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Old 11-05-2014, 04:59 PM   #1
Michael Stoll
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Vending Machines

We're thinking about purchasing a vending machine for our box; would be a fairly small one to sell Kill Cliff recovery drinks (chilled), Quest bars, some protein powder, etc. We currently have a good display case set up, but we're a small box and only have one trainer on duty, so when members DO want to buy stuff, the trainer has to take their money / cc, record the sale, run into the back to grab whatever they bought, then bring it back to them. Members know it is a pain in the ***, so I suspect they might self-limit their purchases because of this.

1. Anyone have experience with vending machines? Any pitfalls we should be aware of? Dumb idea?

2. Cash vs. credit card reader. Cash is WAY cheaper to implement, but do you think that would limit sales (not that we care all that much about retail, but it is about 15% of our business, so we do care a little)?

3. Found a vending machine on Craigslist for about $550 that meets our needs and is cash-only (accepts bills, gives change).

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
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Old 11-05-2014, 11:15 PM   #2
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Re: Vending Machines

If the vending machine is chilled, would the protein powder and bars be chilled too? Have you ever tried eating a cold quest bar? Its similar to chewing on a cookie dough flavored rock...i found out the hard way after leaving one in my car overnight at work for the gym the next morning .

Other than that, the only other problem i see is cash vs. credit. On one hand, most people will have enough cash for a KC or quest bar, but most likely wont have enough cash on hand for a whole tub of protein. But on the OTHER hand, if you go credit then the fees will eat you up for people making a bunch of small purchases like bars and drinks.
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Old 11-06-2014, 06:13 AM   #3
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Re: Vending Machines

We have a small fridge with our fit aid and kill cliff. There is an envelope with $10 for change and we ask the members to also put money for purchases in the envelope. A little trust in your clients could save you hundreds.
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Old 11-07-2014, 03:45 AM   #4
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We have a small fridge with our fit aid and kill cliff. There is an envelope with $10 for change and we ask the members to also put money for purchases in the envelope. A little trust in your clients could save you hundreds.
We have a FitAid fridge too, i forgot about that. We all have cards on file for the most part and we just leave a sticky note when we take one.
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