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    Before you publicly claim your millions from a lottery win, ask your friends and family if you can borrow $20.
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    This happened to me, when I had a landline. Hung up the phone wrong, referred to her as that .... very loudly, then realized the phone wasn't on the hook right. But after I noticed it I realized I didn't care if she heard me, and kind of hoped she did.
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    Just do it. You're never going to get anyone excited about price increases. They'll kick you out if they don't like it whether you tell them or not. People don't understand vending has expenses just like any other business.
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    Update: I had contacted Coinco back in January and they told me that when the e-prom is between 67100-1 and 67100-4, it CANNOT be upgraded beyond that and it will not report cash sales. I guess anything from 67100-5 and up can be upgraded to the latest version (67100-12). So not all of those boards with the blue button are the same. Just reporting this so others know.
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    I have several places that have mice problems. My solution to that is buying containers from Walmart and the problem is solved without changing from the cardboard boxes.
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    Vendors Exchange can help with restore to factory but not sure that's necessary. At least one of your tray boards is bad. Most likely it is the c shelf board but the e shelf board could be bad as well. I just dealt with the same issue, different motors. Replaced the shelf to fix.
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    I sell 12 oz cans at 1.00 and have for the past two years.
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    People have been emailing me about selling VENDicuss. I keep telling them no. I recently was asked to call somebody, without reason. I responded by asking about what? They responded with the possibility of buying the site. Well I responded with this: Interestingly I haven't heard back from him. I forgot that I would add that any sale would require a new buyer to sign a contact agreeing that these clauses be added to any agreement.
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    If you have all of your equipment out on the street then I would say pull it and look for greener pastures. If you have several machines not placed then leave it on location until the other equipment is placed (as long as the low earners aren't way out of your way when running your routes). Look at it as free storage that makes a couple of bucks till you find a new home for it. Definitely don't pull it and let it sit in your garage or shop making you zero. I find $4 and up per month acceptable for single head gumball machines these days especially as filler locations on stronger routes.
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    If this is what you want to pursue for your own Honor Snack business, good luck and God Bless. More power to ya'! But why don't you pursue your idea first and THEN share the excitement and results with the community. I don't want to see other small honor snack businesses fail, even though YOU are prepared to fail (which I understand is how we learn and move forward). Don't really understand THIS comparison. No one is claiming that ANYTHING is unsinkable (or the perfect solution). What I am explaining is that your idea is NOT new, it's been tried with no success. It would be more like Coca-Cola trying to reintroduce New Coke again, only hoping it didn't fail this time. I'm sure the "Experts" would say "Sorry, No. Been there, done that!" If your would like TRUE, HONEST, CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK, I would be more than happy to share. I could save you a TON of money and heartache regarding these two ideas. I would think that with your business education and experience, that you would see that the Card Reader idea would NEVER pan out. It just the simple rule of ROI, Return on Investment. An average Honor box will generate roughly $20 per service. Once shortage and inventory costs are figured, you may be looking at $9-10 GROSS Profit. Now, a card reader will run you between $250-300, PLUS a monthly service fee, let's say $8 (they can be anywhere from $5-12/month). You ALSO have the 3-4% of sales that you have to give the credit processing. An honor box simply could NOT sustain the expense. And all this BEFORE you even get to the real "nuts and bolts" expenses. Again, the BEAUTY of the Honor Snack industry is it's SIMPLISTIC service concept and it's LOW investment (no equipment). You see...I am running the everyday Luxury Steamliner and YOU are building the TITANIC. I am only trying to point out the 500 Icebergs that are in your way. More like " Ay Caramba!" But seriously, I would be happy to give feedback that will greatly help you and your Honor Snack business. Please feel free to message me any time. Just my 2 cents!
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    A coin mech with token learning capabilty may be a solution. Or an MDB bill validator with free vend coupons.
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    Call eagle directly 909 447 7866
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    You still can't figure out how to google things you want to know about? Amazing!
