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  1. Well that is the hope, especially being smaller. I love mechanical machines, so I won't really mind tinkering and youtubing fixes that I could do myself. The companies that I'm looking to buy from offer free lifetime phone support, so I should be able to troubleshoot a lot of the problems myself without having to call a tech out.
  2. I haven't gotten that far in the process, but I'm assuming the company I'm buying the refurbished machines from will offer service or at least have good recommendations as to who I could use.
  3. I've actually seen these more recently in town and think I may do the same. The one problem with mounting above the keypad is I'm not sure if that would be ADA compliant. https://www.cranepi.com/en/products/solutions/cashless/card-readers/4-1-plus#/ These are probably what you are looking for.
  4. Thanks AZVender! I really appreciate the advice. I'm trying like crazy to get locations, but nothing seems to be working. I know I need to get comfortable just going to these places and talking face to face. I know I can be a good salesperson, but just getting out of my own head is challenging sometimes. I thought that by trying every avenue, I may be able to get more locations, but your right. I need to try and focus on one thing at a time and get comfortable with it. I have seen there are a few companies out here that refurbish and warranty their machines. That is the avenue I'm going for. Especially never cracking open a machine for myself I don't need to be dealing with problem machines right off the bat. I'm also trying to buy newer machines even though they cost more. I have the capital to get something good off the ground quick, but finding locations is becoming irritating.
  5. Hey everyone. I'm trying to get a vending route going in Arizona. I was thinking of starting a pop and snack route, but also looking at other possible opportunities that come up, and amusement vending sounds interesting also. I have been doing some research in the cities of Phoenix and surrounding cities and this stuff is complicated for amusement vending. It seems almost every city here makes you register your machines in their city, and pay certain fees per machine, from $20 a year up to $50 a year per machine. The main thing I'm having trouble figuring out is the state of Arizona has an interesting law that is a little weird. In theory I guess it's a good law, but I think it would also limit the machines that I could use. Here is the law: "13-3312. Crane games; prohibited acts; classification A. It is unlawful for a person to knowingly cause or commit the following actions: 1. Altering or maintaining a crane game so that the claw is physically unable to grasp exposed prizes. 2. Displaying prizes in a crane game in a manner so that the claw is physically incapable of grasping exposed prizes. 3. Misrepresenting the value of prizes in crane games. 4. Using cash or currency as prizes in crane games or awarding prizes in crane games which are redeemable for cash or currency. B. A person who violates this section is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor." So my question is about section 1. There are some crane machines out there, probably the newer ones, where the crane strength is weak until the machine has made a certain amount of money. So I'm assuming these types of machines would be illegal in Arizona if I'm reading this right.
  6. I appreciate any and all feedback. Like I said I’m new to this business. I feel like a lot of people today don’t want to talk to people, so I was just throwing it out there. But I can understand the need for some people wanting to talk to an actual person. i also only got the idea because another very large vendor in my city has a setup very similar. (I found out because one of their machines was broken.)
  7. Just an FYI, this system would work with Full Line Vending as well as Amusement vending, but since I don't see a forum that wraps all 3 together, I'll just post it here. Don't want to make the moderators mad off the get go.
  8. Hey all, new to the forum, and vending, but I've gotten so much information from this forum that I would like to give something back hopefully. I'm a techie at heart and love creating systems. So while starting up my own company I was thinking about being a single person operator, and not wanted to get bogged down with phone calls about machines I have in the field. So I created a little automated system using Twilio, which only costs $1 a month to rent a phone number, and maybe $0.08 at most for each call you receive. Basically you can call or text it, and it will ask for a machine ID number, which you would have an ID number printed on each machine. You do need to keep an updated list of your machine numbers for this to work properly. If they put in a wrong ID number, it will as them again. Which will keep people from putting in the wrong number, which then you won't have a clue which machine is having the issue. Once they put in the proper number, it will ask them if there is a problem with the machine, or if the machine is low or out of stock. If they say there is a problem, it will ask them to describe the problem. If its something out of stock, it will ask them to name the products that are out of stock. (If for bulk vending, you would technically know what the machine ID has stocked in it. Although you could just use 1 machine ID for a triple head.) Once they have completed their submission, they are thanked and assured a technician will be out shortly to either fix the problem or refill the machine(s). Then you are sent a text message with all the details of the call. If this is something you would be interested in, please message me your cell phone number so I can tell the system where to send the service text to so you can see the system in action for yourself. For cost reasons I'm only going to setup 2 numbers and I'll give you the number so you can try it out to see if you like it. Each person will get 2 days of testing, then I'll move down the line so other people can try it out. I'll help a few people build it for free, you will have to pay for the usage though. It does take time to setup, so if this seems like something that a lot of people want, I may turn it into a service. If it doesn't feel like it would be viable as a business service I may just post a video showing step by step instructions on how to set it up yourself. Hope I can help. Thanks!
  9. So I head a lot of good things about Quality Vending Locations.com, and I decided to sign up for their service. I've went ahead and paid their fee which I know I should have probably just hung the phone up and moved on, but I'm trying to be optimistic. There main website talks about their warranty and paying per location and all that, but when I contacted them, apparently their process has completely changed. They now make you pay for x amount of location leads instead of paying per location. There reasoning sounded sincere because they said that too many people kicking the tires were costing them too much money of which they never received any of it. I paid about $600 for 5 prospective leads, which by each passing day, I'm thinking more and more I should have ran away. Has anyone used them recently and gotten good results for full line machine placement? Their locator was supposed to call me and talk to me but after waiting 6 days, I haven't heard from him. I guess I'll be calling him soon to establish communication, but the fact that a telemarketer hasn't even called me yet, doesn't feel good.
  10. Hello everyone. I just wanted to start out by saying that I am so happy that I found this forum, and have years of experience to comb through. I have been debating about going into vending for about a year now, but about a month ago I decided to just pull the trigger and go for it. My uncle and cousin have a business going in Missouri for about 3 years now. And they are doing pretty well. They have 18 full line machines, and are pulling in pretty decent money. I was able to learn from their startup mistakes, aka healthy vending franchise. They spent a lot of money on these machines, although they aren't that bitter about it because it did get them started. And the locators flew out for each machine to get them into locations, which is helpful. I just hired a locator myself, although I'm not too happy with their service so far. I paid 5 days ago, and filled out all the forms but have yet to receive even a call from the person assigned to me, but we shall see. The company came highly recommended from what I've researched but it seems they've recently changed their pricing structure, and I don't really like it. There old pricing was a certain fee to place each machine, which they backed with a warranty, but now they make you pay the full amount upfront which was about $600 to find you 5 good location leads, but I still have to go in and seal the deal with no possibilities of a refund. I'm regretting this purchase more and more as each day passes, but I guess you live and learn. This option could end up being better than the original structure if I can land 2 or more of the 5 prospects, but I could end up with no locations and be out $600, but only time will tell. I've been banging my head against a wall on the 20oz soda machines, and starting off I guess I'm just going to be limited to cans and 16.9oz bottles that I can get at Sam's Club. The local bottlers won't even bother with you until you can reach a certain size. And from what I've heard on this forum about Vistar pricing, you won't even turn a profit on the 20oz sodas. Thanks again for a great forum with great resources.
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