Keyless Lock For Vending Machines

I used to have six ( 6 ) combo vending machines in a public hotel about two years ago and was robbed and vandalized twice.

I installed puck locks on all six ( 6 ) of them and it did not happen to me anymore.

The new buyer had a break in with the Puck Lock system which i heard when the location was still his. Sadly the management choose another vendor just recently and he had to sell the machines at a discount including the loss of this public hotel location. Another vendor informed me that probably the old vendor did not comply with the management on some changes to the machines to install even color sticker on all the machine for a uniform look and blend in with the hotel’s wallpaper.

If you are not flexible and do not make any compromise to the location then your days will be numbered.

It’s just like a marriage relationship, both parties need constant communication, compromises and flexibility for everything to work out.

Here in Vancouver, BC it seems that looking for locations brings to mind on : infatuation, marriage and divorce breakup cycles.

My locations presently are around 100% doing good and have very good relationship with all managers after learning my lessons on my first year not reaching out to management to develop some sense of rapport.

Being Flexible is the key.

Going back to the security measures.

I’m always constantly thinking for a security measure that won’t allow deter any kind of vandalism attempts. Right now most of the vending machines : snack, soda pop or combo machines are very vulnerable to theft especially in the public high locations.

This is very true for locations in shopping malls, universities and hotels.

Can you believe it or not ? University vending machine are always broken into since they have to remain open for hungry students at night.

Around 99% of the hotels have a form of vending machine installed in their building because it is for the convenience for their customers and also no need of assigning another staff.

It is not practical to have a snack kiosk and manned by the hotel staff for snacks and pop to run it since the staff would be better off running the daily activities inside the hotel premises.

That’s why most hotels just opt a vendor to place vending machines and in turn get a cut of the profits on a monthly basis and not bothering the maintenance schedule.

When i was strolling in Metrotown on a sunday, i noticed that all the CokeAnd soda pop vending machines are equipped with key less locks.

I guess this will be more practical than to install a puck lock because there is no need to retrofit and expensive labor needed to move, drill and weld.

Here is a short video which i took when i was at Metrotown on one of the Coke soda pop vending machines.

And if you are ambitious enough to get rid of all your keys then this is the route to take. Especially if you have a number of machines in public locations which you think is not safe.

For most vendors their machines are secured in offices, warehouses, factories and private schools which are secured.

Then this key less lock doesn’t need to be bothered with.

It seems for now the cost i would guess is very prohibitive for me, i would instead invest in debit credit readers for my vending machines which is more practical for me.

Here is a link in You Tube on the manufacturer’s Key less Lock for Vending machines in case you wanted to know how it works !

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How to hack a vending machine with a coin and string

I was extremely busy the last few days. Sometimes when you are too focused on your vending service business.

I was wondering why there is a surge of vehicles especially in the afternoons stuck in most gasoline joints.

When you are a journeyman in no matter what kind of service industry you are then you would realize that the gasoline prices are normally highest in the mornings. The prices drop when everyone is rushing back home to for a much deserved sumptuous dinner.

The gasoline stations attendant told me that there was a pipeline rupture in Prince George and upsetting the prices to rocket. Recent news tells us that repairs are underway and the surge of prices will not last long. Probably it will settle in the mid 150’s which im used to.

Here are the pictures i took during the day and afternoon.

I wish i have time to drive to Abbotsford during late afternoon rush hour.

When you are on the road every day, you envy the people in the office that is comfortably seated.

I work i had before which requires me to seat the whole afternoon on a table and entertain customers walk ins and procedures in the printer refilling station way back in the Philippines and somehow i reminiscence.

I’m into another phase of business right now, in the self employment livelihood there will be always constant changes on all aspect of lifestyle and never same.

This week requires me almost to be in downtown most of the time which sometimes cause some frustration not only in a struggle to find a good spot for parking but there are always parking meters that are rigged for extraction of money.

Here is the news from CBC News.

This is one the meters again i encountered. The picture below depicts that my $1 ( Loonies ) clearly is inside the coin meter and im just puzzled what kind of contraption the syndicate uses to fish out the coins later when everyone is rushing back home.

I always take pictures just to make sure that in case i get a parking ticket, i can justify it for my defense.

By the way two ( 2 ) days earlier i went to visit one of my school locations and was astounded why they insert plastic coins in the vending machine ?

In the vending service industry, it’s not all the time that you visit your location everything is predictable on your meager collections.

This time the expected collections is not realized because of a plastic coin found inside the soda pop vending machine. Of course, the school authorities will always be informed and notified immediately to avoid future problems.

