6 Reasons Why Vending Machine affects student obesity

6 Reasons Why Vending Machine affects student obesityobese student

Vending machines are offering quick snacks and drinks for those in a hurry. Usually, you will see them near universities or even inside them, offices and subways. Where the crowd is, at least two vending machines are there too. They are like a small store in a rectangular shape. So they are not providing fast food or any other artificial food, but sweets ( Snickers, Reeses ), sometimes even sandwiches, and drinks ( water and juice ). Of course, they are pricier than in a normal store.

In many ways, vending machines are used without thinking. Maybe you are not thinking about having a meal right away, but when you see the vending machine, you feel the hunger immediately. So that’s the power of them and that could be a simple reason why the obesity increases.

#1 – Why there are vending machines in Universities?

vending machine on one my school locations

As well as it’s a way to promote the vending machine companies, it’s a way for the University to be sponsored. The sponsorship contract gives sectors the opportunity to develop extracurricular activities for their students.

Vending machines are now a big business, and every public place has one now.

Vending machine is a business and if there are vending machines in the location then it would offer benefits for the vendor and the location. Vendors offer commissions ranging from 5% to 20% on the gross sales. This is the way it goes here in Vancouver, BC

The location such as a university, school or an office would likely want a vending machine simply because it gives them convenience for the students and employees and also receiving a monthly or quarterly commissions which keeps everyone happy.

#2 – Why students are using the vending machine so often?

so many vending machines in school

As a student, you don’t always have the time to cook something for yourself before going to school.

But there is a cafeteria inside the University which can provide you a good lunch.

And still, students are thinking that if they buy things from a vending machine, it will be less expensive than eating from the cafeteria.

Normally the cafeteria installs their own vending machines in the school offering food choices when they are closed on certain hours during the day.

They don’t know that eating from a vending machine makes them hunger. And so it appears the need to chew something, every time. That’s why it’s good to have a chewing gum in your pocket ( Not too much chewing gum either case it has sugar ).

They are eating fast, even standing on their feet, almost not swallow that item correctly. Nutritional researchers says that if you don’t want to put some kilograms on, you have to stay on a chair, eat slow and carefully chew the food. So that the food can digest better.

That’s absolutely wrong and unhealthy.

#3 – Why vending machines are selling sweets?

Vending machines are made by big companies, which, in fact, are producing sweets or sodas. Eating something sweet every day is not as bad as eating fast food every day. Most of the doctors recommend specified sugar portion once or twice per week.

But sometimes, that’s all that students do. Every break from the classes it leads to eat sweets or chips in the University’s garden. It is also a way to get along with other students and have a social life.

Most of the students are stressed about exams and tired because of waking up too early. Chocolate and sugar has been promoted as a booster and something that makes people concentrate, which is not absolutely true. There are some limits, but people nowadays are exaggerating in everything and that’s why the sugar develops into fat.

#4 – Do students feel the need to drink soda every day.

Only if it’s Cola or Pepsi, They are promoting their brand as using caffeine, which helps the students to concentrate when they are up in the morning.

They also have a wide target group that is mostly about teenagers. And you can see it from TV Ads and motto s. Drinking Cola or Pepsi has now been a way of lifestyle. I’m not judging those companies, because they are doing good on the market, and everyone feel the need to drink some from time to time. But again, it’s the limit that is always passed.

Students are most attracted to those sodas because the way it’s promoted. It’s not necessary intended.

#5 – How much money a student spends for getting food from a vending machine?

It depends on the prices. Usually a soda is not much more than 2 or 3 dollars, and prices for the variety of sweets and chips are going from 3 to 10 dollars. Speaking from a student experience, you can spend at least 20 dollars per day, having a ‘ full meal ‘ from a vending machines.

Also, as with the increases of the blood sugar level, there can be many other problems than just obesity. Such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease.

#6 – Is there a way to stop obesity among students?

There is study done on the Sociology of Education that there is absolutely no correlation no link on student obesity and the school wide deployment of vending machines sales on: chips, chocolate and soda pop.

This is a study done with 19,450 5th grade students for both male and female for a duration of four years. The conclusion on the study simply states that children who could get hold of an Oh Henry chocolate bar after class every day did not gain weight as compared to the children who do not buy Snickers, Oh Henry or other sugary products from the vending machine.

Source : https://slate.com/human-interest/2012/01/junk-food-in-school-do-vending-machines-make-kids-fat.html

There is another study done :

“Every student who can buy junk food at school will suffer from overweight. The effect of junk food availability is statistically different for adolescents whose parents are overweight. Access to junk food in school has no effect on the 44 percent of students whose parents have normal weights. For those with an overweight parent, who may have a genetic susceptibility to weight gain, a 10 percent increase in the proportion of schools that make junk food available increases BMI by more than 2 percent”

by Linda Gorman with reference to Reading, Writing and Raisinets: Are School Finances Contributing to Children’s Obesity? (NBER Working Paper No.11177), co-authors Patricia Anderson and Kristin Butcher

It is hard to do that because everyone got used to eat from a vending machine. Is fast, and you’ll never be late for classes ( that’s a lie too ).

What percentage of schools have vending machines installed?

According to a study in the Journal of Adolescent Health there are about :

80 percent vending machines in middle school

97 percent vending machines in high school

These vending machines are virtually present all schools. It really depends on the products that are sold in the vending machine that will affect the students dietary habits which may result into positively or negatively.

Schools are in the position to implement what kind of products that are to be placed inside the vending machine. Children’s food choices are impacted on the upbringing dietary habits at home and in school. There is a large influence on the eating habits of the children on their parents.

In case of the school’s environment then there are 2 plausible ways to prevent this obesity.

a) The school must tell the vendor what kind of products that should be placed inside the vending machines. Healthy choice is the trend and also offering soda pop that are low in sugar content.

b) The school will introduce some nutritional classes ( optional ) and teach them the way they should take care of their body.

People nowadays are no longer respecting the 3-meals-per-day pack:

having a rich breakfast because it is the more important. And if you don’t have time to make it, at least drink a good coffee from a coffee shop and eat 1 or 2 apples. Having a light or rich lunch. It depends on what you ate in the morning and if you ate something in between the meals. And having a lighter dinner. Dinner is a way to not falling asleep with your stomach empty because you can wake up with some headaches.

