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.

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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Vending Machine Business Profits

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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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It All Started With A Loonie

There was no traffic and very happy about it.

It was a very good day yesterday Saturday when running some of my vending machine business locations.

I got a call several calls from my vending locations and there were some concerns. The customers mentioned that the vending machine doesn’t take the shiny loonies.

I immediately went to the location and while i was trying to fill up the machine and making some diagnostics. Indeed, some the loonies just goes through the vending machine. I was wondering that this is maybe just one of the odd lot.

I told the manager that i will be coming back to check on this matter. So i just shoved the matter that it is not relevant.

I headed on to the next location and there was a big note that the machine is out-of-order.

Of course i have to test it out why it’s not working. I inserted all kinds of coins i have on my pocket and again the 2018 shiny Loonies did not work.

So this is a confirmation that the 2018 new shiny Loonies will be rejected on all vending machines, parking meters, laundry coin mechanism and the like.

I immediately called my technician and he replied that he was also getting some calls and also wondering why there seems to have so much 2018 shiny loonies all of a sudden.

I was jokingly saying that maybe the guy at the royal Canadian mint wanted to keep his job by making new coins and bills all the time. He told me it is not the case but the mint facility really needs to keep on producing coins.

My technician who also has lot of vending machines under his belt was disgusted because there was no news or word that they new 2018 loonie has a different metal composition.

In my mind what will be the reaction of Thanos with his infinity gauntlet be? ( big time vending machine operators )

Oh my there will be a flood of customer complaints and out-of-order signs everywhere. So the solution is to wait for the coin mechanism manufacturer : MEI, Coinco, ICT to have a program to update the coin mechanism. That will be about 2 months down the road.

Sometimes i wish the Canadian royal mint consult everyone first beforehand so that everyone is prepared to the onset unleashing a massive campaign of expenditures for Thanos and the avengers ( other vending machine business operators )

I have a lot of bill acceptors too that are not yet updated for the new $10 Canadian dollar bill. I also heard news that there will be another $10 Canadian dollar bill that will be releasing i think 2 months from now.

So my October and November everybody will be in chaos. Vendors will all be wanting to have their coin mechanism and bill validators upgraded.

The city of Vancouver will also be kept busy in upgrading all the parking meters. The laundry mats, video game operators are also affected. It will be bloody i suppose.

The vending machine business needs to exciting.

I was also servicing one location and when i parked my van, a guy came and said that you must be the guy with the balloons.

I was i had a more exciting personality and looks that can be a movie star. Does looks matter a lot when you wanted to be a movie star? Maybe i can be the guy who provides sinful cookies, chocolate bars and chips in all the movie sets.

Is it a coincidence that i always meet movie personality and extras all the time when i was doing my vending machine routine? Is there a calling ? ( jokingly saying to myself )

Some streets are impossible to get through even on the weekends and this is getting worse on the west side part of town. I guess its better to have it fixed before the rains will be greeting us again.

When i was doing my runs yesterday in west side part of town in downtown. I was very careful all the time, but there was this old beat up Honda behind me and was trying to stick to my tail.

I was looking at my side mirror and when the lights turned green, in a split-second there was this elegant lady crossing the street was cursing me. It was my fault not to be alert. Good thing i applied the brakes but not the sudden screeching you know what i meant.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBuwC4VJi50

Probably it was the thoughts racing in my mind and the exciting months that is arriving for the coins and bill mechanisms upgrade. Maybe i had some thoughts that its would be better just the change everything to debit credit reader system just to avoid these future problems.

But of course as vending machine business operators you wanted to capture all forms of payments methods to maximize the revenue on your small business.


 

This Loonie started it all and was thinking it had a domino effect on me already.

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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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Spring Time Double Time

When spring time is around sales increase.

You need to double time when doing your vending business.

According to my experience pop and drinks normally increase twice.

Understandably the drinks hardly moves during the winter time except for locations in hotel where everyone has a constant need for water.

For most people with family they take a quick getaway. Spring break for a day or two from the norm.

