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.
So now that we know more about the locks, let’s look at some of the best replacements you can find online.
Tubular Lock Keyed Alike
This first one is quite a good deal. Each lock comes with three keys, so you don’t have to worry about losing one of them. The locks can be ordered in packages of 1, 2 5, 10, and 25. If you order more at once, they will all come with a set of three keys.
All locks seem to have the same key, however, so consider that before buying.
This could make your life easier if you have several machines since you don’t need different keys for all of them. But it could be risky since they can all be opened the same way.
They can be used with a variety of machines that use T handle locks like Coca-Cola or Pepsi machines. You can find a picture with the exact measurements of the lock on the product page. Be sure to check these before buying, otherwise, you run the risk of them not fitting. They are easy to install and use.
Again, the only possible downside these locks have is the fact they all use the same key. Be sure to consider if this is something you want or not. And don’t forget to check the measurements before buying too, or you’ll be wasting time and money.
Abuff 2 Pack of High Security Vending Machine Lock and Key
Soda Machine Lock for Coke Machine, Pepsi Machine, Snack Machine, Candy Machine, Keyed Different
These locks work similarly with T lock machines.
You get 2 locks and 6 keys in each package, and the keys are different unlike the last one. The locks are designed with a dimple in the middle, ensuring that thieves won’t be able to drill into the body.
Once again, a picture with the exact dimensions of the lock can be found on the product page. Be sure to check if it fits your machine. Each key has a number on it, that corresponds with the lock it unlocks.
This will allow you to recognize which key you need for a certain lock.
Both the keys and the locks are made out of Zinc alloy, and they have a chrome finish on them. The keys will stay in the lock once you unlock it until you close it again. They’re easy to install and use, and they should fit most vending machines with T locks.
Since every lock has different keys, this is ideal for you if you have several machines, and you’re worried about someone picking the lock on them. These are really hard to pick, but it’s not impossible. They will give you good security, but they aren’t perfect.
Pepsi Coke Snack Vending Machine Lock & Keys
This one has quite a bit less information available about them. Unfortunately, the exact dimensions of the lock are not visible. However, they claim that it will work on any machine with a T handle lock that was made in the last 50 years. If the above two locks aren’t good for you, you might as well give this one a try.
Unfortunately, this lock only comes with two keys instead of three. While this isn’t a huge problem if you take good care of your keys, it could be bad if you’re prone to losing them.
These ones are easy to install as well. They’re not too expensive either. You can only buy them in sets of one, so I’d recommend buying this if you only need it for one or just a few machines.
The lock will most likely not work for all machines out there, but it’s cheap, so you don’t lose much by trying it out for yourself. If you’re lucky, it will work with your machine perfectly. If not, you can just try another one.
Coke Soda Machine Vending Lock and Keys New Locks, fits Dixie Narco, Vendo
This lock comes with only two keys as well, like the last one. They’re made out of Zinc alloy, and they have a chrome finish on them. They should work with most T handle machines, but once again, the exact dimensions are not shown. The locks have seven pins in them.
The key is retained in the lock once it is opened, up until it is closed back. It can be turned 180 degrees.
These locks all have the same key, like the first ones I talked about. However, these can’t be bought in packages like those ones.
Of course, it comes to mind that this is common sense for you to bring duplicate keys for your vending machine and your cargo van.
I remember when I had a few locations and servicing them religiously, when you are in the infancy stage of operating your vending business you will be dealt with mixed emotions and in your mind so your are overwhelmed with
the thought of keeping up with your schedule
the thought of arriving the location on what expectations the people are at the moment when you are are servicing it
the thought of unloading the product from your van to your dolly
the thought of choosing the right set of keys
the thought of where to park your cargo van properly
the thought of entertainment that you need to put up your show
the thought of finishing up as quickly as possible
the thought of doing your other passion or hobby
the thought of family time
the thought of tomorrow
With these thoughts in mind when you actually arrived at the location and in front of the vending machine,
at times, you are extremely happy because you just made a sale when it is almost empty!
at times, you are contented with some products moving
at times, you know what to expect
at times, you its just how to location performs
Then you when you head back to your cargo van to obtain the products for the vending machine suddenly a midst with all the thought that are running around in your mind, you try to poke your pockets and then suddenly the access card is not inside your pocket and then your cargo van keys are locked inside parked at the ignition.
You just have a phone with you are trying to look around you if there is a locksmith that comes into mind.
Then sometimes you panic and get frustrated at the same time because you just visited the location and just took out say $70 dollars gross sales and you know at the back of your mind that the profit is just $35 and asking for a towing company to unlock the cargo van will at left cost you around $35 for car lockout services plus tax.
This would make you frustrated into thinking to be responsible next time and efficient. This happened to me about 4 or 5 times in my vending business experience.
My real life experience in the vending business with the following scenarios :
Left the vending keys inside the machine locked
Left the cargo van keys on the ignition locked
Left the cargo van keys inside the driver’s seat
Left the cargo van keys inside the machined locked
I was just lucky enough that inside my cargo van I have duplicates of the vending machine keys, it is just take every time this incident happens I have to spend in the range of $35 to $59 to avail the unlocking service.
It would be essential to have an extra cargo van keys inside your pocket and extra set of vending machine keys inside the cargo van. With this in mind I never had those problems anymore and even with many thoughts in my mind and get distracted and in case if I forget then there is always the backup plan which I have created. This is actually common sense and often overlooked by a lot of people.
The problems will outweigh if you don’t have a duplicate on hand, you would also lose time when facing this problem, since you need to have time to call the towing company and have to wait for them to come and this normally takes around 20 minutes doing nothing but avoiding whining and complaining to myself on how inefficient and not in the right mindset for not being prepared.
This is a domino effect when you experienced a lockout of all sorts, but in essence it is only 20 minutes and there is nothing to complain about and this is nothing when you are actually in another country perhaps in Asia ( Philippines ), im sorry to keep in referring and comparing Vancouver and Makati City ( Philippines ) since it is the only comparison that I can think of and not long time ago my foot was somewhere else when everything is quite familiar to me.
I was even contemplating that in the near future im going to shuttle back and forth between Vancouver, BC and Makati City, Philippines, since when I step foot back there, it’s quite a great feeling of belonging even if there are tons of crimes, extreme vehicle pollution, tons of people, tons of noise.
It would be likewise nice to be in a place far from the madding crowd in Vancouver City where you are just another person among everyone else and with great diversity which makes it great. In the Philippines or mostly in Asia except for Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia most of the countries are homogeneous and sometimes people think very critical and one track mindset with assumptions and hypocrisy mental attitude of profiling.
So here in Vancouver, BC where everything is highly orderly and organized or even if your actually in the Northern Hemisphere like North America you always have to keep in mind that you always have to be ready with 2’s which means always to have 2’s in contingency, duplicate and an extra same item that you buy and own.
It would be important when you are not left with extra help here in Vancouver, BC, you ought to have an extra flash drive, extra set of keys including house keys, cargo van keys and vending machine keys.
I sincerely hope that for other vending guy out there that is starting, you must have a set of duplicate keys, cargo van keys inside your pocket and extra set of vending keys inside your cargo van. You don’t need to carry extra set of vending keys with you since if you have a cargo van duplicate key then you can access another set of vending machine keys.