The most important thing to mention is that you have to stop eating before you feel full. But if you want to eat much more than usually, consider eating slow and you will see that you will not get that full feeling.

Here is an interesting childhood obesity trends

This data has been taken at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

It is a good thing that CSPI ( Center For Science In Public Interest ) has made a free School Foods Tool Kit which is a handbook manual for parents and school administrators that notes the healthy food choices.

Table of Percentage of Childhood Obesity

Percent 2007-2008 2009-2010 2011-2012 2013-2014 2015-2016
Youth 16.8 16.9 16.9 17.2 18.5
Adult 33.7 35.7 34.9 37.7 39.6

6 Ways on Solving Problem When Vending Machine Eats Money

6 Ways on Solving Problem When Vending Machine Eats Money

healthy max machine with coin that got jammed inside the coin mech

You are in a rush to work or almost missing a class and you are thirsty or hungry.

Then a vending machine appears in front of you and you feel the luckiest man.

But something might happen right away.

From time to time, the vending machine steals your money, without giving you back the things you wanted.

You fill yourself with anger and think about to shake the vending machine and to a point even smashing it out of spontaneous rage!

Recently after a long time without any problems with my vending machines, I was on a vacation and was surprised when this vending machine was smashed in a reputable warehouse facility.

Most of the time, people consider this an option. We all want our money back because nobody’s paying for nothing. But what if it’s not working?

Those are some of the common questions in this case.

#1 – Why vending machines are not giving you the change and what to do?

Sometimes when you buy something from a vending machine, it can happen to not get your change back. Even if you already received the things you wanted from it.

Most of the coins or bills are filthy.

It was a teenagers’ trend to put chewing gum or duct tape on the money and try to take it back.

It was about getting something without paying for it.

But this trick is not working, only in movies.

When the vending machine is not giving you any change, even if you pushed that button over and over again, you have to call a repairman.

Usually, the number of the repairman is written just below the hole where to insert the money.

my phone number in case there is a problem on the vending machine

#2 – I paid with my credit card and the vending machine charged me twice. What to do?

If you look at your card statement after you paid with it at some vending machine, you will see that it charged you twice. It happens because the vending machine company didn’t accept the payment yet.

It takes a while for them to accept it, and it could happen even after 1-2 days.

The other amount is a temporary hold. It is like a guarantee for them that if you spend all the money from your card, they will still get the balance.

Don’t worry, after the payment is made, you will get your hold immediately.

#3 – How to get a snack unstuck from a vending machine?

The shaking is not an option. And there are more easy ways to do it than moving, punching or kicking.

The hole from where a snack would fall has a flap that prevents the snack or a soda to break on the floor. Simply, you just have to push it and let the flap snap back down.

Because of the physics theories, in this way, the flap moves the air from the vending machine and makes your snack fall on its own.

If this way is not working too, the only option is to call the company. But this process can take very long, and your snack will remain stuck.

#4 – The vending machine is broken and took my money. What to do?

The most important thing to remember is, as I said, to not move the vending machine. Because of its size and weight, it can cause you damage if it falls on to you.

The first thing to do is to call the number that is written on the machine.

The assistance for the particular company will ask you for some details and probably it will help you repair it. If the problem is much bigger, they will call somebody for maintenance.

But, again, this can take a while and maybe you are in a rush to work. In this case, most of the vending machine companies are giving a refund on your card statement. If you are lucky enough, you can get an extra dollar and some apologies for the trouble.

#5 – What if there’s no phone number written on the vending machine?

In this case, you have to look up for the manager of the property. Usually, vending machines are placed on big and crowded properties, such as malls, supermarkets, Universities, etc.

The property manager will solve the problem and maybe give you a refund. But it takes a while to find the offices of the property.

Most commonly, those vending machines are from Pepsi or Cola and surely you will find contact details on them. If the vending machine is placed at the subway or on a bus station and doesn’t have any number or email on them, then it’s the property of the City Hall.

In this case, you have to enter the City Hall’s website and search for their e-mail. It’s best not to call because, most of the time, the secretary is busy. And the e-mail shouldn’t be filled with so much anger.

Be careful. Some of the vending machines are broken of its own free will. So the property can illegally steal your money. If you think something’s up, it’s time to involve the police too.

#6 – Why should I call for maintenance?

Even if it’s a dollar or two, you surely want your money back. And if somebody is coming to fix the vending machine, it will help to prevent the same thing happening to somebody else. Sometimes, the malfunction of a vending machine is because of people who don’t know how to use it. There are people not knowing how to introduce the coins properly, and so it breaks. Most of the problems require experienced men to fix it.

As people, if something like this happens, we surely act with anger. We don’t have time to wait for things to be fixed, and we want our money back right away.

In some cases, it’s not our fault for the problems a vending machine has. A vending machine needs to be cleaned properly for the money to not stuck in between.

And in this case, is the property to be blamed. The hint I’m giving you is to take your money back in every way. It is a way to warn the property that something is wrong. And either they fix it or change it with a new one, it prevents happening over and over again.

Vending In Summer Season

downtown

When It comes to vending business during summer you have to make sure that everything is on top of things.

I was recently busy with some relatives coming over and have to entertain here in Vancouver, BC

There is always danger lurking when in locations even when there are high traffic office people walking around.

While I was unloading some pop at the back of the Van, I left the mid door open because I have to consolidate everything into the bin for delivery.

Suddenly there was a man standing and staring at the middle part of my van. I just offered him a snack and a pop. He said that he will not rob me of my stuff without me telling accusing him of anything. He was muttering to himself “I think I should have stayed home”. After I few seconds I saw him standing in another truck staring at the people talking and was looking that they are unloading.

thief wannabe

close up of observer

It would be nice that you always to be gloves when doing the vending business.

Mine was running out and I opened another box of gloves which was white and one person commented Michael Jackson.

michael jackson gloves

You know that when in summer there are some local residents and some tourists are trying the luck of their local currency will work on the vending machines.

If there is a coin jam, chances are that there will surely be a coin that has a wider diameter or a thicker composition would surely jam the coin mechanism.

