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  1. So there is still a place for an old S-75 to do what it was best at...returning coins all day
    3 points
  2. People won't buy gumballs en masse for 50 cents. I have been doing the 2 for 25 for years in locations with competition or slow sales with great success and I haven't had issues with profitability running gumballs in this manner. If I can take a machine that is doing $3 per cycle and bump it to $15 or $20 bucks per cycle while still making 70-80 percent gross profit I think that's a no brainer. Like I said above.....to each his own. I will add this piece of advice.....Bulk vending isn't going to get any easier going forward so don't be afraid to experiment with different setups especially when
    2 points
  3. The 2145 is not worth a new compressor and logic board and the 3155 was crap when they built it (the list of deficiencies is long plus you have never tried to move one) so they are only worth scrap money unless you can flip one if it works. If I had to move the 3155 it would only be one way to the scrap yard. It is hefty. Let me amend this in that if the 2145 has been updated to tall gates and pushers and has at least one working drop sensor then you need to decide of your need for one is worth the cost of the compressor and logic board which will also require a new coin mech, validator
    1 point
  4. Took me a little while to find the link... https://vengolabs.com/
    1 point
  5. There have been several companies introduce small wall mounts for various specialty vending ideas the last few years, but I don't know that any of them took off. Size/weight of the product? Cooling required? Price range? Coins only, coins and bills, cash and cashless, cashless only? The tech is out there, the question being will it generate a worthwhile profit. Probably does not make sense to spend 5K on a machine to vend a 50 cent item and can only hold 30 at a time, for example...
    1 point
  6. We have operated a lot of USI machines over the years the Lance built USI were subpar because Lance wanted them cheap. Not even worth the inone upgrade in my opinion, but inone probably has an upgrade go directly to them. USI machine even mdb have problems with credit cards outside of gvc2s especially early mdb.
    1 point
  7. Yes but it might not be necessary. If you really want to invest in these machines, the very first thing you should do is figure out what kind of card reader you want, contact the company so you can setup an account, and purchase your first one. From there, you can hook it up (I wouldn't mount it right away) and see if the swipe will work once activated. If it takes the card, lets you purchase, and then it takes a cash transaction after with no issues, then you are probably good to go. If you have problems or the machine won't transmit cash information for pre-kitting purposes, then you wil
    1 point
  8. Well Vendnet isn't exactly correct - there was a kit that was available about 3 years to upgrade a 3053MDB to a GVC board. However they may have discontinued a part in the kit that makes it unavailable. There were 2 versions of the 3053 one just had a model number of 3053 and would have been dumb mech and validator only. Then there was the 3053MDB which was MDB capable and they were all made for Lance and sold as Super vendors. Now one thing to remember (and Angry Chris mentioned it) these were a very early version of MDB and more than likely will not work with todays MDB as the standard
    1 point
  9. Those are just northern square Beavers being resold with a sticker.
    1 point
  10. The coin mech will have a white MDB 6 pin connector as will any bill acceptor harness. If you are running a bill acceptor then it plugs into the machine first and the coin mech plugs into the acceptor. If you install a card reader it must plug into the machine first, then the bill acceptor plugs into it and the coin mech plugs into the bill acceptor. The bill acceptor harness has two MDB connectors for this reason as does the card reader harness.
    1 point
  11. Geez Flibbert, are you looking for all the whiz bang gizzmos that you can find? Regular vendors stick to what works and to what machines work. You seem drawn to the most flamboyant stuff while ignoring the tried and true stuff that all the successful vendors use. Just my observation of your posts.
    1 point
  12. Are they pushing 6 machines for $2,490? Or $415 a machine? If so this is what we call a BizOp. Business opportunity. Those machines are overpriced for what you get, their promises are often over the top, and they often say they will locate the machines for you, and you may end up with horrible locations for half, and half in your garage. I am remembering from people who have posted about other BizOps in the past and had this happen to them.
    1 point
  13. It is an absolute scam of epic proportion. This is a classic biz-op scam where they sell unwitting people ridiculously over priced vending equipment and locations to put them in. 6 location and 6 crappy Chinese mint machines for $2490.00 Run don't walk away from any offer like this.
    1 point
  14. let them be, i had a similar issue here in NYC, machine was posted for $10 so i replied, when i did, they decide to change it to $100 bc of so many hits, i told them, im not doing it for more than $10, took them 3 months to sell it, in conversion, $10 and its gone, they sold it for $40, but the amount of time and the space that it took, it wasn't even worth the $40. so just let them roast a little, you gave your offer.
