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Got a letter from Pepsi this week.


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Any guesses on what it says?!?

Sounds like it might be time to get a few soda machines ready - it'd be especially sweet if you could find some old Royal Coke vendors and have them sitting there when Pepsi comes to get their machines  ;D

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Sounds like it might be time to get a few soda machines ready - it'd be especially sweet if you could find some old Royal Coke vendors and have them sitting there when Pepsi comes to get their machines ;D

I own all my machines...got another guess?
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Maybe it's finally time to bite the bullet and raise all the cans to an even dollar.  You must already be buying direct from the bottler for them to have you on their mailing list

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I buy my bottles directly from Pepsi. My volume of Mountain Dew in bottles is large enough that buying from SAMs or the local grocery is not really feasible.

I'm at .75 for cans. I haven't seen any other vendor in my area higher than that. I'm not going to be the first to go there.

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Kids will drink anything.... If I had machines somewhere there were a lot of kids I would try and sell some shasta. I was trying to work on one the other day in Tulsa that wasn't cooling and I was interrupted at least 10 times by kids that were buying 2 at a time hot.  

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I buy my bottles directly from Pepsi. My volume of Mountain Dew in bottles is large enough that buying from SAMs or the local grocery is not really feasible.

I'm at .75 for cans. I haven't seen any other vendor in my area higher than that. I'm not going to be the first to go there.

Every time I haul a big load out of Costco or Sam's, I strongly consider going the bottler route.  If I did more bottles, I'm sure I would already be there.

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This is the 4th or 5th price increase from them I have seen in from them in the past 3 years.  In the past it usually equals a couple to a few cents per can/bottle & probably means I am going to have increase my prices accordingly.

 

I got another letter from them about a month ago stating that they are no longer going to be delivering/moving machines from/to actual location(s) & that now they will only deliver them to my warehouse.  

 

Basically what it equates to for me is less service for more cost, which makes my agreement with them look less & less attractive the more they increase their prices & eliminate services.  I have been moving away from getting machines from Pepsi more & more the longer I do this, however since I still work full time & do vending part time will have to deal with it for now because they will fix problems that I have with machines that I can't get to due to my work schedule.  Currently I primarily have Pepsi vending machines placed at M-F 8 to 5 locations & have my own machines placed at locations that are open during the evening & on weekends.  Once I get to the point that I no longer need a full time job its going to be bye bye Pepsi machines & smaller & smaller & smaller orders from me as I can afford to replace them unless I can get better prices & service from them somehow.

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I feel like I made the right decision by never getting involved with 3rd party equipment from pepsi or coke.  I do have 3rd party equipment with 7up but it wouldn't crush me if they took their machines.

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I originally started ordering from Pepsi in order to get Diet Mountain Dew in 20 oz bottles. The regional grocery used to carry coke 16.9 bottles and Pepsi in 24 oz. They have recently switched to all 16.9. The local store manager is unwilling to sell me 30+ cases a week (he says he can't sell to dealers). Plus the major hassle of having to go and get it. I despise moving things more than absolutely necessary. I might have to rethink my strategy...

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I originally started ordering from Pepsi in order to get Diet Mountain Dew in 20 oz bottles. The regional grocery used to carry coke 16.9 bottles and Pepsi in 24 oz. They have recently switched to all 16.9. The local store manager is unwilling to sell me 30+ cases a week (he says he can't sell to dealers). Plus the major hassle of having to go and get it. I despise moving things more than absolutely necessary. I might have to rethink my strategy...

If 16.9 is all you find no matter what store you go to then keep asking at different stores and pretty soon you'll find a manager that will order for you to make his sales look better.  Try drug stores and other types of stores too.  Did you mean that Pepsi dropped their 24 oz and switched to 16.9 oz?  Are they still only in Pep, D Pep and M Dew like the 24's were?

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If 16.9 is all you find no matter what store you go to then keep asking at different stores and pretty soon you'll find a manager that will order for you to make his sales look better. Try drug stores and other types of stores too. Did you mean that Pepsi dropped their 24 oz and switched to 16.9 oz? Are they still only in Pep, D Pep and M Dew like the 24's were?

The switch just happened right before I left for vacation. I believe they are carrying at least six different flavors. I'm making a stop there tomorrow, so I will check what they have.
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I have seriously thought about changing some machines to 24oz pepsi and dew. I'm just worried that some customers will get jealous about not getting their 20oz coke but coke hasn't had 24oz here in over 2 years.

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