How to Buy A Vending Machine: Tips and Traps

There are several different types of machines which can be used for Bulk Vending. Several companies have been around for decades with a good track record. Here are some tips to consider:

What materials are they constructed of? Are the internal mechanisms plastic or metal? This is one of the most important questions. Plastic machines may be slightly less expensive but have a much shorter lifespan.

What type of Bulk vending am I interested in doing? This can help you determine the best choice of machine. If you will mainly do toy vending (novelties) you may want to specialize in a type of machine which caters to toy vending.

What is the cost of Vending Machine?

Some machines can be $150 or more for the machine and a stand. It may be worth that price if you intend to stay in vending for a long period of time. I personally use Beaver vending machines out of Canada which have a great track record of performance. These are the “Cadillac” of vending machines but are pricey to buy and get delivered. They are great to “all-around” vending of toys, gumballs, and candy.

Have you considered buying an existing route? You may be able to find someone wanting to sell an existing route which would bring your cost of machine down and have instant cash flow from machines already being on location.

Have you considered buying USED machines?

Most machines can be rebuilt with new globes or bodies to make them look almost brand new. Used machines are usually easy to find and can often be bought for pennies on the dollar if you are willing to get the machines on location yourself. This can save you a lot of money and help you pay off your initial investment much quicker.

Popular vending machine types (This is NOT an endorsement to buy these machines):

Beaver Vending Machines
Northwestern Vending Machines
Seaga Manufacturing (Sold at Sam’s Club Stores)
Vendstar Machines (Plastic)
Oak Manufactoring

Read also: Which Bulk Candy and Gum Products Can I Sell In My Vending Machines?

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