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  1. 8 points
  2. 7 points
    So I inherited a office deli combo machine on one of my locations. I have replaced it with a REAL machine, and have found a great location for it. It brought me $46 in about 10 minutes!! Which is more money than it would have brought me in its lifetime.
  3. 7 points
    Just wanted to give a huge shout out to AZVendor! Not everyday that you meet someone on the net with the end result being extremely favorable. The man knows his stuff, and is extremely fair with his prices - and he doesn't waste time either! So if you need something, be it parts or advice - hit this dude up! Thank you Randy! You da man!!
  4. 6 points
    Sounds like they did you a favor. Leave peacefully and find a new spot for your equipment.
  5. 6 points
    I must be a cheapskate. I have sold 100's of vendors and I have never left change in mech unless I forgot to take it out. That is the responsibility of the buyer.
  6. 6 points
    Maybe sell rolling papers in sticker machine.
  7. 6 points
    I have noticed recently people asking about commissions, type of machines, to place, what pricing, etc. The main question is, are you negotiating correctly? Are you controlling the conversation with the customer or is the customer controlling you? You have to be able to go in ask the right questions and then put together what makes sense to both you and the customer in order to gain their business. Are you giving away more than you should to get the account? Many new folks go in giving away the store or throwing everything they can at them to see what sticks. You will be in a much better position to gain their business if you can strike a balance of what they are looking for and what makes sense to do. I have mentioned before that I have turned down more business than I take on because it simply made better sense not to do it. Recently I and one of my clients were knocking on doors and came across an account that was not happy with their current vendor. After talking with them they had some pretty bad pricing with $1.00 bottles, $0.65 cookies, $0.90 pastry (the rest was in line), cold food machine that was mostly filled with filler items and not much food, free condiments like salt, pepper, ketchup, mustard, mayo, napkins, coffee machine with $0.35 and $0.45 price and a 10% commission. After looking at it we proposed it with $1.25 bottles, fresh/frozen machine, condiments pack sold out of snack machine for $0.25, we went up on the snacks that made sense to like $0.85 cookies $1.00 pastry, $0.50 coffee and still offered the 10% commission. In the end we got the account even after getting rid of some of the things they had like free condiments, cheap bottle prices, cheap snack prices, etc. We negotiated with the contact person and sold her on the idea what we where proposing made sense and why it did. We sold her on service and not so much on pricing and offered her somethings she was not currently getting like frozen treats like ice cream. Make sure you are negotiating and not giving in the get accounts because it will pay off in the end with more dollars in your pocket.
  8. 6 points
    I have absolutely made much more than a 750 mistake. I jumped in head first and cracked the noggin wide open. I saw an oppertunity and ran. Did I have then sense to hire am expert? NO Did I spend WAY more than I should have? YES WOULD I have hired someone? Not likely. Do I now need to hire someone? I probably should. This forum has been a major learning tool for me, I likely would have failed long ago without all of you helping me along. I now need to go another step in the process and not sure how or where to proceed. A consultant at that price seems more than reasonable to me. Failure is not an option for me, so I have managed to make a go of it on multiple low end accounts. Expanded some over the last 8-10 months. I started from scratch, got a loan and the (coughchina junkcough.)machines. Would I do it again? HELL YEAH, just differently. Not sure it this helps the discussion or not, but I think there is some value to one on one training/guidence from someone experienced.
