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    The Right Candy, at the Right Location (demographics)

    Generally we like to put a chocolate (P'Nut M&Ms dominate), a fruit (skittle or mike & ike) & gum in a 3 head- u entice 3 different cravings/preferences. I find that in black & latin areas fruit flavored items are favored. I can't pinpoint white, Asian areas but women generally prefer chocolate. If something absolutely dominates we'll take out the weakest seller & replace with a like item to what dominates. Still suggest that long term u gravitate toward gum & toys & get out of candy completely where possible. P'Nut M&Ms were $5.99 when i started now they're $12ish. Yes we started giving less per vend but they crack in the sun, spoil if the a/c is off & occasionally draw bugs. Skittles, Mike & Ike too often stick if it gets too hot or too cold. Have no where near gotten out of candy but am continually easing that way. 850 is still 3 cents per vend & toys never spoil.
  2. Strongly recommend you choose a reputable, well known & respected local charity. Locations are more apt to say yes to you, you'll feel confident in your pitch (& therefore enjoy more success) & you can honestly say that all charitable funds stay locally as well. Years ago I approached a local charity that I thoroughly believed in. They didn't have a vending relationship but were receptive when approached. I convinced them that it would be easy money (they do nothing really except write you an authorization letter) & that their exposure (via the display cards in ur machines) would increase- like having little billboards all over town. They liked that. There will be some hoops to jump thru tho. Getting authorization to use their logo on your display cards & business shirts (highly, highly recommend) often requires board level approval. Also, those few times that a suspicious mind called the charity to see if this was for real, they had my back. I pay my charity an established sum quarterly. Great for me cause I owe them no more $ as I add locations. You're in the infancy of ur biz so that may not work yet. Good luck to you!
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    WANTED Beaver gum ball wheel(s)

    Dunno if you're aware but oak wheels fit Beaver machines & are waaay less expensive. Good luck!
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    Large routes

    I have no employees & service my routes every 90 days (ish). I do have a list of 'hots' that require more attention & I make my way out as needed. I try very very hard to tighten up routes b4 venturing further away. Much prefer to turn a route that's 50 stops into 60 or 70, just seems more efficient. My wife works for local govn't so I get benefits thru her. I have 28 routes in the 10 counties nearest me. Luckily (at least for vending, lifestyle less so) I live in a more urban/commercial area so locations aren't so spread out. Have asked people that know more than me & still haven't figured out how to get good honest employees in an all cash business. Vacation time, I just plan ahead by visiting early or filling higher, etc- got no problems taking time off. Really only work full time Tues-Thurs. Monday & Fridays usually set aside for misc vending- picking up lost locations, repairing, responding to calls that a machine is empty (love those) & locating.
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    Large routes

    Have about 40 soda machines out. Early on people would ask if I could get them a soda machine too & I'd say that I don't do that. Eventually questioned if I were turning away a good business opportunity so I jumped in a little. Soda is cumbersome. I only do it in the county where I live. Snacks, never considered it, gotta stock 40-50 items & they spoil easily. I don't know how to fix soda/snack machines (can put a Oak coin mech together in my sleep). Regarding bulk, if I get a call from 50 miles away that a machine is broken, place is closing, etc, etc, I head out there with 7 or 8 machines in the back of my van & locate, making a day of it instead of driving 100 miles round trip to fix or pick up 1 machine. Can't do that with a soda machine. Bulk just seems easier
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    FREE PRODUCT

    I routinely give out free product, it creates good will, especially with employees who are often your biggest customers. Yeah it's typically a gumball (cost 3 cents right) & I usually even ask what flavor they'd like. Locations are our lifeblood. Pulling machines because I'm pissed is a last resort. Better that's it out making $ then in storage. Locations have ebbs & flows- had a spot where gum routinely did $60 a month, I go there 1 month to find $8 in there. Asked an employee what he thought, he told me the owners son used to pump $1+ a day in but he'd recently died (ouch talk about awkward). I've also had $3 machines, location gets a new employee and becomes a $23 machine. Just my opinion.
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    Large routes

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  8. VendUSA

    Large routes

    Been at it 19 years full time. Started with Vendstars, quickly learned that's not the long term answer. Have since gravitated primarily toward Oak & Northwestern with some racks, tattoo & beaver. Never have never will pay a locator. I've been 'lurking' here on and off for years b4 jumping in. Won't tell you my #s but it more than feeds my family. I'm certainly still learning but feel free to ask anything. Love the flexibility, freedom & autonomy.
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    Large routes

    I do!
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