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  1. Sounds like it just expects a different model DBA. The Mars stuff is better imo. Is there no room for the stacker? Can you show pics of the coin box and chute? This doesn't sounds standard?
  2. I could use an automated self-redemption machine. there's smart prize center, benchmark tickets to prizes, and the newer baytek prize hub. I would like something that is a little more affordable than the prize hub... but then the other machines are older and harder to find. There is definitely room here for more products.
  3. I've never gone to one... there's also the Amusement Expo International that they're sharing space with the same weekend, I believe? I would love to go to both, but sort of strapped for cash right now...
  4. I put small parts/choking hazard and peanut warning stickers on some of my equipment... but I don't think that will really stop someone from trying to sue you. I would start with a single head vending machine... those are pretty low risk. You could chain it to an anchor as well so it can't fall over. Stickers are a hard sell, but can be profitable.
  5. A couple points about safety... there are plenty of cases of people being hurt by factory constructed firearms... it happens mil spec does not mean best. it means made to a dollar and a minimum req. you can get parts that are much higher quality than "mil-spec" the people at the factories, or machines, aren't doing anything special that you as an individual with a wrench can't do. If you understand what you're doing, you can do it more safely than a mass production factory. most important part about building your own firearm... is you have complete control over everythi
  6. I'm being cautious... I haven't made up my mind yet. I haven't caught it so I don't have antibodies already. I dunno, I just don't know if I need it. I am not anti, just not in a rush to do anything. Is that selfish? I hate how covid has gotten wrapped up with politics... It's not about what "my team" says or does, because I'm a libertarian. I also don't get flu shots anymore.
  7. Yeah, it's an import. The manual has some language issues. I was thinking it might have that... but not sure how to clear it or program quantity?
  8. I have a laundromat location where I operate some amusement and bulk vending. The owners of the laundromat have the Jofemar machine and they want to use it to vend various Laundry needs like detergent, dryer sheets, etc. They do have the manuals for their machine, which helped me to figure out how to reprice the various slots. Now where I got stuck is after I restocked the row with one item I tried to vend it, and it was telling me that the item is out of stock. I couldn't see anywhere in the menus to adjust the quantity? I assume there is some kind of sensor to detect if there is product or n
  9. Texas is hot, no? You might want to just buy quarterly... there might be significant savings at that volume... but if half of it gets wasted then you would have been better off just buying more often. Is your storage facility temperature controlled?
  10. if he's 2.5 hours away that's roughly 150 miles? what 10ish gallons at almost 4/gallon. so $40 to go there once to collect. $40 for a trouble call... at 50/50 split with no product COG, I highly doubt they can make enough to justify the full day of work to collect/service/restock stuff... if they have one trouble call they're now paying to put games on the floor. How many games can you operate at a loss before you die? One thing though... is you might want to tactfully just tell the owner that you don't like to share locations with other operators/vendors. If he says that the other guy is
  11. Are you sure they're not saying we split the profits 50-50? not the gross? seems like they won't be able to be in business long making that kind of margin?
  12. I got a trouble call from the laundromat owner... the machine sometimes doesn't kick out full sized cotton candies. I realized the problem was in the sugar feed, as everything else was working as expected. I thought that maybe too much sugar was in the hopper and the weight was causing it to stick? So I tried removing most of the sugar and that helped, but it did still get stuck occasionally. I ended up breaking it down and looking at the internals of the hopper to see why it was getting jammed up occasionally? The sugar auger piece is a plastic gear that had gotten partially deformed. It had
  13. I would pallet and wrap them and then try to get a bid on uShip w/ pictures of the pallets and dimension/weight information. The thing about that long of a round trip is you are doubling fuel if you do it yourself. If you hire someone to do LTL you can share the fuel costs with other people. If you can't get a good price to freight them, then you can always do it yourself. Or as brmorr stated, it's cheaper to rent a real commercial truck and do it yourself. I use Ryder because they're the cheapest for me here locally. and yes, make sure you get a liftgate.
  14. yes, I think that many people in the industry just group all the prize games together as redemption, but I believe the ticket based games are the actual cause for the category name. You would "redeem" your tickets for a prize. I usually call machines like barber cut, keymaster, stacker, etc. "Prize Merchandisers." As they are more of a vending machine that may or may not pay out. I guess a crane game would also be a prize merchandiser, but I just put cranes into their own category? There will always be crossover... so it's hard to really define some pieces of equipment.. Let u
  15. got the light in the marquee replaced... it was a weird bulb I had to order from Europe. I think you can use another more common 2 pin bulb, but I didn't want to mess with the wiring or putting a new fixture up there. I think in retrospect it would have been smarter to just LED mod the top box, but next time. Here's a picture of the machine deployed at my Laundromat location. I added Pink Vanilla Flossine to the sugar mix, but I think I should have added a little more. Again, next time. If this thing starts doing any kind of good business I will have to order
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