Here are the pictures of the plastic coins that im talking about.

Did it tell you that im going to see if the hacking a vending machine with a coin and string still works ?

Here is what i have prepared for you to see if this contraption is really working.

 

How to hack a vending machine with a coin and string

Things to prepare :

  • dental floss
  • coin with a hole ( see my previous post on where i got this coin from )

String to coin 18 inches in length

Attach the string to the coin with a hole and have it at least about 18 inches in length so that the coin can reach inside the coin mechanism.

If the string is too short then you cannot fish and play with it inside the coin mechanism.

Insert coin and string into the coin slot

You will see a sequence of pictures when i was trying to insert the coin into the vending machine.

The vending machine is equipped with conlux coin mechanism.

Conclusion

i have tried to use the hacking the vending machine with the use of a coin and string. I tried many attempts of inserting and pulling it but the price indicator never did register on the townie ( $2 ).

I even flick the $2 into the coin slot and the coin just slides down to the coin return slot as a reject.

The conlux coin mech which is equipped perhaps in all the healthy max combo vending machines seemed instinctively that the coin is not the appropriate type.

If you try to pull it up to get back the $2 ( townie ) it will never be aligned back to the coin slot and you will never get back your money. The string will break off if you pull it hard rendering all your time and efforts futile.

I went to another location which has different types of coin mechanism and trying to see if the hack with a coin and a string would work.

It so happened today that i was in one of my locations with four ( 4 ) machines inside a lunch room with different types of coin mechanisms.


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Hole in coin vending machine

thanksgiving turkey

Im a rush last week to get things done because here in Canada this a long weekend celebration for the thanksgiving.

Wherever i go there are lots of people everywhere in Walmart, Costco, Canadian superstore, no frills etc. In Costco Richmond the people seem to be in a frenzy buying mode.

People are rushing to buy turkey, food and get some things prepared at home for family and friends gathering for the main event.

I was reared up in the Philippines so the thanksgiving has virtually no meaning to me. I know it is very important here in Canada and the united states on this special day and of course as residents here, i just have to get used to it.

I was pondering of going to my hometown Makati City for a vacation this December. December in the Philippines is widely celebrated and people are more festive and there are tons of parties.

You will normally gain around 10 lbs of weight every year when you go celebrate the Christmas season in the Philippines.

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I was surprised that a striking notion of people not celebrating thanksgiving is also a big figure since the immigration and ethnocultural diversity in Canada is around 20.6% as reported by the statistics of Canada. I guess im not the only one.

turkey

I wonder why the turkey became a thanksgiving mascot. Some suggest that feasting on large amount of turkey meat will make you sleepy.

Since i do have knowledge on this subject.  I went to my trusty google source and the thanksgiving myth is busted. They say that turkey contains a lot of this so called amino acid L-tryptophan.

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From my younger bodybuilding experiences before which i consume a lot of the BCAA branched chain amino acid before i sleep to recover stress and induced muscle growth.  I know that L-tryptophan induces sleepiness.

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When i was introduced to Yoga it has more calorie burning effects and more long term health benefits and mind body connection.

So i just learned yesterday that turkey doesn’t cause you to get sleepy.  

It is the old-fashioned beer and binging which we all know.

Earlier during the day i go my locations as usual and hurriedly collected my bounty for the day. I headed down to Van city at Kingsway which is one of my favorite branch only because everything in that spot is very accessible for a vending service journeyman who is always on the road.

KFC, Boiling Point, Raijin Ramen and of course WholeClub which i normally head to once i get all my coins sorted out into paper bills.

Alas, i found for the first time a Townie ( two dollar coin ) with a hole on the center.

hole in coin

I quickly kept the coin in my wallet, i was contemplating to buy a plastic string and will try to attempt to use it on one of my vending machines and try to document it and try to upload it here on my future articles as an educational purpose.

I will show on my future article post what really happens when you insert this into the coin mech while my vending machine is open for everyone to see if this form of hacking still works.

I got another call from one of my vending service locations, there was this cooler and not working.

Its just a 15 minutes drive from where i am so i immediately run down to the location and found out that the cooler’s power cord was intentionally cut.

cord was cut

coke cooler

I immediately reported to the top honcho in that location. I guess he understood clearly that it was not my fault why this thing happened. The plug was re connected and powered, i was told that on my next visit to observe if the cooler is still functioning.

I was very happy that this cooler is supplied by Coke company so i just to have it reported and see if they can do something about it. If you are for the long haul in the vending service industry, you have to set up accounts with coke or Pepsi. It seems that Coke has a stronghold on most of my accounts. Customers loves to consume coke products at my end here in the lower mainland.

