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  1. 7 points
    If you don’t know me don’t feel obligated to read this. So it seems kinda weird to share this here, but it also seemed weird to not mention it and pretend everything is normal. And then it’d be weird to bring it up in conversation and casually slip it in somewhere. It’d also be weird to highjack a fantasy football thread with it. So I weirdly decided to mention it here. Anyway, my wife had twins over the weekend. (This is why I’ve been silent on the FF front Moondog.) They’re a healthy boy and girl, and we’re quite happy. These are the people you’ve been helping support with all your advise and knowledge. We appretiate all of you.
  2. 7 points
    Hey guys. Just thought I'd pop in and say hello and see how my baby is doing. I can't believe she's 11 years old already. Looks like things are going good Mage.
  3. 7 points
    The BEST way to get started, in my opinion, is by sticking with either Royal 650/Merlin IV or Dixie Narco 501e's. Keep in mind that a 501e is very different from a 501T or 501MPC or anything else that it might say. You want a 501E with an SIID board in it. With the Dixie 501E or Royal 650/Merlin IV, you'll have all of the capacity and versatility you would need for almost any account that you'd be able to land as a new vendor. They are usually readily available used or refurbished, and you can actually buy the Royals new to this day as they still manufacture them (not the case with the 501E). I recommend new vendors stick with Dixie 501E's because they are easier to learn and you can transition to telemetry usually with no issues whereas older Royals might not report cash sales (this only affects you if you want to pre-kit, which requires a $300 card reader and $8/month wireless fee). Don't do Seaga, definitely don't do Gaines, no Antares, and a few other brands. There are other models too that are older and very good, but a lot of markets have 501e's and Royal 650's readily available for purchase and you will kind of future-proof yourself with those models. USI is okay too but many of their machines have pros and cons which can be a pain to deal with sometimes. Vendos are also good but, as a general consensus, you want to know what you are doing with vending because vendos can be problematic in certain ways. In fact, the only 2 series I would recommend you ever touch are the vmax (540, 720, and a few others) and the v21 series. The v21 is an excellent series but they DO have some problems at times (like all other machines) which can be somewhat difficult to figure out... and being new means you won't have a clue. There are SO many knowledgeable people that can help you diagnose a Royal or a Dixie and that's the only reason why Vendo moves down the rankings a bit. Also, certain USI soda machines are 100% incompatible with card readers and will not function whatsoever. One model I KNOW will not work is a CB-500 (aka CB-10, BC-10). However, only the model that have the MCB12 board in it are of issue. The models with GVC boards are fine. You'll know what it has based off of the actual model number (USI 3189 is the CB-500 with an MCB12 board and will NOT work with card readers. The USI 3500 (as the model number should say on the sticker) should have a GVC board and be fine. As for snack machines, there are many models you can go with because there are so many kits, but at this point, if you can get your hands on them, stick with machines of certain generations or newer. AP 4000/5000's, don't bother. Don't bother with any AP machine that doesn't have a digital display either. AP 6000/7000's are VERY good machines given how old they are, and they have made many vendors a LOT of money. They are probably the best workhorse snack machines ever made, but they are old and need to be upgraded to accept new technology. That can be done, but if you can get something newer then that's great. AP 110's are also VERY good machines for their time, but the same issues exist with them. In fact, they have a lot of important advantages over the 6000/7000 such as how the validator mounts and where the coin mech is. They are much easier to repair in my opinion, but they need the same money invested as the 6000/7000 and might not be as common in your market. AP 120s are good machines too but have some issues. If you get a working AP 120 with a drop sensor, then you are good to go. If a board goes bad on it, the simple solution is to buy a retrofitted board for about $315 + shipping and taxes. Anything newer than an AP 120 is probably a "good" AP machine but parts can be issues at times because of a history probably related to being bought-out by Crane, and I don't know the details of that history. National 145/146's were also workhorses, but I highly recommend you dodge these machines. The same is True for the National 147/148's. They all made a lot of money but I wouldn't even bother with those. National 157's are good machines but sometimes need some upgrades. The upside is that they are good machines and only require an MDB harness, maybe a new E-prom, and probably some programming change to make them MDB capable if they aren't already. We are talking about $50 if even necessary. The downside is that not all had drop sensors and to add one will usually only be cost effective by buying a retro kit that includes a board and drop sensor for $415++. But a drop sensor isn't really necessary and there is nothing wrong with getting a National 157 if the price is right. Anything newer than the 157 is usually a good machine for National, and I only know of snack models going up to 160/170 but I don't know the differences in those models. There are also GPL's that look almost identical but they can have various amounts of differences between them. It's difficult to say whether you should bother with GPLs or not because it depends on what's in them