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Starting a Vending Machine Based Business

If you are thinking about starting a vending machine based business (and we think that is a great idea), you are probably here looking for good information on how to get started. We have helped launch hundreds of vending machine businesses through machines, supplies and advice over the years that we have been in business. Helping entrepreneurs get their business started is one of the most rewarding parts of selling vending machines.

Below on this category page we have compiled excellent articles on vending machine best practices that we would recommend for any first time vendor. We also have a page dedicated to starting your own vending machine route or business: How to Start a Vending Business

Once you have read these resources, if you still have questions about the best way to start purchasing and making money with vending machines than we would love to help you find the answers that you are looking for.

How to Find Perfect Vending Machine Locations

Identifying and securing the right locations for your vending machines is KEY to building a successful vending business.

Following are some tips on identifying new locations, places to look and approaching business owners/managers.

This may be obvious, but the most successful vending machines are located in high traffic locations. Areas with a lot of foot traffic will likely generate the most sales (and profit!) for your vending machines. Great locations include (but are not limited to):

  • Shopping Centers/Malls
  • Restaurants
  • Movie Theaters
  • Car dealerships/Repair Shops
  • Community Centers
  • Hotel and Bank Lobbies
  • Hospitals/Medical Centers
  • Office complex/Manufacturing Facilities (break rooms and common areas)
  • Public Farms/Petting Zoos; gumball machines set with a candy wheel can dispense animal feed
  • Schools (particularly if you vend healthier items)
  • Once you have identified a promising location for a vending machine, approach the manager to ask about placing your machine. Be prepared to offer a commission and create a written document that outlines your agreement with the location. Or, you could offer a percentage of proceeds to a charity that is supported by the business. Offer the location manager a percentage of earnings from the vending machine versus a flat fee. You do not know how much money your machine will generate until it is operational. Offering a percentage will avoid giving all your earnings to the location manager should your machine not perform.

    Finally, there are vending machine location services available, and if you are short on time or having trouble identifying locations on your own, you might consider working with one. Keep in mind that these services do charge a premium for their service, which will cut into your bottom line. We have found that one of the most effective ways to identify a location is to take notice of where you DON’T see vending machines as you are carrying out the business of your day. Would adding a vending machine make sense? What is the foot traffic like? Good luck!

    Deciding What to Vend in Your Vending Machine

    You’ve purchased your vending machine and identified your location. Now for the “sweet” stuff…deciding what items to vend from your gumball or candy machine!

    Gumballs, Candy, Bouncy Balls…Oh My!

    You’ve purchased your vending machine and identified your location. Now for the “sweet” stuff…deciding what items to vend from your gumball or candy machine!

    To achieve maximum results, spend some time investigating different varieties of gumballs and bulk candy before loading your vending machine. Without the right product, even a vending machine set in a great location might not do as well.

    Keep in mind that while the final decision of what to vend is yours, it’s a good idea to ask the location manager about any candy or gumball preferences.

    Which Dispensing Wheel?

    When you purchased your gumball or candy machine, you may have specified to have the machine set with either a gumball dispensing wheel or a candy dispensing wheel. Or, your machine may come with both dispensing wheels, and it’s up to you to decide which one you will use based on what you choose to vend.

    The difference between a gumball and a candy dispensing wheel is the shape of the holes.  Gumballs dispensing wheels and candy dispensing wheels are interchangeable. A dispensing wheel that has round holes is a GUMBALL DISPENSING WHEEL. This wheel is intended to dispense a 1” item, such as a 1” gumball, 27MM bouncy ball or 1” toy capsule.

    The other type of dispensing wheel is a CANDY DISPENSING WHEEL. This wheel has holes in the shape of a pizza slice that are adjustable to dispense more or less product. Use this wheel if you are dispensing bulk candy, smaller gumballs (.62” or smaller), chiclet gum, nuts, chocolate covered espresso beans, etc.

    Gumballs are the highest profit bulk candy available, and they are a great option because they have a long shelf life and are not affected by heat from the sun (please note Gumballs.com does NOT recommend placing any gumball or candy machine in direct sunlight). If you choose to vend gumballs, be sure to check them periodically to be sure they are soft to the bite. Gumballs generally stay soft enough for chewing for 10-18 months, but can get hard over time.

