaves room for some commission. One thing to note is that even if your sales drop after a price increase you still may be making more money. For instance. Let’s assume cans cost .35. No commission. 10% sales tax. Sell for .75 cents. Profit per unit is 32.5 cents. Sell 100 units profit 32.50. Bump prices to 1.00. Profit per unit .55. You would only need to sell 60 cans to make that same 32.50. So even with up to a 40% drop in sales you are making more money. Heck, even if sales do drop 40% you are still ahead. Machines sell out less, longer service cycles lower cost to service. Plus you have to lug around fewer cases.
  9. 2 points
    16.9oz bottles. A bunch of 501Es with can shims. Problem solved. You can set up an account with Walmart and order it all from them. Or you can still go through your bottler.
  10. 2 points
    I took this "design" from Anderson Dolly. It's used on the elevated/snack machines and on items like Wolf Range, Restaurant equipment etc...
  11. 2 points
    Don't know for sure and I no longer have any way to find out. I could hazard a pretty good guess if I could see photos of the inside of the door and inside of the machine including any and all control boards.
  12. 2 points
    I have only heard good things about the couple you are asking about, and I have heard good feedback about RJT's book as well. Personally, I don't care for his attitude and I disagree with him on some things but I don't doubt that his book has useful information. He just rubs me the wrong way. I haven't ever used any books. I was trained as an employee to do the most fundamental part of vending (stocking and collecting) so I really just had to learn the technical side such as repairs and operations. You can learn a lot of it here on this forum. The hardest thing for rookies to grasp, in my opinion, is that this is a simple business of stocking what sells and making money by volume sales. Too many worry about getting creative. You don't need to though. Just do what everyone else is doing but do it better. The most successful vendors aren't winning due to innovation. They are winning by keeping up with what people want. It's that simple. And also, don't get hung up on buying combo machines or brand new machines. You can get quality refurbished American equipment (assuming you are American or Canadian) and you can get a solid first few locations without breaking the bank. Or, you can still settle for cheaper machines if you have the means to move equipment and you find good deals. The most crucial part of this business, other than stocking machines and keeping them working, is getting AND keeping good locations. If you can secure and retain good locations for a long time, you can do very well in vending. Perhaps I'm just slow to grow, or perhaps banks aren't friendly since the last big recession, but it took me 9 years to get to the point where I'm at but my problems are good problems now. I have money and I can do things that smaller companies can't because lack of money and big companies can't because lack of workforce.
  13. 2 points
    I was reading through some old threads (actually in the political forum) looking for some material for another topic when I ran into this gem I quote below. Have each of you committed to to better for your business? We have had a lot of small locations close as well, but our over all revenues are OK. Increases (or lack of decreases) in this economy will vary, but the proliferation of cashless/telemetry technology is contributing. Every month cashless sales, as a percentage of total sales increases a little bit. Precision use of telemetry will allow you to work the machines more efficiently and at the right time. Workers are electing to not go out to lunch to save money and gas will increase vending sales. Changing from cans to bottles or adding bottles increases sales. Adding premium items to snack machines will increase sales, especially machines with card readers. Watching sold outs in machines and doubling up on items that sell out will increase sales. Eliminating items that do not sell well will increase sales. Having a few selections that feature a new item every 6 weeks will increase sales and interest. Keeping the machine clean, full, and working will increase sales. Doing any of the above will show positive growth. Doing all of the above keeps you in the game. The biggest mistake most vending operators is doing the same thing every day, week, month and year. I have gone into new locations and seen very old equipment. The comments are: "I've worked here for 25 years and that machine was here when I was hired". When walking through a new location, I hear "can we get a machine with a bill acceptor?" We laugh and watch them freak out when they see a card reader and Apple Pay decals. Right now the political climate is harsh to say the least. The economy in general is positive. GDP growth since the last election has been bullish, as has the stock market. We must continue forward or get run over (again). Our economy is fueled by confidence in the future. Confidence to make a profit, and to keep profits for reinvestment. {We should probably start a thread on the snack & beverage forum about how to increase same store sales}
  14. 1 point
    yes, I have used them before. We had a couple maybe 8 years ago. Not knowing what machine you are trying to improve, I suggest using an inone or Ve kit instead.
