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  1. gumball guy

    Help if thats possible

    Ebay https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tomy-Gacha-keys-cash-draw-and-capsule-door-lock-key/283193363914?hash=item41efa3cdca:g:2nQAAOSwTGVbtVc4:rk:3:pf:0 I know the price stinks but in case no one on here has an extra for a reasonable price.
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    Interested in bulk vending

    Yes, Read the pinned Beginners Guide to Vending on the bulk vending forum topics page and use the search function to look up specific questions you have. Most if not all of the common bulk vending questions can be answered using the search function.
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    Locating Tips!

    I assume you are looking to start with bulk candy. I would encourage you to start with used single head gumball machines. They are small, reasonably priced, easy to move and the easiest to locate. Get with a charity like the NCCS (National Children’s Cancer Society) who has a simple vending program that can be done month to month. I wouldn’t fool around with commission because bulk gumballs and candy usually don’t make enough to justify paying commission. Example: You have a gumball location that does an industry standard $7.00 per month and you service it on a 3 month cycle. You count out $21.00 and if you are paying 30% commission to the business they get a whopping $6.50. Pretty underwhelming for the location. Now before someone jumps all over my bulk candy/gumball commission statement with disagreement I understand that there are always exceptions to the rule especially in high traffic restaurants or retail outlets. My primary point to you is start small and simple while you see if you like vending. If you like it then continue to build a route. If you don’t like it then you can cut bait, sell the equipment pretty easily and move on.
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    Gumball at sams club

    As of today on the Sam's Club web site: 850 count Dubble Bubble from Sam’s is $20.48 / 850 = .024 per gumball 1080 count Dubble Bubble from Sam’s is $28.63 / 1080 = .026 per gumball All I worry about is the overall bottom line so if I can get a larger gumball for at or below what my competitor is buying a smaller gumball for I consider it a win for the customer and me. Not sure I understand the relevance of worrying about the projected sales per case when it truly doesn't benefit the bottom line but maybe I am missing something. I think if you are buying from Ford or Oak Leaf you can save alot more buying the 1080s but I can't justify paying the higher price buying from either of those entities.
  5. gumball guy

    Gumball at sams club

    Yeah I have always used Dubble Bubble 850 count because it is usually at or below the 1080 ct. Right now the 850ct is .024 ea and the 1080 is .026 so really no incentive for me to go 1080 at the moment.
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    Gumball at sams club

    To each his own. I usually rotate out gumballs if they don't sell through in 9 months. Dubble Bubble is usually hard as a rock after 1 year and sooner if it is in full sun (even using product cards as sun shields) or extreme temps. It has been my experience that sales are much better with fresh gumballs especially in places where employees are your biggest customers.
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    Gumball at sams club

    That is a good idea.
  8. gumball guy

    Gumball at sams club

    Sam's is the king when it comes to arbitrarily discontinuing items that it carries in store. I would encourage you to call some of the stores closest to you, talk to the manager and see if they will continue to carry some for you. The real challenge is getting in touch with the manager as you run the gauntlet of disinterested employees who probably don't even know the manager's name. The direct shipping option isn't bad but you need to have someone there to receive it if the weather is bad or the temperatures are extreme. For me that is a hassle.
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    Toy soldier

    Just a long shot here. I have never worked on a Toy Soldier but I have worked on alot of Chinese cranes. Occasionally I have had a bad lighting fixture/ballast that caused a similar situation. Unplug/disconnect all of the florescent fixtures on the crane and then test it. Again it is a long shot but I would try it before you buy a new board.
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    Convert Quarters to Cash

    I use a coin scale on the road to save time when paying commissions. At the shop I use a coin counter that kicks out everything except quarters and it goes into these bags for deposit: https://www.usbanksupply.com/index.cfm/go2/view/pID/573/n/coinlok-tamper-evident-coin-bag-10qmark-x-19qmark-__-#hb7391012 You can deposit up to $1000.00 per bag. In my opinion this is the quickest way to handle bulk change. Keep in mind that all banks will not accept bulk coin so make sure your bank does before you try to go this route. Some banks will only accept rolled coin but that is alot of labor for you if you choose to go that direction. In regards to fast cash most banks will allow you to take in rolled quarters for exchange if you have an account with them. Some will make you actually deposit then withdrawal for tracking purposes and some will just allow you to swap out a roll for a ten spot. Every bank is different.
  11. gumball guy

