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gumball guy last won the day on May 17

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  1. $14,000.00 is way too high. These days it is ill advised to buy a bulk vending route based on sales because locations are just too transient. Value the route based on the asset only and if the guy won't do it then move on and let another sucker buy it.
  2. Keep your chin up. These are indeed tough times for so many of us but things will improve eventually. I started hitting locations about three weeks ago focusing on places that were essential and open throughout the shutdown. I was surprised at how well many of them did and that was encouraging. I have lost about 10 locations and expect to lose more as things continue to open up. Five of those locations were from the same bank chain who implemented a no vending policy due to Covid 19 but the truth is none of them were great locations for me. People are all over the board on this thing. I wear a mask into every account but I am stunned by how many people are not wearing them. Some people are afraid of this thing and others could care less so when you walk into a place you really don't know what to expect. Some places are still leery about letting people in (manufacturing, transit, hair salons, etc... .) so I don't push it. If there is a sign on the door that appears to be prohibitive about people coming in I just leave the place alone and will service it later on down the road. The way I see it if the pandemic starts to lose steam over the next few months then we maybe able to work through this mess. It is encouraging to see some reports recently that they don't believe this thing is as transmissible off of common surfaces as once thought but that could change tomorrow. As I've said before, the next 6-12 months will be interesting and will give us a more definitive answer as to what the future holds for alot of businesses including bulk vending. I really believe bulk vending will survive this but finding locations will understandably become more challenging.
  3. I received an email from A & A a couple of weeks ago about this product and to be honest I’m going to steer clear for now. This product appears to be an industrial strength mold cleaner that is now being marketed as an answer to the Covid 19 virus. I have no doubt that it works when used as directed but I am concerned about it being used safely on bulk candy vending machines, especially around and in the product delivery chutes. A & A has all of the EPA info on it and after reading it doesn’t appear to be a product that is designed to be used near foods. The following is part of the dwell statement that appears on A & A’s website. BioCide 100 is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial EPA rated hospital grade sanitizer effective against 99.9% of bacteria, fungi/mold, and viruses. The mechanism for this action is the chemical attaches to, and then unwraps the proteins around the virus, bacteria or fungal body causing the cell to rupture and break apart. After applying BioCide 100 onto a surface the binding agents in the BioCide 100 formula attach to surfaces creating a long-lasting barrier, which is reactivated by moisture or humidity. This reactivation of the BioCide formula can provide a continuous microbial killing effect. This effect will vary depending on the surface, temperature, and how often the surface is handled. Through Biocide experience, our chemical knowledge, and observable results; using BioCide 100 on medium-to-low usage touch areas such as buttons, coin-slots, and handles, may have a persistent effect for two - four weeks after application. Non-traffic areas have demonstrated signs of an active and continuous killing effect for longer in high humidity structures. I have been using Purell Foodservice Surface Sanitizer for several years with good results. It doesn’t pack the long-term punch that Biocide does but I can use it all over the machine including the chute area without any safety concerns.
  4. Since bulk vending service cycles are 2-3 months in length It will take a while to get a true picture of where sales are compared to last year. Some of the locations (that were open during the lock down) that I have been going to were at the end of their service cycle in March (when I stopped running) so the sales figures appear to be a bit inflated due to the elongated service cycle. Other ones that are just opening back up show the normal sales volume for the January thru March service cycle. The next 6 months will yield alot more info as to how bad this virus has affected sales.
  5. During the last week or so I've serviced some places that have been deemed essential and have remained open throughout this ordeal. Many more places have been allowed to open this week but alot of them have specific rules for entry so I am being selective as I service trying to hit places when they aren't as busy. Unfortunately selective servicing is not a productive way to run a route but the last thing I want to do is give a business owner, who is already on edge, a reason to have me pull my equipment. I have been wearing a mask and gloves as well as following a vigorous cleaning regiment at each stop. So far I have lost only two locations to what I suspect is concern about the virus (they gave other nonsensical reasons) but I'm sure there will be more that jump ship. I am also concerned that some of my small business accounts may never reopen. Only time will tell. Going forward I will just continue to expand servicing gradually as places continue to reopen. As we all know bulk vending was already facing alot of challenges before this virus came on the scene so I think it is safe to say this ain't gonna help the situation. I do believe bulk vending will survive but to what extent is the question. The next 6 to 12 months will be interesting.
  6. Yes my cousin died from it on March 30th. He was 65 years old, still working full time, had high blood pressure but took medication for it and slightly overweight but not obese. Considered normal and healthy for his age. Diagnosed on a Tuesday and was dead by the following Monday. What's your point in asking?