Coke truck suddenly called that i have some deliveries to be sorted out so i have to figure out the cooler problem on my next visit.

coke delivery truck

It is important to establish vending service accounts with large distributors so that they can offer some help when the problem arises like the coke cooler. If i were to buy a cooler it will cost me around $600 to $1,200 at craigslist.

If you have a very good account with Coke as a supplier then it would be very beneficial for your business since all the soda pop machines and coolers will have to be serviced free of charge.

It is really up to you as a vendor to choose if you will go with Coke or Pepsi.

Here in the lower mainland as i have mentioned before, coke is the prominent player. But of course, the playing fields changes over time.

There will be customers who likes to eat Chinese food and there will be customers who likes to eat just sushi and customers who likes to eat green salad bars.

I for one, eats green salad bars when im on the go but plunge on chocolate bars and chips when im comfortably seated right on my laptop doing my blogs which is far from what you call healthy living.

Healthy living changes over time and gradually.

So in this aspect, soda pop, chips, chocolate and gummy jelly will always be there.

You can blame it on the all that sugar.

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How Much does it cost to lease a vending machine ?

vending machine lease contract

Is leasing a vending machine a good way to start on your vending machine business ?

What are the costs involve the leasing a vending machine ?

When you are starting a vending machine business, you have several options to consider. You can go ahead and start it from the scratch.

However, it requires a lot of capital because you will need to invest on the machines as well as one the location. Or else, you can obtain a vending machine from a franchise.

Out of the above mentioned options, people prefer to start their own vending machine business. Then they are provided with the flexibility to manage the business operations. In other words, they are provided with the chance to manage their own businesses and keep on making money along with time.

But if you are not in a position to absorb the upfront expenses of starting a vending machine business, you don’t need to worry about anything. That’s because you can simply lease a vending machine and start the business. That’s where you will wonder how much does it cost to lease a vending machine.

If you lease a vending machine for a period of 48 months, you will have to spend around $125 per month on the lease commitment. You also need to pay insurance on top of the lease.

However, this amount can vary based on the type of the vending machine that you purchase. However, the figure is reasonable amount for you to have a basic understanding about the amount that you will have to pay per month on the vending machine lease.

Now you know how much does it cost to lease a vending machine. There are some terms and conditions, which you need to adhere to, while you go forward with the lease. You need to have a clear understanding about those terms and conditions as well. Then you will be able to get the best possible returns out of the amount you spend.

You should also have a basic understanding about the process that you will have to follow when leasing a vending machine. Then you will be able to go ahead and follow those steps, so that you can end up with a smoother experience when starting the new vending machine business.

As the first step, you need to determine what sort of products you are planning to sell with the vending machine.

vending products

That’s because the vending machine differs based on the specific product that you are planning to sell. In addition, the size and the space requirements for the vending machine business would also change based on the requirements.

Next, you need to take a look at the maintenance cost that is linked with managing a vending machine.

vending maintenance tools

For example, when you go ahead with a coffee machine, you will have to invest more time and money on regular servicing. But when you go ahead with a soda machine, you don’t need to invest such a lot of time or money on the servicing. Therefore, you must consider all your expenses and then determine what the perfect vending machine is for you to get started with.

Next, you need to download or draw up form lease contracts for the space of the vending machine in a business property.

vending leasing agreement

You can also go ahead and negotiate the lease amount that you are going to pay for the property, where you have the vending machine installed. You can simply visit the local businesses in your region and approach the management directly. Then you can ask how much it would cost you to lease a space for the vending machine. Then you will be able to execute the vending machine lease document.

Once you finalize the space requirements and commit on the lease, you need to go ahead and pay attention towards the vending machine lease. That’s where you need to focus on what kind of a vending machine you need to purchase.

Based on the type of vending machine you buy, the amount that you have to put as the lease would differ. With a basic research on the internet, you will be able to come across the perfect vending machine, which matches with your business requirements. Then you will be able to go ahead with it as well.

Conclusion

vending machines in premises

It is better if you can select more than one vending machine, which can help you with getting your requirements catered. Then you can compare the lease rates for the different vending machines. Then you must go ahead and obtain the specifications, which are the physical measurements for each vending machine type that you have selected. Along with the lease rates, you need to compare the specifications. Then you can determine what the most profitable option available for you to go ahead with is.