  15. 1 point
    Medeco and Abloy are not tubular locks. Also, they take key control very seriously. They will assign you a unique code. Only the distributor that originally sold you locks is allow to sell you more. All keys are stamped with the distributors name. And the key is patented.
  16. 1 point
  17. 1 point
    I think it varies from club to club. I have seen a lot of changes over the last few years.
  18. 1 point
    At apartments and hotels it's a matter of when, not if, you will be broken into. You have to put high security locks on - no Ace locks. Put any factory security kits on and secure them with hockey pucks with high security lock cylinders. Use aftermarket T-handle covers and heavy side hasps with pucks. Cages are wonderful as well.
  19. 1 point
    Opposite for me. I'm seeing new candy that hasn't been around lately, e.g. Mounds.
  20. 1 point
    I have a hotel location the was hit a couple of times. I put a "smile you are on camera" sign on it. Which they actually are. Most hotel/motels have pretty good camera systems. Both times they caught the guys, but going to court is a huge hassle.
  21. 1 point
    I’ve seen the same thing at mine. They pushed prices up & now anything that isn’t the basic candys is being clearances out.
  22. 1 point
    It has a programming level for can or bottle which changes the vending in specific columns to be two deep for cans or one deep for bottles (or 16 oz cans). On the front columns you want the tops of the products to face out and for rear columns you want the tops to face the rear.
  23. 1 point
    I am assuming you are wanting to vend only 1 piece at a time correct? The easiest way to try to accomplish this would be to manipulate the metal insert some way (probably backing the insert off a little and bending the flap out). It will take some trial and error and still may not work right. I'll be honest.....whats wrong with it occasionally or even consistently giving out 2 pieces? Seems like alot of work for to try to save a minuscule amount of money. Either way good luck.
  24. 1 point
    The crank handle is a “baffle assembly” it’s so important to the wheel. What that does is stop the machine from jamming and causing mis-vends. It stirs up the contents making sure product is moved into the wheel. This baffle assembly is vital for vending 1 inch capsules or bouncy balls. I even use a baffle assembly for Gumballs just to eliminate the risk of misvends.
  25. 1 point
    Never buy a boat. Be best friends with the person dumb enough to own a boat.
  26. 1 point
    does the machine have change in it? you are aware that the unit will power on and do everything its supposed to do except accept cash if it doesn't have change, if there is change in machine and its still not accepting, then you have a problem, machine needs at leads $5 or more in quarters dimes and nickels for it to accept a bill. :P
  27. 1 point
    Nevermind, guess I should read the manual fully. D B C A it was as stated in the manual. Sorry.
  28. 1 point
    There is a cam under the cover on top of delivery door. It is broken. Easy to replace. Only a few screws to remove.
  29. 1 point
    I get most of my large chips thru Vistar; Sams carries a few but mostly in assortment cases which I try to avoid. At 1.15 there would be .10 change on a quarter; that's more doable than 1.10 and .15 change... I found out the hard way when I raised cans to .85 and the .15 change cleans out the older 3 tube changers!!
  30. 1 point
    No Wittern let me go in one of there get rid of anyone who knows anything purges.
  31. 1 point
    When set for 4 deep, it tends to start dropping 2 cans at once.
  32. 1 point
    As Southeast Treats said directly from InOne good company, good technical support, and good people to deal with.
  33. 1 point
    I'm guessing this would be a great candidate for a card-only location lol.
  34. 1 point
    Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that machine as is will not take coins or bills. First thing that appears to be missing are the coin openings in the door and the associated hardware (chutes, mounts etc). The next item is it has a non standard controller. While you may be able to convert it it will be costly and may not be worth it. What you will want to do is get the serial number then call vendnet and have them compare the bills of material between this 3529 and a model 3553. You may run into resistance and/or lack of knowledge on how to do it but I know for a fact it can be done. Tell them to use the serial number you provided to find the product code for the 3529 then find a comparable product code in the model 3553 family. Once vendnet has the 2 product codes they can then compare the 2 bill of materials to get a list of what is different. This list will give you all of the parts required to convert it to coins and bills.
