Simple fix on vending coin mechanism not accepting coins

I have a location that needs constant visits since it is located in a community center.

I always receive calls from the staff saying that the machine is always jammed and needed my attention.

Whenever i go to the location, there were these problems that i encountered all the time.

  • Coin jam near the coin chute
  • Coin Return Button stuck

What remedy i did was to disable the coin return button so that whenever you press for coin return it will not function anymore and have no other option but to insert more coins to purchase a product.

You see this location is in an extremely busy location where there are lots of children and parents. You will certainly get coin jams in such kind of environment. This is understandable for me because of the demographics.

I always get a surprise call in the middle of the week while im servicing at the far end of another city.

One day I got really tired and just told the person on the phone that just put an out-of-order sign since there is another machine beside to satisfy the needs of the location.

If you got like 10 to 12 locations per day to attend too sometimes you thought that checking the coin mech by merely flipping the coin chute inside the check jams is enough.

I just found out that all these problems and calls to me was caused by a quarter with a gum on one side and it was almost invisible for me to detect on my visits even if i inspect it closely.

I accidentally dislodge the quarter with gum when i flip the coin chute on the side last week.

Since then i didn’t receive any more annoying service calls and all is well.

Here is the Video which i took on the quarter with a gum.

 

That rainy day started when i was in a location under a tree.  Suddenly to my surprise i receive a sign from above from a bird doing its nature call.

I guess it was lucky for me to have found the quarter with a gum after all these calls at lasted for months.

Seems that both machines are churning at full throttle after i accidentally found the culprit.

Was it the lucky gum or the bird ?

 

I needed to promptly visit a location which i just go every 2 weeks since it is a small location with around 50 occupants in an apartment complex.

At this moment in time, i always prepared the goods ahead of time since i already know what to refill on the machine. When i approached the combo machine, the manager immediately approached me saying that sometimes when people insert coins, the machine doesn’t register.

When i opened the combo machine then there were some coins laying inside the combo machine.

What i did was to figure out a simple solution so that this will happen again.

I noticed also inside the machine there were notes from the previous owner of the machine listings of coins lost with corresponding names on a piece of paper.

So this has concluded that i have to have a quick fix.

Solution on vending coin mechanism not accepting coins

  • cut appropriate cardboard into the shape of the coin guide
  • shape and funnel it to the coin mechanism using scotch tape

I took a video on how to cut the cardboard and taped it on the metal funnel in order for the coin to go straight to the coin mechanism.

I tested it with a lot of coins and it seems that the problem is solved.

Please see the video i made and it shows clearly how to do it without needing expensive technician calls or buying expensive parts for a simple quick fix.

This method applies to all kinds of coin mechanism

 

Conclusion

It would be essential for the vendor to properly check the coin path and coin mechanism since this is the part that has the most usage on the vending machine.


Always check the coin mechanism for foreign materials inserted or small objects that sometimes not easily noticed especially when you are always in a hurry to finish work in a location.

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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.

diversity in office

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.

bodybuilding gym

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.

bikram yoga

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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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.

healthy max combo vending machine

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

time race

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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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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Vending Machine Service Call

When you are doing your vending machine business, most of the time you cannot immediately answer your calls.

Most people do not understand the small business operating procedures.

Customers think that when you call the phone on the vending machine on location and expecting a pick up immediately to solve problems like chips or snacks getting stuck on the machine.

If im a customer I will certainly think that it is necessary that to have a great vending machine business service the vendor should answer the call immediately.

The vending operators here in lower mainland BC is mostly operated by a single person and sometimes if other family members are cooperating then a tango team is the most in running a vending machine business.

As vendors’, it is absolutely important to return calls as soon as you received them on your voicemail.

Since most of the time the vendors’ will be driving around town busy refilling the machines, parking, loading and unloading.

Unnecessary calls are very annoying for the vending operators.

In my vending machine business I was surprised I got call on my voicemail and its explicitly says Fxxk You and hanged up.

In this kind of business it is best just to ignore such calls.

These kinds of calls stems from people who do not understand the vendors’ situation.

The vending machine problem by a large proportion is coin jam.

A Brand new top of the line machine or a used machine has the same coin mechanism inside.

It is normally the coin mechanism that will first have the problems.

It is always the same people who doesn’t know how to use a vending machine properly by inserting coins too fast will result annoying phone calls and coin jams.

I recently came back from a well-deserved vacation and as a regular self-employed person have to quickly service all the locations since in an absence of even just a week will entail a lot of problems.

Mind you as a self-employed person, if you take a week break vendors’ do not get paid.

The vending machine business operator is actually loosing money every day whenever you slack.

A week without sales can mean delayed bill payments or even a rental or mortgage behind payment.

It is true that if you own 100+ of vending machines it is a lot better than owing an extra townhouse and have it rented out, you will be making more money than buying a property for rentals.

Problem is just that your body’s energy and time is limited and whenever you are using it excessively and abusing it, it will eventually wear and tear as you may make an analogy to a commercial vehicle.

