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The Right Candy, at the Right Location (demographics)


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I'm curious if anyone has useful information as to which types of candy sells better based on the neighborhoods we are in:

For example, I noticed in white adult locations, GB don't move, but maybe MM, PMM, or Skittles will move

I noticed in Chinese only places, GB do not move at all (no matter how many kids are there)

What are some of the best sellers in black communities?

What are some of the best sellers in Chinese communities?

What are the best sellers in white communities?

What are the best sellers in Spanish communities?

What are the best sellers in wealthy areas?

What are the best sellers in poor neighborhoods?

All of this information is critical, and hope someone can provide info based on their experience.  I'm still collecting data, pulling candy out, adding candy, but more data and more info will help.

 

Thanks!

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I would also love to find out. I know Gumballs on average do not do great in a Autoshop. Except for one case only where a employee put like a dollar a day in the machine but that was only 1 case and the guy quit anyway.

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I will say this. I have a Vendesign in a Soul Food restaurant... Mostly black dermographic... I have one in a break room at a manufacturing plant not too far down the road... Mostly black dermographic... In BOTH of those machines... Mike and Ike, and Hot Tamales KILL. I can't keep the canisters full... Chickle tabs, are so/so... 

Move a few miles north, to an upscale restaurant... White dermographic... They don't touch the M&I, or HT... They want the other stuff... Sometimes Bonz, sometimes Cotton Candy hard candy... Sometimes Seedlings gumballs... I've found the black community is easier to stock for, than the white communities... It's almost like, each location in a white neighborhood has it's own personality, and it's takes time and patience to figure out what they want.

Just my $0.02

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Thats interesting info about Mike/Ike.  I noticed empty canisters for Mike/Ike, and thought it was 'hot'.....stocked inside my auto shops, and they ended up sitting.   Now, I know why it was 'hot' in the 2 locations I visited.  It was the demographics.  That's very good information.  Thanks!  Keep it coming!  

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Thats great because MI and HT are pretty cheap and i would only want to put them in a fast location to avoid them getting stuck in machine

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1 hour ago, VendUSA said:

Generally we like to put a chocolate (P'Nut M&Ms dominate), a fruit (skittle or mike & ike) & gum in a 3 head- u entice 3 different cravings/preferences.  I find that in black & latin areas fruit flavored items are favored. I can't pinpoint white, Asian areas but women generally prefer chocolate.  If something absolutely dominates we'll take out the weakest seller & replace with a like item to what dominates.

Still suggest that long term u gravitate toward gum & toys & get out of candy completely where possible.  P'Nut M&Ms were $5.99 when i started now they're $12ish.  Yes we started giving less per vend but they crack in the sun, spoil if the a/c is off & occasionally draw bugs. Skittles, Mike & Ike too often stick if it gets too hot or too cold.  Have no where near gotten out of candy but am continually easing that way.  850 is still 3 cents per vend & toys never spoil.

 

VERY insightful answer! I've noticed the fruity ones favor I the black/latin communities as well... I try to stay with just as you said, a fruity, a chocolate, and chickles or gumballs in a 3 head... SOMETIMES, Hot Tamales, chickles or gumballs, and a fruity in a 3 head... Chocolate doesn't always move for me.

But what you said in your post, good solid advice.

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On 1/27/2018 at 10:47 AM, TheSnackShackVendingLLC said:

VERY insightful answer! I've noticed the fruity ones favor I the black/latin communities as well... I try to stay with just as you said, a fruity, a chocolate, and chickles or gumballs in a 3 head... SOMETIMES, Hot Tamales, chickles or gumballs, and a fruity in a 3 head... Chocolate doesn't always move for me.

But what you said in your post, good solid advice.

What he said. Gum and toys are king. Candy is an exception to me. A lot more work and dealing with fickle customers, spoilage and poor sales is a real headache. 

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