These people don’t understand that the operator has to wake up early morning and work just like regular guys at least 5 to 6 times a week and sometimes have lease on the equipment or got a huge loan from 3rd party payable in 5 years.
This is a constant dilemma for all vendors in praying that the location will always be happy and avoiding problems at all costs, always having a rapport and keep up with the manager or owner of the business and people who tries to hack the vending machine to get free stuff.
Ways in trying to get free stuff :
Wooded thin stick inserted into small crevices to shake coils
Shaking the machine
Worst Scenario is breaking the glass ( believe it or not it happened to me 2X ! a person used a hammer to break the glass ), solution is to change it into a unbreakable Plexiglass
Ways to avoid future theft in your high traffic vending machine would be to install a Cheap Dome Camera inside or outside the vending machine, most of the locations are willing to give you wifi access for you to install the Dome Camera.
if you want to catch the person on tape and for the record
this would be a viable investment for a peace of mind and catching the person and send pictures to the local police detachment.
2. install a high security cover hasp for vending machine with T Handles and attach a PUCK LOCK, i had 5 or 6 of my vending machines frequently break ins in public places and once i got this installed there are no more incidents.
I was just surprised why there are so many vending machines in Japan practically everywhere!
What can you buy normally from vending machines in Japan?
I have taken the liberty to picture all various vending machines when I was visiting on my short summer vacation. Before going to Japan, my family went ahead a week earlier than me since they are visiting her relatives.
I wish I can encourage people in America and Canada to drink more liquids whether it be: Green tea, Bottled Water, Vitamin C drinks or a dilute a POP drink with a follow up on water, Vitamin water or even just a Gatorade or Powerade which can help greatly on our kidney health.
You see that the coffee drinks contained inside a typical Japanese vending machine are a concoction of a variety of BOSS coffee brands.
Chocolate and Chips
As you can see from the recent pictures taken below on the Japanese snack machines which are located in the subway are mostly chocolate, chips, and some Japanese cookies.
Oh my, we might not approve these kinds of Japanese Cigarette vending machines if they are located out here in America or Canada.
Here in Canada the cigarette is strictly and heavily regulated which has some pros and cons as one may see fit.
The Pros is that
No kid or minor is allowed to buy a cigarette vending machine which is highly damaging to one’s health
Cigarette may be considered a very bad chemical toxic substance that still needs to be regulated for the benefit of the majority of the population
The only Cigarette may be sold to consenting adults that can show ID’s on which these cigarettes may be sold
The Cons Maybe
Turn over of Cigarettes sales is not optimized for business purposes
See you can see that anyone in Japan actually can buy a cigarette on a vending machine outside the street.
I hope in the future the Japanese government can regulate these machines even just installing a simple scanner to verify the legal age of the person who is going to purchase a cigarette.
My family is starting to get addicted to mochi and Japanese ice cream!
I could not believe it myself is this is indeed a Used Panties vending machine.
I will not buy used panties on a Japanese vending machine.
There are a lot of questions that come into mind:
Are the panties from adults?
Are the panties from underage children?
Are the panties fake and sprayed with some fake scent?
Is this a fetish there?
I guess all the unusual stuff abounds in Akihabara.
There are hundreds of toy vending machines in Japan!
I also run some toy vending machines here in Canada and they are predominantly placed in Asian locations since it is part of the culture with so many cool, collectible and cute toys to amuse the young at heart or as a small token for children.
Who owns the vending machines in Japan?
You will be surprised again that Coca Cola owns about 1M vending machine in Japan.
The first Coca Cola vending machine that was introduced in Japan was in 1962 in which all coke was produced locally in Japan.
I was very fortunate to get a glimpse on the Coca Cola serviceman doing the usual refilling on one of the coca-cola vending machines in Japan.
I have nothing to say about Japan on the subject of utilizing even old coca cola vending machines.
They still have lots of them around and have stayed in place even if the Coke pop machine is old as long as it is still in good working condition.
Here is a picture of an older type of Japanese Coke vending machine which I accidentally stumbled.
Here in Canada people always complain that the old has to give way to the new
This could be very good for me since there will be no more thefts and vandalism.
But the downside is that for example the gross sales on the location is just $80 per month with a net profit of just $40 ( assuming you made a 100% profit mark up? ) and deduct the debit credit $7 to $15 fee monthly? You will be in a losing proposition.
The Philippines has the highest crime rate in Southeast Asia and followed by Thailand.
I just wonder why there are still a lot of westerners flocking to Philippines and Thailand for retirement options?
Cost of Labor
The cost of labor in Japan is very high. The hourly wage in Japan is around 12.40 Canadian Dollars which is not far from Vancouver, BC which is around $13.85 an hour.
The Japanese would be better off by eliminating manual sales clerk to man shops by deploying vending machines. I also have checked some of the rentals for 1 bedroom which is very reasonably priced at around 500 Canadian Dollars in Tokyo per month which makes sense that you can just find a regular job and easily pay the rent.
I think there are a lot of business opportunities in Japan because when I was running about there are tons of Chinese restaurants and was surprised that a lot of announcements in big themed Japanese department stores are in Mandarin and Japanese.
The Chinese in Japan are quite convenient and freely speaking in their native tongue and fully assimilated into the Japanese culture in my observation.
I spent a day in the Tokyo National Museum and there are tons of local Japanese patrons that are willing to pay 20 Canadian dollars to see the exhibit of the ancient Chinese culture which they deeply admired: Romance of the 3 Kingdoms
There are a lot of shrines virtually everywhere in Japan.
It is good luck in Japan to carry coins and there are many coins tossed in all the shrines to bring fortune.
100% of the establishments love coins, bills, and cash as a form of payment.
I noticed that when a local Japanese is purchasing $Y13,620 One Way Trip (173 Canadian Dollars) to Osaka, they normally use a credit card which I observed when they are going to take the Shinkansen train to Osaka.
Everyone Can Be A Vending Machine Owner!
Everyone can be a small businessman in Japan.
Normally one can fill up an application form and management will surely get it approved since it is an accepted norm where you can find vending machines practically everywhere in Japan!
Pay about 1,000 to 2,000 dollars on the installation fee and then place your vending machine!