Based on all the information you have gathered, it will be possible for you to select a vendor. Then you have to simply move forward and execute the lease agreement for your vending machine. Then you can also arrange a date, so that the vendor will be able to deliver the vending machines to your premises. You will be able to see this date in the lease agreement that you sign with the vendor as well.

vending products

When the lease agreement is finalized, you can purchase stock that is needed for your vending machines. Then you will be able to fill in the vending machines and start the business, as soon as they are delivered to your premise by the vendor. You should also plug the vending machine and double check if it is working for the customers.

As the last step, you can calculate the profit that you will be able to generate from your leased vending machines. Then you can determine whether you are making good profits or not. If you are making good profits, it is possible for you to go ahead and lease another vending machine. Then you will be able to increase your profits and make more money out of the business.

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Vending Machine Business Profits

energetic to get started in business

Are you looking forward to start a new vending machine business?

young entrepreneur

Are you a born entrepreneur ? Do you like to being your own boss ?

Then you must be keen to know about the vending machine business profits.

Plenty of reasons are available for the people to go ahead and take a look at the vending machine business opportunities.

The main reason out of them is that you don’t need to have any special skills or you don’t need to obtain a special training to get started with a vending machine business.

young entrepreneur

You will even be able to do it as a home based business or as a part-time business. But if the vending machine business profits are not good, you need to think twice before you get your hands on this business opportunity.

garage used for home business storage

According to the statistical information collected from vending machine that are located throughout United States, it is clear that they generate a large volume of sales, which are equivalent up to $7 billion per year. This is not a small amount to neglect. It has also been identified that the snack vending machines are capable of generating a massive volume of profits, which is equivalent to $64 million per year.

cash business

The vending machine businesses that exist out there in the world are mostly cash based ones. In fact, around 75% of the transactions that take place from the vending machines are done in cash. This is another great reason, which increase the vending machine business profits. The demand for vending machine businesses will not go down in the near future as well. Hence, you can think about getting into this business opportunity, as it can generate amazing profits to you.

However, there are some important steps, which you need to follow in order to get the maximum vending machine business profits. Below mentioned are some crucial steps out of them. If you want to get started with a vending machine business, you should never ignore these steps. Then you will be able to receive the best possible results at the end of the day.

Before you start a vending machine business, it is important for you to take your time and do a comprehensive research. It is true that you don’t need to have any special skills or capabilities to get started with a vending machine business. But you will be able to experience a variety of benefits by investing your time on the research. Then you will be able to understand the different options that are available for you to consider. You can then analyze the positives and negatives associated with each option, so that you can settle down with the most profitable option out of them.

Start it from the scratch

If you have capital to be invested, you will be able to start a vending machine business from the scratch. In here, you will be purchasing the vending machines on your own. In addition, you will be sourcing the locations on your own as well. This can provide you with an enhanced degree of flexibility. That’s because you are the owner of the vending machines and the locations. Hence, you don’t have to pay anyone with a percentage of the vending machine business profits that you receive. It is possible for you to get started with a couple of vending machines and then increase the number of machines as your business develops.

Buy an existing vending machine

You can also purchase an existing vending machine business. But before you go ahead with this option, you need to do a case study and make sure that the specific vending machine you are going to purchase is capable of generating profits. If the vending machine is a profitable one, you will be able to generate an immediate cash flow. You should also take a look at the reason why the vending machine owner is selling it. In most of the cases, the vending machine owners tend to sell them as they are not capable of generating profits. Therefore, you need to analyze whether you are in a position to generate profits out of the vending machine or not, before you invest your money to purchase it.

Sign up with a franchise

The next option is purchasing a franchise. This can be considered as the easiest method available for a person to get into vending machine business. That’s because you will have to invest minimum amount of money on this business opportunity. In addition, you will be provided with the benefits that come along with an established business model as well. This option assures a higher chance of ending up with vending machine business profits, when compared to the above mentioned options.

Conclusion

Last but not least, you need to have an understanding about the factors, which are in a position to create an impact on your vending machine business profits.

Theft and vandalism can be considered as the biggest reason that can negatively impact the vending machine business profits. Hence, you need to do research on the crime stats of an area, before you go ahead and start your vending machine business. If you notice that there have been a lot of instances for theft and vandalism in the region, you are strongly encouraged to stay away from investing on a business. Then you will be able to keep peace of mind in the long run.

The other prominent factor, which can impact vending machine business profits is the repairs that could arise in the vending machines. If you purchase new vending machines, you don’t need to worry too much on this. That’s because the newer vending machines come along with a two-year comprehensive warranty. Likewise, the refurbished vending machines also come with a three-month warranty. But the older machines can give life to a lot of problems and you will have to spend your money to get the repairs done. This can negatively impact the vending machine business profits at the end of the day.

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Average vending machine profits

Introduction

vending machine business

Most of the people in today’s world are interested in investing on vending machine businesses.

