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  1. I have 3 up for grabs. Ordered them cheap on eBay without realizing USA model won't work in Canada
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    Average monthly sales expectations

    You're starting out with some mediocre quality and low capacity equipment. If you actually do land good accounts with this stuff, prepare to visit more often (less capacity = frequent visits = less profit per hour worked) and take years to pay down the cost of the machines (new equipment costs $$$) It's not the end of the world, and the good news is you've come to the right place moving forward. The forum here is a wealth of knowledge and the pros among us really know what they are talking about. Read up and take it all in.
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    Average monthly sales expectations

    It depends on a LOT of factors, but a good location for me would gross $1000+ per month from snacks and drinks combined. Over $500 would be ok but worth keeping.. below that I might bail. Allow a year to make a judgement about a location.. some are slow starters, others are seasonal. Thats the simple answer. Machine capacity, visit frequency, stales, equipment payback time, travel time, hourly wage, prices, commissions all play a factor.
  4. Contact me any time. I love chatting about this stuff with anyone who is interested.
  5. Rental properties, but always looking for creative business ideas. Responded to a want ad looking for a vending machine mechanic a few weeks ago, that was a new twist for me. Not really a business but I've gotten into the world of p2p/ alternative lending this year
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    Machine info

    I had an AP 6500 ultra flex.. it was my first machine, bought it new in 2009. I think the drink trays had pin connection which I didn't like.. slightly ajar and your whole tray doesn't work. The only problems I ever had were a condenser fan and a refrig board of some kind.. can't recall exactly. Good machine overall
  7. Nayax is worth a look too
  8. 100% but I have a far smaller fleet than most of you, built over the last few years.
  9. Agreed 100%. Maybe LED upgrade kits too if available for those models.
  10. Crane merchant, USI 35xx, AMS sensit III for snack. DN 5800-4, Vendo V21, Royal RVV 500 Plus for drink
  11. I try to stick with current model used/ refurb machines.. it's easier said than done as they are very hard to find on the market. Using a revision door on an older machine also gets you that 'new' look at a discount. If this account doesn't project to do at least 100/ week per machine you need a to have a frank discussion with the owners about the numbers here, and what is realistic for them to expect.
  12. Have you already bought your machines? Read every thread you can on this site about choosing machines and locations, which types of businesses do well and which demographics do best. Stick to a bare minimum of 50 full time staff. Don't get excited and place machines just because someone asks. Slow locations will bury you. Try for locations that are close to each other and close to your home base. (With combo machines you will be visiting 2-3x as often to refill as they offer much less capacity than full size machines). Then just walk into your chosen targets with a business card and a load of confidence. Over the coming weeks and months read every shred of information on this forum, it is the single best resource in existence for new vendors.
  13. Consensus here is that glassfront drink machines give a significant increase in sales. One thing I have never owned is a live display stacker.. they have a capacity/ reliability advantage but just arent as aesthetically pleasing to me. I'm wondering.. considering the customer can still see the product, does the sales bump still apply?
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    Best selling snacks

    There are regional and demographic differences in what sells best. I'm in Canada serving blue collar so won't comment There are also sources online that rank the national best sellers in different categories.. that's a good start. Take a look at what competing, successful vendors are stocking locally. Chances are they have already done their homework and trial and error.
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    Let me pick your brain

    1) Your parts and maintenance expenses could vary a lot due to machine selection and your own skill levels - and also vary from year to year. The mechanically skilled vendor with newer higher end machines will have much lower maintenance costs than a person who buys junk they cannot fix themselves. Think 1% to 5+% of gross per year, with refrigeration decks being the most costly fix. I personally have just 11 machines, all of which need servicing 1-2 times weekly (8 hours / week total) 2) Many of the big time contracts are public tender - open for bidding/ proposals every few years. Smaller vendors usually don't go there unless very well established, and focus on private sector companies who you have to approach and offer your services to/ advertise and have them come to you. 3) A locator finds vending locations for you, for a fee of course. IMO this is something you should be doing yourself. 4) I'm in Canada, it's different here 5) I have liability insurance against lawsuits and damages caused by my machines or product. You can also insure your machines, vehicle and inventory against theft and vandalism etc. It's a good idea to get insurance if doing this seriously. 6) Most independent vendors will purchase the product and stock machines themselves, it's just a form of self employment which can be part time or full time. They will also try to pick up the skills to do simple/ routine fixes using these forums, YouTube, and other resources. A person with some level of technical/ mechanical aptitude is better suited to be a vending operator IMO. Machine manufacturers all have 1-800 tech support as well, which ranges from decent to horrendous