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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...
  2. 2 points
    Don't know for sure and I no longer have any way to find out. I could hazard a pretty good guess if I could see photos of the inside of the door and inside of the machine including any and all control boards.
  3. 1 point
    I have been installing these boards in several of my USI machines, and in general I like them. I did run into a problem with my last install, the 4 wide snack had a satellite drink machine attached, and the InOne boards will NOT support any satellites/ side cabinets. I did not see any documentation of this in their instructions (I suggested they add the info!) Also, I did not ask in advance -Mea Culpa. Ended up having to re-install the original board for the time being. I am planning to remove the 6 select drink for a larger stand alone drink machine in the near future, so at that time the new board can go back in. Lessons learned - 1) Ask! 2) Don't do upgrades on a Friday night when you can't get tech support until Monday!!
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    Here is a clam shell idea that I use - furniture sliders. I use a large plastic slider with foam backing under most of my machines anyway, but when clam shelling thru a doorway with smooth floors (no threshold) I have done the move with just the sliders several times. I like it because it saves a lot of time over setting up the machine on a dolly, and I am not restricted by the range of the caster. This has been with snack machines but should also work with drink machines as well. With a threshold I am thinking that a dolly could be used for leverage to lift the machine enough to clear the legs over, but I have not tried it yet. The sliders I use are from Home Depot but are not on their website. They are rated for 1,000 lbs. I like them because they make the machines on site a little easier to move if I need to access the rear, and customers like that I am looking out for their flooring. Another issue I run into placing machines is keeping the power cord from getting pinched or damaged when setting the machine into it's final position. A long piece of twine or other small line works to hold the cord up out of the way and can then be retrieved when the machine is set.
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    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.
  6. 1 point
    16.9oz bottles. A bunch of 501Es with can shims. Problem solved. You can set up an account with Walmart and order it all from them. Or you can still go through your bottler.
  7. 1 point
    Hey everyone! I found your forum yesterday while searching to identify a vending machine I bought. I didn’t realize what a big world of vending there is and I’m super intrigued!! I went ahead and registered today so I’d be able to ask a few questions, but using your search bar has already helped so much and I’ve learned a lot. Thanks for letting me mix in. Happy to have found you.
  8. 1 point
    Good info but, for his sake, do you think it can be converted to a GVC2?
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    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
    I didn't candy coat anything and gave a very simple overview of what the business entails and some of it's challenges. You know there are alot more things to cover for beginners than what I touched on and that's why I encouraged them to research this site. That said, I completely agree with your earlier post and if you notice I didn't touch on the pitfalls you noted but simply added to it. I ranted about this situation on here not long ago. People start a bulk vending business, put a bunch of equipment out, lose interest and abandon the route leaving derelict machines all over the place. This behavior, to your point, really hurts our industry because alot of prospective locations don't want another bad experience with an abandoned machine. Bottom line is if you decide to quit the business be professional enough to sell your route to a responsible person or pick up the equipment. Don't just leave it there for the location to deal with. Your other point is true as well. Locations will buy their own vending equipment because they think we are getting rich off of their location. Years ago this wasn't a widespread problem but once wholesale clubs appeared and the internet took off, vending machines and product became easy for anyone to get. Most legitimate businesses understand that it is not worth their time to fool with managing their own vending. I tend to see it alot more with start ups where owners need every penny they can scrounge up. Regardless if their machine is maintained or not, the result is generally the same....one less available vending spot for you. No one is going to get rich off of 10-20 machines and if they think they will they are in for a rude awakening. It all boils down to what you want. If you want a manageable side gig bulk vending can be that but even at a part time level success still requires organization, hard work and vigilance. If you are looking to make it a career then be prepared for a large financial and time commitment no different than any other business.
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    @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.
  12. 1 point
    It might be this model https://vendnetusa.com/wfdata/files/4217378b.pdf (Closest to your model number) Which would then use this programming manual https://vendnetusa.com/wfdata/files/4215422b.pdf' Regardless, the machine will be MDB which means you can remove the card system from the machine, get or use an existing MDB harness and connect and MDB coin mech and bill validator to it.
  13. 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?
  14. 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
  16. 1 point
    People keep worrying about the virgin forests. Why don't they care about the sexually active ones?
  17. 1 point
    I have only heard good things about the couple you are asking about, and I have heard good feedback about RJT's book as well. Personally, I don't care for his attitude and I disagree with him on some things but I don't doubt that his book has useful information. He just rubs me the wrong way. I haven't ever used any books. I was trained as an employee to do the most fundamental part of vending (stocking and collecting) so I really just had to learn the technical side such as repairs and operations. You can learn a lot of it here on this forum. The hardest thing for rookies to grasp, in my opinion, is that this is a simple business of stocking what sells and making money by volume sales. Too many worry about getting creative. You don't need to though. Just do what everyone else is doing but do it better. The most successful vendors aren't winning due to innovation. They are winning by keeping up with what people want. It's that simple. And also, don't get hung up on buying combo machines or brand new machines. You can get quality refurbished American equipment (assuming you are American or Canadian) and you can get a solid first few locations without breaking the bank. Or, you can still settle for cheaper machines if you have the means to move equipment and you find good deals. The most crucial part of this business, other than stocking machines and keeping them working, is getting AND keeping good locations. If you can secure and retain good locations for a long time, you can do very well in vending. Perhaps I'm just slow to grow, or perhaps banks aren't friendly since the last big recession, but it took me 9 years to get to the point where I'm at but my problems are good problems now. I have money and I can do things that smaller companies can't because lack of money and big companies can't because lack of workforce.
  18. 1 point
    Lol, I had one location that the owners 8 yo daughter collected BB's. She had to have bought 200+ before stopping, it was great. Some of it depends on whether its repeat traffic or new traffic, generally speaking. You could also swap it out for a mystery mix 1in capsules every 6 months or so. Depending on the machine is how tough it is to switch between the two.

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