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  1. Hey guys, I mentioned in an earlier post that I was buying 2 AP Revision Door machines. Anyway, I did get the 2 machines and put them on location. They are both 111 machines I believe, 5 wide. I have one that has 2 selections (110 and 118) both on the top shelf that are not working currently. Everything worked fine when I placed them. The VE board homes all motors when you open the door, but these 2 remain out of home and continue to say "not available". I haven't taken out the tray and switched it with another one yet, which I do plan on doing soon, just to start somewher
  2. I recently came across, what I feel, is a good deal for 2 AP 113 snack machines refurbished with the revision door. I do like the AP 112 and 113's a lot as they were originally. These new ones will be ready for credit card readers also. Anyone have experience with this series of machine with the revision door? If so, I'm curious if you guys like them. Wondering if they are just as reliable with the door as they were factory original. The only problem I ever had with those AP machines was having to replace the harness that goes behind all the trays. Other than that, great mac
  3. Hey All, Great site. I have learned a ton from this site over the past year. I got into vending by buying a close friends route as a part time job. Since then I am now weighing out the options of scaling to a very large size. I want to open up the question for vendors that have large routes and need to hire a driver(s), create budget, etc. The primary information I am looking for is a understanding of your gross income and a percentage breakdown of your yearly budget after that(I don't care about your real numbers just want to get a understanding of your pay to employees vs. net i
  4. Just bought a box of 64 Jalapeno Chips on Amazon. Received this email today. Recall message from Sam's Club April 22, 2017 Subject: Frito Lay, Inc. – Miss Vickies Variety Pack Potato Chips Dear Sam’s Club Member: We have been notified that Frito Lay, Inc. in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has initiated a Class I Recall of their Miss Vickies variety pack potato chips due to the jalapeno potato chips in the pack may be contaminated with Salmonella. Frito Lay, Inc. has asked us to recall a
  5. Hello, My best account (grosses $400 a week) just called me to tell me they want to discuss pricing (of snacks, and sodas) with me on Thursday morning. Currently everything in my snack machine chips and candy's is $1.00 and the danishes are $1.25 Soda is $1.00 and the monstor $2.25 and 12oz redbull is $3.00. It has been this way for about 2 years. Any advice on how should I negotiate? I mean if I drop prices further I'm worried about working for free essentially, and things would inevitably sell faster. I mean not that it matters I give away like 2 or 3 things away
  6. Hi just got my first machine up and running. It's an AP LCM4 combination for snacks and cans. I have read through those comments about combos already but there's a space issue at this location and final price was about $1000 as-is but works. I'm finding that the bill validator is kinda picky. It doesn't accept 1 dollar bills sometimes (a lot of times) even if the dollar seems fine. In the mean time, does it simply need to be cleaned? If so is there an area or areas I need to pay attention to? I plan on upgrading this part anyway so that it can take at least 2 bills at a time rather than 1.
  7. I have been with my bank for about 5 years. I deposit large quantities of bagged, sorted, counted, weighed, and clean coin once per quarter. All of this coin comes from our various vending operations. I normally deposit about 60 bags per quarter. I have my own Cummins Allison Jetsort, and deposit near perfect counts. My problem is that my Stagecoach bank just changed my account and added the $4.00 bag fee per bag. Needless to say, I need a new financial institution. I'm wondering what your banking experience is like. I'm in Southern California, but any comments are helpful. Thanks ev
  8. We have a location available for a snack and soda in Denver, CO First come first serve! 119 employee's Needs Coke and Pepsi products in the drink machine. Snack machine as well. Contact me for information. 541-979-5474
  9. Hello, I'm a noob when it comes to vending. I have this old Polyvend snack machine and I decided to put it to work but it has no bill validator. I bought one from eBay but of course, it's never that easy... I got the wrong validator. What validator would work for my machine? Model number: PV5524m
  10. We have a location available for a snack and soda in Denver, CO 119 employee's Needs Coke and Pepsi products in the drink machine. Snack machine as well. Contact me for information. 541-979-5474
  11. Hi everyone, first post here after spending a lot of time reading your GREAT forums. I have some questions that I think the forum bloggers' wide range of experience and expertise could provide me with some great answers, but first, here's an introduction: My name is Scott G. I have decided I'm going to get into the vending business in a warm environment (Phoenix, possibly Florida though). I am going to either buy a small existing business, or start from scratch. I have some money, and want to make sure that I start off right when entering the business.I plan on doing soda and snack at firs
  12. We are currently taking limited orders for full size snack and soda. The process is a little different, but still you don't pay until the date is set for the installation! This is only being offered until we have the slots filled that I am comfortable with. I believe in quality service first! If anyone has any questions, you can either ask here or call me at: 541-979-5474 I will be posting this in our section later today!!
  13. I need your help. Recently installed a AP111 snack shop snack/candy machine on location. Here are my issues as of recently: * please note PayRange is installed as well as a MDB kit from D&S vending. Also all things I've tried were with PayRange attached and not attached. 1. Coins work, Payrange works 2. People can only put 1 bill in and it holds in on acceptor. They have to continue to put coins in to buy things over a dollar. 3. Coin return gives back bill in escrow. I've set and reset the escrow setting all possible ways, and have also set and rest force vend settin
  14. Donkata

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    First honor box, set up in lunchroom at work.