  9. 6 points
    I believe this business has levels, and everyone needs to find their position within one of those levels. But it also can serve for a way to grow within the business. First would be a part timer who simply earns a little extra money on the side. It doesn't take very much money to build to this level, and takes little time to maintain it. But if a person wants to go further, they instead keep reinvesting the profits, and preferably more then that. Next would be a serious part timer. Somebody who uses a lot of personal time to run this business. Once built up, this can produce a decent second income, but not enough for most people to live off in and of itself. But still does not interfere with a full time job. But once again if a person want's to go further then this, then most if not all the profits should be reinvested into this business. Then there is the part time pro. This person has built up his route to the point that he may cut down at his regular job to focus on this business, but still has to work. If he can't cut down at work, he may switch jobs, or even professions just so he is able to focus on the business more. The business along with a part time job (20 - 30 hours a week) can produce a better income then just the job alone, but if not must be more rewarding/ enjoyable. But once again if growth is what is desired, then profits must be reinvested to keep growing. But at this level, you have to take an income to survive. Next I would see the person who derives most of their income from Vending, but probably maintains a second job just for an extra income. And an easier way to pay in to Uncle Sam.) It might be 10 - 15 hours a week. They could even figure on living only on the vending business, and using the second job to pay for the expansion of the business. Especially if they want to get to the next step. Full time Vendor. All income, and all the funds for growth are derived from the business. Even if the person needs to keep his budget tight, he is still living as a Vendor. So I have 5 potential levels here. (You could define more or less if you really wanted to.) I believe a person can get from 1 to 5 in 5 to 10 years if they are dedicated and focused. But people can speed the process up depending on how much they are willing (able) to invest. If you happen to have $100K lying around, you can obviously grow faster then the person who has to struggle to scrounge up $100 for his first machine. But I believe that the person with $100 and ambition (and some self control,) will be more successful the the person with $100K and no ambition.
  10. 5 points
    I should really move this to our coffee section. And exactly how do we know this? You write as if you are the owner, and are trying to get sales, not like a customer reviewing a company. I haven’t been able to prove you are who you say you are, and looking up the company the website was registered 14 months 10 days ago. But hides the ownership of the registration. Also, the company is also set up in a way that hides ownership. Anyway, if you are an actual customer than when did you invest, how long did it take you to get your machines, and how much are you currently making? Any business should be able to give these numbers. Also you shut off notifications, so I doubt you will be back. So, they don’t have any guarantees? Don’t they back up their business model? What are you paying for it they don’t back up anything? I found complete kits on eBay for $500. Keurig, vending machine, and the little condiment caddy. It didn’t come with the credit card reader. Speaking of which I am confused how it works with a bulk type of machine? You get sick, don’t you? Minimal inventory? How many machines do you have? Don’t you buy in bulk? How do you define minimal inventory? I’d discuss the employee part, but that is a complex discussion, and would spark a large separate discussion. Built? They have to build them? The exact same machines are available on eBay now, without having to be built, so why are yours being built? How long of a timeframe is given? If none than the FTC 30-day rule kicks in. Also, many credit card companies do not allow a card to be charged until items are shipped. Are they charging way ahead of time? And again, it sounds like a sales pitch, not like an honest review. But we know that you can get a used vending machine for $50 or less, and make “cashflow” the day it’s placed. I paid $1,000 for 20 bulk machines on location. (Admittedly 8 years ago.) I thought there were no guarantees, and it was all up to me? Uh, yeah. When you buy something you generally own it. But yeah people can take it from you. Some guy could just walk in, grab the Keurig and take it home. Plenty of people have had vending machines stolen. Now it’s up to me again? Can you make up your mind? Do you even know what forum this is? The only reason it exists is because we believe in the potential success of vendors. But one of the obstacles are the BizOps. They make pie in the sky claims, overcharge the potential business owner for low quality equipment, give horrible advice that makes it harder to succeed, then ignore them when they need real help. That’s a hell of a lot to overcome. But, there are plenty of people who have started their businesses, and succeeded with the help of this forum. And it was done without an ulterior motive. Just out of the goodness of our hearts. It may surprise the people running those BizOps, but it is actually possible to make money without screwing anyone. In fact, it is easier to not screw people. You don’t have to hide, run, or worry about spending time in jail for not screwing people. And this shows that you don’t even understand this business. You are not competing against Starbucks, and it is foolish to think so, and act like you are. People don’t give up Starbucks for a Keurig. Especially when they could customize over 80,000 different coffee drinks. (2014 number.) You are the Chef Boyardee to Olive Garden. You are frozen fish sticks to Joe’s Crab Shack. You want a better business model? I have found many medical offices that have Keurig machines with the kcups available for the patients in the waiting room, and the staff. The office pays for it. All you need to do is supply the Keurig, (there are commercial grade ones available,) supply the condiments, and charge only for the kcups you supply. Walk in, refill the kcups, and condiments while running a cleaning cycle in the machine. Wipe it down, and bill the office. Why do anything else?