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    Along similar lines, I only had a contract when the site required it. For all other sites, I said I am there as long as the site wants me. I had a one page agreement that got the contact details of the person I was dealing with at the site, any access requirements, any commission agreement and stating the I retain ownership of the equipment.
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    Perfectly doable with full line. Not saying it’s easy, but it’s doable.
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    I don't see any great pricing here and you should note that most of the snack machines will not take CC readers as they are not Mdb capable. Beware of the older Vendos as they have many problems after ten years. Southern California is loaded with used equipment. My advice would be to secure a location first and then decide which machine works best for that space. If your plan is to go cashless, then you'll need much newer snack machines but most of the multipriced soda machines will accept the CC readers
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    You will want to check the hook swipe setting & shelf offset setting, but these numbers are recorded on a decal on the right sidewall of the monetary compartment. Otherwise, you're pretty much putting your prices back and STS if you use that feature (I do).
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    Oak vending Cal. Not returning calls now. Their selling on eBay. Oak 1"toy wheel & brush off.
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    I’m a 3rd party vendor for coke and Dr Pepper . In my area coke won’t allow you to just take over the machine but what you can do is replace the machine with your own . After you’ve done that get ahold of the local coke rep and sign up as a third party vendor. You’ll sign a contract agreeing to buy products directly from coke and not sell anything except coke products from that machine. You’ll have to buy a minimum in product for each machine that you have from them and the price of the product goes down if you consistently buy enough product. Once your a third party vendor it’s really a great deal because they move the machines onto the locations and repair them at no cost to you . They wont provide credit card readers but if the location is busy enough you can do that but talk to the rep before doing it , I also use PayRange on the machines .
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    Maybe since coke actually makes the product. But as you grow as a vendor you have to buy directly from coke, Pepsi, 7up, vistar, etc.,etc. And the prices tend to be much higher per unit then they are when the local grocery store runs a sale. (We bought 16 pallets just from coke in January) shopping for deals really isnt an option. When we first started buying from coke I believe they were trying to charge us around .55 a can. Then we have to add tax, crv, gas, equipment depreciation, labor, rent, insurance, waste, etc. I guess my point is dont make being cheaper than your competitors your main selling point. It is very easy to underestimate your costs.
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    This is the cheapest per unit I’ve seen them anywhere. Thank you!
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    If you are ever in Ventura county come by and I'll show you what equipment to operate. I'll also let you know who to watch out for in southern California. There is a lot of unscrupulous vendors around here.
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    Agreed. I believe in giving the customer as many options to pay as possible.
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    We dont ask for permission from locations to raise prices either. The cost of product goes up overtime and I dont ask for permission to maintain my margins. As far as taking over coke's machine you would have to talk to your coke rep. My bet is no because they wouldnt want you selling foreign brands in their equipment.
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    I forgot to add that if the connectors, rollers and motors check out okay then a very slight tweaking of the pins on the back of this shelf can be done to make better contact with the cabinet harness.
