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  1. 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...
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    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.
  3. 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}
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    AZ is 100% correct. This is a STUPID conversation. This is a VENDING forum for folks in the VENDING industry to give and receive advise on proper or preferred methods of running their vending business. This is NOT a BRAGGING site for old weight-lifters or a puzzle site on how to cram whatever-heavy-thing into a small space. The question is NOT "Can it be done ?" but "SHOULD it be done?" and the answer is NO! Just because a vending machine "might" be able to fit in a minivan on it's side does NOT mean it SHOULD be transported that way. (By the way, while you were brainstorming how to get it in there, you certainly were not thinking about how to get it OUT). Your suggestions, while slightly entertaining, are doing a HUGE DISSERVICE to those who come to this website and seek advise on the PROPER equipment and methods for moving equipment. The original thread was an inquiry about the proper/preferred equipment dolly that various vendors use. Your goofy diagram and suggestions are not realistic for most in this industry and could cause someone a serious injury. Let's leave the "pissing contest" for the Golpher Page or go visit Lunkheads_R_Us.com. Just my 2 cents!
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    I had my doubts about this, but once I saw this excellent image of a man clearly installing a 79" machine into a minivan, you've almost won me over. Now if you can just add a unicorn and maybe draw some Bob Ross birds in there, you'll have me sold.
  6. 2 points
    Press mode switch twice for service Press F for diagnostics- press * Press 1 for position test-press * Pull out left door switch Press 0 to cycle plunger
  7. 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.
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    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.
  9. 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.
  10. 1 point
    @gumball guy thats basically the whole business in sugar coating, and those who want to try it should, but they have to have drive for it, the reality comes to life when the cash made with 10 to 20 machines is unrealistic to that one person who wanted to try. on the other hand, it goes back to what i said earlier, and ill prove it to the fullest, i am not arguing or trying to stir anything up, but its just simple proven facts. a few days ago, i received a text from let-go, someone saw one of my machines for sale, and decided to reach out to me, he said he has problems with his machines, i said ok, ill come out, cant hurt, i get there, hes got a seaga hc950, its the healthy vending machine, (personally i think its one of the worst made machines ever) in a barber shop, they bought it a month ago from some lady, she gave them the laptop (have to buy at least 5 units and go to their training in Texas to get that) , anyways, 4 of the 8 lines are shot, cans not vending, shims are wrong and missing, door wont close, hinges broken, cc not working and taped up, dollar bill taped to the machine to show how to insert dollar, but it did have a nice demo screen on it , now obviously they paid some big cash for it, all items are at $2.00, next thing i noticed was a 3/4 empty gumball machine, i asked why its not full, he said i dont know where to buy the gumballs, so i asked, where did you get the 1st batch? he said amazon! i was shocked, its probably double or triple the actual price. On top of all this, the person that i met up with was not a barber at all, but a partner of the shop, more of the task guy. Now all this goes back to show, the barber himself doesn't have time to service these machines like i would, bc they are barbers, not vendors, just like i couldn't cut hair, ia am a vendor, not a barber. So if you're going to start something up, and then decide to leave it, thats all nice and all, but at least sell the locations, dont leave customers on a bad note, bc now i come in, and they hate my guts bc you messed up! So if you're going ot do something do it right! dont just do it.
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    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.
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
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    if you mean the display cards, Sweetstop is a member here and makes labels for all kinds of candy https://sweetstopvending.auctivacommerce.com/Bouncy-Balls-C377196.aspx?sid=1794
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    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.
  16. 1 point
    Thanks Chris, machines both use a standard full size opening. So I should be ok.
  17. 1 point
    I run all my BB's in normal oak/eagle machines. Gimmick machines just means more to break on them.
  18. 1 point
    Look in the downloads section.
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  20. 1 point
    I'm not opposed to chipping in with others to see it. Has to be a stock 79" machine, full size, (approx 37" x 33x) with a continuous unedited video. I'll chip in $50. Anyone else?
  21. 1 point
    For me the 720 is a 4 deep in theory machine. Pretty much everything has to be perfect, clean chute that allows cans to slide easy, and new gage bars that are straight as an arrow.
  22. 1 point
    Do you know how I know you have never dropped a vending machine? Once a machine tilts past 30-40 degrees from vertical there is nothing that will stop it from falling down. I don’t care if you are strong like bull, unless you can deadlift 400 lbs you are not gently letting that machine down onto the 2x4s. And if you let it down anything but gently you will snap those 2x4s like twigs. Also, sliding will be difficult too. In any case it takes me 5 min to load a machine if I have all the right gear and trucks/trailers.
  23. 1 point
    Moss should have parts, I think Sega also sells direct. Betson sells the parts also, but if it's just the button it's probably a pretty common one.