  11. 5 points
    The dollar coin revitalized bulk in Canada. Instead of being stuck with mechs that take quarters you would have mechs that take dollars. I can't see how that is hard to figure out. A dollar Mech on a NW S80 would now be able to take FOUR dollars. Much easier to merchandise with something people, even adults, want to buy. It would be a life saver to bulk vending.
  12. 5 points
    Usi 3014 and a cold drink machine you don't want.
  13. 5 points
    Just be prepared to have it end up in a tree of a sorority across campus.
  14. 5 points
    sven233 I hope you take this wealth of knowledge and customize it to your liking and business motto. I am considered a newbie here as well. As you noticed there's a lot of Catch 22's in vending i.e. location first, machine second, no locator, soda only, This may all be confusing to you.....learning curve! I got into this business on a whim from a friend telling me about it and then me "running before walking" dived into it. I LOVE IT! With a sales background I had no problem of walking into any account and offering services [even without a card and brochure] and was pumped after they said when are you able to put a machine in the location. I network with vendors from all over and ask for their experience and knowledge in the business. I've been fortunate with having access to box trucks, pallets jacks, dollies, [delivering] and buying machines [to keep a few then sell off a few] in bulk to keep my costs down. And troubleshooting my machine when a problem arises [with help from TVF.] As I got locations I learned from which are good and which are a bust {Either sell or give to my sons, nieces or nephews to service.] I learn something new everyday and from reading forum posts such as yours. I was told to start out with a goal in place [machines and how much I want to make] So I started with a goal of 10 locations, then I decided to do it based on machine [after I landed a 10 machine account]. So my goal for this year is to place 50 machines. I found networking is my best asset in this business, especially with other vendors! I hope this encourages further into your venture. I think you will do excellent in this industry....just like someone said just put the word VENDING at the end now and you should do fine. JUST THANK GOD YOU DIDN'T BUY A HEALTHY VENDING FRANCHISE and you found this forum! So I definitely commend you on that. That was your first right move. Good luck and I am here if I can help in anyway shape or form! P.S. If you can, buy nothing but guarantee vend, dual coil, snack machines [less headaches] and shimless soda machines! Im learning that now and changing out all my older machines!
  15. 5 points
  16. 5 points
    We have the vending version of Jehovah's Witness here. Should we bat him around for a while?
  17. 5 points
    Please, as we have counselled others, don't waste your money on any mechanical machines. They are never worth more than 1 or 2 hundred and will never perform profitably. The seller was probably ripped off by someone before and is trying to get some of his money back. Don't be the next victim. Put your money into real vending machines as you won't regret operating professionally. Use single price can machines and avoid any snacks until you are sure you want to stay in the business. By the way, vending is all work so if you don't have the time for this then don't want waste your money. There's a reason no machines are in those spots and it's probaby that they are bad locations. Just because there are no machines there doesn't mean they should have any.
  18. 5 points
    Hmmm, are we being Uturn Trolled again? U turn: the path to poverty.
  19. 5 points
    My step ryder is the most expensive but it does more and is safer than any other dolly made. $1500 or more
  20. 5 points
    Hey everyone, I wanted to add a review for VendingLocator4U (www.vendinglocator4u.com) I've worked with Rodney for a few locations here and there and I can definitely vouch for his services. From my experience, he was very quick to return with locations and didn't ask for any money until the machine was placed. Not only placed... but I was happy and satisfied with the location. The places were expecting me to show up and in his notification email to me, he included all the details I would require. I knew who had approved the machine, hours of business and contact information for the business. He was very thorough. I can't complain about any of the service. I know we've all heard of these other big companies but I am VERY GLAD that I didn't get sucked into one of those and instead listened to the reviews here on the forum. Rodney is a great guy to work with and promptly responds to any of my inquiries. Thanks for reading...
  21. 5 points
    Yeah I'm not worried about being maxed out Randy. I just know that at 3,000/week, I will make enough money to live comfortably without having to worry about any employees, operational costs, commercial buildings, having time for repairs and machine moves, and anything else. $3,000/week will allow me to still have as much as one business day off most weeks. I'm not the type of person that really likes to HAVE to work 50+ hours/week. If i choose to move onto 5,000-6,000/week, I will be forced into getting a commercial building and hiring someone part-time for various tasks. The plan is to hire my mother when she retires but she still has something like 9 years to go. I just want to be able to live for once!
