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  1. Back when I was young and stupid (bout 9 months ago) I bought some Nayax Amit 3.0 modems off Ebay. They were new in the box and a good price. Anyway I just now learned they can't be activated because those serial numbers are registered to another business.. In other words they are completely useless to me - and at worst potentially stolen. Its something to watch out for I guess, check serial numbers before purchasing this type of stuff from anyone but a trusted dealer.. A fine example of being cheap ending up being expensive 😃
  2. If one wants to up their income they can essentially go get more accounts, or try to increase profits from existing accounts. Is there enough upside in adding OCS and water cooler services to really bother with it? Essentially that's adding more complexity to your business model. How much more profit on average might one expect to squeeze out of a blue collar account by addding these services? Any input is welcome. Fwiw I have just had a request for coffee/ water service from a customer with 2 locations, 275 staff total (24/7)
  3. I have 3 up for grabs. Ordered them cheap on eBay without realizing USA model won't work in Canada
  4. nvb

    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.
  6. Contact me any time. I love chatting about this stuff with anyone who is interested.
  7. 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
  9. 100% but I have a far smaller fleet than most of you, built over the last few years.
  10. Agreed 100%. Maybe LED upgrade kits too if available for those models.
  11. Crane merchant, USI 35xx, AMS sensit III for snack. DN 5800-4, Vendo V21, Royal RVV 500 Plus for drink
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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?