    The most common sized gumball for dispensing from a commercial gumball machine is 1”. If you want to vend 1” gumballs, be sure your machine is set with a gumball dispensing wheel. The assorted varieties are best sellers, but do not overlook some of the more specialty flavors or varieties. Some ideas…if your machine is located near the beach, try Beach Ball or Beach Time gumballs. Baseball gumballs during baseball season. If you prefer not to have a logo on your gumballs, try the Bubble King Special Assorted.  Try the red, white and green assortment over the holidays or red, white and blue around the 4th of July. Or, just pick your favorite flavor! Personal favorites among the gumball experts at Gumballs.com include Limeade, Kicked Up Lemonade Sour gumballs, Nerds Candy-Filled gumballs, Cry Baby Guts Sour-Filled gumballs…and we are loving the new flavors from Dubble Bubble…Bubble Gum Mint and Root Beer Float!

    Bulk Candy
    The #1 selling bulk candies are M&Ms, both plain and peanut. However, consider your location before loading your candy machine. Is the machine near a window with exposure to the sun? M&Ms, Reece’s Pieces or any type of bulk candy that can melt may not be the best choice.

    Non-chocolate, top selling bulk candy options include Mike and Ikes, Skittles, Chewy Sprees and Runts. Be wary of Mike and Ikes and Hot Tamales if your machine has sun exposure. While they do not melt like chocolate candies, they can get soft when they are warm and can stick together, which can make them difficult to vend. Skittles, Chewy Sprees, Runts, Polar Mints or other hard shelled candies are great options for machines with sun exposure. The hard shell on the outside keeps the product from getting too soft.

    Bouncy Balls
    Bouncy Balls in the 27MM size are an alternate option for machines set with a 1” gumball wheel. These are a great non-candy option and bouncy balls are always fresh!

    Bulk Nuts
    Bulk nuts are another great option for candy vending machines, especially in locations frequented by an older population. Assorted nuts, peanuts in several flavor profiles, pistachios and cashews are great choices, but there are lots of varieties to choose from.

    Overwhelmed by all the choices? Gumballs.com is here to help! Call us at 1-800-307-7900 Monday through Friday and let our experts help advise you on your candy conundrum!

    Why Should I Buy A Vending Machine?

    The real question is, why not vending? According to Vending Times, total sales through vending machines have grown from $600 million in 1946 to more than $45 billion today. Dollar volume from vending machine sales continues to grow.

    Vending Machines offer extremely high profit margins
    If you fill one gumball machine with a case of 850 gumballs that costs $29.00 and charge .25¢ per gumball, total sales from that one gumball machine will be $212.50. That’s more than a 700% return on your investment for each gumball machine you own! Gumballs.com offers a wide selection of gumball, candy and toy capsule machines to help you get started.

    Vending Machines are all cash, all the time
    In the next 5 minutes, one million quarters will go through vending machines. Vending is a 42 billion-dollar industry, the largest all cash industry in the world. With vending machines, there are no bad checks, credit risks, accounts receivables, or other collection problems that typically plague business owners.

    Vending is a business you can start part-time while keeping your regular job
    You can start off with as few or as many vending machines as you like and can afford, and expand your vending machine business at your own pace while maintaining your full-time job. It only takes about 3 minutes every month to service a vending machine. A route consisting of 100 vending machines can be entirely serviced by one person in two weekends.

    Vending Machines allow for a flexible schedule
    You can service your vending machines whenever you have time. It’s a great feeling knowing that your vending machines are hard at work while you are doing something else.

    No personal selling is required with Vending Machines
    Vending machines do all of the work for you, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Vending machines never stop working for you.

    Vending Machines have no advertising costs
    Your vending machines are selling nationally advertised and globally recognized candy, gumballs, snacks and soft drinks; the product sells itself! In addition, gumballs are the largest selling impulse item in the world.

    Vending Machines provide immediate cash flow
    Your income starts as soon as your vending machine is on location.

    Vending Machines offer tax advantages
    Deductibles from your vending machine business could include a percentage of home mortgage interest, property taxes, insurance, utilities, car expenses, meal expenses, traveling expenses, etc.

    Vending is an ideal family-oriented business
    Being able to involve members of your family in your vending machine business offers some advantages. You can work with your children in an environment that lets you teach them about successful business practices, sound personal ethics, and good work habits.

    Now that you know some of the great advantages to operating your own vending machine business, it’s time to get started! Gumballs.com is proud to be one of the largest online retailers of bubble gum balls, gumball machines, candy machines, vending machines and other bulk vending supplies. Thanks for taking the time to learn a little more about our fun industry!