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    Always good to see someone working to get ahead, best of luck! Having said that, vending has been described as a "nickle and dime" business, as that is all you might make some weeks. If you had 8 or 10 really good accounts and did all the work yourself out of your home, you could be looking at a fair income for your time. Getting to that point, however, takes lots of time and investment. Good accounts are difficult to come by simply because someone else is usually there ahead of you! But what AZ says is a good start if you want to try it. Canned drinks have a good shelf life (other than diet varieties), and good used can vendors can be found at reasonable prices (Craigslist or EBay to start). If you like shopping for deals, you can get better than wholesale prices on your products. Try to find a location first before buying equipment, unless you have room to store it and just run across a crazy good deal. Also plan how you are going to move your machines. Vending equipment is much heavier than household appliances - steel on steel with steel insides. Pro movers cost too much. Maybe find another vendor that you won't be competing directly with and see what they will charge. Licenses and permits -I am across the country in Florida, so can only speak in general terms. Sales Tax registration and payment is usually required. I think CA also has container deposits that have to be dealt with. Most places will require some sort of local business license (city/county) based on the location where your business is based. You are not dealing with perishable foods or food prep so the health dept likely will not be involved. The form of business is up to you (sole proprietorship, LLC, etc). but does not have to be complex to start; it can always be changed down the road. Keep good books and pay your taxes, the government needs your money and does not like being cheated!!! Finding a location - first, just keep your eyes open as you move about your community. Again, the really good spots are probably already taken, but something viable is usually out there waiting. You want a location with lots of people as potential customers, good visibility, and somewhere that is safe for your machine and for you when you service the machine. Tire stores, full service car washes, medium size offices (at least 30 employees) like a phone room, small industrial operations... all have good potential. Stop and ask to speak to the manager or owner and offer your service. Don't offer a commission unless asked, and if they do ask, be agreeable but let them know the sales prices will have to go up to support their share. (5 to 10 percent of sales max). If you see a new business getting ready to open, get in there! The first vendor in the new door usually gets the location. Have some business cards to hand out, as it usually takes more than one visit to land an account. What to expect: Working from home and keeping your expenses to a minimum, you have a chance to make some spare money, but don't get too excited. Let's do some math. Say your machine is in a fair location and you sell about 3 cases a week (about 10 per day X 7 days). For easy math, lets say you sell for $1 a can. So $70 a week in sales. If the drinks cost you .35, sales tax is .07, and the location gets .10, that means you gross .48 per can or $33.60 per week. Now deduct the value of your time to go and buy the product and take it to the machine, the gas your car uses, and any other business expenses you run across (licenses, moving fees, repairs) and the price you paid for the machine to start (until it has repaid itself). So how much do you make net? Not much to start. When that machine and a few others are paid off and still earning for you, and you have things well organized you can see a benefit, but it's not an overnight success for sure. I hope I have not been too discouraging, just go in with your eyes wide open and good luck!
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    Skip the healthy garbage. Start with used can vendors until you have a good understanding of what it takes to run 10 or more machines. Then you can grow into snacks and multiprice soda machines. This will keep your investment to a minimum in the likely event you decide this isn't for you. It's not easy, especially in California where it's nearly impossible to find anyone to repair or move your machines. When you begin with snacks you will need at least 5 to be able to control your stale products. If you want extra money for your family then you surely know that you will have to invest heavily in machines to do that so is that money best spent on vending machines that can't guarantee you a profit? A second job will net you a better return on your investment.
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    Just saw some on eBay, heritage vending
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    As usual, if it sounds too good to be true, IT IS in every case without exception. Unfortunately you let yourself be conned though I would bet you saw a red flag or two or something he said didn't feel right. Ignoring those signs and greed are what get everyone in trouble.
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    I'm sorry to hear that you have a piece of crap Seaga machine. I don't recognize that model. If it's a top and bottom combo machine then you probably have a bad motor but it could be a cut wire to it or the harness between top and bottom cabinets is loose.
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    Good feedback. I am finding that same that some businesses that have already had honor snack boxes in the past are willing to give it a second try but they do want an upgrade for the cardboard snack box. So it has been a worthy discussion looking at other snack box alternatives that aren't costly in the long run.
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    It seems to be working fine now. Checked my grounds as AZ suggested. Only issue was that someone apparently replaced a water valve with one from a National machine. There was no ground terminal on the valve itself. Maybe that was it?
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    Mix and bouncy balls are the only 1" I do and both do well.
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    They like em & lose em, & buy more!
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    Have 200 eagle/oak/Astros available
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    You may have a bad or stuck door switch.
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    Cut a piece of cardboard box from a 12 pack and fashion it around the bottom of the coin chute and tape it in place... takes 5 minutes.
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    I use wd40, but beaver uses some type of grease, wd40 will loosen it up, but the grease will stay for a while, they might actually sell it, or call up beaver, ask your sales rep, they will find out the name of it for you. it could really be a defective mech, but they've always had the $1 mech, its the same as the $0.50, let them know about it, you might get a replacement part.