and I don't even know. USI machines are difficult to even talk about. The easiest way for me to explain this is by saying this: Unless the machine is VERY recent and has a GVC board in it, you might not get cash sales reported if you want to pre-kit in the future. That's often not a big deal, especially for new vendors, but it can matter later on because it's the way of the future in many ways. If a machine has an F80 board in it, you WILL NOT get cash sales. If it has an SM6 board in it, you MIGHT get cash sales. If it has a GVC board in it, you SHOULD get cash sales. Regardless, anything with an F80 board, SM6 board, or GVC board in it will be a decent machine. Don't get anything older than those. For model numbers and some details, you can go to vendnet.com and look through their snack machine manuals list. You'll see details on what boards are in what models right there. AMS has also been in the market for a little while (not as long as the other guys) and they make good machines but older models often require costly upgrades. You can probably stay away from any brand not mentioned here. As you can see, there are a lot of models. One of the EASIEST ways to quickly check to see if a machine is even worth messing with is to see if it is already setup for MDB. Sticking with newer model machines is your best bet, such as AP 120 or newer, National 157 or newer, Dixie 501e, Royal 650, etc.. Any of those models will accept a card reader, should already be MDB, and there are many people out there that know how to diagnose them when you have problems because they are all very common machines. It MIGHT cost you more to buy these but it might not. Buying refurbished will, of course, cost more than buying used but a company with a good reputation can provide you with excellent machines to get you moving. Having good machines that are relatively future-proof will mean that you won't have to go through many of the pitfalls that many of us have gone through over the past 10,15,20, or 30 years. I promise you that there are many more vendors out there than you realize and the bulk of them only have a handful of accounts and often don't keep up with technology because they can't land decent accounts to justify the upgrade. Don't be like them; start with the right equipment first, and don't buy new machines until you get your feet wet.
  4. 6 points
    You are setting yourself up to fail. Vending is not a passive owner model. It's very hands on. Product rotations, customer contact, coin and bill jams, counting money, paying sales taxes and commissions, maintenance on the delivery vehicle, general liability insurance, product liability insurance. And that's a good week. What will you do if the route person has a fender bender in a parking lot? Who will train the new driver when the old one quits or gets fired for skimming? Do yourself a favor, and donate $100 to this forum and that's the most you'll lose in your very short dip into the vending business. Search this forum about combo machines. A vending route is not full time until sales pass $400K per year and 1 full route is only profitable when the owner is on it. Computer scheduled routes easily do $12K per week. See how many of my constituents agree with this post. I'll wait.
  5. 5 points
    I just wanted to share with people how much I appreciate being in this industry. Natural disasters, economic woes, and other mishaps can really hurt all kinds of businesses including vending businesses. This past Memorial day, the Miami Valley (in and around Dayton, Ohio) was struck with not one... not two.. but nine tornadoes. Tends of thousands of homes and businesses went without power, with maybe half of them still out, over 100 people were hurt, and MANY homes and businesses were either damaged or completely destroyed. Fortunately, my family and my home made it out completely unscathed. I already confirmed that I lost one snack machine so far but how many more are damaged out there remains unknown as so many businesses have no power and many communication towers have been damaged as well. On top of that, a massive amount of people have been without running for some time now. Things are difficult between power outages and road closures due to debris and downed power lines, but we went through a similar situation back in 2008 when the remnants of hurricane Ike managed to make its way all the way here, causing massive amounts of damage (mostly minor, but everywhere). Despite these troubling times, I am estimating that well over 80% of my locations are already up and running and have been since Tuesday as I have most of my accounts spread out over a range of about 30 square miles. So even though it hit us pretty hard, I am more worried about just getting around and servicing the accounts than anything. My top two accounts are 100% fine and, due to the vast amount of vacant buildings in Dayton, many businesses are simply moving or taking temporary leases in vacant buildings all around this area. If a vending operator can make it through a disastrous day that includes 9 tornadoes all in one night, then I think it would pretty much take a devastating economic collapse or a massive catastrophic event to actually destroy a vending business.
  6. 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?
  7. 4 points
  8. 4 points
    I disagree with this. I haven't been in business for over 8 years because I plan on working hard the rest of my life. Like lots of businesses out there, it's hard to get started but I honestly don't feel like I'm working that hard most of the time. It's more time consuming than anything and I think it's very misleading and discouraging to tell people that it makes sense to downsize and put the money into something "more profitable." What is a better, more profitable business? I mean, really... If I can make a better living doing something else, I'm all in.
