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Serious addiction to the bulk vending industry.

It all started with a kiss.  At a birthday party, I met my then GF's uncle who has been in the game most of his life.  I was looking for a change in career and was networking with most anyone I met at that time.  He asked me if I'd be interested if anything opened up in his company and I said "H### yeah"!

Three months later (two months post relationship) I get a call to see if I'd still be interested, which I was...

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For the next two years I chased the gumball buzz.  I left TAF the day it got sucked into the Folz/Sugarloaf/Coinstar vortex.

I have not been able to walk by a bulk rack since without tears welliing up in my eyes...

Anyway, I got a call the other day from the same gentleman who got me into this game, saying that he'd taken a job in Texas with a vending company and he had three restaurants up here that he'd put machines in.  Would I be interested in them?  Heh heh.......uh, yeah..

God it feels good to get that off my chest...and to be back chasing the gumball.

Equipment:  2 bulk 5 racks and a bulk 7 w/4 column sticker.

We'll see how it grows.

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John,

Welcome back to the game and to VENDiscuss. I'm glad you found us. I just love it when I meet people who have such a love for this business. I wish you the best of luck and look forward to hearing from you here on the forum.

Steve

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Chasing the gumball, I like that. Yeah, Ive chased a few gumballs, chased a few hi bounce balls too, it wasnt a pretty sight.

It will be nice having a commission guy on the board, most of us here are charity vendors.

Welcome.

Jimbo

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It will be nice having a commission guy on the board, most of us here are charity vendors.

Welcome.

Jimbo

I know no other way.  Honestly, I only had 9-10 accounts that I actually rolled coin and paid on the spot.  90% of my accounts were big box stores or discount chains (KMart, Kroger, Big Lots, Family Squallers...Saks Fifth Avenue...).  Commisions were handled at corporate.  Most of the equipment was bulk 10 or bulk 8 combos.  There were also a few cranes, kiddie rides, spirals...

It could be a huge challenge with 240ish accounts when faced with a day full of Krogers and KMarts wherer there were up to 10 racks!  $10,000 gross weeks were not  uncommon in the summer months.

I can see the advantage of Charity racks (quicker in and out...shop owner gets no ding and doesn't know the take), But honestly I've done the three locations that I now have and know that they alone will gross around a grand a month.

Figure after commissions and product, I'll still put around 500 bucks in my pocket for around 3 hours of play.

No offense, but comparing that to pulling 20-30 bucks out of a bulk 2 or triple play and the amount of driving and the amount of time it would take wouldn't justify (at this time anyway) doing it the charity way.

If I end up being wrong, I will be the first to admit it.

Now that net revenues go to my pocket, I may try a charity machine or two.

Hell, I'm just happy to have friendly ears to spout off to!

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No worries, stick with what you know. Some vendors here may end up doing both commission and charity or even commision only. I have some commission stops but 85% of my route is charity, although, I wouldnt mind having a few of those big box stores.

I remember buying some commission locating cds awhile back, these guys did all commission, racks, cranes, stickers etc. All they did was locating, every day and had 5-6 route guys for servicing. It definatly opened my eyes and helped me establishing good locations, I got into alot of resturaunts and markets using these techniques.

Lots of charity guys do both.

I welcome your imput.

Jimbo

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Welcome aboard Farmer John.  Having someone knowledgeable like yourself is a plus for us!

If you do not mind me asking, where is New Hudson?

 

I"m in the south eastern corner of Michigan, 25 miles west of Detroit.
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