    1 point
  15. that looks normal considering the age of the machine
    1 point
  16. No. Unsanitary, untenable and catastrophic if the machine gets tipped over. Would you stop by every day and feed the fish? LOL. That thing would probably look like Lake Erie in about three days.
    1 point
  17. Seems expensive. $ 16.00 monthly fee $ 1.00 avg vend amt $ 0.50 Avg COGS 50% $ 0.50 gross profit 32 number of vends need to pay for monthly fee 12 months 384 number of vends needed to pay for yearly fee
    1 point
  18. Put any coin mech in the machine, just don't power it up. When they unblock the coin slot, and they will think they are helping you, the coins will fall through. We've had to do this at a few hotels. We also made signage "credit/debit cards only"
    1 point
  19. Honestly it is no better or worse than any of my other machines. I inherited it when I bought a route years ago. The big (12 inch) globe is an eye catcher but not really a necessity unless it is a really high volume location like a mall or busy restaurant. If you fill it full with Dubble Bubble and the location is average ($6 to $10 per month) you will end up with a lot of stale gumballs so I wouldn't fill it more than a quarter to half full out of the gate. orsd is exactly right. Those are Westar machines. The coin mech & door are Eagle (though not branded). They will use any normal bulk
    1 point
  20. Eagle. Sometimes branded Westar. Nice machines. Parts interchange with Oak.
    1 point
  21. https://www.capitalvending.com/ob-maka-lvvs99.html
    1 point
  22. Enough about Gaines garbage already! Stop trying to lead people to buying import junk. If you like them keep it to yourself and stop urging people to buy stuff we all know they will have trouble with - unless you live next door to him and will fix it for free.
    1 point
  23. you can get a nice Gaines machine which is small, combo, has wheels, is definitely a non-brand name machine, and will be super easy to fix if something breaks, it'll work great and will look slick they come in red or black, some of the newer ones are grey and are usually 2 piece (the black and grey only, red is usually 1 piece). it wont cost you 4k, they usually run from $200 to $800, if you hate the color, wrap it, you've got 4k right? Gaines 760A or Gaines 760B, i prefer the "B" version. Even though they are Chinese machines and are hated by most vendors, bc they don't hold enough stock and
    1 point
  24. If the card reader is USAT, it will say cash only for a number of reasons. Most common is during a vend started with cash (you can't split payments during a transaction), or if the coin mech return lever is depressed or the flight deck gate is out of place. Check for coin jams. Check your signal strength to see if the reader can communicate with the provider system. If the card reader is not able to communicate with the machine it will also read cash only, so troubleshoot the machine. Then disconnect the card reader and reconnect the cash equipment and see if the machine works, which woul
    1 point
  25. I meant get two machines, a 501E for soda and another snack machine, whatever was available cheap. (Although since I have a vending route my personal machines in the garage are usually things that need testing (new retrofit parts I’m trying out or new item packaging) or vandalized machines that work but need a lot of repair)
    1 point
  26. Just for home use correct? Personally I would do a 501E for sofa and whatever snack I could find cheap. Or a glass door cooler like coke uses at grocery store checkouts. But that’s just me. If I had 4K to blow however I’d probably end up getting a Bevmax. Soda only but has the cool arm. If you insist on spending 4K I’d get the AMS, or a USI or a Crane. Great resale on those. But you can get gently used Seagas cheap. Like under 1k. Only issue is they are somewhat unreliable and hard to fix. Certainly would not pay 4K for one.
    1 point
  27. Mostly security issues, but also the ability to pay back change. Most markets add sales tax and transactions can be in odd cents.
    1 point
  28. I am not sure, I think it depends on the channel; for example hotel micromarts ordering small quantities pay a much higher price. When I log in I can see my prices but when they send out discount offers they never give the final price, only the discount per unit. In my case I also have a 25 case minimum for ordering and pay a fuel charge that varies with the price of diesel. There is a cash and carry location in the Tampa area but that is much too far to be helpful to me.