  24. 1 point
    It's really not that hard at all. If the doors opening height is adjustable on the minivan (most newer vans are) it will take me 5min alone. I would show you myself if I had a vending machine and minivan outside right now. Here's a guy doing it. He uses 2x4's, but you don't even need 2x4's. I've moved safes into customers vans, they are just as heavy. Only issue is height clearance and the person moving it can't be an idiot or have below average strength. I think the guy did it quite easily in the vid, but overthought it. I once had the owner or Knauer Pianos buy a 7.5ft Grand Piano off of me and did all the work himself. He insisted to let him to it. Since I had never seen one man move a grand piano alone, I gladly watched the show. He was like 55 years old and 150lbs. The technique that he used made me feel like there was still a lot to learn. Ive moved maybe about 400 grands by now, but that day I realized there was more to learn.
  25. 1 point
    An SIID EPROM is just over 20 from Dixie. Easy to swap too. 2 screws, pull cover. Locate eprom, note the orientation (there will be a half moon notch on one end). Pull old, insert new (don’t bend any pins) Done. Extra credit, swap the CR 2032 button cell battery while your at it.
  26. 1 point
    New here. I thought I would just read this thread but felt like responding to some stuff. Found this website and thread by Googling "Anderson Dolly". I had a good time reading this old post. I'm going to post some stuff, hope you guys don't mind the new guy. I've moved everything the wrong way at some point and eventually ended up moving them the right way. Started as a regular mover in 2005 at 19, im now 33. Went from apartments, to pianos, to hot tubs, to safes and now vending machines. Did each individually for at least 2-3 years. I am now getting into moving vending machines and arcade machines/games. I have never owned a Dutro/Stevens Dolly or used them before. Never used Rol-a-lifts, or other similar hydraulic dollies either. When I moved Safes, I would either use the wrong dolly, method and equipment, but always made it work. A dumb move, but when that job is paying for your past due rent or phone bill is going to cut off, something special happens, you figure golpher out and make it work lol. Regarding the Anderson. Why I chose it. It still being delivered, has not arrived yet so this isn't a review, it's more of a post about why I decided to purchase it over the others. Main reasons: 1. Weight. At 26lbs each (54lbs total) it makes each moving experience that much smoother and cases less of a "ah golpher, gotta carry that dolly" feel. Yes it has wheels, but sometimes you gotta lift/carry them for whatever reason. Rol-A-Lift have wheels as well, but the LIGHTEST pair is 160lbs. For vending machines, the Anderson Dolly more than covers that. The 160lbs Rol-a-lift have a 2000lbs capacity. The Anderson Frame has a 3000lbs max, so just upgrade the casters and your 2000lbs covered no problem. (According to Anderson, each of the HD Red 5" casters that he provides are 500lbs capacity, but to be safe he advertises them at 1600, not 2000lbs... meaning you might not have to upgrade the casters at all if you're careful when maxed out. The Wesco Hytraulic may lift 3,950lbs but weighs 190lbs 2. NO MECHANICAL PARTS like the hydraulic units. I kept reading that the Wesco Handwinch Furniture Mover set kept having parts fail and would repeatedly need replacing/fixing. Unless you're handy and enjoy being handy (2 different things, I am handy but hate being handy/working with tools/parts with a passion) then I can see why you would be ok with it, but why if being handy means having to buy the parts as well? It's the 2nd lightest, but the manual version has a 1,350lbs capacity only. 3. Weight Capacity. As stated above, Frame is rated at 3000lbs (I would not put something on them that's that heavy thought, but its good to know that if I ever had to/was in a bind, I could technically do it. My lift gate has a 2200lbs capacity and wouldn't risk maxing it out so the Anderson dolly would ever need to provide me with 2200lbs max weight anyway. The only thing that I am worried about is having a 2000lbs safe and releasing those straps. I see that the safety strap is just for that, but am skeptical until I can use it/see it in action. I like the fact that the Anderson dollies are "small" when compared to the other Hydraulic units like rol-a-lift, wesco Hand winch, wesco hydraulic version and the other Vestil/Wesco 4000lbs capacity set that weighs 240lbs. Also, the Anderson Dolly doesn't have a way to adjust the height (he said he has a new dolly that does so I'm excited about that one) so i am a bit worried about possibly getting stuck, but i hear people don't have that problem. It would be nice to have the adjusting version of the anderson dolly (he said hes selling it already but not on the site) because you can always keep one end lower and the rear end higher when going into/through doorways on a ramp (having the front end lower allows you to not hit the top of the door entryway/frame when passing it). Having a low (1.5") lift is not all bad. The average Viking fridge is 84-85" Tall and my box truck clearance is 88.5" tall. Once you pass the entryway, its about 8-10" taller in all box trucks. Currently (without the Anderson Dolly), I can't dolly these Viking/SubZero refrigerators into the truck. Once the liftgate reaches the top, theres "inching it in" left to right to left to right etc.... or, in some cases they have wheels that can be used to roll back (wheels on these refrigerators only go back and forth) so i have to remove the appliance dolly, roll it back then puck the dolly back on... not a big deal, but why do it if it can be avoided. As for the reclining Handtrucks. I do have the red Strongway 1200lbs capacity dolly, but don't like using it for things above 600lbs or so. I have the idea of having NARROW/Too close together wheels as the back wheels that for some reason are also SMALLER. I don't even thing they should be the same width, but the Stevens and Dutro have BIGGER n WIDER set wheels. Sucks that they are that heavy/bulky but I would rather have one of those. The strongway is a good dolly to be honest, handles most average sized heavy stuff (about 600lbs).
