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  1. Good Morning, so, we've recently had two of our chairs go down with what seems to be an acceptor issue. We use both the HI-09FCSG and the HI-11FCSG ( https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=Hi-09FCSG&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8 ). We've watched the videos and can't seem to follow the instructions. We've tried reprogramming the acceptors, but have had no luck. One is stuck in a continual loop that resets to 3 minutes as soon as it is plugged in and then continues to do so repeatedly. The second will not accept any coins after we (think) have cleared it and reprogrammed it. Anyone here have any experience with these acceptors and how to programme them. We only need one channel working as we accept only $2 coins. Thanks in advance for any help.
  2. Well the spectre of Credit Cards has returned. There is a company who is trying to entice our customers away (sometimes successfully) with the same chair with a credit card pay system. They say the revenue will dramatically increase and bla, bla, bla. They force the location to sign a contract for three years and offer the same split as us. They have also been successful in getting into some of the bigger venues that we've not been able to. I don't know if it's because of the credit cards, or the young, aggressive good-looking representative they've got working for them. Does anyone have any experience with credit card revenue verses the coin operated? To retrofit our chairs the bill will be anywhere from $600 to $900 and then an ongoing $15 per month per chair for a telco so the cc system will work. Not to mention the % we'll be charged for the banking. Ordering new chairs already outfitted with the cc application is also an option, but that'd mean us ordering a different chair and having to develop a whole new set of service/repair skills and most importantly investing a boat load of cash. Any thoughts on this subject will be appreciated. Thanks, A Retiredguy
  3. We'er thinking of adding a credit card option to our chairs but it's quite expensive. Does anyone have any experience with this? Does it increase the use and $ ? Thanks
  4. We use both. Different locations require different chairs. We've found back rubbers more dependable. The Titans are more of an upscale chair, so we use them in locations were we figure more adults will use them. They go down mostly because of acceptor issues, jammed, broken and vandalised. The BR's have a more protected acceptor, but it's much more expensive. We've also discovered the Titan's support is spotty and the upholstery wears rather quickly. We're in the process of looking for a better overall chair. You can also use any massage chair if you hook it into a coin/timer box. We don't like the look though and don't want to add another item to our "be able to repair" list. Good Luck, eh.
  5. Yup, that's the price for those chairs. We bought two of these when we started out, though not from this guy. Similar price. They're still going.
  6. Thanks rodney69. We've decided not to go this route. We'll stay with coins.
  7. Anyone using Quick Pass? Some of our locations want a credit card option for payment. Is there another option? Thanks
  8. Hello Everyone. I do coin operated massage chairs. Recently, two of my locations have asked about getting a machine that offers cc payment. I messaged our supplier and they said they have chairs that have a quick pass unit on them. Anyone have any experience with this process? Thanks.
  9. I can't seem to find any information on how to do this, so I thought maybe one of you "problem solvers" could come up with something. One of our locations wants us to reduce the pressure of the leg massage in the chair. I know I can just take the hose from the compressor and disconnect it, but is there a way to just reduce the pressure inline? I was thinking of making a few pin holes in the rubber tubing to allow some air to escape. Any other ideas? Thanks in advance.
  10. One of our locations wants us to reduce the pressure of the leg massage in the chair. I know I can just take the hose from the compressor and disconnect it, but is there a way to just reduce the pressure inline?
  11. Hey Ginou, I liked your post because I like the fact you are attempting to make make life better for yourself. Well Done! As to your question, we have a variety of location owners from diverse backgrounds. Every one of them want to make $. Make your pitch, honest, sincere and polite. We offer 40 to 50%, dependent upon the quality of the location. I often say that we'll start at 40%, and if at the end of 3 months, the location generates your minimum (we like to hit at least $50 per month our end) then we'll increase the split. Let them know you will call ahead when you come to empty the chair and you will ask them to count it with you. They like control and this shows you're transparent and likely honest. Stress that you take all the responsibility for repairs and the location's responsibility is to keep the chair clean and call you when anything happens (breaks/acceptors jammed, etc.) as soon as possible. When the chair is not working, no one makes $. For Example, Hello, this is a really nice facility, would you happen to be the owner? Have a sheet with a picture of the machine you want to place. Describe the type of massage it gives and how much people like it or how you like it. A laundry was our first location. It was self serve. We found that as long as the location was supervised the chair did ok. Unsupervised sucked bad. Chairs were damaged, unplugged and vandalized. We only go for supervised areas now. Anywhere people wait will work. Children's play centers are good because the parent can sit and watch. Anyways, good luck. Do your research and choose a chair that fits your requirements. Some can be quite heavy and not so easy to manover through doorways. Also remember that you will be fixing these things when they break, so hopefully you've got some mechanical abilities or access to someone who can help. Good Luck, and if you need any more information or advice, feel free. Retired Guy
  12. Good sites, thanks orsd. They didn't have exactly what I wanted, but lots of other stuff. A good resource though.
  13. Hi All, just thought I'd update. Our rental locations are doing well. Using tokens instead of coins seems to create less hassles for us. No one is angry and messing with the chairs to get their $ back. Some of our rentals are a little late in paying, but do pay. Getting the cheque in the mail saves us a bucket of cash because we don't have to drive. Some of our chairs are almost 300 miles away. If we had to drive every two months to collect from them, it'd cost us $ to own them. We're so glad we found this niche. Our spit locations are doing reasonably well, and our biggest problem seems to be in the acceptors jamming or simply not working anymore. We're working at finding more rental locations. The drop in our Canadian dollars wrt the US dollar has made it difficult to buy more chairs. What used to cost us $1450 Canadian $ is now costing us $1800 Canadian. I know it just means it'll take longer to recoup, but the road is long enough already. It seems the only way to get a break is to order 22 units. May take a while. Good luck and take care all. Regards from your Northern Neighbour.
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