  9. 4 points
    Here's the tool that Cajun uses to do a hard reset on his machines:
  10. 4 points
    Leave peacefully and on good terms. Tell them if it doesn't work out (it never does) you'll gladly return.
  11. 4 points
    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.
  12. 4 points
  13. 4 points
    I once caught a 34" Amberjack 55 miles off the coast of Destin, FL using dental floss and a cane pole. I also wouldn't use a Seaga machine if they paid me, and don't get me started on combo machines. JMHO
  14. 4 points
    The cost for adding cards in vending is crazy higher than normal retail. I would like to see the swipe fees come down to around 3% but that won't happen anytime soon, especially with all the reward cards out there that have to generate the customer rebates. Hardware costs may get cheaper over time as tech usually does. The monthly fees cover the cell data service and the back end processing and support from the provider, much cheaper than providing your own servers and hiring IT guys to keep it running on your own. Cashless is growing everywhere; ask anyone under 40 if they routinely carry cash anymore, 90% will say no. That number is growing, and in a few years cashless will be as much a necessity in a vendor as validators are today. Payrange is a good concept but I have been disappointed in the reality of it in my operation. Here is the good news - cashless can actually be cheaper that cash for us. Cash has to be collected, transported, counted, and transported again to the bank. It can be lost or stolen anywhere before the bank. The costs of handling cash are so normal to us we don't think about it, but it can be anywhere from 4% to over 10%. Cashless is secure and saves time. Plus we get the data to be more efficient and provide better service.
  15. 4 points
    That would be stealing. Pepsi cannot take YOUR product or money. They would have to get it back to you or reimburse you. Secondly, Pepsi FIXES these machines all the time...maybe not in a timely fashion, but they DO fix them. And what do they do?? They CUT OFF THE GFI PLUG AND ATTACH A REGULAR PLUG! That is what they have done for my Pepsi machines AND that is what their techs have told MY techs to do. What I don't understand is that MANY on this thread have SUGGESTED/even INSISTED that you do this and you still haven't. Your machine has been down for quite awhile now. At this point, WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE! At the very least, I would get my customer a different machine, take this one back to your shop and attempt to fix it there. But WHY leave your customer without service? As it stands right now, you're already without a machine, the product, the money and a customer. Ay' Caramba!
  16. 4 points
    Not sure if trolling... Seriously, you say you are learning. That’s fine, we’ve all had to start somewhere. I’ve asked plenty of dumb questions and broken plenty of things myself. But what rubs us all the wrong way is the fact you ignore all of our advice and do stupid golpher we told you not to, and then say that your learning. When I ask, I $&#*ing listened. You are not, and honestly it’s kinda funny to watch you be super concerned about a short circuit in one post and then ask if it really matters that you are creating an actual short in the battery pack.
  17. 4 points
    We use tables to keep food off the floor, table cloths to keep food off the table, place mats to keep food off the table cloth and plates to keep food off the place mats.
  18. 4 points
    If there is one thing that video games have taught me about life, it’s that if I’m encountering a bunch of obstacles and enemies, I’m probably headed in the right direction.
  19. 4 points
  20. 4 points
    What you assume about agendas and other product lines to sell is incorrect. No one posting in this thread is a new machine distributor. While some might sell used machines that doesn't mean that we haven't had experiences with machines like yours. Speaking for myself as the only repairman in this thread, I will say that I have worked on many Seaga machines and far too many machines that are made in foreign lands. That experience is entirely why I recommend that any vendor stay away from Seaga or imported machines. I know how poorly they are made and supported and the fact that you are selling them doesn't make them any better. While you have a right to sell whatever you want, I and we have a right to give our opinions. I understand that you are selling to new vendors and it's our desire that they get off on the right foot as I'm sure you desire as well. There will always be new and naive customers for you but I also know that many will become jaded by the problems they encounter. This forum exists solely to give solid guidance to all vendors and we will continue to do so.
  21. 4 points
    Anybody who is looking for a pallet jack or dolly should check out their local toys r us. Just picked up a narrow pallet jack at mine for $75. They said they had regular jacks as well as dollies and appliances dollies with the kick out wheels.