  22. 5 points
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  23. 5 points
    Blind, I was trying to not jump to any conclusions. We only know one side of the story, and don't know the severity of the theft! If it was a couple of bucks.. Maybe they weigh quarters? maybe the employee had a scale that was not calibrated? we don't know because bill did not say!!! did the employee take 50% of the money from 30 stops? we don't know!!! maybe the employee needed some wd40 to lube up some coin mechs and took it out of the quarters? I don't like to jump to conclusions.. sorry your blood is boiling! I think everyone can learn from this... If you have employee's you should definitely consult a lawyer (if you cant afford it, find a friend with a business that has a good lawyer and pick their brain) regarding employee rights/rules/procedures. An employee handbook that spells out rules and consequences for breaking the rules is something every company should have.. if you spell out ahead of time what the checks and balances are, honest people will stay honest... the dishonest people will stay dishonest... and that's when you take Bhfishers advice!! great advice BH.! I think that as employers we owe it to our employees to treat them with kindness, love, and mercy... Discipline and forgiveness... That said, if someone knows the rules, and breaks them it is up to the employer to determine the severity of the offense. sometimes it is cut and dry, and the best solution is that the employee should to go to jail.. other times, a simple reprimand and wage garnishing that will create an honest and loyal employee for life! This does not have anything to do with an employee... but it is in line with discipline and forgiveness. About 6 years ago I got a call from the Frederic MD police stating that a young man had broken two 25 C (northwestern heads) off of the bottom of a 9 way rack. The "location" caught the kid and called he police... (they wanted me to press charges).. The next day a juvenile correction officer contacted me regarding the case and wanted to know what I wanted to do. I told her that the total cost of the damages was $150, and that I would like to speak with the kid who broke them. He called me, and I told him how much money he cost me, and the severity of his actions and the consequences according to the law.. he got emotional and told me he was showing off for his friends and he promised to pay me back. I had a decision to make.. I could press charges and send a kid who made a split second stupid decision ("round house kick" my machine) to juvenile detention... or I could show kindness to someone who needed mercy... What did I do? I told him that he did $150 worth of damages and I wanted him to make it right by paying it forward... He cost me 6 hours worth of time and $150 worth of damages, so I told him to choose a charity that he was passionate about and volunteer for 6 hours.. then donate $150 and tell them about his story.. I told him that at some point in his life, someone will surely wrong him worse than he wronged me.. and he will have a decision to make.. About a month later I got a call from the officer assigned to his case.. She said that it was the most amazing experience she has been a part of, and thanked me for helping to steer that kid in the right direction. I told her that every day I am the recipient of grace and mercy and that sometimes a little bit of forgiveness can go a long way.
  24. 5 points
    Hey Casey that is really bad news buddy. Did they get ALL of your machines? Could it be someone you know? Someone who knew where ALL of your locations were? I have some extra Vendstars that are in good condition. They are yours if you would like them. I prob dont have keys for them but they are 100% useable once you get some keys. Send me a PM, reply to this post, or give me a call or text and I will be happy to try and help. Mark 585-298-1174
  25. 5 points
  26. 5 points
    Comparing a charity vendor to an actual charity and subsequently suggesting said vendors be subject to the same financial rules as a non-profit is one of the most absurd things I've ever seen posted on this forum. I have nothing against either charity or commission. My route consists of both and I hope it always remains so because I like the flexibility. But, the bias some vendors have against charity is downright ridiculous. Saying a charity bulk vendor should have to open their books just like a charity does...WOW! That's like saying the President of my Neighborhood Association should have to make his tax filings public just like the President of the United States....I mean...they're both "presidents" right? Jeez.....it's hard to keep from cussing on these threads sometimes.
  27. 5 points
    This is just sad. All-Pro is experiencing what other post-service pay locators have suffered. So many times we vendors come on here and gripe about the lack of ethics or poor professionalism of locators and I don't know that we, as a group, are any better. This is not the first time we hear about deadbeat vendors not paying for services already provided.