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    Take it apart from the back, 1 screw at a time but do not completely remove the screws! Maybe the quarter is bent, I've never seen a faulty beaver mech, maybe it has to get broken in
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    You will fill your machines with products, they will not sell, and go stale. If you are smart, you will then fill you machines with chips, candy bars, and fattening pastries. They will sell and you will be happy. If you are not smart, you will continue to fill you machines with healthy products until you go out of business. The someone on this site will buy your machines for 20% of what you paid. If it is an AMS, 35%. They will be happy, you will be broke. No one is sitting at their desk with a craving for granola bars. Snickers and M&Ms on the other hand...
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    Logical I like that. Summer time all the kids are out of school too so. That’s pretty logical too. I apologize for the dumb questions. I know some types of business pick up and slow down at certain times of year. I’m committed to trying to make my little business flourish.
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    I thought I would give a review since I have had a pretty positive experience with this software. I have actually had the software for over a year now but I barely used it for the first 10+ months. Mostly, I would spend a few minutes every couple of weeks or months and just dabble with it and learn how it all works. For those who have used it before, you already know how much time it takes just for the data entry portion of things. I have added about one hundred machines, almost half as many locations, several "routes", over 100 products, and LOTS and LOTS of selections for every machine. Every product needs certain details to make the software functional, and the more details you add, the more data you can collect later. It takes a LOT of work to put all of the data in there but there are some benefits I will get to later. About 2 months ago, I decided to take advantage of USA Technology's quickstart program and I leased 10 units. The main purpose of this was 2-fold -- to add card readers to accounts that I thought would benefit from it, and to give myself a reason to actually go out there and install them (because the service fees start almost immediately, and I hate fees). In addition to that, I decided to focus on the software side of things as well. It took me the greater part of November just to install all of the machines, products, locations, and everything else into the software. I still keep adding more as I go, but the bulk of it is done. I then upgraded the software to take advantage of the telemetry which is the primary thing I needed to make everything work. For about $80/month for their package that is for up-to 300 machines, it seemed like a total bargain to me when I think par level is in the range of $8/machine for telemetry. In other words, if you have say.. over 20 machines with telemetry, this package will likely pay for itself as you add more machines since the price is fixed for the entire company as opposed to par level which is per-machine. Once I had most of the data entry down, I began detailing each machine. It wasn't easy because I had just started learning things and you really NEED to input EVERY item in the machine. The first couple times you input all of the data, it takes a long time (or seems like it). Generally, I would go to my locations, take pictures of each tray so I knew WHAT was in the selections and HOW many were in there, and then I would go home and make sure I had all of the inventory in the software and then I would add everything accordingly to the software. Mind you, you have to add all of the selections to each machine too!! Adding the details to the selections is the hardest part because you need to add the selection (ie. A1), type in the max capacity (ie. 10), and say what is in it (ie. product 37, LSS Lays). Once you have created an entire machine for a specific model (ie. AP 7600) it is easiest to copy those columns to other machines with the same setup, such as other AP 7600s, AP 6600s, AP 4/5000's, National 145's and so on. Many snack machines are different (ie. tray A is A1, A2, A3, etc.. or maybe A1, A3, A5, etc.. or even A0, A2, A4, etc..) so you have to keep modifying as you go, but once you create a whole new machine, you can just copy it. What I did was start with models and then copy them to all machines with that model, so all AP 7600s have the same setup. Then, I modified that machine for a USI and copied that to all other USI machines and so on.... It took a LOT of work, seriously... Once I had most of the details for my machines recorded (including all selections, what's in it, how many, etc..) I could FINALLY start pre-kitting. It was great to be able to see, remotely, what was selling at what locations.. specifically for locations with telemetry. It was exciting to be able to see in real time what was selling and how fast. I quickly learned that some items sold out in the first few days after I serviced them and I NEVER knew that because I often sold out so many other selections anyway. For example, a few locations were always low on pastries. I quickly realized that they went through chocolate cupcakes and chocolate donuts in the first few days and only started eating the other pastries once those were gone. In learning this, I realized that I had some slower selections that I could just remove and add more of those items to and obviously increase my sales, especially since they