These people don’t understand that the operator has to wake up early morning and work just like regular guys at least 5 to 6 times a week and sometimes have lease on the equipment or got a huge loan from 3rd party payable in 5 years.
This is a constant dilemma for all vendors in praying that the location will always be happy and avoiding problems at all costs, always having a rapport and keep up with the manager or owner of the business and people who tries to hack the vending machine to get free stuff.
Ways in trying to get free stuff :
Wooded thin stick inserted into small crevices to shake coils
Shaking the machine
Worst Scenario is breaking the glass ( believe it or not it happened to me 2X ! a person used a hammer to break the glass ), solution is to change it into a unbreakable Plexiglass
Ways to avoid future theft in your high traffic vending machine would be to install a Cheap Dome Camera inside or outside the vending machine, most of the locations are willing to give you wifi access for you to install the Dome Camera.
if you want to catch the person on tape and for the record
this would be a viable investment for a peace of mind and catching the person and send pictures to the local police detachment.
2. install a high security cover hasp for vending machine with T Handles and attach a PUCK LOCK, i had 5 or 6 of my vending machines frequently break ins in public places and once i got this installed there are no more incidents.
It is not necessary that if the location has around 200 people working it is a hot location and making tons of money, such a location would be office people have the mindset that they have to look sexy and great by not eating too much sweets and chips
There are some locations that are gems, 20 people working is a fantastic account without nowhere a grocery store in sight.
There are locations inside a downtown office which are just around 100 people working but they love healthy options like kombucha, protein bars, cliff bars etc but never touch on regular soda
There are locations with a 100 people who never touch water but drinks lots of soda with the start of a day. There is no magic formula or assumptions when judging a location. All locations are unique and different.
I got hotels with hundreds of people but they hardly touch any chips and chocolate bars, i got other hotels that they consume water and soda like crazy.
You simply cannot judge the potential of a location anymore, you cannot judge a location on what assumptions on other vendors tell you. You simply have to make a scan on everyone inside the establishment and arrive on your own conclusion yourself.
I had a location when i took over the sales quadrupled but this is a one of a kind case, normally whenever i take over a location, the sales go up just by 10 to 20%
I suggest that you don’t jump into the vending business by impulse, it would be better to have some research and in depth research since it would be better to have inputs from other sources.
You might have noticed why i posted about the vending machine business opportunities topic, it is because when i came to Vancouver, BC i was looking for an easy business in which you can manage your own hours.
and there were quite a few vendors who where trying to get out of the business.
Most of the sellers are moving out of the province, changing careers or simply wanted to capitalize on what they have built. But quite a few of the route and locations i acquired where vendors who are about the retire and have been doing the business for more than 5 to 10 years!
I was just very lucky that my first purchase of the Established Vending Route Business was an honest vendor.
I heard many horror stories when i was servicing some locations some guys working in that location approached me and told me that they used to run a vending business themselves too but was scammed by unscrupulous vendors who wanted to get rid of locations that are not performing very well.
I also got scammed by vendors who sold me some locations with machines. Some of them will promise you that this location is around $500 per month in sales but in actuality is just around $50 to $60 per month
I have more posts on meeting with various kinds of people and various stories on my vending business services journey and adventure. I’ll post some stories on customer, vendors and some cunning personalities of people that i have encountered in this business. Stay Tuned!