  35. 1 point
    Here is a clam shell idea that I use - furniture sliders. I use a large plastic slider with foam backing under most of my machines anyway, but when clam shelling thru a doorway with smooth floors (no threshold) I have done the move with just the sliders several times. I like it because it saves a lot of time over setting up the machine on a dolly, and I am not restricted by the range of the caster. This has been with snack machines but should also work with drink machines as well. With a threshold I am thinking that a dolly could be used for leverage to lift the machine enough to clear the legs over, but I have not tried it yet. The sliders I use are from Home Depot but are not on their website. They are rated for 1,000 lbs. I like them because they make the machines on site a little easier to move if I need to access the rear, and customers like that I am looking out for their flooring. Another issue I run into placing machines is keeping the power cord from getting pinched or damaged when setting the machine into it's final position. A long piece of twine or other small line works to hold the cord up out of the way and can then be retrieved when the machine is set.
  36. 1 point
    CA has a really weird sales tax scheme for vending machine sales. I think the state has some pretty good resources but they may have been lost with the BOE reorganization. ETA: https://www.cdtfa.ca.gov/formspubs/pub118/#applying TLDR: Food that is usually non taxable at a grocery store is taxed at 1/3 the sales tax rate from a vending machine. Soda/ carbonated beverages and hot food is subject to the regular sales tax rate, as it would be in a store. Bulk vending (gumball machines) candy and gum under 25c is not taxed.
  37. 1 point
    Just set it for 2 deep instead of 3. Never use 4 deep.
  38. 1 point
    Hey everyone! I found your forum yesterday while searching to identify a vending machine I bought. I didn’t realize what a big world of vending there is and I’m super intrigued!! I went ahead and registered today so I’d be able to ask a few questions, but using your search bar has already helped so much and I’ve learned a lot. Thanks for letting me mix in. Happy to have found you.
  39. 1 point
    A 3529 is a special cold food machine that was built for schools it quite possibly has a Vendnovation controller in it and that that controller will not accept coins or bills even if you put a mech and val in it not all Vendnovation controllers do. I cannot remember when they were built but I would guess somewhere between 2000 and 2010.
  40. 1 point
    That is a DN 3DVIS from Coke. You should send it back if it's a lease machine from Coke because it's a P-series piece of crap. They can handle 12oz and 20 oz but not 16 oz. The package size in the programming determines the setup for your products. Search the site for P-series package setup or just package setup because I have posted them before. I don't have them handy now.
  41. 1 point
    I assume you mean on a DN 440. Just adjust the motor cam for 1 notch on a narrow column or 2 notches on a wide column and then adjust the rear spacer to get 1/2" of space between the depressed sold out paddle and the product when it's pushed back against the rear spacer.
  42. 1 point
    I didn't candy coat anything and gave a very simple overview of what the business entails and some of it's challenges. You know there are alot more things to cover for beginners than what I touched on and that's why I encouraged them to research this site. That said, I completely agree with your earlier post and if you notice I didn't touch on the pitfalls you noted but simply added to it. I ranted about this situation on here not long ago. People start a bulk vending business, put a bunch of equipment out, lose interest and abandon the route leaving derelict machines all over the place. This behavior, to your point, really hurts our industry because alot of prospective locations don't want another bad experience with an abandoned machine. Bottom line is if you decide to quit the business be professional enough to sell your route to a responsible person or pick up the equipment. Don't just leave it there for the location to deal with. Your other point is true as well. Locations will buy their own vending equipment because they think we are getting rich off of their location. Years ago this wasn't a widespread problem but once wholesale clubs appeared and the internet took off, vending machines and product became easy for anyone to get. Most legitimate businesses understand that it is not worth their time to fool with managing their own vending. I tend to see it alot more with start ups where owners need every penny they can scrounge up. Regardless if their machine is maintained or not, the result is generally the same....one less available vending spot for you. No one is going to get rich off of 10-20 machines and if they think they will they are in for a rude awakening. It all boils down to what you want. If you want a manageable side gig bulk vending can be that but even at a part time level success still requires organization, hard work and vigilance. If you are looking to make it a career then be prepared for a large financial and time commitment no different than any other business.
