Home Invasion

I was always driving in Vancouver around town especially in west side and east side downtown which im very accustomed.

I went to a location which is 24 hours a day and some people are asking if I can install a debit credit reader. There are no spaces that can accommodate the debit credit card reader on the machine. The picture is shown below. I was planning just to remove the bill accept or and swap it out with the debit credit card reader instead since this location uses a lot of coins than bills.

You may have noticed that this machine was vandalize before and the glass is replaced with wire screen mesh.

I mentioned on my last blog that the chocolate prices has increased significantly since last year. The vending operators cost per piece has gone up to around $0.85 to $0.92 per pieces plus tax.

The pictures shown below attests the price increase in Wholesale Club.

There was one location on the east side part of town that lights are out and need some change. Of course, I have some spare and it was an easy fix for me.

I took a lunch break in another part of town at New Westminster. I was contemplating to secure a location and the owner was very kind to offer space at the side of the restaurant and agreed to place a caged pop machine since the bus stop was just across their establishment.

Pictures show the location which was supposed to place the pop machine which is located on the side of the restaurant.

This visit was my second time around and the owner suddenly changed their minds and opt not to put a pop vending machine for the moment.

I’m used getting rejections since its part of business. I was thinking that I’ll try again on the next prospect which I would offer on my daily driving and soliciting at times when I feel like it or if it along the way.

It is a numbers game in sales.

Also within the vicinity of new Westminster, one of the snack machines was installed with a water proofing type of roof and keypad was wrapped properly so that there will be no moisture setting in which might damage the motherboard inside the snack vending machine. You probably know that if there is constant water and moisture, it might get into the machine and short the board.

Before heading to Richmond I had to stop by at west end Vancouver. I noticed that there is a Dollar Store. Just wondering if it was on the right neighborhood.

Here is part of the article if you wanted to read on this link.

“Much of that may have to do with location. The stores strategically set

up in predominantly low-income neighborhoods, Elizabeth Racine, an

associate professor of public health at the University of North Carolina

at Charlotte, said in an interview on Oct. 23. The average family that

shops at dollar stores makes less than $50,000 a year, according to a 2015 study.”

( Taken from The Surprising Impact of Your Neighborhood Dollar Store )

Traveled to Richmond and boy I was so hungry and wanted to eat some BBQ and needed to line up. I’m trying to be a vegan but at times I’m lulled to the smell of BBQ.


So far I was very happy with the things that I go for me lately. There is no more attempted vandalism on my work van. The little problem I have so to unload all the stuff to my garage every day when I get home.

Sometimes a bad event will lead to a better outcome.

I have a new problem now.

It’s one of those days that I woke up and headed out for work and noticed that one of my box of chips was laden with micro holes and 50% of them are empty.

So I have to hunt down the new villain. I thought I’d leave the box for the mouse to munch and eat so that the other products will not get affected.

What I did was I placed a big of Cheetos beside the box which the mouse like to eat. I can never imagine that the mouse prefer to eat baked good-natured chips than the unhealthy Cheetos!

Below is the picture that the Cheetos is left untouched after placing it overnight to see if the mouse would eat it.

So far all the products are untouched and there is no problem with mouse. Now it will be problem solving again for me how to get rid of the new problem that I’m facing.

Sales have been improving but of course the pop is not a big seller since it is winter. January and February is traditionally slow for the vending machine business.

So far I’m still able to pay my rent or mortgage. Sometimes a little extra, sometimes struggling to catch up on deadline. So going out for collection is a must for me.

It is also tax time, so I have to submit all my receipts to my accountant. I was surprised to receive a deductible tax receipt from Compassion Canada. I was never expecting any deductible on my taxes since I freely donate some profit to compassion if I have some extra.

If you give something, do not count or think that there must be something in return. Just do it to your own free will and expect nothing in return. I can consider myself fortunate and a small token or change means a lot to someone who do not have anything or living in a subsistence level or born in dire straits.

