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Well I ordered Vending Magic 5.0 on ebay for $49.99 plus $10.00 shipping. I have loaded it and have been browsing through it. First blush opinion without really using it. Not very user friendly, old looking, kind of amateurish programming and slow, data is entered into the tables live which slows the process down abit.

As I delve deeper into this program I will update my experience with it. But at this point I would suggest you save your money.

If anybody else uses this program please share your experience with all here.

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Hi Steve, not much to report as I was out of town to a conference and brought my laptop but had no time.

I did setup 1 machine with 8 mechs and it took close to an hour. Now I'm not a fast typist but that was long. The program does not seem to be able to handle racks easly.

I did figure a work around for cut and paste where the information remains the same in a new record. But it is a pain. If I used this program prior to buying it I would not purchase it, oh well there goes $60.00.

I will continue to use it but only until it really irrates me:)

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I bought on ebay over run $50.00 plus $10.00 shipping

 

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IMPORTANT!

This software works with Win 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP and XP-Pro.

Vend Magic simplifies the process of managing a vending business.

This software provides you with all the tools neccessary to mange your vending business, and has total flexibility for when your business grows!

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  • 2 weeks later...

Well this is my final review post on Vend Magic 5.

I know Steve does not want product bashing on the the forum, but :)

This program is the worst program I have ever tried in software, freeware, shareware and commercialware. I have written a couple of custom programs for clients and I would have been embarassed to have provided that program as a first draft never mind a finish product.

I will not be using this program as it is too clumsy for any kind of productive use, there seems to be no flow to its use, pen and paper is way faster, spreadsheets are more usefull then this program; guess I will have to wait for baxson's program.

Final opinion: save your money, your time is more valuable then this program will allow.

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Un-substantiated product bashing = BAD

Honest opinion about a product that you actually have experience with = GOOD

Thanks for stepping up and letting us know about this software Grumpy. I hope your review will at least give other operators an idea of what they are getting before they lay down their hard earned $60!

Steve

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  • 1 month later...

For posters and browsers looking over this post chain, I'd like to direct you to some information our business management tool Vend-Trak.  We offer a special discount for the program to Vendiscuss members and readers .  There is more information and user comments on the program as well as a link to the site in the forums "Special Buys" and "Vending Software Essentials".

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 I like the setup of vend track, and I was able to set up with ease.  But after servicing, I had issues with actually typing in the dollar amount of service.  I was able to put everything in, except the dollar amount, and it wouldn't let me type it in.

I believe it is because of the browser I'm using, but it doesn't make much sense because I was able to do everything else.

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If using Firefox there are issues, I had to use IE 7, even though I'm a FireFox user for every thing else.

Grumpy

Vendingguy wrote:

 I like the setup of vend track, and I was able to set up with ease.  But after servicing, I had issues with actually typing in the dollar amount of service.  I was able to put everything in, except the dollar amount, and it wouldn't let me type it in.

I believe it is because of the browser I'm using, but it doesn't make much sense because I was able to do everything else.

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Thanks Grumpy, I had to swap over to explorer and punch in everything....And yes, I love this software now....I broke everything down and keeps everything nice and neat for me- all easy to read, understand,  and use...........I will be purchasing this software.............My only wish is that I would prefer  software that I could do a 1 time purchase, and not an annual charge for service, as I can care less about the network.

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Vendingguy,

Glad you like the program. When you are comfortable, please write a review of it. As for any questions or problems you may experience with it, make sure you consult with Jeremy at Vend-Trak in his section at "Special Buys"

Steve

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  • 1 month later...

Eve,

When you sign up, you get two months free as part of the trial.  To make the most use of the free trial, I'd recommend signing up when you get your first machine placed.  Until then you can go to the site and click the Live Demo image on the right side of the page.  This will log you into a "fake" company that is complete with up to date transactions.  This way you can see what Vend-Trak will eventually be able to do for you as your business grows.

Happy Vending!

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Eve,

Two other things,

  • Make sure you keep good records of your expenses now so you can enter them once you are up and running on the Vend-Trak system.
  • Make sure that when you do sign up for your free trial you use the code "vendiscuss" to lock in your special VENDiscuss member price should you decide to continue with the program.
Steve
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  • 5 months later...

Well this is my final review post on Vend Magic 5.

I know Steve does not want product bashing on the the forum, but :)

This program is the worst program I have ever tried in software, freeware, shareware and commercialware. I have written a couple of custom programs for clients and I would have been embarassed to have provided that program as a first draft never mind a finish product.

I will not be using this program as it is too clumsy for any kind of productive use, there seems to be no flow to its use, pen and paper is way faster, spreadsheets are more usefull then this program; guess I will have to wait for baxson's program.

Final opinion: save your money, your time is more valuable then this program will allow.

I also had the same experience with VEND magic.  I even spoke to the software developer (Dave Chambers) and he couldn't answer the questions to why the software would not preform as advertised.  his answer was"  well I guess the other users just figured it out" 

Has anyone ever used Vend magic?

 

thanks for your help

Dave:D

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Where we can find this software with 49$ ?

If by "this software" you were referring to Vend-Trak, then just follow the link from the banner at the bottom of the page.  You can either do this or just enter the Keycode "vendiscuss" when you sign up for the two-month free trial.  This will lock in the member price.

(If all else fails and it doesn't give you the right price when you sign up, just use the Contact Us link and we'll fix it on our end for you.)

Thanks,

Jeremy

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