  15. I recommended this company to a young lady just starting her route. She says they were really good. Be careful...but if this helps someone. Blue Moose Vending Management is not related to this company. Expand your route if your plan is to keep the locations or to sell. My staff and I constantly call high foot traffic business and find people that are interested in vending machines. Then, we set up an appointment for a vendor to negotiate a deal with them and install some vending machines. Price: $125 per locations { No Upfront Fees } Types of Locations: Hotels, Large Apartment Comple
  16. Ok, we are testing the waters with locating full size equipment again. This will be a trial run! We are taking Rack bulk jobs as well. We are only taking on about 12 machines worth of work or so to test the waters. If it goes well, we will continue to do it on a regular basis. If you want to try us out, let me know and we'll take any area. Obviously, if your in a tougher area it will take longer! You are looking at a pretty good time line right now.
  17. Ok, we are testing the waters with locating full size equipment again. This will be a trial run! We are taking Rack bulk jobs as well. We are only taking on about 12 machines worth of work or so to test the waters. If it goes well, we will continue to do it on a regular basis. If you want to try us out, let me know and we'll take any area. Obviously, if your in a tougher area it will take longer! You are looking at a pretty good time line right now.
  18. I am new to vending and am in the process of obtaining my license now. I know a guy who has given me access to 5 of his businesses right from the start. I am a complete novice and am wondering what is truly the best rout to go starting out. I will be working with about 5-$700 starting out. Yep, this is a complete from the ground up beginning for me so I am reaching out to you more experienced players in the game. What is truly the best way to start? Drinks, combo, snacks or bulk? I will be placing my machine or machines in a place where it might be a good idea for people to eat something befor
  19. I keep seeing most vendors are turning away from snack vending... i only see the big companies working the snack vending lines and they do a poor job if that at maintaining the machines. Our company does do snack vending but we are so small in the industry we just cant keep up anymore and wanna hear from fellow vendors what you all think.... Is Snack Vending A Dying Trade?
  20. Ok, so we need to fund TVF to make it self supporting. There isn't much left that needs to be raised, but it needs to be be on a continuous cycle so that TVF is self supporting not just a month or 2, but self supporting. This thread is started to bring the opportunity to the community to do it. It will remain a free site, so that's out. This is to brain storm and include everyone. Steve has done a great job of keeping it going this far and now needs for it to fund itself. It won't take a lot, and not looking to make extra, just to keep the wheels rolling. I have some ideas to start, bu
  21. Hello, I'm new to this whole vending machine thing and I'm not sure whether to start off with a snack machine, soda machine, or a combination machine!! I'm leaning more towards the combination machine, since I would like to place it in an office building where they currently have no vending machine, but I would like input from people that have more insight on this than me! Snack machine? Soda machine? Combination machine? Why? PLEASE HELP! -Nathlye (I currently have a 5' gumball machine that was given to me for free. I was considering selling it to help pay for whatever
  22. Hi Everyone, I am a newbie getting ready to dive into vending. I ran across a route for sale in my area and was wondering if I could get some thoughts? Here's the numbers for the route: Financials Net Sales YTD: $5,909.9Avg Net Monthly Sales by location: Location 1 (two machines): $405 Location 2 (two machines): $137 Location 3 (two machines): $106 Location 4 (one machine): $24 Location 5 (one machine): $102 Location 6 (one machine): $71 *Seller has verified the financials with accounting records. Machines (Nine machines are on locations and two (AP 6600 and FSI 3120) are
  23. I was wondering if any has had experience purchasing an existing snack/soda route through a business broker. If so, which companies are recommended? I came across this listing, (without too many details) seems like 2 years profits + equipment. (Profit seems low for the # of machines.) What does everyone think? COKE / SNACK VENDING nets $400 PER WEEK IN JUST 4 HOURS PER WEEK.....ONLY....$65K total Service ONLY 2 Commercial Stops and net after all operating expenses $400/wk! 100% All Cash Business. Includes 13 Machines (8 Soda Machines, 4 Snack Machines and 1 Combo Machine). Equipment i
  24. I am looking to getting into vending and am very glad I found this forum. I was wondering if there was anyone out there who would be willing to help me out. I know many of these questions are difficult to answer because of the number of variables but all answers would be appreciated. Also, if anyone is willing to talk outside the forums (either email or phone) I would greatly appreciate that especially if you live in the Philly area (if you are concerned about a conflict of interest, I will let you know where I live and which counties I am looking to work in). I would love to be able to ha
  25. I am thinking of buying Futura Snack/soda combo machines.Does anyone have any comments about that brand.I have spent the last 8 hours reading all the comments on all types of vending machines, as well as all of the other great advice and ideas.Thank you.I havent seen one pertaining to this one machine.Other than capacity which seems good compared to others in this class what specifically would stop you from purchasing.
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