Frequent inspection and visits to your busy locations and some unnecessary calls will disrupt your regular vending machine schedule.

There are some culprits that cause my time and loss of sales when the vending machine is jammed and not working.

coins that jammed my vending machine

coins that jammed my vending machine

Truly Vancouver, BC is diverse with the coins that I was able to collect above.

I went to a location in the east side part of town where the previous snack vending machine was vandalized and I swapped it to a POP Machine and I was not surprised when the pop machine is out of order again. Someone was trying to put some slugs into the machine and trying to see if it will work out?

out of order again pop machine

pop machine out of order

It was nice sometimes if vendors could just get away for another micro-vacation.

This time was I was in the extreme southern part of the united states in Arizona. The weather there was similar to the Philippines but it was very dry and hot. Actually, the best part is that there was no traffic and very clean. No one seems to be on the streets in the part of the neighborhood and their air con has to be very efficient with all establishments and houses centralized air con.

We are considered lucky here in Vancouver, BC to have natural air conditioner even if it is summertime.

I guess there are more heroes in action in the US since there are allotted parking for the wounded beside the disabled car parking in some business establishment in Arizona.

parking for wounded soldiers in arizona

parking for wounded soldiers in arizona

This is not related to vending but I just wanted to say that I’m still working when I was down in the south since I was trying to some help with acquaintances in some related issues concerning the proper placement of things in a way to produce the best energy and healing – feng shui.

Feng Shui can cure health-related illness and can create harmony and bring desired health, wealth and happiness.

feng shui master

It is a hobby of mine that I took some courses related to Chinese metaphysics in Singapore and Malaysia when I was still in the Philippines and I have actually helped hundreds of people in consultations.

feng shui certificate

My business in the Philippines was related to computers, office supplies, ink and toner refilling services, and Feng Shui was my hobby which I was very attracted and had some passion until the present.

Right here in Vancouver, BC I’m just concentrated in doing the Vending Machine Business.

As a tourist in Arizona, I always visit the central museums which always amused me. I guess that goes for everyone when visiting unfamiliar grounds.

arizona museum

arizona museum entrance

When I was back in Vancouver, BC there was a location in a community center and one of the machines are out of order. I noticed that was 2002 Half Dollar Jammed inside the coin mechanism.

Is this a sign that I needed to consider down south in the United States? 🙂 🙂

Pop machines are always empty down there.

It is actually a very good idea when doing business in the south since everything is cheaper compared to Vancouver, BC. Insurance, townhouse, gasoline I guess everyone knows that.

half dollar coin

half dollar coin

If you come to think about it, the vending machine business is actually a very portable and mobile business. You can sell it to anyone without much support and training. This is one of the businesses that you can actually hand it over and the next person can run the business generating revenues.

This small business is relatively easy to operate and sell. The biggest hurdle is that you naturally have to be in Red Bull Mode or Monster Mode when doing the vending machine business.

I could never imagine handling so many machines mostly without hiring extra help. I heard many horror stories relating to stealing and problems when someone else is running your business since it is an almost cash business ( some credits card transactions ).

My point is that during summer when your sales are up there are more problems but most of them are minor.

According to my many summer seasons running the vending business here in Vancouver are the following:

  • Empty Pop Machines
  • Coin Mechanism Jams

It would be a good time to clean pop machine compressors and always check the coin mech whenever you are doing your rounds during summer.

Vending Machine Out Of Service Again?

vending machine out of service

I’m very sure that there are some of your locations that are having the same dilemma as me.

I have a location located on the east side of Vancouver and I placed a very nice glass front vending machine with the state-of-the-art bells and whistles.

Normally the vending machine works really simple. Insert a coin and then the product drops on the delivery bin.

I was very patient with this location and giving them good commissions. Sometimes my commissions are not justified because the maintenance on this machine is more than what I’m supposed to earn. 

Every week there is a problem like delivery bin out of alignment or cans stuck at the bottom which is caused by the customers.

I have a similar glass front vending machine that is producing extremely well in a very busy warehouse in Richmond where most of the users understand how to use a vending machine.

vending machine in richmond

This location is doing extremely well when I secured this location three years ago with regular vending machines. But the regular soda pop machines are coming to age and have a constant problem.

When I upgraded to the glass from vending machine everything was good. But this location constantly has problems like bottles stuck at the bottom, the delivery bin was pulled thereby spending unnecessary expenses. The cost of fixing it is at least $285 with the delivery bin and labor.

How many pop cans can you sell just to recover this expense?

My solution was to sell this good nice glass front vending machine and downgrade for regular soda pop vending machines which are simple and easy to use.

But I’ll give this location another chance and observe.

Sometimes the solution will be just to replace the glass front vending machine to two regular soda pop vending machines which are simple to use nothing fancy like the picture below and produces sales that are expected week after week.

simple no nonsense soda pop machine

If it was you running an extremely good location but the problem is the customers, not the machine, what will you do?

Problem is it takes a lot of energy and effort the switch machines and moving charges alone makes a big hole in your wallet. $120 move out and another $120 move in, the cost of one machine.

It was the first time in my life that someone inserted a loonie inside a bill validator. So this pop machine was out of order for a week and no sales. I guess everyone is different. Some likes to play a prank and most of them are normal users.

coin stuck inside the bill validator

I got out of the area and just having thoughts about why people like to play pranks on vending machines all the time. I sometimes wish they could run the business for a day.

The parking meters in downtown are always rigged by thieves.

They install a miniature magnet and fish out all the coins at the end of the day. I actually saw it myself on late afternoons. But of course I frequent the locations and dared not to take a photo or else vandalism will the result for me on my next visit.

coin meter rigged by thieves to fish coins

When will the gasoline prices get stable here in Vancouver, BC? It is a question always asked by the people living here. Everything is sky high. Insurance, Gasoline, Food and everything is way higher. It is the weather here? I just do not get it.

I wish I can also increase the prices of my vending machines.

good price for gasoline

Some peoples are inconsiderate. It is a good thing that I naturally calm minded person. If you are in a hurry to get all the vending locations done and someone is blocking your way then what to do?

