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  1. I don't do bulk, but I do honor boxes which are candy. My best locations are restaurants. I've never had a restaurant say they didn't want candy because they were worried about customer's appetites. I don't think a handful of M&Ms is competition for the restaurant. By the time they get to your candy they've already decided whether to have dessert. Candy is a good option at restaurants because many diners want a small amount of something sweet after a meal without buying a dessert.
  2. I wouldn't expect anyone to call you about not wanting to keep your box out, or for any other reason. They did you a courtesy by allowing you to place it in the first place. Expecting a business to go out of their way to call you to come pick it up is asking a lot. Look at the big picture. Your boxes should net you about $12 per month. If that box did no business at all for a week you lost out on maybe $3. Is that worth being upset over? The second situation sucks but I wouldn't send a letter asking for reimbursement. Businesses and employees talk to each other, and they're doing
  3. Missouri collects sales tax based on 135% of the wholesale cost for vending machine sales, not on gross sales. A slightly different, but similar, circumstance is that some places don't collect sales tax at all for a vended service such as a coin operated washing machine.
  4. Why is it poor etiquette to post in an old thread, if it's on topic? This is a strange forum. When newbies arrive with questions they're told by regulars to stop making new threads and read the old content. When newbies read the old content and post in those threads they're told it's poor etiquette. This forum has so little participation, why not encourage people to participate instead of chasing everyone off? There are states where sales tax is not "paid on gross sales, period". Your statement is incorrect.
  5. I have some optometrist eye care centers that do well. Tattoo parlors do well and always let you place a box.
  6. Two Rivers, I haven't been online here for a while and just now saw this post. I actually posted in your other thread, and I think I answered all those questions there. If you have any other questions I'll try to help.
  7. That brings up an interesting idea I haven't seen discussed here. Does anyone mount a fake or unconnected camera to the top of their machines in riskier areas as a deterrent?
  8. I'm curious why you would want to transition to bulk machines? I don't have personal experience with bulk machines but from what I've read here they're lower profit margin than charity honor boxes. Bulk machines almost have to be harder to locate too. Add to that having to lug the machines around, maintain them, and the much higher initial cost. What's the upside?
  9. Here's a few things I've learned after starting a candy/mint charity honor box route recently. I'm also in the midwest. 1. Peppermints don't do as well as small candy bars. I have a lot of boxes that will be completely empty when I go to service them except for the peppermint patties. Suckers don't do that well either. I do put 4-6 suckers in each box because I can simply stand them up against the back wall of the box and they don't really take any space from the other candy. 2. I'm now doing primarily a mix of different candy bars, after I quit buying york peppermints. A mix o
  10. The info does exist here about how much you can make but it does take a lot of research. I'd advise going thru each of the subforums and reading the guides which most of them have. Asking "how much can I make" kind of seems like the wrong question though. After reading about all of the various forms of vending I think you can make a good income with most of them. What type of vending interests you? Which type of vending can you see yourself going out and doing? How much time are you willing to invest? Ask yourself those questions. I did a lot of research on this site before
  11. Neither of those sound particularly great. Smoking continues to decline so you have an ever shrinking (already small) pool of customers, and you're very limited on where you can place the machines. The fact that they're already illegal in most places means they run some risk of becoming illegal in Texas. The resale value of the machines has to be almost zero. Cigarettes are highly regulated, heavily taxed, and subject to increasingly stringent laws. If you're new to vending why not start out with an easy product that's sure to work?
  12. Good point. I recently started a route after researching here. Researching and reading old content takes a lot of time and effort. The information is there but takes a lot of digging thru posts going back more than 5 years to find most of what I was looking for. It's not like this forum is overrun with too much content, or posters, so just telling people to research, or being rude, doesn't really help the forum. Forum growth would help even the most experienced long time posters here as well. When much of the content needed exists here, but is 5 yrs old, it wouldn't hurt t
  13. I'd like to start out by thanking everyone here who's contributed over the years. I've spent months and months reading this forum and read years worth of posts. It's led to me finally starting my own vending route. I decided to start a mint and candy route using the boxes which contribute to charity. Today was my 2nd day placing boxes and I've placed 35 in 2 days. I spent about 3 hrs each day. I was surprised to find placing the boxes was very easy. Putting the boxes together, putting the labels on and filling them took longer than placing them. I'm anxious to service th
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