Facts and Information
"But all I know about vending is how to
put money into a machine!"
So, you want to be in the vending
certainly can be rewarding, but always remember: "There
is no way to get rich quick."
The staff at Arizona's Best Vending Machine Sales
& Service (ABVM) has over 60 years of
vending experience. Our knowledge, which we gained
through trial and error, is freely given to folks like
you. Our mission is to assist vending operators in
achieving their goals. Remember there are always
inherent risks in any business venture. We are here to
help make this successful for you.
some basic information for you to use when deciding if,
or when, vending may be appropriate for you. We hope
that you purchase every vending machine that you ever
need from us, but if you don't we sincerely hope that
our advice is helpful as you make your decisions.
Some basics to keep in mind...
- Decide what
services you will offer. Will you be a 'soda beverage
only' vending supplier, or will you also offer
candies, chips and other items.
locations by networking contacts that you already
have. Friends, family, neighbors, other members of
church or civic groups that you belong to. Don't
forget the people you do business with, such as
insurance salespeople; they have a lot of contacts.
- Net profit,
revenue minus the cost of product, should be at least
50%. Your net profit will directly be tied to the
selling prices you agree to with a potential location.
- Always have
a location before you buy equipment.
- Always buy
machines from a local, reputable equipment dealer.
Stay away from '1-800-make-a-fortune' vending ads.
- Place your
machines in high traffic, and secure areas. Pay
attention to the details, like narrow doors, stairs,
etc. The ideal spot will be air conditioned and out of
- Offer the
location a variety of menu options. Let the customer
choose from a list of products that you provide. This
shows your customer that you value their input and
- Offer brand
name, quality products, at a fair price for the market
segment you are servicing.
Average Sell Prices
Can Soda - $0.75
Chips - $0.65
(small) to $0.85 (large)
Candy - $0.85 to
Prices vary depending on what type of location you're
Shop your competition!
players like Coke and Pepsi are not flexible about
changing service frequencies. Some independents do a
horrible job of stocking machines on a timely basis.
Service your machines before they are empty. This is what
separates you from the "other guy". You should be at
each location at least once per week.
- Post your
business name and phone number on each machine. Give
the customer a way to contact you in the event of a
break down or other service needed.
OK, I can do this. What do I need
to get started?
the man said, "location, location, location". Before you
go out and secure the first one, we recommend that you
have a working knowledge of types and capacities of
machines. Also research product supply sources. From
that research you can develop a list of products that
you'll offer. You'll also know where to go to purchase
Coke, Pepsi, or other flavors. We suggest that you check
the warehouse stores such as Costco, Sam's, and
Vista/Vendsource. They are an excellent place for all of
your vending supply needs. Don't forget to watch grocery
store ads as well as K-Mart & Target.
The staff at ABVM are
available to assist you when you have a new prospect.
Call us if you're not exactly sure which machine will be
the best for a specific location and we'll be happy to
help you. Let's face it - money is hard to come by, and
it doesn't make sense to either over or under equip an
account. Arizona Vending Equipment can supply you with
the proper machine, either new or quality refurbished.
You spend money by the thousands for machines, and it
comes back to you in quarters, nickels, and dimes. We
will help you spend your money wisely.
You provide service to people, not buildings. Just
because it's a big building doesn't mean it's a good
of some great financing options. With approved credit we
may be able to offer no down, and 90 days same as cash.
Often, you can place a machine on location and let it
earn money for 3 months before making any payment.
Of course, we
are able to make Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit
card transactions for your convenience. Cash is always
cheerfully accepted, as well as checks.
We will work hard to help you make this a fun and
rewarding venture. Call us @ 602-999-0532.
© Roger Powers 2012