Before you invest on a vending machine business, it is important to understand the average vending machine profits.

Then you can compare and see whether this investment opportunity matches with your expectations or not. As a result, you will be provided with the opportunity to stay away from hassle at the end of the day.

What does it look like to start a vending machine business?

study about vending machine business

First of all, you need to understand what does it look like for you to start a vending machine business? You might think that you don’t need to have any special skills to get started with a vending machine business. This fact is true. But you must also keep in mind that hard work and proper planning is needed in order to end up with profits from the vending machine business venture. If you don’t focus on those aspects, you will never be able to get the results that you want.

Starting a vending machine business is not all about installing a machine. A vending machine cannot generate profits on its own. It is up to you to provide your support to the vending machine and let it develop along with time. Then you will be able to sit back and enjoy the average vending machine profits that are being provided to you.

Should you start a vending machine business?

decision time if vending business is for you

Most of the people in today’s world are interested in starting their own businesses. If you are a person like that, a vending machine business is one of the best options available for you to consider. In order to start a business, you will have to invest a lot of money as the capital. But if you don’t have such a lot of money to be invested as capital, you can think about starting a vending machine business. You will be able to start the business venture with minimum capital.

Unlike other businesses, a vending machine business can deliver some sort of freedom to you as well. However, it still requires dedication and hard work from your side. Then you will be able to drive your vending machine business towards success in the long run.

What are the average vending machine profits?

average vending machine profits

Now let’s take a look at the most important question that you will get when starting a vending machine business. Just like starting any other business, you must be concerned about the amount of profits that you will be able to receive at the end of the day.

It is better if you can start off the business with just one vending machine.

You will be getting the vending machine and installing it in an area, where there is high traffic. Then people will purchase goods from your vending machine. They can all contribute towards the vending machine profits that you will be able to receive at the end of the day.

At the beginning, you cannot expect the vending machine to bring in a lot of sales. It will take some time for the people to get used to the vending machine in the location. But along with time, you will be able to build up a potential customer base around the vending machine. In other words, some people would purchase goods from the vending machine every single day. As a result, you will be able to increase the profits as well.

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On average, a single vending machine installed at a prime location can generate around $50 to $100 per day. When it is settled in for about three months, you will be able to receive a profit of around $1,000 to $1,200 per month.

The statement that i gathered is true for truly high volume traffic maybe in public places where there are foot traffic from locals and tourists.

The figure of $50 sales per day is not very realistic and attainable already here in Vancouver, BC when you are a new vendor.

Im a real vendor who lives and breathe in refilling and servicing vending machines almost on a daily basis.

This figure is true for just around ten machines of mine and the rest is just about $3 to $19 per day on sales and at times no sales on the weekends.

The people here in Vancouver, BC is very conscious on their spending habits since this is a very expensive city to live in and everything seems to count.

Now you might think of this as a non-profitable business. That’s where you need to think about getting multiple vending machines installed. When you have at least 20 vending machines installed then you will just see the income.

The average vending machine profits would change based on several factors. For example, your vending machine profits will increase or decrease during the weekends, based on the location that you have.

We have so far discussed about the gross profits that vending machines can make.

You will be needing to make a spreadsheet in cost of goods and other expenses and compute it accordingly.

The average maintenance cost that you will have to bear in order to maintain a vending machine is in between $1,000 to $2,500 per month if you have around 100 or more machines.

This depends on the condition of the vending machine as well.

For example, if you have an older vending machine, you might have to spend more than $2,500 per month on its maintenance.

Therefore, it is recommended for you to invest on new vending machines as much as possible. Their chances of giving issues is relatively low when compared to the used vending machines.

On the other hand, they come along with comprehensive warranty coverage as well. Whenever you get a problem in the vending machine, you can simply get that fixed without spending money out of your pocket.


Conclusion

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Last but not least, you need to understand how much time it would take for the vending machine you install to generate profits.

The time taken for the vending machine to generate profits vary based on several factors. The location holds a prominent place out of them. That’s because the traffic of the vending machine location can directly create an impact on the sales. In addition, you need to make sure that your vending machine is in a location, which is instantly noticed by people. Finally, you need to check whether the goods offered by your vending machine are appealing to the people. Then you can make instant profits out of the vending machine business.

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How to open misaligned tubular lock on vending machine

Noon time strike!

I was getting hungry and was determined to finish off one more location before heading to about three more to call it a day.

This location has been cooperating with me for the longest time already.

I was on my 5th year with this location and i never missed a rental payment on this location and this costs me around $75 per month just to keep both machines inside the building.