I always see people in downtown trying to fight their way out in situations. But I do not want my small business to be short-lived by arguing, so I guess you notice that your way blocked then just simply quickly drive the opposite way, of course in the commercial lanes too.

inconsiderate truck blocked the side road

There are so many thieves here in Vancouver, BC generally in the lower mainland. I just do not get it why peoples are not alert and aware of what is happening around being vigilant all the time especially when you are outside.

Alas, I was on the way to get home from vending and just have to get one more place done. But soon when I arrived, there was a note on the vending machine that it is Out Of Order.

I suspect that it is just some coin jams that’s all.another out of order vending machine

So I found out there is a coin that resulted in the other coins that got stuck along with it.

foreign coin that got stuck inside vending machine

You know that in the Philippines the default religion is Roman Catholic even if you are not religious.

Even if you are not a devout Catholic or just tag along with the rest it’s better to do what the Romans do when you are in Rome saying scenario.

You see the people in the Philippines are homogeneous, I think you get my point.

I vividly remember that thou shalt not use the name of the lord in vain as some hardcore religious person will put it that way.

I thought I need to take a quick micro-vacation.

jollibee in seatlle

When I was still living in the Philippines, Jollibee beats the heck out of McDonald. Why is this bee beating all the hamburger joints in the Philippines? McDonald, A&W, Burger King, Cali Burger, etc.

I guess a little visit to this Jollibee branch in Southcenter Mall in Tukwila, Washington is good enough for me to enjoy a micro-vacation for the moment.

jollibee tukwila washington USA

A vending machine service operator cannot depart when summer arrives.

The sales of pop and beverages cannot be ignored.

Sometimes I wish I was in California or the southern part of the US since the weather there is always hot and a lot more patrons drink loads of soda pop as compared here in the Northern West Coast.

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Vending Machine Placement Service

salesman

In this business where locations are scare especially here in the lower mainland Vancouver, BC. Most of the self-employed vendors here rely on the services of a vending machine locator.

These locators are very useful since they can find some spots for you to place your vending machines in case they go homeless for reasons below:

  • Location changed their mind on vendors
  • Competition snatching up your location
  • Manager is unhappy with your looks 🙂
  • People don’t understand that it needs time some time for you to swing by see reason below

This stems from the reason why sometimes I do not immediately go to the location and fix the problem. Why do I not go and fix the problem as fast as the 911 ambulance?

Most of my locations are like 20 minutes drive. Some locations will say Bill Acceptor cannot accept cash, Machine ate my loonie, Old machine garbage, and the likes.

These things happen all the time and the locations that call me for those minor problems have a backup device attached. Such as a credit debit reader or if it does not work then coins will work too. And normally the location’s sales are very low performing that it does not justify for me as a vendor to go and fix the problem immediately.

It can wait for a few days or a week.

Accounts that you visit once a week, of course, will need immediate attention.

With all the reasons above and you are always busy and on the run then you do not have time to look for a location since you are busy running around servicing.

What happens if you lost a location?

It would be best to request the location to give you time at least 1 month or 2 months to find a replacement location. Because if you cannot find a location immediately then you have to pay $120 moving to storage.

Then another $120 moving to the new location. Aside from the vending machine locator’s fee which ranges from $400 to $2,000 here in Vancouver, BC.

Here in the Lower Mainland Vancouver, BC there a few vending machine locators that you can ask help for finding a location for your homeless vending machines.

I have a story to tell

secret

When I was still new in the vending machine business, I heavily rely on vending machine locators for new locations.

Here in Vancouver, BC not all vending machine locators are honest.

There are locators that constantly sell locations at Craigslist Vancouver, BC. I guess this applies also the Craigslist ( City in the US or another city here in Canada ).

Do you know how to spot a cheating locator that sells you an overinflated price for a lousy and bad location?

After years of doing this vending machine business, I can now know how to read between the lines on the AD at Craigslist on the vending machine locations if the seller is genuine or just out to get and bleed your hard-earned money.

True and real locations sell locations for the prices below:

  • $250 Offices
  • $250 to 850 Very Good Office Location

That is about it! Nothing higher than $850 should be trusted by the vending machine locator.

How do you spot a bad vending machine placement service locator?

empty promise

If you go to inspect and check the location with the supposed locator that you just met on Craigslist and he or she agrees then it is a good locator.

Good locators will normally sign a disclosure agreement with you in case you do not buy the locations after showing it to you and will not force you to buy it immediately upon inspection.

Bad locators will be very impatient and will sometimes get furious and mad why you wasted his time after showing you the location? He will unjustly reason out with you that he will threaten to snatch and get all your locations one way or another.

He will let you know that it’s you and against all his henchman in a mockingly way.

I met such a person but since I’m normally calm and have been doing business for the longest time already, I just took some locations from him every time there was an offer.

Sometimes you have to be friends with the enemies

friends with enemies

This is a business strategy way back in the Philippines. Since it is wise for everyone doing business to be civil and inside your head you know that you need one another bad or good business contact as long as everyone benefits.

But here is not the case for me here in Vancouver, BC.

A bad locator normally has all the locations and contact details even after selling you the location. Some the locations that he sold you will be snatched back by the same locator.

His tactic is using another pseudo name or assigns someone to go after all the locations that he sold to you before and try to offer it to another naive and gullible newbie vendor.

How to Catch A Bad Locator Red Handed?

First things first is that a bad locator will sell you at a minimum price of at least $800 for a location. I have been buying a couple since I have some machines that needed to be placed immediately.

Sales will be dismally low, meaning about $10 to $50 at most every month. People at such locations do not buy from vending machines.

His prices will be advertising ranges from $800 to $2500 per location with very good sounding words like 100 people, Hundreds of walk-in visitors and all the good words that you wanted to hear will be promised to you.

I mentioned before that a location at most will be $250 to $850 from a reputable vending machine locator only.

I’m into this business so sometimes I talked to other vendors. And they all told me the same story.

Some of their locations suddenly wanted out and go with another vendor.

Will this is very traumatic for us vendors since every dollar counts. Even if the location is just performing say $50 a month because we need to add all the locations in totality.

Loosing will entail you expensive costs:

  • Moving in and out $240
  • Finding Location $250 to $850

The worst thing is that if we are booted out of a location and our machines are old machines then what to do with them? Storage fees charge an added headache. $30 per machine for storage.