  27. 1 point
    I recently bought the Studio SL and a ST Inone board. For me I like to have a spare part to everything I have out on the streets. I will get around to installing these at some point but I haven't even opened the boxes yet. I'm sure you will need a update on the chip if you want to use telemetry data. I think on those SL it was version 68 or 69 to be the latest. That chip is not cheap from what I remember around $35 The one thing about SL models that drives me crazy is the correct change light that comes on when pressing a selection. You would definitely want to have all your selections with prices shown.
  28. 1 point
    Fart when someone hugs you, it makes them feel strong.
  29. 1 point
    Your mind needs exercise just as much as your body does, that's why I think about jogging every day.
  30. 1 point
    With a 3 position door switch, pulling it out is the same as closing the door so the machine will go into sales mode. Allows you to test the machine with the door open.
  31. 1 point
    I've had bottler machines sawed in half, stolen and dumped on the side of the road, and lost in a fire. They don't come back on you because it's a "cost of doing business". Most of their equipment gets written off the books(depreciated) quickly, so they just eat it. As far as getting insurance for the equipment, realistically it doesn't make economical sense. We used to have insurance on our equipment for damage; covered up to $5000 per location (if there were multiple units placed), but after a few years I dropped it. Situations like this where you lose your equipment to a fire or some severe situation is pretty rare. The amount of money that you will pay annually for the policy will end up being more than if you just by the replacement machine. Unless you are in an area where your equipment is getting damaged on a regular basis and/or stolen, economically it just doesn't make sense. It's good in theory, but really, your looking at $1000-$2000 to by a decent used machine to replace this one. Take the loss and move forward. I would seriously think about this account though, if fires are a habitual thing with them. Maybe do as some of the others have mentioned and have them add you as an "Additionally Insured" on there insurance policy. That's pretty common practice. Good luck with the situation. You may catch a break and have your equipment listed in the "Damage" and recoup some of your losses from their insurance company, but I wouldn't press hard on the issue if you are planning on keeping the account. I have had losses covered in the past (as a pleasant surprise), but we never demanded compensation from our accounts.
  32. 1 point
    The type of location is important, a blue collar factory or physical type work environment will usually do better than a white collar office, so a smaller number of employees is OK as long as they stay on location. A service business where most of the employees are on the road all day may not do very well. Any other available outlets within a short distance (C-store, etc) will depress your sales to some extent. The the other hand, an office with no other options can do very well. Single work shift or multiple shifts, etc. Note that some locations will have played the game before and will lie about employee counts to get you to service them. Count cars in the parking lot, etc to help verify stats. If a location says it has 40 employees but the parking lot only has 10 spaces, warning!! Like Randymire said, snacks are different than drinks, you have to consider that smaller locations will usually generate more stale snacks that have to be thrown away for a dead loss. Can drinks generally have long shelf life except for diet drinks, so it's easier to keep a good stock in the machine without having stales. With small accounts having sufficient service intervals is important to serving them at a profit.
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    Shelf 1 snack all 10 count shelf 2 snack all 10 count shelf 3 snack all 12 count shelf 4 snack 3-15 count 2-12 count shelf 5 candy 4-15 count 6-18 count shelf 6 snack 3-12 count 2-15 count Do not get a gum & mint tray. Also, get dual spirals on the snack selections.
  34. 1 point
    Sounds like you have a solid foundation with your accounts. The Holidays are always a tricky time for Honor Snacks and I am sure for the Charity honor boxes as well. If I can give you just one piece of advice: DO NOT watch any more of these videos. Vending Business Solutions is a SCAM Biz Op group. This guy is an idiot and all they want to do is sell you boxes. And I looked at their website and it is the SAME SCAM known as Coke Solutions (before they were sued by Coca-Cola for trademark infringement). $16/box is ridiculous (or $12/box if you buy 200 ???) Get your information from this site, from the actual guys battling in the trenches, and not these "Rainbow and Sunshine" Snake Oil salesmen on YouTube. Keep working at your route, and sell, sell sell! If you are not growing, you are dying. Hope 2020 is a great year for you!