It is imperative that i service this location at least once a week

since it is one of the good ever green performers on my vending machine business route.

I immediately entered the premises and took noticed that both machine needed my refilling services.

I was surprised why the tubular lock on my vending machine was vandalized.

This location has been with me for the longest time and the occupants are very honest and don’t dare do such things.

Most of the occupants are partly subsidized from the government on their rental and it is relatively easy for them to pay rent to the government and just have to work minimally to gather other income for personal expenses.

Sometimes when i was even thinking how fortunate they are since everything is provided and being pampered by the government. In comparison to the Philippines, if you are disabled there will be absolutely minimal help from the government and forget about pension, welfare and pay checks.

Filipinos have to work their ass off in order to have a secured old age security.

It is mostly the business class or high status working careers that are able to save up substantial savings in order to continue the lifestyle which can be enjoyed till old age.

Forget about the Philippine government since there is not much financial support. The indigenous tribes in the Philippines also is ignored and left out to themselves unlike here in Canada or the United States where they are pampered, taken care of and offered with a lot of free resources which sometimes i envy.

I simply cannot open the snack vending machine because someone tried to pick and forcibly wanted to open the tubular lock.

The lock is supposed to look aligned so that the key can freely move. But the lock was turned about 1/4, i just don’t know why the perpetrator took so much time just to steal maybe the most is $50 dollars on the snack machine in case the person is successful in opening it.

Here is a picture on how the tubular lock looks like when the perpetrator tried to try to forcibly open the tubular lock but without success and leaving me frustrated.

Noticed that the picture above shows that it is almost impossible to open the tubular lock using the regular vending machine keys.

In order for the tubular lock to be open, the two grooves has to be aligned so that the key can fit.

The have tried to out the key forcibly into the lock but it doesn’t work. The solution to successfully open the tubular lock is to shave off the protruding notch or metal on the tubular shape key.

It took me around almost 10 minutes! and i hammered the key on the tiles and floor in order to shape to remove the protruding notch.

I hammered the key into the tubular lock and was able to open the snack machine and did my refilling service.

I immediately notified the manager in charge and told me that will try to advise the tenants. I hope they listen and have empathy towards small self-employed businessman.

I did not have enough time to change locks to eliminate this problem. But on my next duty im planning to install both machines with special tubular locks like the ones on my other vending machine picture below.


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A Strange Case of Vending Machine trips breaker

It is a usual busy day again for vending machine business.

When it is towards the end of the month a lot of self-employed small business owners work exhaustively in securing collection from locations for mortgage or rental bills.

I got call previously from the management on a public location that one of my combo vending machine at the ground floor or lobby has been turning off by itself.

I was alarmed that if this persists it may mean a bad compressor that is tripping the internal breaker of the combo vending machine.

This was the problem before when the location called me, i actually disconnected the compressor from the combo vending machine and this did not happen which is about two months ago.

When i was away for a vacation, i got some temporary help and had the combo vending machine’s compressor reconnected and he told me that the combo vending machine’s internal breaker did not trip and was working without any problems for more than 30 minutes.

I was happy that i do not have to buy a new or used compressor and will be able to save $650 for repairs.

Going back to the call which was about two days ago.

I immediately went to inspect the machine at the ground floor or lobby.

The combo vending machine was indeed off and i was surprised that a heavy-duty power cord was on the same electrical outlet sharing with the combo vending machine.

The combo vending machine actually needed around 20 amps to have a stable operating power.

If the power was interrupted and shared by another appliance then the combo vending machine’s internal breaker will trip thereby turn off power automatically to protect the vending machine.

I disconnected the compressor again on the combo vending machine so that the power outlet can be shared with an appliance.

The location is under major renovation and opt to keep my vending machines running to serve its customer which im happy to have mutual relationship.

When i disconnected the cables connected to the compressor, the combo vending machine doesn’t trip the internal breaker anymore even with a major appliance sharing the power outlet.

The sales of this combo vending machine is the same even thou if the compressor is disconnected, so i guess i will just leave it this way so that i don’t have to keep going back and forth on service calls.

I rebooted the combo vending machine and it seems to be working very well.

 

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A Hundred Years

I was servicing a location in the east side of town. The people there seems to be very familiar with diversity and just talks just about anyone.

There seems to be no superficial looks and none of the populace are judgmental.

It reminds back when I was still living in the Philippines where I grew up in Makati City which is very similar to Downtown Vancouver or I would dare say a mini Hong Kong or Singapore.

All the concrete establishments are there. You can be as cosmopolitan as you can be in a filipino way.

