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Jchunn28

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  1. Got asked to leave

    It was tough to lose that revenue stream because it was pretty much a gauranteed $100/week. But I already had made back what I had paid for the account and machines and then some. I'm working on trying to come up with an agreement for all of my accounts. Something that just says chocolate will be pulled during summer months if the machine is not in a cooled area and that they agree to give me a 30 day notice if they want to replace me, if they don't give 30 days, then they will be responsible for paying for the machines to be moved.
  2. Got asked to leave

    I lost a mid-size account the other day ($100/week). Was a tire shop with about 10 employees. Had an old one price coin only snack machine and a decent drink machine. Since this account was part of a buy out of another company I was surprised at how well it was doing and tried to upgrade the machine one day. Get there get through the overhead door, and find out the door to the breakroom is an odd size and machine won't fit. Manager tells me to hold off because they are going to remodel the offices and make the lobby bigger and will want the machine moved into it when done. Then all of a sudden with no warning we go in to service the machines and there sits a brand new combo machine that the owner bought and we are told we have to pick ours up. We were servicing every week and keeping everything well stocked and had only had a couple times that we had sell outs. Only thing I can figure is the owner saw how much product we were hauling in weekly and decided to get the money for himself. Employees were upset because his prices were anywhere from .25 to .50 higher than ours had been. Took the dinosaur of a snack machine to the scrap yard and took the drink machine to another account that had a cooling deck go out that morning.
  3. Polyvend H-22 (Tom's machines)

    I have been phasing mine out since I took over in September. Have a couple left that will be gone soon. Found these buried in the back of the shop and figured I would offer them as parts for the collectors before sending to scrap yard.
  4. Polyvend H-22 (Tom's machines)

    365.80 I would say not really worth it. Lol
  5. Polyvend H-22 (Tom's machines)

    I can check on shipping if you give me the zip code chunnvendingATgmailDOTcom
  6. Not sure if this is allowed here but.... Have 15-20 of these old dinosaurs that I am about to scrap. Anybody need parts before I do? Have just about everything except for the locks.
  7. Switching Boxes on a truck

    I worked with liftgates daily for 21 years at my previous job, so I know how they can be. Most are rated new for 2500 pounds, but after a few years you're lucky if you can put 1200 on them safely. If you have anything taller than a few feet, it gets really unstable and tricky
  8. Switching Boxes on a truck

    This is almost exactly what I did. Winch mounted to front of trailer on a receiver hitch. We load the heaviest machine first and then load the lightest by hand or put the first one in the front corner of the trailer and use the winch to pull the second up or let it down just as we did with the first one. Have less than $1500 invested in the trailer and it works great. I would rather do it this way than to use a lift gate any day. Plus now I have a trailer for when I need to move other things that won't fit in my pickup.
  9. Is this as absurd as I think?

    I had an account tell me almost the exact same thing. My response to him was that I was willing to try a few of the products he requested and if they sold we would add more, if they didn't he would be responsible for buying (at retail) any expired products at the end of each month. We would count them, box them, and hand him the box and an invoice that was due on receipt. He quickly decided to let us leave the machines as is. I also had a $10 / month account that demanded that every spiral be filled front to back. I told him the same thing and he backed off also.
  10. Allow me to introduce myself

    I am using USAT. Haven't had any problems with them or their service so far. I have 10 telemetry only and 11 readers.
  11. Allow me to introduce myself

    I always tell everyone, I'm willing to listen to any advice anyone has. I have a lot to learn and a ton of hard work ahead of me. That is one of the reason I am so thankful for this forum. It has saved me some frustration already.
  12. Allow me to introduce myself