  35. 1 point
    I just want to get my profits up and position myself so I can expand substantially. I wouldn't be surprised if I end up spending $6,000 this year in upgrades alone just so I can really add a lot more card readers. I also need a new website.
  36. 1 point
    Knowledge is realizing that the street is one-way, wisdom is looking both directions anyway.
  37. 1 point
    My boss asked me who is the stupid one, me or him? I told him everyone knows he doesn't hire stupid people.
  38. 1 point
    Your machine isn't that old so you're looking at the wrong manual. Since you have a credit display you have a logic board that you program for the machine. This is probably a Univendor 1 or 2 so check those manuals for the programming. Your programming might also be a little different because this is a Coke machine but that would only apply to the buttons that control the menus.
  39. 1 point
    just my understanding, I could be wrong, but unless you had an agreement with them that required them to add you to their insurance as an "other named insured" or " as the interest may appear", their insurance will not cover you either. You would have to seek payment directly from the account and that may be impractical. They have suffered a large financial loss themselves in spite of insurance and may not have the resources even if they desired to do so. A lawsuit for your damages would not be a guarantee and likely would just enrich the attorneys. In my experience, insurance companies want to charge such large premiums to insure machines on locations that it is not financially viable to try and do so, It's one of those risks you accept and fortunately the losses are not frequent. I have had machines broken into with extensive damage and it's not fun, but I knew it could happen and worked thru it. As an aside, be glad you do have liability insurance... if the Fire Marshal determines the fire started anywhere near your machines, their insurance company may come calling to offset their losses. I hope that's not the case!
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    Royals can't go 4-deep. You can only go 2-deep in front and rear columns which is technically not the same as 4-deep. The V21 series will go 4-deep all day long without issue in my experience. I have read that the vmax such as the 720 will do 4-deep but it requires some modification.
  42. 1 point
    I agree. BTW I never had any luck vending 4 deep in anything but a Royal 650/660.
  43. 1 point
    No the V721/621 is completely different from a V720.
  44. 1 point
    Follow the Vendo V-max setup guides for your products here: dsvendinginc.com/t-vendors-manuals.aspx
  45. 1 point
    Check that you have the right bar clips on the vend bars, and they are not on backwards.
  46. 1 point
    65k to buy a shop? You guys dont realize how good you have it! Our rent is almost $40k a year for 3,300 sq feet. Next year it'll be 3% more...
  47. 1 point
    Rarely does it pay to put machines on multiple floors of a hotel, and doing snacks without having the drinks makes it even worse. I like hotels as long as they are 90+ units or so, but I want to have all the vending, and set up one good vending area (or at most two if they are very large and spread out) as opposed to multiple poor ones. You can offer better commissions and credit card readers to try and get the proper setup with drinks, but also realize that some hotel brands push their properties to do multiple floor vending as part of the flag requirements. I just pass on those. Talk to the manager and ask what their flag wants and what leeway they have, and sell the idea that you can provide better service, nicer equipment, and more selection for the guests with a good central vending setup. Most hotel properties are not too price sensitive, so you can add on your commission costs, but keep the prices reasonable... a $4 bottle of water won't sell most places. Negotiate a location in the property with good visibility and traffic flow, indoors, well lit and handicapped accessable (no converted broom closets!) - know the ADA requirements for vending and share the info with management. Make sure your machines meet the current standards. Be open to offering traveler comfort items if the hotel does not already provide them to guests - tylenol, advil, etc. I have one rental condo account where I even stock toothpaste, razors, and shampoo at their request. Good luck!
  48. 1 point
    Hi everyone, I have a second hand machine Saeco 200 / 2006 with low vendings near 200.Form the very beginning you can hear heavy noise from the pump in the base and after I made like 30 beverages one morning the machine was like dead.NO POWER at all. Fusses are OK and because I cannot find any breakers inside – wonder if someone can help?
  49. 1 point
    I saw a few posts on here regarding vending cups which I find interesting. The quality of the cup and in particular the seam and lip play a very important part in making sure the cups drop and don't cause problems etc. For me I think the best coffee cups are made and supplied by Huhtamaki who are a global company.
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    This spreadsheet will forecast the potential growth of a vending company. You input number of machines, percent of cogs/expenses, cost of machines and how many gross dollars in sales you expect from each unit, and you can if you choose to add in any extra money for any month that you want for an en extra boost in growth. Only edit the top line on the entries that are in red and say (edit). Enjoy!!


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