Gumball Spiral Vending Machines – Favorites for Kids!

Gumball Spiral vending machines
 Gumball Spiral machines are the large globed vending machines which are real favorites with kids.  These special gumball machines usually cost a quarter and vends the gumball in a “spiral” fashion (the gumball spiraling down the tract to the gumball chute door). 

These gumball spirals come in a variety of colors and a few varying designs on the actual machines.  Many are made now in China with a few still made in the United States and Canada.  They basically consist of:

The large globe holding 1000-2000 gumballs depend in globe size
The machine lid and lock for the product section
The gumball spiral stand
The middle machine section consisting of the coin mechanism and attached gumball tract
The base of the machine containing the end of the chute and chute cover
I have heard mixed results for these types of machines from vendors.  They are harder to place than small

Chiclets - Chiclet Gum - Tab Gum: How to use in Your Bulk Vending Machine

Chicklets Gum for Profitable Vending
Chiclets Gum has been around for many years and is a favorite with bulk vending machine operators.  It is very easy to vend in all types of machines because of its consistent size.  It has better shelf life (will not go stale as fast) than regular gumballs. 

Chiclets are often called “tab gum” because the square shapes of the gum look like “tabs”.  In my experience, it works better in places where a lot of men work like repair shops and parts supply stores.  It might be because the gum is hotter than regular assorted 1” gumballs

The Honor Box and Honor Box Vending Advantages and Disadvantages

Honor Box Vending
Honor box vending has been around for a number of years.  For those of you who don't know what that is, it is a vending concept which uses (usually) cardboard boxes to hold candy to sell on the "honor" system.  In other words, you have a "box" (the honor box) which you put the money into when you get a candy bar or other item.  There is no coin mechanism to place money into and turn.

The main disadvantage of this system is of course those who don't pay for the product.  This is what makes or breaks this vending concept.  If you end up losing money or making no money because people help themselves without paying, this system will have to be passed over for another vending concept.

Vending Jobs, Vending Route Job Questions and Answers

Vending Jobs Image
With the economy is a bad place right now and not looking to improve greatly, many people are thinking about vending as a job replacement.  Vending jobs can really fall into several categories.  Let's look at the main two first:
  1. Vending Company Owner.  This would mean actually buying the vending machines yourself and taking on the risk of losing your investment.  In essence, you are "buying yourself a job" including assuming the risk of losing your investment.  Many people start like this, but this is not the only way to go.
  2. The second way to think about vending jobs is to try to secure a job with an existing vending company.  Most of these jobs will bein "full line" vending (Cola, snack, sandwich, and amusement machines).  There a

Gumballs for Gumball Machine: Don't Overlook These 15 Important Fact about Vending Gumballs!

Gumballs for Gumball Machine
For those of you with vending machines like me, gumballs for your gumball machine is a core part of your business.  By that, I mean that anything that affects gumballs affects a key piece of your business and its income.  Therefore (it sounds crazy!) you have to become gumball minded and do those things that maximize profits on EACH gumball you sell.

You might not think a fraction of a cent matters, but when you sell one million gumball with your gumball machine then a second million, you see that fractions of a cent amount to hundreds and thousands of dollars over the long term.  Yes, even a fraction matters (1/10 of 1 cent).

The secret I've found that helps me in my overall business is watching these little areas where I can save money.  Yes, I run a large number of machine and it may apply to me more than others, but in truth saving little amounts of money does apply to every operator no matter how large or small.  Here are some other things I do when dealing with gumballs and gumball machines to save