    1 point
  29. You can buy other equipment that will also make you a lot of money for 3k. Cranes, redemption, etc. Unless the pizza place in question has as many customers as a small amusement park I foresee a lot of stale gum. Especially with covid
    1 point
  30. I think the demand for anything bulk vending has dropped drastically over the past several years. Many long time operators have left the business or drastically downsized. Now with the China virus and the government shutting everything down, the demand for anything bulk vending has sunk to even new lows. I expect more bulk suppliers close up unless they have diversified what their doing. It's been a dying business now for years and it's only getting worse. Finding good locations has become much more difficult than it was even 5 years ago. There will always be a location that will allow bulk, b
    1 point
  31. As usual, there is a lack of information here. If you have a brass colored Mars validator or an Ardac or USA validator then junk them. If you have a Coinco or plastic MEI validator then if they are working there should be a solid red light on them when in standby. Does the coin mech work, allow the machine to vend and does it pay change? If not it could be the problem. Load your cans with tops to the rear but if you are having vending problems with them you need to refer to the column setup diagram on the inner door which will show all the parts needed for various product setups and how t
    1 point
  32. Do you think Sam's will bring back candies, gum they dropped? We could start emailing asking to bring them back. They are in furious competition with Amazon, & others.
    1 point
  33. A distributor such as vso, vistar, etc...
    1 point
  34. A & A Global carries them: https://www.aaglobal.com/topc-bulk-candy-gum/unwrapped-bulk-candy.asp
    1 point
  35. Make sure to get a GVC2 board.
    1 point
  36. There was a guy that came on this site in May who I believe was a shill for A & A Global trying to push this product. I had also received an email from A & A a couple of weeks before that advertising this product. I researched the product and could find nothing that stated it was safe for contact with food so I passed on it. Even the websites that sell it sidestep saying that it is safe around food so I sure wouldn't be spraying it on candy chutes. It and products like it are really designed for mold mitigation and removal, not food services. I have a local competitor who I talk to qui
    1 point
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  38. Check to make sure the spring is still on the actuator. Also are those columns set for bottles or cans?
    1 point
  39. Received this Sunday afternoon (12/27/20), supposed to be corrected already.... Today, we experienced a system interruption for ePort devices. At approximately 9:05 AM ET we started experiencing network issues with ePort devices in the field. Working with our system partners, we believe we have found the root cause. Customers should start to see that device connectivity and transaction processing has returned to normal.
    1 point
  40. I have 2x25 wheels for both NW & Oak (also fitting A&A/Eagle. etc). If anyone is interested in giving it a shot, I'd sell 5 for $15 plus $5 shipping (sorry, selling onsies/twosies not the worth the effort). A friendly competitor I just bought out (who'd been in the business 27 years, is sharp as hell & recently retired) had been using 2x25 almost exclusively last few years. We spoke at length about his thought process. He says he'd done the math, & even in locations w/o competition, his overall sales increased near 20%- more than paying for the extra product. I r
    1 point
  41. I use them and I actually make them different sizes. No issues. Any air compressor.
    1 point
  42. Gumball guy and NYCcandyman have more experience then me, so I'd recommend listening to them and not me. If you do end up running 2 for .25 I'd love to hear how it worked out, what the increase in sales is like etc.
    1 point
  43. Vendo 5.1 and 5.2 boards are used regularly with card readers although the equipment was produced long before card readers were a consideration on vending equipment. , I have seen plenty 511's with USAT and Nayax readers on them working without too many issues. Since the entire payment system circuit disables once the reader is installed and starts working again after removal, I would double check your board firmware (1.067 would be the latest - found on a label on the EPROM). After confirming that, I would try that reader assy on another machine to confirm there are no issues. This bo
    1 point
  44. Yes, its too old. There was one last eprom update a few years ago which was hit and miss even then. Though the V5.1 or 5.2 (Coke programming) boards can accept MDB peripherals they no longer play nice with card readers and never really did when new. Vendo did a horrible job with those boards on the MDB and DEX side of things. MDB and DEX are NAMA industry standards but NAMA does nothing to enforce manufacturers to stick with the protocols as approved. A lot of good it does to have a National Association😠. Thats why so many older MDB machines can't work with card readers.
    1 point
  45. And she voted for me!
    1 point
  46. 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!
    1 point
  47. Ok...let's simplify this a bit. FIRST: you CAN NOT look at your costs and expenses based on individual items. That is LUDICROUS! You need to establish your route and then look at the average of the entire route. You said you had placed 48 boxes and serviced them all after 10 days. So look at what the TOTAL sales amounts collected and divide by 48 to get your average box sales. You then do the same with the COGS (cost of goods sold), which is the COST of inventory sold. This is based on your BOX COST (what it cost to fill your box) times the % used. I have all the formulas if anyone ne
    1 point


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