Back home in the Philippines when it is summer break. Everyone goes abroad. Everything is affordable on the southern hemisphere of the globe. I have observed that even non Filipinos, especially Asians enjoy summer breaks.


Everything is cheap and affordable.

The southern part of the globe are so lucky that their currency is small but goes a long way.

Here living in Canada or the northern part of the world is very restrictive. You have to save up for a year just to get a vacation. I agree that the currency is very strong and stable but the affordability is sky-high.

Even if you are a millionaire it’s hard to move around. Going away for a week is too much and small businesses will be loosing a substantial amount of income to cover expenses.

If your currency is small like in the Philippines you have so much and the places you go have different prices ranges.

There is always a place in Asia to go depending upon your budget.

Gigs and business is scarce here and small businesses work extra hard since it their only chance to make more profits during the spring and summer months.

I previously owned a convenience store and I even lose money during the winter months and just barely surviving.

However, when spring and summer comes, people go out more often and all businesses picks up.

For the vending business it is also the same scenario.

The pop machines work extra hard in dispensing drinks.

Vending machine business owners works so much that they have to postpone vacation till the winter months when business is slow.

I’m always looking forward when it transitions into spring and especially summer months.

So my advice is to get ready and be prepared for the coming spring and summer months and double up inventory on pop and drinks.

During spring and summer months, it also good that the days seems to be longer.

You are more productive when the day is longer.

Everything is always better when the weather is warmer.

I have been doing the vending business for quite a while.

And it will also be a good time to have some extra time set aside for gaining new locations.

Try to go out and prepare some proposal letters to prospective locations. Hopefully you will be able to add another 1 or 2 locations to your existing route since they always say it’s a competitive business.

For me I never felt that vending machine business is competitive.

I honesty was able to go with the flow and see improvements.

It is also honing your skills on your journey of vending machine business.

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Okay Google Saved My Day

ok google lets go to downtown vancouver without traffic
ok google lets go to downtown vancouver without traffic

I have been more than ever relaying on ok google nowadays especially when im lost or when doing some simple task.

Ok Google saved my day which 3 days ago.  As usual i switched on my GPS on my dashboard and getting ready for work. Normally when i go to multiple locations, i program the various addresses on my GPS before i set off.

oh no gps is not working
oh no gps is not working

I was in panic mode when i turned on my GPS because it keeps on looking for signal forever.

I switched off the GPS and connected my backup GPS ( both of them by the way are TOM TOM ) and it was up to no avail. Both of them are forever looking for signal.

i was wondering what happens when service companies, couriers, taxis and on the road mobility can still perform without a GPS ? If there are a lot of companies relaying on GPS then it would be detrimental to their businesses if the GPS didn’t work even for a few hours. Imagine how much money and time will be wasted ?

Luckily i got a very cheap plan on Freedom Mobile with unlimited data plan and OK Google is used for so many times during that day and actually it was OK Google who saved my day.

good thing i have data service lte with my phone
good thing i have data service lte with my phone

It was Google maps with my OK Google that propelled me to have a productive day.

When i got home from work.  I was searching the problem i encountered on looking for signal problem and it was on the triangulation problem sometimes on the satellites. The topic was very technical and i didn’t bothered to pursue the root cause.   After loading and unloading, my brain doesn’t seem to work on that moment.

I was searching for looking for signal problem and stumbled into a very useful free multiple route software.   It is very useful especially if you have like 6 to 10 locations every day.

I try to do the locations in a single area but sometimes there are situations that maybe there are 3 locations in Vancouver for example and another 5 locations in Richmond. So the multi route planner will handily come into play. This will work for everyone when going to multiple route.

Here it is :

SpeedyRoute.com

the good about this is free for usage up to 20 locations and then you opt to subscribe if you have more than 20 locations.

ok google lets go to ...
ok google lets go to …

Conclusion :

It would be a great addition to have an unlimited data plan.  When you are self-employed going to multiple locations every day. For me a multi route planner is an bonus and great to use at certain times if you need it.

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