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I am looking for a reliable locator for single and double head  gumball machines.  I am in Pasadena TX.

Can anyone help?

Not sure if this is the correct  page for this type of help ( maybe classifieds?)

nrod7

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55 minutes ago, nrod7 said:

I am looking for a reliable locator for single and double head  gumball machines.  I am in Pasadena TX.

Can anyone help?

Not sure if this is the correct  page for this type of help ( maybe classifieds?)

nrod7

Probably best posted here: https://vendiscuss.net/forum/17-locating-discussions/

That said, Rodney at VendingLocator4U (https://vendinglocator4u.com/) is definitely your best bet for bulk candy machine locating. He does good work and is trusted on this site, which is quite a feat for a locator, let me tell you.

I do my own placements so have never used his services, but many on here do and are satisfied with the results. He also contributes to the forums from time to time.

Hope this helps and welcome to the forums.

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Thank you for the reply.

nrod7

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Honestly, do it yourself. Not discrediting Rodney or any other locating service, but if you want any sort of longevity in this business, you will NEED to learn to locate  on your own. 

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13 minutes ago, SSVEND said:

Honestly, do it yourself. Not discrediting Rodney or any other locating service, but if you want any sort of longevity in this business, you will NEED to learn to locate  on your own. 

Agreed, it’s intimidating at first, and you might wind up using Rodney anyway just due to time constraints, but I would highly recommend you try it out and get your feet wet.

The knowledge of how it works and that you CAN do it yourself if need be, goes a long way.

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Kickstart ONLY!!!!!  Ive used 3 locators and EVERY location from anyone other than Kickstart has been garbage.  I used the guy from this site and when I showed up with machines they had no idea what I was talking about.  Talk about frustrating!! 

When you do get a locator,  use these tips, 1. Refuse any and all chain stores or restaurants.  You will be asked to remove them as soon as corporate shows up.  2. Don't use anyone other than kickstart. 

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On 10/9/2018 at 11:35 PM, nrod7 said:

reliable locator

 

1 hour ago, jameyh said:

Kickstart ONLY!!!

Do a search on kickstart here and see the reviews of them.

 

1 hour ago, jameyh said:

showed up with machines they had no idea what I was talking about.

did you call him and ask him what happened?  did you talk to a different manager than who approved it? could it have been an honest mistake?

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Happened at 3 locations on the same day!!!  I was soooooooo pissed off that if I had called him, it wouldn't have been good.  I agree, 1 location may have been an honest mistake,  but not 3. One lady was so awful that I can't even patronize her business anymore because of it. That was my second order because the first set of locations was pretty decent I thought.  Out of all the locations I got from the guy I found on here, I still have 1 (one)  on location.  All the others either got booted by corporate managers or just made no money.  The kickstart locations that I got after the ones from the guy on here are all still on location except 1 that I pulled.  And realize that this is a town of 30k people and kickstart got locations AFTER the guy on here got around 40 locations.  So they were calling after he had gotten the 40 locations.  Im not saying that anyone else can't get locations but kickstart is the best.  This is a forum to help others in this business.  Take the $1000 I wasted and save yourself the money and use kickstart. I have absolutely no affiliation with kickstart, I'm just trying to save other members time and money. 

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Kickstart is terrible.

With Rodney, I've had locations where I was refused on arrival, however he will make it right. And I didn't have to pay a dime until my order was fulfilled in whole.

It sucks, but he has no control over who picks up at the other end, and if that person actually has decision making power.

I've gotten quite a few goldmines from him. Couple duds, but that's just the way it is.

 

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Please please please read other people’s reviews on Kickstart. I wouldn’t touch them with a ten foot pole.

Rodney is the ONLY locator I’ve seen ANYWHERE that regularly and continually garners positive reviews from unimpeachable sources.

I’m not saying he never got someone a dud location, but that comes with the territory. Don’t take our word for it, search the forums here and elsewhere to get an idea.

All that aside, the most reliable locator is still you. No one holds your company’s best interests as first and foremost like you do, and nobody has the drive to make it grow like you. You are your own ultimate fallback. That’s why I highly recommend trying out locating yourself when you get a chance.

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I appreciate all the feedback.  I have been in soda and snack vending since 1998.  I started with single and double head gumball machines ( 6 years ago).  Only had a couple of dozen locations.  No gold mines, but steady/safe locations.  Love picking up the cash.

I did try a locator (charity vending) and it just didn't work out.  Funny the locations I presently have are all the ones i located myself.

To say locating is my least favorite part of vending,  would be an understatement.  Can any one relate.  However, i am talking about a high success rate and longevity in sales for my business.

One last thing,  When I was told that it was always best to offer (cringe!!!!) a 30% commission on a gumball location,  I almost fell out of my chair.  Especially, when not paying a commission on soda locations that use electricity.  Why would I pay a commission on a gumball stand that takes up little space and uses no electricity.

After I picked myself off the floor, and fought to be open-mined.  I learned that paying a commission not only sweeten the pie (always talk to the owner/decision maker) to land the location. It ensures that you won't be booted out when the next vendor offers the commission.  

Also, the customer tends to watch over a piece of equipment that makes him money.

Thanks for all the feedback,

nrod7

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22 hours ago, jameyh said:

Happened at 3 locations on the same day!!!

Thank you for the explanation.  I could not be happier with Rodney but I still wanted more information from you on what happened.  Thank you for the details.

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