But if you are enjoying the vending machine business and think if it as a stress reliever then it is good for your body since at the start of unloading your dolly on the vehicle will start activating and increase your metabolism and bodily movement which is beneficial for your health.

It is only a matter of time that continuous manual work and mindless refilling of vending machines that will lead you to search what kind of small business that you can get into earning passively with minimum amount of work.

Online business is the only answer if you want to have a genuinely passive form of income.

It requires a lot of work too since you need to connect with your prospective customer and a lot of SEO work in able to reach potential clients organically.

As a successful vending machine operator, do you need to continually expand into more locations ?

Yes, in this business all vending machine operator needs to continually accept new locations as they come along, as I have mentioned in many numerous articles that I wrote previously, sometimes without any reason for many many months there will be one or two locations that work against you.

As an insurance it is best to keep on accepting locations that are offered to you.

If you have some free time then there is no harm in soliciting a location which is in your area of vicinity of service.

Most of my locations are in downtown west side east side, which im most comfortable.

I mentioned before that I grow up in a very densely populated city and naturally im very used to the hustle and bustle of a big city.

To me there is more color in life when im in a big city and I grow with it and not run away when it is congested.

I thrive on congested cities.

What im driving at is that if you have locations are majority in Langley and surrey area then you have to expand in that location.

Because even if you hands are full house with maintaining lets say one hundred machines or even one hundred fifty machines then even one extra location within the vicinity will not hurt.

If you lose one or two locations every year then it will even out on your added locations every year.

Eventually when running your vending machine business for the longest time then most of it will be in your area of interest.

The more locations you have the more problems that you will be encountering so you have to expect the nastiest that can happen to you.

 A F**ck You message on voicemail don’t mean a thing anymore with countless locations that you are servicing.

There will be always bad eggs.

In this vending machine business even if you want it to have it your way all the time, it is not possible.

Being flexible is the key to be successful as a small business self-employed person.

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Vending Machines Unsecured in Europe

As a vending machine operator here in Vancouver, BC, it is imperative that everything is secured properly in the public places.

Before i left for vacation i was talking to a coffee guy here in downtown Vancouver, BC, he told me that he was also servicing some coffee locations in the university and there are lots of vending machines at the campus.

I was thinking that it must be a very lucrative business is your vending machines are located in a university campus.

The demographic population is catered to the young and according to some of my locations there is a never ending desires of chips, chocolate bars and pop. Sometimes you need the caffeine and sugar content to boost you up when you are studying.

When you are concentrating hard to finish your thesis or mathematical problems it will lead you mentally exhausted and normally students go grab a chocolate or chips to make you happy from the sugar rush.

There is no conclusive evidence that you are loosing weight by using your mental functions in extreme levels when learning or studying according to studies.

I was wishing that i have machines located in universities before but right now im very reluctant since the coffee guy told me that in the lunch room, someone would come in with a hoodie and breaks the whole lock in one of the vending machines and come back after 30 minutes.

When the guy comes back after 30 minutes he then has a duplicate that will open all the vending machines located in the lunch room.

I used to have a location in a hotel with 5 or 6 machines, i just have 1 key for all the machines. This is the make your job faster since too many keys sometimes slows you down when servicing locations.

I myself was a victim with my machines in a hotel which i previously owned.

I used to have 6 machines in a hotel but everything has a different lock and secured with an additional puck lock. The last news i heard that the new owner which i sold to was broken into.

A year have elapsed with the new owner and the latest news was the hotel was getting rid of him because the management signed an agreement with another vendor.

You know in this business nothing actually is guaranteed permanent placement on your machine. You have to be on the constant lookout of new locations.

If your hands are full then maybe it is best to has a couple of new locations every year just to maintain the income level that you are comfortable with. Sometimes even veteran vendors which has around 20 to 50 locations loose around 1 or 2 every year, which is the nature of the business.

Your new location is an infatuation, marriage and sometimes end up in divorce as an analogy.

Several factors which i have mentioned why you loose locations.

  • renovation
  • opting for your vendors
  • storage space needed
  • management got pretty tired of your face
  • majority consumers got into 50s and needed change
  • new manager wanted changes

You just have to has a happy disposition whenever you are servicing your locations and never get into trouble with anyone inside the facility that you are servicing.

I was visiting London and Scotland and i was surprised that all their vending machines located in the airport or hotel do not have any added security locks.

If these machines were in united states or Canada im 100% that in due time the machines will be vandalized.

I was surprised also that in every hotel in London and Scotland, they only has a vending machine which is situation in front entrance of the hotel.

The machine is directly facing the hotel reception.

I had machines also here in Vancouver, BC in some locations in a hotel in east side Vancouver,BC and it is also in front of the manager or reception office but it was vandalized many times.

Sometimes i was thinking that when living in the established old world of London doing vending machines would even be safer than compared to lower mainland in Vancouver, BC.

I was thinking probably it is safer because in London or Scotland the streets are very narrow and there is no way to get around when breaking into a vending machine.

Your getaway vehicle can be immediately chased and run over by the police authorities in London streets.

Maybe the vending machine are protected by the medieval knights. ( joking )

Do you think chivalry and honesty is still practiced in England ?