In Makati City where I grew up my neighborhood are all super friendly because everyone knows each other and whenever you go out to hotels it seems that you always end up rubbing elbows with someone who is familiar.

It seems that when you are an outsider, no ones likes to talk to you and normally the people have this snobbish attitude. The expats there in makati city seems to have a hard time rubbing elbows with the neighborhood and they are always at ease with their own groups. Except for expats who opened up their own shops in the makati city neighborhood.

I have acquaintances with a lot of expats coming from Australia and united states who opened brick and mortar businesses in the Philippines.

Most of them who are flexible and have this friendly attitude have become very successful in their business endeavors.

Of course a westerner who ventures to a country that is homogeneous like the Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, China or Japan can be turned only in two ways either assimilate or xenophobic.

As I have mentioned before that self-employed people in whatever background that they came from are naturally flexible and willing to assimilate simply because this is survival.

If you always have a blank face when servicing your locations and running your business then your days will be numbered. Customers knows what kind of mood you are projecting.

If you are too stuck up with whatever thoughts then you will get nowhere in business because you will be too judgmental and it is likely that you won’t capture the heart of the masses.

While I was servicing the location in the east side Vancouver, a person came up to me and mentioned : “Wish that you can keep the location for a hundred years”.

I instantly replied to him : “It will take me about 20 years to pay off my mortgage and another 10 years to buy my dream cars and the remaining years to travel and see the world!. Maybe another 10 years for my blogs and websites to rank in Google 1st page” he heh heh

There was call again from a location wanting me to go and service immediately.

Seems that this location is engrossed with water. I drove by and checked the machines and I silently just left the place after servicing the location. The machines are about 3/4 full and there are still water inside the machines. It was an absolute waste of time when I got there.

Customer is always right.

Next time I will just go to that location on my projected schedule while is every month. I know that the machines are still OK but as not to piss off the customer, you just have to go and service it even you know that it is still full. The location seems to be in love with water.

Or maybe the location missed me so much that I need to show my face all the time.

This getting to be a fatal attraction in the making. he he he

On my way home I visited a location which is on schedule and needed to be tended asap since it was already about a month’s time.

This location used to be on a bi weekly ( every two weeks ) visits because it is a factory located in Delta and there are always thirsty and workers that are always wanting snacks.

I was running this location for almost three to four years already, I lost count in my mind.

About one year ago while im servicing this location there was a healthy max combo machine suddenly that appeared with our snack and pop machines. It has all the bells and whistles and comes with a debit credit card reader for convenience.

During that time I was contemplating that I wish that the manager won’t side track and get too eager on depending on this new machine since it caters all forms of payments.

And might opt to do away with our aging machines in favor to the new vendor.

Our snack and pop machines are more than ten years old and the coin mechanism are non mdb which means that you cannot upgrade and adopt a bill validator and credit debit reader since the motherboard is the old school style. Our snack and pop machines are still using windows xp if you are comparing an analogy to the age and capability of the laptop.

Our snack and pop machines cannot run windows 10. In order to do this, the pop machine has to go and probably the snack machine can still be upgraded with a new motherboard which will cost around $1,000+ and debit credit readers and bill validators can work.

The sales on that location even thou without the new flashy combo machine prior to that is only around $120 gross sales every month and this translates to only $60 take home profit after deducting gasoline, cost of goods with my sweat and energy included.

Upgrading the motherboard to mdb complaint is not feasible with the $120 gross sales collection every month, so if the manager decided to keep the new vendor then it is fine with me.

I was surprised today when I was servicing the snack and pop machines that the new flashy combo machine is not in the lunch room anymore.

This comes to mind that maybe the new vendor retreated and found some new locations that are more promising and moving his machine with do him better in sales rather than sticking out with the existing snack and pop vending machines.

Or maybe the management have decided just to keep one vendor ?

I myself did not ask the management on my way out of the location, I do not want to raise eyebrows or changing their minds to getting back the new vendor’s machine.

If you wanted to stay in the vending machine business for a long time then sometimes you have to stick it up. The bottom line is the vendors’ performance and service.

If you go to your location faithfully and service it all the time without any lapses and problems, there is no reason for any right-minded manager to relieve your services.

Did I mention to you that there are also locations that the managers can instantly press the email send button and kick you out without consulting or give a valid reason why you and your machines are to be thrown out ?

Here is the link on what kind of business locations to avoid at all costs on your vending machine business.

You will be loosing money in no time on such kind of locations.

As long as you can perform then you can keep the location for a hundred years! He he lol.

