Mercedes Rivera Soda Machine November 23rd, 2017 - 14:55:16
A great place to pick up used machines is Craigslist and eBay. Also make sure to look in your local yellow pages for vending companies. Most medium sized cities have vending companies and they very often have used machines for sale that they are no longer using. One of the main issues though with getting used machines is keeping track of all the different product selections. Getting the product selection right is paramount to running a successful vending business. Thats why I suggest using a vending management solution so you can keep track of all of your different sodas in each machine.
One of the problems with the soda vending machines is that you usually have to make a decision to go with one product per machine. For example if you get a Pepsi machine it will be filled with Pepsi Diet Pepsi Caffeine Free Pepsi Mountain Dew Pepsi zero etc. You would not be able to include 7-up. You would need to have a separate machine for other products or some places they have machines for generic drinks. Also lately with the popularity of energy drinks one almost needs to have a vending machine that includes those drinks and water. There are also machines that are for fruit juices.
Removing the lights in a soda or vending machine reduces the visibility hurting sales and may only save $50 per year. By simply unplugging customers may approach the machine and find it out of operation so you have the added hassle of unplugging and plugging in daily. Timers can be installed to regulate the times that a vending machine has power but because timers may shut down a machine while its running through a refrigeration cycle. Shutting down a machine during one of these cycles may increase the amount of required maintenance.
If you decide that you want to go into Soda vending machines you have to do some strategic planning on where you want to place your machines so that they are in high traffic areas. Keep your eye out for new businesses that are opening in the area and try to get the contract to place your machines in those buildings. Check any place where people work and see if they have vending machines in their break room. Another option would be larger churches who have meetings in their building all week. They may be willing to place a machine in their fellowship area.