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

gumball machines because of their size.  Also, it is hard to find a location where there is a high enough volume to support the size.  They can also be difficult to transport between locations (don’t do it full of gumballs!)  It is also very hard to clean the tract where the gumballs fall through.  They can also be prone to scratches in the plexi-glass which is not always easy or cheap to fix.

The biggest mistake I have seen vending machine operators make with gumball spirals is to overfill the machines.  It looks great full, but it can take a long long time to sell 1500 gumballs or more.  The gumballs can go stale in as little as 6 months especially if they are exposed to direct sunlight, hot and cold conditions, or even very strong florescent lighting.

Believe it or not, I have seen bugs, spiders, and other dirty things inside the globes.  Gross!  It is a real chore to fix this when you have to haul it home and sanitize the parts (which should be done.)  The other thing that has turned me off to this machine is to see flaked pieces of gumballs all down the tract where the gumballs run and in the bottom of the globe.

Don’t get me wrong.  You can make a lot of money with a  spiral gumball vending machine and not have to check it very often.  This is the appeal.  But you must have the right kind of high volume account. 

Typical Gumball spirals cost around $500-600 new and used for as little as $100 to $200.  If you can find ones with Beaver coin mechanisms, these will be the best.

Hope this helps you if you are considering this big mamma of a vending machine.