Catching The Bad Locator

Let you lost location goes by for a couple of months or even 3 to 4 months. Ask one of your friends to visit the old location that you lost and look for the manager.

Of course, you know the manager’s name since it was your previous location. Probably you do not have a good rapport with the manager too when the location was snatched back by your locator.

friend

Ask your friend that you need to contact the new vendor because you are just starting out on your vending machine business and would want to ask help from the vendor.

Once you got the phone and contact info for the vendor on your previous location. Then it would be easy for your friend to call and connect and ask who offered the location.

It is a simple to approach to catch a bad locator who was recycling all his locations that were sold and ripping and bleeding money from some of his customers.

In a very worst case scenario, you can actually to court and ask for a pro bono lawyer and build a case against the bad locator and normally for small claims court, the judge will normally let the bad locator pay back the locator fee that he sold to you before.

For all of us vendors, I guess this is a way to get back to a bad locator.

In doing business you have to protect your investment especially your location.

How To Avoid These Problems?

happy

Stick to a good locator that has a proven track record.

Try to go and do outreach by yourself. Build up enough confidence and just try to approach a location by yourself and see ways to improve your offer when you get rejected.

I myself was able to get locations by myself which are doing extremely well compared to the ones that I bought from locators.

This will also ensure that you have a quite good rapport with managers since you got the locations yourself.

What If I cannot Do it?

for hire

Hire a temporary salesperson to do the job for you in going to establishments. Be sure to collect all the information needed and give it to the temporary sales person that you hired.

Be sure that you hire a presentable and approachable person that naturally likes to talk to people or a people person. Most probably a young university student who wanted to earn some gig on the side.

You can do this ad on Craigslist as well and be sure to hire just temporary for a sales gig.

I sincerely you have success to the experience and knowledge I had encountered.

Till next time!

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Shooting Incident On My Vending Location

As usual, I was doing my routinely checks on the locations last week. I have a location which I just visit once a month since it is an office building where there are not many customers using the machines.

I was casually entering the location but the doors are locked and there is a security guard in front and was asking questions about my business. The security let me in and I was out in 15 minutes.

Security told me that there was a shooting incident among employees or something.

shooting incident vending location

Sometimes you will be wondering if you need to retain an extremely weak and slow location? Common sense will tell us that if the location is out-of-the-way then better get rid of it and sale it as a discount, but be sure to tell the prospective buyer that the location is slow performing.

You can sell the machines and advertise it as a free location in that way if the buyer is finding location for it then it will act as a free storage and for the meantime generating some revenue.

There was a show in PNE GemShow which I have attended on that Sunday and I bought a singing bowl. The singing bowl comes in different size and shapes and it resonates a certain frequency on a certain size of the bowl.

The singing bowl I got was from Nepal where most of the populace likes to meditate to create a stronger union of the mind and body using ancient sound frequencies. The singing bowl I chose was for aligning and healing the lower chakras. I guess 15 minutes a day will be good to start the day.

I proceeded to a public location which I just visit bi weekly ( every other week ) and I have three ( 3 ) machine in that place and I was wondering how come there was one ( 1 ) machine that there are no sales?

You sometimes know the Healthy Max machines coin return button gets stuck and does bounce back which is a common occurrence with these machines, other than that I have no complaints for the sturdy healthy maxes.

I panicked on that moment and thinking why I do not bring tools with me whenever I go downtown?

This must be essential and compulsory to bring:

Tools

  • Screwdriver Kit
  • Change
  • Extra Coin Mechanism
  • Extra Bill Validator
  • Extra Lock
  • Drill, Drill Bits and Self Tapping Metal Screws
  • Duct Tape

At least the ones mentioned above is the absolute minimum maintenance tools to bring.

I stop bringing these tools after the vandalism incident on my work van. I’m always in panic mode whenever I’m in downtown and generally the vicinity of Vancouver.

I get paranoid if there are a lot of products inside my work van when parked in Vancouver.

Statistically it is where most of the vandalism that takes place even in broad daylight.

I suddenly had a quick fix to the problem so that the coin return button will not stuck again.

Here is the picture that describes by itself.

Solution

You just have to insert a roll of cardboard from your chips box and insert it between the coin mechanism and the lever. See the picture below.

coin button

simple fix on coin button jam

I headed to one of the Goliath location.

And I was surprised why the gigantic snack vending machine was almost empty only within a week’s time? The guy inside told me that they have night shift’s now due to high volume shipments.

It is a good thing also that this location did not call me on stuck Noodles since they took care of themselves. Using a clothes’ hanger on stuck noodles on the delivery bin is acceptable for me.

The people there are quite friendly and honest. Most of them are my fellow country men and never complained about work even thou it is very laborious, long, heavy and a sweaty daily job.

I guess doing this kind of work keeps your body healthy in a way. Just have to know the range of motion when loading, unloading and moving. If you do not know the proper range of body movement then you will surely get back injuries and a lot nerve problems with your hands and feet.

There was a location in North Vancouver that called me several times and complaining loud noise coming out from the vending machine.

I already inherently know that there are just three ( 3 ) probable problems on noisy vending machine:

Compressor

Fan Motor

Ventilation Motor

In most cases according to my experience it is the ventilation motor that is usually giving out a loud noise on a combo or snack vending machine. I also know that the machine is about 10 years old and the probability would be the vent motor.

I reached the location since it is across the bridge in Downtown Vancouver and had a quick fix just by unplugging the vent motor power cable.

Solution

You do not need a ventilation motor to have a functioning vending machine, you can do away without it.

If you buy the vent motor it will cost you hundreds of dollars on parts, labor and especially the time factor in moving the machine to disassemble the re assemble and bringing the motor back and forth your local vending machine supplier.

Simple fix to remove noisy ventilation motor is by unplugging the molex type power cable. See the picture below.

vending machine ventilation motor unplugged

See the picture above that I simply unplugged the ventilation fan motor?

I went to a huge terminal facility that is off limits to the common folks.

There are lots of security in this government facility and the guy told me that when I left the location 2 weeks ago, the Debit Credit Card reader does not work.