  22. 3 points
    Thanks a ton for the responses guys, I really appreciate it. So I ran my route today and had the intention of talking/pulling the box (it's a mint honor box), and I was surprised to see the correct amount of money in it. 0% theft. Found out there's a new manager, and she asked if I had any other candy (I told her I also run triple heads filled with candy) and she let me put one of those in today. Wild day. Expected to lose an account, but ended up upgrading the account. Never know how this business is going to go, lol.
  23. 3 points
    There is whole lotta NOPE with this deal.
  24. 3 points
    Always talk to the customer. Explain that you are going to remove it for a while and try it again later. You never want to burn a bridge with an account. Personnel can change, manager's can change, so it is always worth while to check back and try again. I always have my driver's talk to the account before pulling the tray. Just my two cents.
  25. 3 points
    >Keep your machines clean, full, and working >Keep your gross profit at or above 50% >Do not have the lowest prices in town >Do not get bullied by customers. Cooperate with reasonable requests but set a time limit for it to succeed or fail >Be licensed, pay sales taxes, have proper insurance, and have these documents available >Don't be afraid to say "no, I don't do that" >Be respectful on your customer's property, but also be approachable. We all know what it means to be "the cookie man" >Give samples to your customers >Never turn your back on an unlocked vending machine >Have a drop safe in your service vehicle and leave the key at your home or warehouse >Hang out with us, we're informative, even on grumpy days.
  26. 3 points
    The machine is from 1977. You probably drowned the thermostat. You can try removing it from the machine and let it sit in the sun for a day or 3. It should look something like this when removed: And welcome to TVF! Let me warn you that you will be banned if you ask how to put a card reader on this heap.
  27. 3 points
    It can, but realistically that's a snack and soda machine combined. I hsve a trucking place with maybe 10 drivers and 10 on site. It does $1500/year soda+snacks combined. I have a manufacturing facility with about 25 employees and it probably does $2200/year. A fabrication shop has 15 employees and does $4500/year. Another place has about 30 employees + 0-40 temps depending on jobs that come in requiring more labor. That location usually does $250/week. It can be as slow as $100/week and as much as $350/week. An account I just got has about 30 employees and does $80-$120/week depending on over time. 25+ is really a good minimum, but I want 40+ now as I value my time now. Starting out though, 25+ employees in blue collar environments can be a good start. Avoid offices.
  28. 3 points
    Almost all locators are scams. Build a business presence, marketing material and go beat the streets for best results. Buy out other vendors and individual locations as they pop up on Craigslist. It's a long term game.
  29. 3 points
    You have that column's rotor 180 deg out of time. You can either pull the motor off and rotate the rotor 180 or pull both plastic timing cams off and turn the base cam 180.
  30. 3 points
    Well you gave him no choice but to eat 40 salami sticks a week.
  31. 3 points
    An office/warehouse is due when you are up to around 60-100 machines. It gives you space for product most importantly, but also for parts and some space for equipment. If you are that size then you have to get past the cheap faze and become professional. Even at $1000 per month it's worth it. If you instead continue to worry about every expense and sweat the small stuff then you're not ready to go big or go home. I would be surprised if you could find anything of quality for your low ball price of $500 but maybe your area pricing is depressed enough that you could find one. Older places will be cheaper of course. I never considered anything other than continuing to grow and put out more machines. I was more than ready for the warehouse at 60 machines and growing. As I worked up to 300 machines I went from a garage to an older 900' office/warehouse in a mini storage, then to a 1200' office/warehouse in a newer building with a real lease, then up to 1500' in yet a newer building before finally up to a 5000' place with room for everything including a refrigerated candy room, a parts room, the trucks inside for security and protection from graffiti, and it had a loading dock for the truckloads of Coke and Pepsi and Vistar that I got. That was back in the day when Dolly Madison, Hostess and the dairy would deliver to me as well. All orders got called in and delivered and I never set foot in a grocery store or Costco again. Growth my friend, it does the body good.
  32. 3 points
  33. 3 points
    Before you publicly claim your millions from a lottery win, ask your friends and family if you can borrow $20.