 

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A Strange Case Of Empty Unopened Coke Diet Inside Pop Machine

I have a story to tell you. I got a call from one of my location that just have a pop machine.

It is in a located that is out of my usual vending machine business route. It is located in North Vancouver, BC.

The person at the other end of the phone says that the machine is constantly giving out wrong pop and they have to mop the floor on several occasion.

Customer is always right if you are in business.

They are requesting for the pop machine to go to avoid leaking problems and always need to mop the floor on leaky pop machine.

I asked specifically that is the problem and the customer told me that : ‘The coke diet on several occasions came out of the machine empty”

I told them that i will immediately go to the location and take a quick look and rectify the problem immediately.

I arrived at the location and tried to do the usual Vend Motors Test on each column of the pop machine.

The pop came out and there was no problem on the regular pop.

I tested a few times just to be certain so that i won’t be receiving anymore calls.

Indeed, out came a coke die that is half empty.

I inspected the Coke Diet and there was no physical holes, i was in panic mode and i figure that i will dispense all the coke diet and coke zero inside the pop machine one by one.

I was astounded that 70% of the coke diet and coke zero products are actually empty even thou there are no physical holes on the aluminum can.

I decided to remove all Coke Diet related products to stop from happening again.

Thus, i saved this location from my pop machine being removed and will be continuing its service.

I have also checked that all the coke diet products inside the pop machine is already around more than 2 years shelf life and have expired. So this comes to mind that diet products that are more than 1 year should be taken out from pop machines to avoid leaking and empty cans.

I made some research and found some Q & A on some forums and it mentioned from a former Pop Manufacturing employee that :

Pop products undergo a process that they spray a chemical coating to avoid the phosphoric acid to dissolve and eat away the aluminum.

The said chemical coating has a shell life. When the coating wears away the acid inside the pop will eventually evaporate or have some micro holes wherein the contents of the pop will leak

Here is the link to one of the numerous forum that i have researched, link.

I have decided to remove all the slow moving pop inside the pop machine.

I also found out that there are people selling perfectly empty pop cans without any sign of leak or evaporation for $250,000$ at eBay ! I wonder what makes it a novelty.

Here is a link to a ridiculously priced empty pop cans for $250,000 at eBay.

After solving the problem with the case of the empty unopened pop cans, i went to visit my other locations.

I went to my evergreen locations that is constantly hungry for chips and chocolate bars and end up disgusted with problems again.

You know that last week was the transition of summer to fall and everyone was back to work after spending a deserving vacation from all types of work.

I myself was still in a limbo caught in the old world. It glad that i was back here in Vancouver, BC and was hungry for work simply because that i have to pay this vicious cycle of unending bills to pay and credit card debt being piled up.

Self employed folks here in Vancouver, BC are not immune to debts. Most of the self-employed businesses here in Vancouver, BC plays according to seasonality patterns.

During summer some businesses are super strong and if you take a vacation then the opportunity is lost.

Some businesses are unaffected the whole year round. Vending machine business in essence functions 365 days in a year, that only applies in the case if you are diversified just like the landscape here in Vancouver, BC.

My reason for being diversified is that all your locations cannot be concentrated in lets say : school or hotels. It has to be evenly distributed to all sectors of demographics in order for a successful vending machine business. That’s why i was contemplating that you need to have a balance in locations as indicated on my previous article.

I had a slight surge in out of service calls on my vending machine business locations this summer. I guess every summer there are a lot of visitors and tourists visiting Vancouver.

The users simply do not know what will happen to a vending machine if other than a US or Canadian coin is inserted inside the snack and pop machine.

I was even inside a hotel when a tourist came out from their room and was snickering behind my back when i was servicing a combo machine that had an out-of-order sign.

I immediately look back behind and suddenly showed the coin to him before he closed his room. Guess what, it was an over sized south Asian coin that will surely jam the coin mechanism.

Summer is always good for the vending machine business, it’s just that you will encountering problems on visitors, locals that came back from holidays and trying to get rid of their foreign coins.

With this kind of problem it will surely hurt my sales projection and if it occurs a lot then there will be delay on my bills that will not understand what really happened to my coin collection because of a PESO, Rupee, Token, Pence or other coins that would have caused it.

Here are the pictures that i took on my bounty from my jammed snack and pop vending machines.

I’m still in a quest in finding the elixir to acquire boundless energy in servicing vending machines. Maybe on my next holiday trip. He Lol.

Vending machine business is a risk to partake as with any other self-employed business.

This is the only way to experience adrenaline in one’s system and eventually enjoy some benefits like continued destinations and maybe accelerate one’s exposure to the great diversity experience that Vancouver, BC has to offer.

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