I shrugged it off and said : “Of course it works”. I have to be careful on my tone of voice which sometimes my composure is off because of rushing to one location to another. Sometimes you can be bothered from so many locations especially towards to weekend.

I said inside my head sorry for the statement and I do not mean it and was hoping the person would be not that sensitive and should have said: “OK, sir I will check it out and let you know” instead.

Nowadays the populace seems to be extra sensitive in all aspects of things relating to anything. So I have to remember to keep my composure at all times.

May the people in the locations I go understand the life of a vending machine business operator.

You sometimes know the previous location someone was trying to harass you for freebies and prior to that an inspector almost ticketed you at a loading bay for more than 20 minutes and the location before that you are paranoid when you are parked at a location with people staring at your work van and snooping the minute you walk away from the work van.

There are a lot of things that happens in one ( 1 ) day every day for me when I’m out doing the vending machine business. Probably deep breathing exercises should do the trick!

yoda deep breathing

Okay back the location that the guy told me the debit credit reader is not working. I tried my credit and debit card and indeed that it did not work!

I was thinking maybe the there is some hardware and software conflict issues going inside the machine. This will be the isolated problem solving method that will come into play.

I removed the Payrange attached inside the vending machine and re connected the debit credit reader and tested out and everything is perfectly working.

The Payrange is not compatible to Nayax.

payrange incompatible to nayax

By the way Payrange is a device that uses your phone to buy from a vending machine.

I took it out because some people do not like to install apps on their phone and load money to the app by disclosing the credit card details and opt for a TAP and GO easy device instead.

I highly recommend the Nayax debit credit card reader even thou it costs $400 compared to the Payrange’s $85 since it is easy to use and as I have mentioned TAP and GO! Can even use APPLE pay, Android, Apple watch and phone.

I even had remote emailed from the credit debit reader monitoring software that everything is doing great and sales have more producing for the debit credit Nayax device.

Till Next time.

New Location New Hope

 

I mentioned to you that I’m going to have another wild week. Which I did. This location was along the way on my other downtown route. I happened to pass by and good tidings was established on first impressions.

When you have a new location there are a lot of involvement in time.

The enemy is the time factor involved.

  • Putting products into the new machine, changing the prices on programming and asking products that you need to put inside the machine.
  • Having to coordinate when the mover will drop the machine and you have to go to new place to fill up the machine which disrupts your programmed schedule.

When I acquire on my own location there is always no problem and until now all locations are very stable.

I noticed that when I actually buy locations from a vendor or a seller, sometimes it may become a ticking time bomb. Managers on the location that I got from a previous vendor sometimes do not understand that I have spent a fortune in obtaining a location.

This is how it works here in Vancouver, BC.

I will give you a clear example. Let’s say Mr Vendor A wanted to sell his location and make an ad at Craigslist. Every day there are lots of gullible small self-employed vending machine operators who wanted to expand and saved up for a location searching at Craigslist.

Most of the time Mr Vendor A will inflate the sales for example, sales is doing $600 per month and actually in reality it is only $400. So the prospective buyer will end up paying more for the location. Because the selling price of a location is sales per month X monthly sales PLUS additional cost of the machine is new or fairly updated.

I actually learned to do vending machine business the hard way.

I got ripped off on numerous occasions. I run it for a couple of years and disgruntled managers who is used to the other previous vendor doesn’t like the way the new vendor runs the business and kicks you out.

This were the early years or sometimes when things get sour with the relationship withe the manager or if for some strange reason the people just does not like you anymore. This was the case on location that was sold to me by the previous vendors.

Maybe I do not have the same resonant wavelength frequency with the location that im serving after the took over?

This is a shallow hallow type of reasoning I would say.

I came from a 3rd Third World country and my savings which I painstakingly secured thru my hard work as an entrepreneur and just ripped out here in my new-found home in Canada.

If I lose a location then I lose a big bunch of money which is:

  • Initial over inflated investment from the previous vendor
  • Locator’s fee
  • Moving Fee
  • Storage Fee

Sometimes It is a vicious cycle. Good earnings for 7 months and then suddenly loosing 2 or 3 locations and the savings will be used for obtaining new locations and money gone! This is the reality in doing business here in Vancouver, BC.

You always have to keep up and always have a healthy relationship with the top honchos.

But it seems that lady luck is on my side for the moment.

Indeed last week was busy for me and I decided to stop expanding and stop looking for new locations for the time being.

It was a huge drain on my capital resources with (3) new locations. Two locations were obtained by me and the other One was from the best locator in town.

Mind you when you are buying locations from a locator it is not cheap. It ranges from $400 to $1200 from a locator here in Vancouver, BC.

Many managers on various locations do not know that there is monetary involved when the vendor is changing hands to another vendor. I hope the location will have smooth sailing for the new owner.

Some vendors go as far as to apply for a second mortgage on property to secure a loan in order to obtain good locations. We vendors pray that nothing harmful befall us on new locations.

Actually it is time for me to join the 0.0 ZERO.ZERO Club for the time being, I have to step down from the Jones es for the time being.

Keep myself low level and when spring and summer kicks in then I will have enough ammunition to store and save.

When I was in Richmond, I just don’t get it why peoples are always falling in line for the longest time in Japanese Themed restaurants whether it is owned by real McCoy Japanese or Fake Japanese people running the show.

I really wanted to try my hands someday when there is no line up.

When I’m in Philippines there are no people lining up in restaurants since there are so many!

When I was still in Vancouver Downtown my trusty dolly’s metal suddenly peeled and all the pop dropped to the street.

Did I mentioned numerous times that when a small uneventful situation happens to me I marvelously get a help real quick and things go again on its course.

The good thing that along the way to Burnaby there was a welding shop that I paid for $40 to have a spot weld and dolly works like new again. This is the guy to go to for emergency weld while you wait.

Another unforeseen event that happened along the way towards Richmond.

My van’s engine light came on while I was driving and I passed by Mr Action Jackson and he diagnosed it for under 5 minutes and engine light reset even thou he is extremely busy and did not charge me a single cent.

Normally I still have no time even on a Saturday. This particular day was special that came along for a long time. I spent time securing all the spare keys I have and organize my duplicate vending keys in case some strange uneventful situation happens, you never know.

