If you are considering business alternatives, vending machines are a good place to start. Once the experience is accumulated they can make for some hefty profits.

Here are a couple of tips for getting you started.

1. The object of the sale can be crucial to the business but it can vary from different types of beverages to hygiene products. Product demand and profit margins are to be studied thoroughly for each type of product. For example candy and gumball machines return a profit greater than the actual product value but the sales have to be larger or you need to have more than one machine in one place.
2. Once you have decided on a product you have to choose a proper location, where people stay or gather, places like lunch rooms, bus or train stations, access ways. The location is of critical importance and must be according to what you are selling – for candy, balls, gumballs the best places are where kids may wait like in front of restaurants or at zoos. Restrooms or airports are the best locations to place vending machines selling condoms or tissues.

3. The vending machines can be either rented or purchased. It is usually much cheaper to rent a vending machine but the new ones don’t come very expensive and if they are successful, studies have shown that they pay for themselves in less than a year’s time.

4. Used machines are another way to go. Letting aside the price advantages for this option you can find that many companies that sell used vending machines offer a reasonable payment plan and even guarantees that their machines will work without any problems.

5. Browse the web for special offers. Many manufacturers now sell their vending machines online and offer great deals on new or refurbished products.

6. The biggest problem for used vending machines is posed by the currency changes they may have seen. You have to check if they work with present currencies and how easy is to receive the desired product because this will bring the customers back or drive them away and put you out of business. If the vending machine works just fine, you just cut your investments a great deal.

7. A thing of interest is the availability of replacement parts. More and more companies offer metal vending machines that are more reliable than the old plastic ones. Also the repairs are a lot easier and you don’t need a lot of plastic spare parts like with the old ones.

8. You have to keep in mind that the vending machine business is related to the business that houses the machines and it should be a popular one – the more people the bigger the profits. Before asking permission to place the machines remember that persistence is the key to this tough game where 9 of 10 business will turn down your offer .Always talking to the owner of the business instead of an usual employee increases your chances dramatically.

9. The percent of the profits that you are sharing with that business is a thing to take into consideration. You have to find a compromise between motivation of the store/business owner and your own profits.

10. You can take a shortcut and buy the vending machine already placed in a great location. The previous owner will provide you with information about the success of the business, the most frequently encountered problems, most demanded products and store owner commission.


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