Cecilia Langley Soda Machine July 06th, 2017 - 11:42:24
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.
When you purchase all your beverages from that one supplier you will be paying full price. Another way to go would be to purchase a second hand soda machine, so as to see higher profits. Buying used allows you to get a discount off the machine; it could be 50% off the cost. It is sometimes possible to purchase a refurbished soda machine from the distributors at a much lower price that the new machines. Once you own the machine outright, you are not restricted as to where you can purchase your supplies. In this way you will be able to buy from any supplier and even take advantage of sales offered by wholesalers. Another possibility is buying your supplies from a supermarket where you may get the beverages at less than the wholesale price.
Make sure you are well versed in the soda vending machines that you will be using. Are you able to do the basic maintenance that it will need? Anything can break down once in a while. When people do not have their soda machines they are used to, than can get upset quickly. Keeping the customer happy is essential. Make sure you know your machines. Do not purchase old, out dated machines that frequently jam coins, do not make change for dollar bills, etc. Get a machine that will keep you as headache free as possible, and enjoy your job.
Soda bottling companies often provide the soda vending machines free of charge. However, you do have to sign a contract saying that you will only purchase the supplies for the beverage vending machine from this company, which can cut down on your profits. When you buy from the company, you will receive discounts, such as one free case of soda for every ten cases that you buy. The downside to buying all the sodas and other beverages from the company is that you will pay full price for the supplies.