It is fortunate that I grew up in a unselfish environment and was nurtured into my personality and way of thinking. The fact is as a businessman we still have to acquire the acumen and tenacy to be creative in pursuing wealth with risks.

14 thoughts on “Home Invasion

  1. What can I say you need to prepared, I always make sure that I restack my groceries every opportunity I get whenever I visit the store and can I also take a moment to say the vending machines are way to overpriced not the best business ideas to me but we gotta do what we gotta do. I also think you solved your rat problem instinctively I hope they don’t come back disturbing. This post was informative and interesting to read you did a whole lot of work putting this post up. Nice article

    1. Hello Dammy,

      Thanks for your insightful comments.  Yes, I think I will soon have the nerve in adjusting my chocolate prices again from $1.50 to raise it up to $1.75 which I think is fair for everyone especially on some locations that I pay commission. I’m lighting up peppermint scented candle now to annoy and drive them away.

  2. I have never really thought about the vending machines. How they get to where they are placed and who looks after them. Now I know. Hopefully you will be able to find the rascal that is chewing holes in your products. At least you found the problem in time for all the products to be destroyed. Keep up the good work around Vancouver. Hopefully the prices will not go up to much again. 

    1. Hello Alexandra,

      Yes, so far everything is doing good for the moment.  So far Vancouver is still a good place.  But I’m looking for opportunities, especially on the online arena.  Prices go up all the time and I have to keep up with disgruntled customers.

  3. This statement gets me overwhelmed “The average family that shops at dollar stores makes less than $50,000 a year, according to a 2015 study” ! Thats really amazing.That means the store is mostly for the rich. I really enjoyed reading your narrative post. its really cool. You are a good writer and also i spent a lot of time checking out the snapshots you posted in the article. They are all lovely. I have bookmarked your page already. looking forward to read more of your exciting posts.

  4. Wow!!! This is a great article.  I had never thought of vending machines before but it seems you are doing okay and with a little refining you could do much better.If I was you I would focus on keeping prices as low as possible without not being able to pay your bills.Where I work people always gravitate to the machines with the cheaper products.This article really made me open my eyes.Dale

    1. Hello Dale,

      Problem here in Vancouver, BC the people here are very price conscious on a lot of things.  Vancouver, BC is an extremely expensive place to live.  Everything here is skyhigh.  The population here is not much so the sales are coming from the same people unlike in the USA or UK where are tons of people.

      Sometimes I wonder why I choose to live here than California

  5. What are you doing to prepare yourself for this not to occur again? Have you installed shelving, weather seals, and/or mouse traps in your storage area? 

    It must be frustrating to combat problems all over the city, to have your inventory under attack at home! I’m sure this is a learning experience and I look forward to reading more about your success. 

  6. Hi – Wow, who knew there was so much to know in your area of expertise?  Great info and a lot of it.  I have more reading to do on your site but I have already learned alot.  I have bookmarked your site and will share it with some friends that will be happy to see all your research.

    Thank Again – Mike

    1. Hello Mike,

      This is a real-life experience of a vending machine business operator.  It may not be exciting but if you are looking for information in this arena then my blog surely gives you plenty of information about the ins and outs.

  7. Lovely write up. The method you used in solving your rat problem was fantastic. Never have i thought of the vending business. One just seems to find them there.  I hope the prices stay down and you get a lot of sales. Dont be bothered about the deductible tax issue, just continuing doing good and giving out when you have. Wish you the best.

    1. Hello Aweda,

      Yes, low prices work in Asia where there are tons of people.  But here in Vancouver, BC where the people are the same every day then a slight increase in prices might justify my cause.

      It is good that I got a deductible because I pay less tax on charitable donations.

  8. I need to admit that I really enjoy your article. Your article is so interesting that I never stop myself to say something about it. You’re doing a great job. Keep it up

    I am going to bookmark this page and share as well, so I can have more access to posts such as this. I went through your recent posts too. Superb. 

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