Candy Vending Machine
Machine Routes Own You, You Do Not Own Them.
Would Be Leery of Unestablished Routes
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Plus and minus of Vending Business

Difficult to Grow, Not All Roses

We probably still have some bubble gum machines in the warehouse, left from our closing Video Stores.

The problem with vending machines is locations. We owned our own locations (six stores) and adding bubble gum machines was one of our smarter moves.

The innovation we had that really worked for us was we would wrap three bubble gums per machine in aluminum foil.

Get one of those in your bubble gum drop you got a free video rental. If you kept refilling them often it rarely happened but it did not matter, we like them to win now and then. Added to the excitement. Sort of like playing the slot machine, will fate smile on me and let me win?

Since we owned the video rental and machine both that worked. May be hard to put that into practice in other stores where you do not own the location.

Anyway, the gum costs you like fewer than 2 cents and sells for a quarter so what they take in is nearly all income.

There are a zillion people trying to sell you on buying machines and get yourself a vending route for this or that. The big problem is locations and they are not easy to come by and keep. You get a different manager and he decides he doesn't want them in the store so he throws them out.

Sometimes physically, so what you going to do? Anyway, I would be very leery of even buying an established route for anything.

What happen is, you eventually get a garage full of machines not producing income and they own you, you do not own them.

Now let me tell you about my route of at one time 700 machines in 11 states.

Have been in the newspaper business for 40 plus years and most of it distribution by machine. My whole contribution is the concept that you have a constitutional right to distribute newspapers on public property.

To make a long story short, my machines were seized in Scottsdale and eventually other places, wound up being thrown in jail for refusing to move my machines in two different cities in Kansas. Won a six year case in Scottsdale in the court of appeals without an attorney (acted as my own lawyer) won a damage award and they had to leave my machines alone.

In court twenty some times, in US Court of Appeals many times, in addition to the Scottsdale case, and won most. (Including $6,000 each on the 3 hours jail stays.

Biggest precedent cases that opened up sidewalks for news racks were the US Post office case and highway rest stop cases.

So when you see news racks on sidewalks, we had a big part in establishing that right.


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