 

 

Wild Week On Vending Machine Business

Last week was a wild week for the vending machine business.

I have to double up my energy levels and quickly setup products for the new locations that I secured.

This seems to be a promising location since there are always people waiting and I think I have connected to the manager the first time that I have met.

There was another location that I needed so much time to set up another new location which was in downtown.

There was also no problems when I was with the manager.

The problem is that this particular new location voltage outlet is connected with two ( 2 ) refrigerators and one ( 1 ) walk in cooler.

The combo vending machine when started and once the compressor kicks in the breaker just shuts down by itself. Good thing the supplier had it fixed and a very efficient manner and sending out his technician in a professional manner.

I’m very happy with my vending machine local suppliers here in the lower mainland aside from hunting down cheap prices in Craigslist when looking for a used vending machine.

Sometimes when you buy a used vending machine at Craigslist for a few hundred dollars cheaper from your local supplier then if the compressor or some internal parts choke then you will have trouble in the long run.

Buying a used vending machine from a reputable local supplier may be a good and wise decision.

I have a slight problem when going to work that week. My work van suddenly will not start and that week was a very busy schedule and need to go to a lot of places. I have to spend another $1205 plus towing charges to have the work van repaired.

The fuel filter pump is busted and car mechanic said that vans which are around 110,000+kms mileage usually needed to have the fuel filter pump replaced especially if using it for extreme loading and unloading heavy load conditions.

Believe it or not my work van was fixed on the same day by Action Jackson.

Vending Machine Work Van Being Towed

Sometimes when my phone rings during my working hours, I already get paranoid. There are only several factors that have caused the phone calls.

  • Problem with machine
  • Angry customer loosing money on vending machine
  • Angry manager wanting some changes

So far everything is fine. I have not encountered angry managers wanting changes for the meantime. As long you keep all your customers happy then there will be no problems.

According to my statistics on doing my vending machine business, sometimes on rare occasions that I lose a location every year. So again I’m always cruising around and hunting down prospects for a new vending machine location.

I happened to drop by another location and casually talked to a manager in the east side part of town with about hundreds of employees walking in and out of the building. I was sometimes assuming that this will be a long shot. But at the back of my mind was saying that I used to have 12 brick and mortars shops way back in the Philippines and was very successful in the arena of sales.

I was not a born salesman and finished in Industrial management engineering minor in mechanical actually but wanted to be a software programmer. I have to force some changes and have to learn how to approach and make a pitch. What is there to lose? By gaining another location will be good for me for the meantime as long as all the locations are within the area of my service route.

I actually got another location which is indeed very promising and it will be another wild week for me on setting up and developing rapport with the new manager on a new location.

I suggest that all vending machine vendors out there to practice social skills and making a pitch to prospective locations. Or if you wanted a location then talk to your trusted locator to approach location to make a proper outreach.

Business generally is slower and all self-employed guys out there is hoping for the spring and summer months to set in where the vending business kicks off especially on the beverages.

Whenever I obtain a new location there is a drain on capital resources since you have to come out another vending machine, moving costs, initial setup products costs etc.

I guess this is the way it goes.

Acquiring assets can be a constant drain but a brighter outlook in the long term.

Vending Machine Was Smashed

I have a combo vending machine in the vicinity of E Hastings inside a secured apartment complex.

I used to have several during that a time when my cortisol hormone levels are always at its peak! I always sleep in on Sundays because I’m not in a rush for work and it’s the only time that I really get into the mood for taking everything easy.

I got a call at around 10 am something with a muffled voice which I hardly comprehend. I called again thinking that someone might have lost a Loonie or Townie which I will gladly reimburse on my next mission.

“Your machine was broken into and the Police is here checking the video tape surveillance”. I’m already accustomed to this kind of incident. I talked to the Police and he recommended that to press charges against the person who committed the crime. I talked to the manager and he told me that the machine glass was all shattered and is emptied of contents.

I called help immediately to secure the combo vending machine on this location , the broken glass will be replaced by an unbreakable poly carbonate and it should be fine.

When you have a break in normally these things most be taken into consideration:

1. Opportunity Loss on the days the machine is out of service

2. Polycarbonate replacement

3. Time for technician to fix it

4. File charges and get police file number

I used to have break-ins before during the year 2017 which is prevalent and more frequent with a lot of location in the E Hastings vicinity. I made money in that area during 2016 to 2018 even thou those unfortunate things that have happened to me.

At present, I still maintain two locations in this vicinity from the previous five in the time of 2016 to 2018. Some buildings were condemned by the City of Vancouver.

With the onset of moving out of those locations I eventually developed a little sense of my sales protocol which I practiced way in the Philippines when I was doing business. I eventually secured some locations by myself in that area.

I called my technician and he told that he was also a victim of vending machine break in in the area of Surrey. I guess some parts of Surrey can be comparable to E Hastings in my own thoughts. Sometimes when I am cruising down the roads in Surrey there are more security measures such as high fences and steel grill bars in all the retail establishments.

I was also maintaining a pop machine in the vicinity of North Vancouver at a storage facility which I bought the location from a locator about 2 to 3 years ago. I normally do not complain even if sales are low, I just wanted to deploy some of my machines at storage.

If I keep machines at storage, I pay around $30 per month. So it would be better to move it on a location instead. But sometimes the location is just producing say: $10 a month and diet soda are exploding because it expires and no one is buying them.

The storage facility in North Vancouver called and told me to move out the machine. Inside my head I was thinking what is wrong with me? I always give freebies when I’m on that location and still get this treatment to move out my machine immediately. The reason was “We had it with you, pop machine with exploding pop and eating money”.

In my thoughts and gut feel, is that some vending locator was trying to snatch my location and offering the North Vancouver facility a hefty commission. I feel sorry for the new owner who will be serving this facility.

Honestly the sales is just around $10 to $15 every month in this North Vancouver storage facility.

I was making everyone happy even how small the account is. Maybe it is an unforeseen force that swayed the location to call me to have the machine removed to a better location which I was contemplating in one of my school locations in Coquitlam which is performing exceedingly well. The school in Coquitlam has an older machine that leaked and it time to replace it with a newer Pop Machine with a Debit Credit Reader which can translate into higher sales.