    Ridiculous Competition

    Guerilla vending or "slamming" as it is also called on these boards seems to happen geographically in cycles. Sometimes a new vendor will hire an unscrupulous locator who will just go out and drop machines in locations without permission then report back that all the equipment has been successfully placed. The vendor pays them and then finds out the what they actually got from the locator when they go to service the location later. There are also vendors (guerillas) who just walk in and drop machines in really busy locations like big box stores, hospitals, city hall etc... knowing they are on borrowed time but willing to take the chance for a quick return. Not exactly a solid business plan but someone who does this isn't usually in it for the long haul anyway. I think the most prevalent cause of the problem are locators and vendors who don't speak to the decision maker but instead whoever is available. They will talk to an employee and the employee says "Sure that would be great put it over there" and there it stays until someone finally questions who green lighted it's placement which maybe never. Like I said earlier in this thread people setting on me in locations really doesn't bother me because that's business. I'm in it for the long haul and I can handle the competition. Losing equipment, losing locations, being set on, being moved, broken into and the list goes on. I may get a little bent for a minute but I deal with it and move on. The larger your business gets the more frequently you will encounter these situations. I will offer a word of caution. Be careful taking other people's equipment even if the location says take it. Every jurisdiction is different but you potentially could face criminal charges or a lawsuit if the machine's owner does show up eventually. Locations may tell you "that guy hasn't been here in years" but all that means is they haven't personally seen the vendor but he may have actually been there in recent months. I have plenty of derelict machines that I share locations with and I bring it to the location owners attention when possible. If they want to take the machine, break into it or throw it away that is their call but I tell them that I can't touch it. The last thing I want is to get a call from a vendor who had an extended illness or a route list error that caused delayed servicing and have to explain why I felt it was my right to take his machine. Not a good situation. Ultimately it is someone else's property and I have no legal right to take it even if it appears to be abandoned, Just my 2 cents.
  12. gumball guy

    Oak branded key needed

    I bought a route a few years ago that had alot of those locks. I ran into the same problem.....1 key that was deteriorating. I called Oak and they told me those were very old lock sets that were made exclusively through Fort Lock Company. It was a proprietary situation where you could only order the keys/locks through Oak at the time they were being used. Oak no longer carried them and Fort Lock was bought out so no luck there. I was unable to find a locksmith with those blanks and as you know they are almost non existent online. Hopefully you'll have better luck than I did but ultimately I ended up replacing the locks before the key failed.
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    Ridiculous Competition

    This is normal in the bulk vending business just as it is in most business. Walgreens builds right across the street from CVS all of the time. Walmart, Target, Kroger build on the same block. It’s all about competition. You say the location only does $15-$20 but when a new vendor comes in they have no idea how the place will do so that’s why they try it. Now I think it is silly for them to run the same product you do but who knows why they are. Does the location think your portions are too small and the new guy offered more product for their money? Who knows? Maybe they pre-loaded the machines prior to locating and are changing out product next time they service. Again who knows? All they care is that they got their foot in the door. I’m in tons of locations that are shared by other vendors but I don’t run the same items they do and most of them are solid performers. I also have no problems putting a machine in a location with other vending equipment there. If it doesn’t do well then I move it but I have no obligation to avoid the location because there is already a machine there. If the location is willing to accept it then it’s worth a try. These days it is a lot tougher to locate then it was ten years ago. If you are limiting yourself to locations with no existing vending equipment (or limited vending equipment) then you could be missing the next gold mine. Sure it can be frustrating if someone sits on you but I just try to figure out a way to pull more of the business than they do through variety, portions and great service.
  14. gumball guy

    Build your own?

    Why don't you hold off and save your money until you can really make a run at this endeavor? Everyone here has made it clear that plywood boxes are not the way to go so why even try it? Just because you have the materials available does not make it a prudent decision. It will be a real challenge to avoid stales with so few locations not to mention you can barely afford to adequately stock the boxes in the first place. Take into consideration that product theft from the locations could quickly put you in a bad spot with such limited operating funds. I understand the idea of starting small but like the old saying goes "It takes money to make money". If you are definitely in the "DO IT" category as you say you are then save up some money, heed the advice these guys are giving you and do it right the first time.
  15. gumball guy

    Skittles gone from all of SE Michigan SAms Club

    You can also try Vistar. I have never used them but I know some vendors on here do. There is one in Belleville, Michigan and 2 just outside Chicago.