spent way more time buying the remainder of the "left-over" pastries. I also realized just how slowly some other products sold. Yes, I knew that 7up at location X was a slow seller but I didn't realize I only sold maybe 1 bottle every 2 weeks. Because of this, I am going to just remove it and add another row of a higher-selling item to increase my service cycle if possible. I took full advantage of this knowledge and I began pre-kitting on-site and adding things as needed. So, if I sold 22 diet coke at a location with a capacity of 44 bottles, obviously I had 22 diet on my cart in addition to other items. However, I also decided to remove some items to control sell-by dates because I could clearly see just how many were selling and how many were in there. The benefits of this software (and any other vending software) is huge IF you do the work necessary. You can clearly see what sells the best and how fast it sells, you can easily adjust your selections to add additional rows of those high selling items and just remove slower selling items. As a company, I can quickly get a better feel for how many boxes of doritos or cases of pepsi I need to service everything regularly, etc.. Yes, I already had somewhat of an idea of what I sold a lot of and what didn't sell too well, but this software allows you to see it so much easier that you get a more accurate idea. I have just been buying the variety packs from Sam's Club for YEARS and I now intend on ordering actual cases of LSS chips because now I know that certain items in those variety packs are almost worthless to have in stock, such as puffed cheetos. Yes, a case of LSS doritos is more expensive than the variety pack at Sam's Club, but that doesn't really matter too much if I end up throwing out 4 bags of puffed cheetos. In addition to being able to increase sales (by putting in more of what sells and less of what doesn't), I will soon be able to drastically increase my service cycles at many locations. One of my best locations has an unpredictable work schedule for employees due to the nature of their work and I don't always know whether they need service or not. Now, I know precisely when I need to get there. Other locations are more predictable but I have learned that simply changing some products and selections around will allow me to go every 2 weeks instead of every week, or maybe ever 3 weeks instead of every 2 weeks. This obviously means that i save time (and fuel). One thing that stood out to me with this software, though, was the response from Vendsoft. I get responses back pretty quickly when I have a problem. For example, my software was attempting to predict what I would need rather than just tell me exactly what I needed from telemetry. I contacted Luben and told him what was happening and we found out that USATech is not recording my dex/fill recordings AND that the system is working harder than it has to (for me). So, I gave him my feedback and he changed things pretty quickly to better suit me. I am a long ways away from taking full advantage of this software, but now I am exciting to adding more card readers to locations that don't do so hot in sales (anywhere from $40-$60/week in sales) so I can literally find out how to increase their sales better and hopefully gain an increase from telemetry. None of this post even counts for the fact that my 10 additional readers added me about $150/week in new sales, which should more than cover the expenses of the readers. Of course, I already have a few locations that clearly don't use the readers hardly at all and I will remove them, but the bulk of my investment has paid off. In conclusion, Vendsoft should be able to save you some money by providing you a better ability to manage your inventory, but the real savings is when you combine it with telemetry because you might have never known that doritos sold out in 2 days and that you could increase the sales of that single location by maybe $10/more each week by just adding another row of doritos. If you think about it, simply reducing stale products to a minimum could easily pay for this service by itself, and adding readers to the right locations could also pay for itself. In addition to all of that, saving fuel, and mostly... TIME.. will be huge for anyone who currently lacks the time to figure these things out on-site. You do NOT need this software to take advantage of telemetry, but it makes things so much easier. I have never used another management software and my review comes solely from my own experiences so far, but I am not only a believer that ANY vending management software can be absolutely advantageous for a vending operator, but Vendsoft is a bargain compared to other software out there.
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    well I can tell you 3 about this blog 1. reading this made me happy and satisfied 2. you are an amazing writer 3. "Always be happy, never be satisfied" is a fantastic motto to live for
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    Put a live lobster machine in a seafood bar, now that would be a real claw machine
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    Sooner or later everyone is going to have to raise their prices on toys. You might as well do it now while everything else is going up! Sales might suffer in the near term but you must have a long term view if you want to stay in business. I love going into a location and a 50 cent 1" head is half empty & the quarters just fall out when you open the machine! I have found that my 50 cent 1" machines outperform my 75 cent 2" machines.

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