  34. 3 points
    Ha - have learned that Vending gives you endless stories....... Have an old AP 6600 snack at a machine shop - does about $200/mo gross so not terrible, rough environment lot of dirt dust but that old tank keeps on chugging. The staff there are some solid people - I had a bulb going out and on those old AP's a flickering bulb can sometimes cause the coin mech to randomly jackpot....those guys saved every nickle, dime & quarter and handed it over to me in a coffee can when I showed up for the next service - I threw out a bunch of freeebies in their breakroom for having my back. Funniest story at that account was I showed up one day and a couple of the crew came over and let me know the machine had a couple of hangups that they had fixed.....they were super proud they didn't shake my machine, nope, they just drilled holes in the top of the cabinet, used welding rod to fish out the stuck bags and then welded the holes back closed again....wtf? I thanked them with a straight face (they sincerely thought they done good) and took a look at the top of that old machine - counted 17 welded shut holes in the top of the cabinet, obviously been at it for a while. I had this great idea to put another old 6600 on a dock on puget sound - got permission from the marina to put it on the end of the fuel dock under the over hang of a little shack - plan was to have it there May-Sept and stock it with fishing gear - Spoons, Hoochies, plugs, leader, etc... (note, don't try lead - even the small sinkers are too much for the augers to push reliably) Anyway - freaking disaster from day one. Machine is obviously not outdoor rated - I made a little "roof" framed with 2x2's and used that corrugated stuff on top - for the most part kept the machine dry and never had any issues with it malfunctioning from being outside for the 2 months it survived. But boy howdy, them fishin' boyz are some cheap bastages - every one of them knew exactly how much a spoon costs at Cableas and don't appreciate paying even one nickel over retail - and I was haven a hell of a time finding wholesale tackle that anyone wanted. Had to service that thing every-single-day - Sat/Sun the trucks & trailers start queueing up at 4:00 am to launch and by 8:00 that machine would be nearly empty - and by 9:00 am some crack head tweaker would be go after that thing hammer & tong trying to get at the $$. I had signs I'd put up saying "machine serviced daily/no cash in machine" but that hardly slowed them down. Glass smashed within days, cleaned it up and stuck plexi in there. Twice had some jokers stuff fish in the delivery bin - english sole and a dogfish. Kept at it best I could, made some $$ but gave up when it finally got pushed off the dock - cost me over $200 to get it yarded back up on to the dock (leaving it down there was not an option - so I was told) Got many more.. ABC
  35. 3 points
    Here's a board. Use it to push that thing off the back of your truck at the nearest scrap yard.
  36. 3 points
    Wednesday used to be my favorite day of the week for the first few years of my marriage. Until my Wife's friend told her, "That's not what hump day means."
  37. 3 points
    To save money this holiday season, instead of buying a Santa gift leave them a signed letter telling them they were naughty this year and are getting nothing from Santa.
  38. 3 points
    621/721 doesn't use shims, spacers or whatever terminology you want to use. There is a slide under the column you slide back or forward to change from cans to bottles, then the back spacer, then depth setting in the program and that's it
  39. 3 points
    it's a shame nothing is built in the USA anymore. Just bought a TV and it said 'Built in Antenna". I don't even know where that is.
  40. 3 points
    This doesn’t make sense. Unless you stole the machine from Pepsi or Pepsi is somehow affiliated with the mob up in NYC.
  41. 3 points
    The growing number of stupid people is likely due to the child-proofing of things that would have otherwise killed them.
  42. 3 points
    Pfft. Both of our answers were educated. He just showed his work.
  43. 3 points
    Screw the healthy crap and find a normal vendor with normal snacks.
  44. 3 points
    Sounds like older equipment and not a lot of $$$. If he actually has some worthwhile accounts on the route I might be a player around 12K tops but would be ditching the slow locations and selling off the excess machines. If you need the van 200,000 might be ok mileage at that price, just for comparison my E150 just got a new used motor at about 250K miles and is still going strong at 14 years old...
  45. 3 points
    Pull the lower wedge, clean all the sensor covers or sensors, if exposed, on the wedge with a q-tip dipped in alcohol or mild cleanser Do the same to the matching upper sensors inside wipe down bill path on upper and lower wedge clean the guide belts and center belt or guide wheel with warm damp rag make sure anti-cheat lever moves freely with no burrs on it If that doesn't fix it, take the $50 or so it would take to repair it and put it towards a Rebuilt Mars
  46. 3 points
    I've put a lot of thought into this and I just don't believe that continuing to be an adult is gonna work for me.
  47. 3 points
    How about $40 per kit with used parts? (Plus shipping). And if I have some here, I'll throw in a few frac-packs of River Road coffee!
  48. 3 points
    If we all just switched to cursive writing and stick shift cars, we could cripple an entire generation.
  49. 3 points
    I can't get into specifics, but our cashless sales passed 30% of total sales several months back. That's a lot of quarters not being counted.
  50. 3 points
    I made a graph of my past relationships. It has an ex axis and a why axis.

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