I guess not everyone can be satisfied.

Did I mention to you that whenever there was an unfortunate incident it always leads to something better for me in general?

While I was servicing both machines in a public facility in New Westminster. Someone approached me and mentioned:”You can stop paying $80 every three months from now on, since we find that we do not need the funds for the moment”.

This is the first time that happened to me living here in Vancouver, BC. Here is the location that is very understanding to the plight of small self-employed business person.

I was astoundingly happy to get such a very fortunate incident that happened to me on that same day.

It was also that day when someone called me out of the blue.

It was a location that I was soliciting last year which was located in the vicinity of E Vancouver that have rejected my proposal for a placement of a combo vending machine.

If I myself approached a location for a placement of vending machine then I inherently knew that it will be promising and high performing.

The conversation was very quick and swift. I offered a computer printout of sales report every month and he agreed and will have the machine moved immediately in the last week of February which I will be very busy.

For some reason I got another call from my trusty locator.

She found another school location in the vicinity in Downtown which is perfect for me to consolidate with my existing route. This locator is the creme de la creme and I wish she will always have a great relationship with me as a client.

Indeed it is a mutual beneficial relationship since I have been performing my duty as a vending machine vendor and is always a good customer of her.

Sometimes I tell these incidents to my mother who is happy in the Philippines. She told me what the heck Im I doing here in Vancouver, BC???  and getting stuck there for so long with cold weather and life seemingly robotic???

I replied:”I’m trying to succeed here in Vancouver, BC. Trying to do some online stuff and mostly still in the offline manual laborious work that I have to endure for the time being.”

I’m getting envious now with my sisters enjoying the sun there in Boracay, Philippines.

Not to worry I’m still here in Vancouver, BC doing vending machine business!

There are times that I need to recharge myself after a long day work. I have myself portable Gunbanyuko which is in a great health rejuvenating device! You can also get one for yourself if you are serious about your health like I do. Optimum maintenance of health and youthfulness is a must when you are driving, loading, unloading every day.

Harassed At Location To Pay Up

I was going about my rounds as usual here in Vancouver, BC.

I was in the east part of town and usually I have to be quick to get around. I always see many shattered bits of car windows on the side street whenever I park in the neighborhood.

Remember that I was already traumatized on the incident that was transpired in front of my townhouse.

I went to this hotel location in the east side and I was immediately harassed and was ordered not to leave the location without paying up on my monthly rent.

I normally give around $20 to $45 dollars per month on this location. But somehow the manager looked at me and the cash box every time to go there for servicing and just declared an increase to $65 per month.

This was a location that my vending machine vandalized before many times with a smaller machine which can easily be tilted. If the commission is increased again, I guess I have to vacate the location in the near future.

Everytime I visit this location which is a weekly gig for me, I’m forced to hand out cookies and free pop to the location. There was times that I voluntary gives out freebies but there was one incident that I said I have to go and was in a hurry, he just go took some goodies in my bin and say that this is cheap stuff and it won’t a difference if I he get a couple of these every week.

I mentioned that this place is not my turf. It is not my property and I’m just another vendor who services the machines in this location.

I had so much worst experiences when I used to run my business in the Philippines. People entering and shouting on bad service and intimidating my employees on Ink Refill Leaking and all that stuff.

I used to run this brick and mortar business back In Philipines: Saveinks.com. Last year, I went back to Philippines for a vacation, and I have noticed that all the ink and toner refilling shops and centers went out of business. The reason behind this was: Epson, Canon and Brother printers came out with refillable printers.

I got one as a present from my big brother who is the authorized distributor of Brother printers in the Philippines, see picture below:

It took me a while to hook up this since I have to get hold of a voltage converter from 110v to 220v for my Brother Printer.

How to Calibrate a Royal Vision Bottle Drop Vending Machine

I have an out-of-order Royal Vision bottle drop at a location that has been selling extremely well and I have to clean sensors and calibrate the Royal Vision bottle drop from time to time.

Here is You Tube video on how to properly align and re calibrate the Royal Vision bottle drop vending machine.

I have to visit a nearby location that the Pop machine is having some problems and there is some burnt smell. I have thoroughly checked the pop machine and seems that everything is working. The location called and still smelled something is burning. I left a message saying to unplug the pop machine for the meantime.

I have to visit a recycling location which is not far. My locations are normally set on a route so that everything is easy access for me. Normally all locations are grouped together.

Can you believe it or not, that this location which looks like very chaotic due its nature of business is out performing about Two ( 2 ) Vancouver downtown offices put together. See the Two ( 2 ) machines below that does not need to be fancy with bells and whistles.

I have to head out for my lunch. You see I’m always trying to be a vegan whenever I’m given the chance and opportunity to eat fresh greens.)

A midst the snow, I have to plow my way back to the streets.

As I have been mentioning that I have to go out no matter what each day except for Sundays on occasion to target my collection since there is ending in the bills.

It pays to being persistent, even if you get rejected at times in acquiring new vending locations.

I mentioned on my previous blog that there was a location in Richmond, BC that needed some space for shelving s and I had to remove the machine.

Out of my expectations, I got an email to move the healthy max machine to a public location that is serving hundreds of customers every day

.They require me to wrap the healthy max machine all black since it would be nice to blend in to the location. It took me around 2.5 hours to do the job, on wrapping it and also re stocking the machine on this new location.

This location will indeed be performing a lot better than the Richmond location which I lost early this year or just a month ago. I constantly try to find locations on my own and at the same time looking for deals from locators.

It works out both ways when you are still acquiring locations.

Acquiring locations will always be an insurance policy for me. It will serve as a backup for me in case I loose one or two in which the sales will not be affected.

When I was heading home, I got some orders which was dropped off at the back of my garage. I installed a $1.99 mouse trap and finally my nemesis was caught.

I feel a little empathy towards a small creature trying to survive in the winter cold. Mice do feel pain just as humans do. But I have to take care of bigger things. Securing your business is of out most priority.

Here in Canada some mouse do carry the dreaded Hantavirus. So all pests must be exterminated to ensure healthy and safe environment.