But in stark contrast whenever im inside a small shop in London seems that the owner will instantly approach you and ask you if you need any help ? And seems like they do not like people staying too long and observing around and inspecting the products.

All the Sainsbury in London even if it is a very small satellite branch always has a security guard lookout. Sainsbury can be compared to shoppers drug mart here in Vancouver.

While here in Canada there are no security guards in all shopping malls inspecting on the exits.

It is only in Costco that there are assigned staff that inspects the receipt upon exiting.

Here in Canada when you are inside a store big or small, nobody cares if you are staring a product for the longest time. No one cares. You can take your sweet time to decide if the product is meant for you no pressure, akuna matata.

There is a real sense of being righteous there in England and seems that everywhere i go people have this akuna matata mental attitude.

My break was short and im afraid that if i spend some more time in medieval times there in Scotland then i will be out of momentum on my vending machines business and customers will be complaining.

Back into the new world here in Vancouver with renewed vigor and energy to work.

I like it here since it is easy to get around and virtually traffic is non-existent as compared to the streets in London.

Its just too bad i don’t have great European food lunch breaks here.

I guess Tim Horton deserves its respect here in the new world.

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Farewell East Hastings!

Did you know that i have one of the most dangerous vending locations here in Vancouver ?

Yes you know it right. It is located in East Hastings.

My machine was vandalized many times, the glass was broken into many times.

The coin mechanism was stolen on my previous machine.

There is an evidence that the Price Display on the machine has been extinguished with cigarette butt and have some melted residue.

Did you know how i acquired this location? I was still heavily maintaining machines in downtown offices and on the west side of town on public places.

I acquired this location from a call on the owner of the building which he got from the recommendations from one of the managers in city of Vancouver.

When i was during the early days here, i was always in panic mode and people are constantly harassing me for freebies and i was always in a rush to get out of this location.

There are constant fights. Constant ambulance and police walking everywhere.

You would ask why i didn’t abandon or sold the place long time ago when my snack machine is vandalized several times. It is the reason that i was going to this place twice a week to service the location.

I had another location just across this hotel which was also condemned by the city of Vancouver and will have to undergo a major face lift and much-needed restoration and renovation.

I talked with the owner and he told me that i can go back anytime to the locations once everything is fixed.

But when will that be? My guess that it will take maybe around 3 years at least if there is something to be done.

Sadly this location is gone.

I’m very sorry also for the occupants for the building. There are tenants that have been living there for the longest time and was fighting to stay.

There are a lot of tenants that will be left out on the streets.

I just wish that the city of Vancouver have some form of temporary residence to relocate the displaced.

From a business point of view. This is a sad chapter of my vending machine business venture since it was one of my strong revenue generating location that was lost.

I have some backups of course. I had some machines placed in a 300 strong location that i have to visit on an empty combo machine on the other side of town here in Richmond on a weekly schedule.

 

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Updating Machine

You may have some vending machines at people are requesting for an upgrade.

I have written an article not too long ago that there are quite a bits of locations that wanted to have the existing machines upgraded to accept debit and credit readers.

If you actually change the machines then it would cost you a lot of money, but if the existing machines that you have are already MDB ready and capable then you simply have to either change the EPROM ( erasable programmable read only memory ) chip on the board which is quite easy.

But if you have technician who can do it for you then it would be advisable to let him change it for you, otherwise the warranty of the machine and EPROM would be secured.

Here is a picture of the EPROM that i needed for my LCM4 Combo machine that needs to have upgraded to avoid the debit credit reader have error and problem issues in communicating with the main board of the vending machine even thou it is MDB ready.

This was the machine that i have in a location that have 300 customers that are using it so it is best to have it installed immediately to realize the sales potential.

While i when to this location to service it, i found a taped townie that fell inside the vending machine.

This technique will never work here with newer machines since this fishing technique only works during the mid 80s when everyone i knew in the Philippines have this coin with a hole retrofitted with a string and that they have to do is to insert and pull it to avail free games.

In the Philippines when people see that there is an opportunity to cheat and take advantage, there will be a million ways on how to do it and getting away with it. Especially when you are in a big city like Makati City or Manila City.

Not too long time ago when i was visiting Philippines on December. I normally go there to visit my family and also my very good friends who i left behind.

My friends which are all businessman are still doing very well in the Philippines are very successful every time i visit them and their life seems to be very good.

I have noticed during that time when i visited Philippines that almost all the vending machines in public places are out of order.

This is the reason why vending machine business in the Philippines will never be a profitable business, since everyone tries to steal and find ways to get free stuff.

Also, the coke there is around $0.50 on the vending machine, can you imagine just how many cents is the profit and you have to fight your way everyday in unimaginable monstrous traffic?

It is also a blessing that i was transported here for the meantime here in Canada for my business endeavors in spite of minor setbacks on paying for on what the locations and machines are worth from sellers and also loosing occasionally on some locations for the various reasons that i have mentioned on my previous posts.

Most attempted thefts are not only limited to the east side area but are mostly in public locations here in the lower mainland.

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