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About HandfulOHappiness

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    AKA Sherwin
  • Birthday 06/30/1988

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    South Dakota
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  1. HandfulOHappiness

    Looking for Northwestern parts

    I've got 13 machines that all work fine, and another that I can put out, but I'm trying to replace 3 of my 1" candy wheels with capsules, and I'm hoping someone has some $0.75 or $1.00 coin mechs they can sell me.
  2. HandfulOHappiness

    How should I acquire this location?

    Yeah. I asked the guy I bought those from about that, and he said that the machines were actually be bolted into the legs as opposed to how I currently have them secured with a metal cross-beam underneath... The only problem is that when I unscrewed them, I couldn't find the homes in the frame for the screwed to be threaded in to. It's a tight fit, but it works until I can figure out how to do it the right way.
  3. HandfulOHappiness

    How should I acquire this location?

    I asked the manager about other machines and he didn't even want a shootin hoops machine. I did, however, buy another 9 head, which is now installed. I think I'll start another post with updates, but here's the current setup:
  4. HandfulOHappiness

    How should I acquire this location?

    I ended up finding a 9 head rack for less than I paid for that 5 head in the photo. I spent a week refurbishing it and got it installed. I'm looking at breaking even on my investment in about 3 more months. I did more belly-aching than I should have considering I'm much better off now that I have more machines.
  5. HandfulOHappiness

    Stickers and tattoos?

    My wife said she used to buy Pokemon cards out of a flat machine... Probably for $1. Would some sort of playing card be worth trying?
  6. HandfulOHappiness

    Machine ID

    I just stumbled across a machine on Alibaba that Linda line your yellow one. The band name was "Niuniule" (NNL)... The middle number might be NNL-118s, or some variant thereof. The ones on Alibaba said they vend 35mm - 75 mm capsules
  7. HandfulOHappiness

    Location contract?

    Nice. Thanks. I'll looking on eBay, and Amazon, but I'm not finding any empty racks for sale... Is there a keyword I can search for, or do I just need to buy directly from a manufacturer?
  8. HandfulOHappiness

    Location contract?

    Yeah. The rack came with the 5 machines, and the first time I had them all installed at once was at the location. I did think they looked a bit snug. I like the idea of a 7-way rack. I guess the change machine would go between the two 2" machines on top? But then would the interactive gumball machine go on the bottom rack, taking up 2 spaces as well? Sent from my XT1094 using Tapatalk
  9. HandfulOHappiness

    Location contract?

    Sorry, instead of complaining, I should probably look for other solutions. I'm thinking about suggesting that the extra space be filled with something other than additional racks. I saw a pinball-bouncy ball machine on Craigslist that I'll probably ask the owner of she's ok with. Are there other game-type machines that have a good reputation I should check out? Sent from my XT1094 using Tapatalk
  10. HandfulOHappiness

    Location contract?

    Than other then aesthetics, is there a point to more machines? Sent from my XT1094 using Tapatalk
  11. HandfulOHappiness

    Location contract?

    I guess I'm just feeling really uneasy about buying more machines before I've turned a profit. I have no idea if more machines will mean more sales, or if it just spreads the same sales between more products. Sent from my XT1094 using Tapatalk
  12. HandfulOHappiness

    Location contract?

    The owner of the location I just got is asking me to put in 2 more racks and a change machine. Should I ask for some sort of contact to make sure I make my money back? Sent from my XT1094 using Tapatalk
  13. HandfulOHappiness

    How should I acquire this location?

    So, I ended up buying a rack of 5 Northwestern's of Amazon and I set them up at the location today. Prior to doing this, I made sure to ask if the previous vendor had a contract with the business (they said no). I didn't touch the other machines-- the location moved them to their back room somewhere. Compared to the ~15 machines that were set up in the same spot, my rack of 5 looks positively tiny... As I was finishing up, I talked to the manager, and she told me she needed more racks, to fill up the space. She wants me to bring in 2 more racks of 5 and provide a change machine. I'd be happy to do this if I had the capital on hand, and I'm willing to apply for a small loan, but I'm wondering: if I'm going to be investing in more machines, should I ask the libation to sign some sort of contact? Does anyone else have experience with a location making requests like this? Thanks, (Pic of the current setup-- the change machine isn't mine)
  14. HandfulOHappiness

    How should I acquire this location?

    So here's the backstory: A month ago, I'm at this buffet, and I see nearly empty machines. The following week I walked in and the manager had placed these signs on the machine song they were out-of-order. On week 3, I talked to the manager, and he said that there's been texting the number on the side of the machine since the forest week of April: he got one response, and then the guy never replied again. I have called and texted the number on the machine myself, telling the guy that I'm interested in buying the location (machines and all), but they haven't even replied to me. Should I just buy some new machines and have the manager move the old ones too the back, or is there some legal way for me to take possession of the machines. I don't know if you can tell from the picture, but both racks are all Beavers. Thanks, Sent from my XT1094 using Tapatalk
  15. HandfulOHappiness

    10 grand vs 50 grand what would you do

    If I'm not mistaken, Vendstars are all 3-head machines which can be quite limiting. Many of the seasoned members here have stated that single heads are the way to go becasue you can easily switch between singles, doubles, triples, and racks as the location merrits. I'm not sure how much more any of these experienced folks would value the flexibliity and freedom of being able to adapt each macnie to any given situation, but it's definitely worth something. It may be the difference between keeping some locations or losing product due to spoilage. Granted, I'm just as new at this an anyone, and I'm sure someone else will chime in if I miss the mark, but I've also read in several threads that it's estimated to take a couple years to build up the number of machines it takes to become a personal business unless you're buying routes on your way to speed thiings up. Also, I would assume that brand new isn't your only option. There are a lot of quality 5 or 10 year old machines out there that will do the exact same job for half the price (but I doubt any of those are the plastic vendstars). So I suppose it depends on how long you intend to be vending. if it's just a stepping stone, I'm sure vendstars would be great, but If you plan on doing this past retirement, and are willing to commit. you will probably end up with the higher quality machines down the road and may save money by getting them now rather than replacing vendstars later. But I suppose whatever choice you make, it must be yours because if you make a choice you're not happy with; the chances of you staying in this business for the next couple years (let alone decades) become almost nothing.