  28. 5 points
    Boy, One pretty face and you guys just lose it ......... it's a darn good thing I didn't put my picture up there
  29. 5 points
    George W Bush and Barack Obama somehow ended up at the same barber shop. As they sat there, each being worked on by a different barber, not a word was spoken. The barbers were even afraid to start a conversation, for fear it would turn to politics. As the barbers finished their shaves, the one who had Obama in his chair reached for the aftershave. Obama was quick to stop him saying, “No thanks, my wife Michelle will smell that and think I’ve been in a whorehouse.” The second barber turned to Bush and said, “How about you sir?” Bush replied, “Go ahead; my wife doesn’t know what the inside of a whorehouse smells like.”
  30. 5 points
    An AR-15, or the so-called "Assault Weapon", was not used in the school shooting. The shooter even tried weeks earlier to buy a rifle but was turned down in the background check. So he had to kill his Mother to steal her rifle. There were initial reports, right after the shooting, that police found the AR-15 in his car, NOT IN THE SCHOOL. The rifle was not used. The shooter went into the school with 4 handguns, NOT an Assault Rifle as the media has charged.The Police said they found the rifle in the car. But the Administration probably had a pre-planned attack already waiting, to ban so-called assault weapons and jumped on that line of reporting, knowing it was a lie, which included people like sycophant Piers Morgan who said the shooter used an AR-15 that shoots hundreds of rounds per minute, as if it were a machine gun. Could it be that the Democrat Liberals and THEIR SUPPORTERS were pushing for the new law, hoping they could do it, before the Coroner released the info? http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/50208495#50208495
  31. 5 points
    here's a question I have for the 50% of net crowd. why is it always 50%? why not 40 or 30% That's actually a rhetorical question because I know the answer. It is so you can deceive the owner into thinking he is getting a much higher percentage than he actually is. You need this edge because other vendors are most likely kicking your butt in your territory. Every and I mean every location owner that tells me well so and so is giving me 50% why cant you? I tell them it"s 50% of net. no no it's 50% of gross! I find it unbelievable that every and again I mean every location owner thinks it's 50% of gross. You 50% of netters should be politicians because you are effing up vending like they are the USA!
  32. 5 points
    So, this is how it go's. I'm in my garage with the door open cleaning some used machines that I got off eBay. I see a guy walking up my driveway getting ready to hang a door hanging advertisement. I get his attention and he hands me the flier. It's for a local pizza place in town that has three locations. I ask the gentleman if he works for the company or a temp agency. He says no he owns the pizza company and does the fliers for exercise. Boom, the light bulb in my head go's on. I showed him my machines and told him what I do. I showed him my triple racks that have 2" large oak on top and to vista cabinets on bottom. I also showed him my double vista cabinets and the various color machines I have. I told him that i only vend GB and toys. Instantly he said he would be more than happy to take 3 of my triples for his three locations. No commision.Awesome. With this being a pizza restaurant that has been around for a long time I was betting he knew more business owners. So I asked. He gave me the names and numbers of 5 others business owners that he knows very well. 2 Mexican grocery stores, a store that's like Trader joes and two sandwich shops. Great I thought. Gave him a few of my business cards in case he thought of any other places and to give me a call. So I planed to visit the shops he told me about after i finished cleaning my machines to see if they were interested. Not 20 min later I started receiving calls from the stores he told me about. Apparently during his walk around the neighborhood he started calling these people. To make a long story short I got 8 location with 6 of them placed already and I located with out ever leaving my garage wearing flip flops, shorts and a tang top. Now if that's not luck, I don't know what is.. Just thought I would share my story. Right place at the right time! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  33. 5 points
    Depends on the neighborhood, the locations, activity. Look sharp for sales, blend in for servicing! Servicing the ghetto in your khaki knickers and polo shirt is not the best idea. Looks good in the burbs but says beat my golpher in the hood.