    It is definitely a rocky road and I know it will take a couple years to really see trends and some good income, thankfully my spouse has a good job and picks up where I fall short on the home finances. I know I have some very old cavaliers and toms machines that will be headed to the scrap yard soon. As for the others it is a mixture of Rowe 4900 & 5900, National 148 & 158 some unidentifiable USI, Dixie narco 276(?), 501 e & t, 5500, and 600 (?), and others that are packed into the back of the shop I haven't gotten the info off of yet. I have a few cold food machines that work, but I don't intend on placing them anytime soon My shop is about 2400 square foot and I pay $550/month for it and about $35/month electric. I paid $15,000 down and he owner financed $50,000 with no interest. I have some some accounts that I will be getting rid of soon due to lack of revenue and the old outdated machines will end up in the scrap yard. The good ones I will attempt to find a location for that is better than the current one after I do some cleaning and refurbishing on them. My goal is to find a better location before I pull some of them. I figure what does it hurt to let the account pay me 10-15 dollars a month to store my machine there. We try to rotate product out and into faster machines to avoid a lot of stales, but we do end up with them on occasion. One of of the first things I did was start bringing prices up to par. He had 20oz at 1.25, cans at .60 and candy bars at .75-.85. I have tried to space out the increases so as not to make the customers made with a lot of price increases. But I still have a ways to go. I have 20oz at 1.50 now across the board, cans are .75 (coke and Pepsi just went to $1 for cans around here) and candy bars are going to $1 for now with an increase planned either at the end of the year or beginning of next year (currently average .61 cogs for candy bars), pastry is 1.00 - 1.25 depending on lacation and chips range from .85 - 1.00 depending on location and size ( small bags .85 / large 1.00). His son will be leaving the end of June or beginning of July and it will be just myself running everything after that, with the help of friends on occasion.
  13. I have been reading this forum for a while and have learned a ton of information from everybody here and have to say Thank you for that, it has saved me time and money and possibly some of my sanity. So here's a little about me. In July of last year I began looking for a change after spending 21 years in the trucking industry, I began as a driver and worked in management for the last 5 1/2 years, but was always away from home. I came access and ad on craigslist of a guy selling his vending business and sent him an email. Long story short it sounded good and I jumped on it in September of last year. He thought he had 70 accounts and about 100 machines located with another 100 in storage. It ended up being about 80 accounts, around 120 machines located, and 200 in storage. The machines are a mix of my own machines, coke's and pepsi's. He said he was grossing 8K to 10K a month, I figured it was more like 6 to 8 a month (and my guess wasn't far off). He had his son working for him that was beginning college and wanted out of the business. It came with some moving dollies, an old enclosed trailer (not worth towing), and a sprinter van with a blown motor (he is paying to have that fixed eventually per contract). In November I purchased another small vendor out that had 13 accounts with 18 machines and an enclosed trailer for 13K (fee I overpaid on this one) Here we are about 9 months later, his son still works for me we are grossing about 12K a month. I have added card readers to some machines, started using Vendsys as my VMS, trashed some machines, upgraded others and of course added and lost some accounts. I have more planned for the rest of this year for upgrades and route changes and growth as time and finances allow. Only experience I had in vending was I owned a couple machines at the office where I worked. So now everyone knows a bit about me be it good or bad. Lol So what are some of y'alls opinions? Did I do ok or should I have walked away. It doesn't matter now because the deed is done, just curious. Quote Edit
  14. I have been reading this forum for a while and have learned a ton of information from everybody here and have to say Thank you for that, it has saved me time and money and possibly some of my sanity. So here's a little about me. In July of last year I began looking for a change after spending 21 years in the trucking industry, I began as a driver and worked in management for the last 5 1/2 years, but was always away from home. I came access and ad on craigslist of a guy selling his vending business and sent him an email. Long story short it sounded good and I jumped on it in September of last year. He thought he had 70 accounts and about 100 machines located with another 100 in storage. It ended up being about 80 accounts, around 120 machines located, and 200 in storage. The machines are a mix of my own machines, coke's and pepsi's. He said he was grossing 8K to 10K a month, I figured it was more like 6 to 8 a month (and my guess wasn't far off). He had his son working for him that was beginning college and wanted out of the business. It came with some moving dollies, an old enclosed trailer (not worth towing), and a sprinter van with a blown motor (he is paying to have that fixed eventually per contract). In November I purchased another small vendor out that had 13 accounts with 18 machines and an enclosed trailer for 13K (fee I overpaid on this one) Here we are about 9 months later, his son still works for me we are grossing about 12K a month. I have added card readers to some machines, started using Vendsys as my VMS, trashed some machines, upgraded others and of course added and lost some accounts. I have more planned for the rest of this year for upgrades and route changes and growth as time and finances allow. Only experience I had in vending was I owned a couple machines at the office where I worked. So now everyone knows a bit about me be it good or bad. Lol So what are some of y'alls opinions? Did I do ok or should I have walked away. It doesn't matter now because the deed is done, just curious.
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