  43. 1 point
    It might be this model https://vendnetusa.com/wfdata/files/4217378b.pdf (Closest to your model number) Which would then use this programming manual https://vendnetusa.com/wfdata/files/4215422b.pdf' Regardless, the machine will be MDB which means you can remove the card system from the machine, get or use an existing MDB harness and connect and MDB coin mech and bill validator to it.
  44. 1 point
    I can’t find that model number anywhere. I don’t recognize it, but there are so many models. Can you put a picture of the vendor on?
  45. 1 point
    Some very basic advice: If you are not a people person find another business venture. That may seem abrupt but the huge spectrum of personalities you will face in this business can be overwhelming if you are offended easily or quick to anger. Be ready to work hard and overcome frustration. Contrary to the sales pitches you read everywhere this is not the lazy man's business. Like any other business it has a lot of challenges and demands. Buy good equipment (Eagle, Oak, Northwestern, Beaver). Buy it used when you can and if you MUST buy new then buy Eagle machines. They are well built, attractive, dependable and reasonably priced. Investing in inferior Chinese equipment will cost you alot more in the long run. Try to build a small route (10-20 machines) in as tight a geographic area as possible. A small route like this will give you a good idea what it is like to operate a bulk vending business without over committing yourself financially. Run it for a while and learn how to deal with service calls, machine repairs, product management, location loss and replacement etc... . After 6 months or a year if you don't want it you can put it up for sale or if you like it then continue to build it. One of the leading causes of bulk vending business failures is the inability to replace lost locations immediately. Failure to quickly redeploy machines after you lose a location can quickly escalate into garage full of idle machines. Next you're completely dejected because you don't want to drop another wad of money to have them located again and doing so yourself seems daunting so don't let idle machines accumulate. Remember they aren't making you any money in the garage. The transient state of bulk vending today makes it tough to rely solely on 3rd party locators to get you locations. If you want to be successful for the long term in bulk vending you must be able to locate yourself. Self locating is intimidating for most people but once you get out there and start pounding the pavement it will get easier. Sure it's tough to get 10 NOs in a row but when you get that first yes you feel like Dale Carnegie incarnate! So give it a shot. 3rd party locators are helpful if time is a real issue or if you are targeting controlled access locations like factories, warehouses etc... . I have used them with varying degrees of success over the years. The cost involved with it will also significantly delay your initial ROI. Just remember that they aren't magicians and the ultimate success of any new location is a crap shoot. Finally take the time to continue reading as much as you can on here. I really believe this website is one of the best resources available anywhere for new and seasoned vending operators. Hope this helps and good luck.
  46. 1 point
    Lol, I had one location that the owners 8 yo daughter collected BB's. She had to have bought 200+ before stopping, it was great. Some of it depends on whether its repeat traffic or new traffic, generally speaking. You could also swap it out for a mystery mix 1in capsules every 6 months or so. Depending on the machine is how tough it is to switch between the two.
  47. 1 point
    Thanks Chris, machines both use a standard full size opening. So I should be ok.
  48. 1 point
    I run all my BB's in normal oak/eagle machines. Gimmick machines just means more to break on them.
  49. 1 point
    I refuse to put a card reader on a machine that will not DEX. I also don't trust MDB converter boxes. Payment systems should not leave anything to chance. I have over 3200 card readers deployed. Just my $0.02
  50. 1 point
    Thanks for the help, gentlemen. Your suggestions fixed the problem. Here is a photo the modification that eradicated the E5 error problem.

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