  34. 4 points
    1) yes, you hit my first point - website and SEO have to be up and running to get the best use of any other advertising these days. If they are driving when they see you, they will not be able to write anything down but they will search your name. 2) If you are putting markings on your truck, invest in a drop safe also (under $500 usually). Your truck WILL be a target whenever it is parked, because it is screaming "money inside!". A safe is not a bad idea even if you are unmarked. Theft of one days collections one time will cost much more than a safe. http://www.dsvendinginc.com/search.aspx?searchterm=safe 3) shop around for wraps. GTP does truck wraps as well as machines, I don't know how their prices stack up. 4) how long do you expect your current truck to last? If it's on it's last legs already, save your money to wrap the next one. 5) Do you have your name on your current machines? A small investment in some nice company labels for your machines is another good point of advertising. My truck is not wrapped by choice. I started out working from home (and still take the truck home most nights) and do not want to make my home and family a target by having a branded truck in the driveway. For me, my best advertising has been personal referrals from existing customers, and my web site. Everyone searches the web when looking for services.
  35. 4 points
    Greetings from A&M Equipment Sales. In the next couple of weeks, A&M will be having a parts liquidation from brands like AMS, AP, GPL, National, Dixie Narco and Vendo. Stay tuned for more information.... Meanwhile, please visit our website www.amequipmentsales.com
  36. 4 points
    Hackney body, Isuzu NPR diesel. Drinks load and unload from ground level, Snacks inside from the back step door. Since I am service and market equipment manager, I drive an F-150 Super Crew
  37. 4 points
    I had one switch owners recently, I always wanted to place crane there because it's a good location but old owner never would let me. New owner is putting in gameroom and wants it filled up. Lucky me.
  38. 4 points
    You should not be having these kinds of problems (or any problems for that matter) with a supposedly refurbished machine. If you wanted a project you have could picked one up on Craigs List for a hell of a lot cheaper. My next call would be to the seller and demand he get somebody to fix that machine properly.
  39. 4 points
    It's been awhile since I have been on here. I've been doing the honor snack box since June. I started with 3 boxes. I am now up to 98 accounts. My theft is about 11% overall, which isn't too bad. If you are doing this business, you just have to accept the fact that theft is part of the business. I have a few accounts that are 100% but very few. What I have learned since starting this is if they are stealing, they will usually continue to steal. Keep in mind I am talking about snack boxes, not the mint boxes. I don't know about those. The way I am doing mine is, if I can keep the theft down for each location to no more than 20% I'm okay with that. If it gets about 20% I start leaving sticky notes on the box. I start with just a note saying "the box was $6.00 short last delivery", or whatever the number is. I will do that twice. The third time I say "the box was $6.00 short last delivery. Please pay for what you take". I will do that twice. After that I say "the box was $6.00 short last delivery. Please pay for what you take or we will have to remove the box". I will do that twice. The next service that it's that short I pull the box. I don't go to anyone, I don't say anything to anyone because the first thing I tell them when i give them my "spill" is they are not responsible for theft. While this is a simple business to do, it's not easy. You have to really pay attention to your accounts, and you are constantly going to be weeding out bad accounts and adding accounts. It never stops. when I first started out I was at 33% shortage, so I have weeded out quite a few bad accounts, but for the people who think the honor box snack business doesn't work, I am telling you if you work it the right way, you can absolutely do this full time. If anyone here is interested in doing this or is doing this and has questions, please don't hesitate to ask. I have been blessed to be able to do something I love and I want to pay it forward by helping anyone that needs help. Have a blessed day, Bryan Humphrey
  40. 4 points
    You don't need to spend big $$$$$ to put some healthy products in a vending machine! I sell protein bars "healthy" in my old AP machines no problem. cajun
  41. 4 points
    To me if a route man is only bringing back $1000.00 dollars that means he serviced less than 7 machines. Assuming he is well managed and not a loli gagging theif I think he can and should do better. If there is less than $150.00 in the cash box it should not be serviced it can wait tell next week. If a location cannot sell 150.00 per machine before the product goes out of date, it is time for the boss to pull the equipment and find it a better home. If the machine will not hold enough product to sell $150.00 before it needs service it is time for the boss to sell the toy combo machine and buy something real. If the boss send a man on a route of machines that average less than $150.00 in them the boss should the boss should look in the mirror for the problem. The fact that 7 days have past does not mean every machine should be serviced. Good driver are hard to find and harder to keep. Walta
  42. 4 points
    That's got to be frustrating, no bites regardless the bait
  43. 4 points
    A canadian post thats stickied in the bulk section, might be a good start. Canadian info and questions could be posted there.