  7. I know people, including myself, are beside themselves when it comes to this mess but until there are concrete facts that show this thing is not overtly dangerous, the lock down is prudent. Like AZVendor said above “people are selfish and stupid and won't stay away from others or wear masks when around others”. He’s right and I would like some more info on this thing before I’m stuck in a foyer with a modern-day Typhoid Mary coughing on me. I want to get back to business ASAP but not at the risk of becoming a carrier who unknowingly gives it to someone else (who may die because I passed it to them) or getting sick myself. Based on CDC numbers, the flu has killed between 24,000 – 62,000 people in the US since October 1st, 2019. Covid19 has apparently been in the US since January 2020 and has already killed 63,538 people as of today. I know people question the death toll and you could do the same for the flu so it’s the best we got. It can be transmitted from asymptomatic individuals and by all accounts is far more contagious than the average flu bug. Concrete information on testing accuracy, post infection immunity, interdicting drug therapies or vaccines is still unknown. Another problem that we face with Covid19 is that we don’t know what the full scope of its impact on people’s long term health truly is and we won’t for several years. In the short term this lock down, as painful as it is for everyone, has undoubtedly slowed the spread of this thing in the US and prevented hospitals from being overrun all over the country. If you look at examples from Italy, Spain and most of Europe we have fared much better than they have when it comes to the percentage of deaths so far and I think it is fair to say the lock down has helped in that category. Bottom line....It is apparent that this virus can be very dangerous and I would sure like some more consistent and credible info on this thing before interacting with hundreds of strangers a day. The reality is we will all be hitting the road again probably before June 1st and we will still have alot of the same questions but I do think every week that there are reduced numbers of people in public the more manageable this thing will be in the long run. The ventilator issue has gotten a lot of press but when you read about the challenges surrounding these machines most of the people they are used on are already in critical condition and most would surely die without them anyhow. Again, time and data will help determine how they should be used to combat this virus down the road. As far as the conspiracy theories about making money off this tragedy or Bill Gates I would hope that isn’t true but I have no proof either way. I will say that the media has made a bad situation worse with inflammatory and misleading headlines and stories. Unfortunately, I don’t see that changing anytime soon. This situation is indeed horrible for our country as well as the entire world but it’ll pass like so many tragedies and hardships before. Pandemics, world wars, recessions, depressions, terrorist attacks, etc.…. etc.…etc.… every generation faces challenges and apparently this one is ours. Hopefully it will pass before we’re all bankrupt and out of business. Sorry for the manifesto length of this comment. Good luck to all and stay safe.
  8. Sorry to see you go but I understand. Every area is different so you may or may not see more marketability with racks over singles. Racks are harder to move (need a truck/van or have to disassemble) so that may limit potential customer pool. I do think doubles are very marketable to other vendors or man cave shoppers. You can also just sell them in a lot of 10 for a discounted price if you really want to unload them while minimizing your pre-sale labor. Good luck with everything.
  9. Honestly it could work about anywhere as long as the rack or double plate can accommodate it without impeding a neighboring machine. I think it would be best suited for the back row of a rack but if the back row of the rack is tall enough it could sit on the bottom row. Is that lid the same size as a regular super 60 lid (8 inches)? If it is then you should have no trouble using a standard double plate using the outermost holes. Worst case is you would have to drill holes a little further out. It could also work fine on a single stand. I will suggest using a heavy base for a single or double stand since the machine will be a bit top heavy fully loaded.
  10. Not quite sure what you mean when you are saying "oversized"? Do you have a picture or specs?
  11. I guess we have to see what the general attitude is on the streets towards bulk vending. If tons of locations show people the door and locating becomes more difficult I could definitely see people trying to sell equipment. I think it will also depend on what area of the country you are in and how bad of an impact the virus has had there.
  12. The concern about being asked to remove your equipment is a valid one as people tend to freak out in times like this. The tough part about this situation is there is no rock solid rebuttal if someone asks you to pull the machine due to health concerns. Even though current data seems to indicate that the virus doesn't seem to fare well on food, which is great news, it's the bulk vending delivery method (common surface) that concerns people. One thing that may help is to be vigilante when it comes to keeping equipment as hygienic as possible and I think that will be paramount going forward. I know that I will have some locations that will remain strong through this ordeal but fear about common surface contamination maybe too much for alot of the public to overcome in the short term. I am definitely going to wear a mask and gloves initially when I go back out for my safety and for the safety of my customers. It may also help in location retention. Like Jay I haven't run for over a month now. Once the "stay at home order" is lifted and all businesses are able to open back up I will roll again and see what the bulk vending world looks like. Generally I try to locate at least once a month (10-15 machines) but I am going to focus solely on servicing/retaining existing locations for the time being. Looking ahead there is a concern that this thing could come in waves and potentially be pretty nasty this fall so more undo challenges may lay ahead. Let's hope that prediction is wrong.
  13. I've put all servicing on hold indefinitely. This is a truly surreal situation that now has no definitive end in sight. We will just have to do our best to pick up the pieces after this thing runs it's course. Right now staying healthy and helping others when we can is the name of the game.
  14. I know the US Small Business Administration is giving low interest loans but I haven't read all the stipulations. Here is a link. https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19 Not sure if unemployment benefits can be used but it is another possible avenue. I only have one full time employee and I am paying him during this situation. I am prepared to do that for up to 3 months but after that I will need to make some tough decisions.
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