  44. 4 points
    I think it used to be Steve (Caserrie) tag line that bigger is not better. I am personally done with the marginal accounts for all the reasons you mentioned. You couldn't swap me 10 scrub accounts for one good one. Just getting bigger is not the key to success in this business. That said, I realize that the good accounts don't grow on trees, you just have to add them slowly until you have enough to meet your goals and then you can easily afford to put some newer machines in.
  45. 4 points
    I was informed by other "unauthorized operators" that they have had the same problem and they found that a raised glued seam can cause a jam as the cup feeder rotates the cup as it drops. If the seam catches or the cups are stuck due to too much glue, it will cause nuisance jams. The cups should be very smooth and seam almost undetectable. I have needed to order another 2000 cups. I use my local wholesaler and he had a account with International Cup Corporation. My original cups were not available but replacement #HV08622 was available as a replacement. I have never had a jam as far and the price was reasonable at $69.00 for 2000. Peace, Greatdane
  46. 4 points
    The chicken discussion is getting old quick. The old adage that any publicity is good publicity has its limits and all this pub is starting to take a negative cast in my eyes. If I could offer some advice to Frank it would be to stop responding to every mention of the chicken machine and definitely stop responding to certain posters. Just my $.02 on the matter. Take it or leave it. To the OP, if you are serious the front page of the forum will have all the info you need. Don't even need to do a search.
  47. 4 points
    Red Green’s vending service. Make sure you a lot of duct tape. Walta
  48. 4 points
    I call when I am 2 mins away and speak to the contact like it is a foregone conclusion. "Hello, this is George with Kandy King Vending. We will be delivering your new candy machine shortly. Would you like us to bring it in the front door or do you have a service entrance you would prefer we utilize." That lets them know it is coming without giving them a chance to say no. Now when you arrive 2 mins later, they are expecting you and welcome the machine. I try to deliver within 24 hours of getting the confirmation email but definitely within 48 hours while it is still fresh in everyones mind. Every day it is not delivered is one day further from the call when they agreed and one day less income that machine will get on location.
  49. 4 points
    Vend, you do a great job of breaking down economics for people who aren't trained in it. Or so it seems to me. When I try to break down the concepts I never break them down far enough and people just stare and wonder. Clearly inflation is coming, clearly the increase in the money supply--though to be fair, it is an increase in M2 that is leading us towards inflation. Currently the inflation is not in effect because GDP has been suppressed by high unemployment rates. According to Okun's law we will see an explosion in GDP when we reach a reasonable employment rate. However, the inflation will not be tracked because the CPI will track electronic goods that decrease in price over time because of constant innovation. The goal of the Fed is to create this inflation because our debt levels have become unsustainable. It isn't simply that the government owes too much right now, but that their future obligations in the form of medicare, medicaid, and social security can not be paid with current income. Either we will turn our children into slaves and whip them to obedience, or we will accept that there is not enough wealth to support the bloated system currently in place. People will fall on either side of the isle as they evaluate their options. Since no politician can touch these programs that largely benefit people with enough time on their hands to be very involved in politics, the only way to scale them back is by indexing them to inflation and using a fake CPI (consumer price index) to record that inflation. That way the payments go down in real value, and most of the people will be too stupid to realize how much their hand out has decreased. This is also the first generation of Americans to grow up knowing that they are being robbed. Social security taxes are levied on us for a program that will not repay us. People retiring now shouldn't be blamed, it is the fault of crooked politicians who gave our money away to retirees decades ago. The system was designed as "pay as you go" in which each generation was born into bondage to repay the desires of the previous generation.
  50. 4 points
    I think it's bs. I don't see anywhere you mentioning how old the machines are. Maybe 30 yrs old? He says he spends $1200 on candy per month when he is only grossing $1667. Only making $447 net per month. Not too good for me. I would either offer him way less than $20,000 (like maybe $8000 for everything) or I would let it go. Sounds like to me he bought a bizop and then realized he went overboard on spending that much. As toward the ultravend I have never used them but I know there are some on here that have and they will chime in.

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