How much does it cost to have a vending machine put somewhere?

The cost of having a vending machine put somewhere can really vary. It depends on what kind of machine you are looking to place and if you intend to privately service a machine in your own office or privately owned space or if you intend to begin using vending machines for a profitable business endeavor. However, if you are interested in having a vending management company service your vending location, thereby delivering equipment, stocking, maintaining, and fully-operating all your vending needs– well, you’re in luck. 

Many full-service vending companies, including Bottoms Up Vending in Illinois, will put vending machines in qualifying locations (generally with a minimum of 65 employees) at absolutely no cost!

In addition to a free vending machine, you never have to worry about inventory, stock, frustrated customers, or making snacks and drinks available to your team. 

We handle all that and more. All you need to do is simply fill out the form and the bottom of this page to begin. 

A representative from our team will get in touch with you to schedule an on-site meeting in order to assess your vending needs. Once you fill out the form you can have your new vending machines up and running within 7-10 business days. 

Where can you get free vending machines?

There may be some large food and drink distributors that offer free vending machines if you serve their products. This is a promotion Coca Cola ran for a long time and may still be running- you can visit https://www.cokesolutions.com/want-to-serve-coke/ to find out more about that. 

However, even in the case that you get a free vending machine from a snack or drink distributor on the condition you sell their products, you still need to worry about filling and maintaining the machines. And, unfortunately, the risk of food spoiling or classically chocolate products melting, or worse than that- animals making their way into the pantry. 

All of these issues and many more become non-issues when using a third-party vending service like Bottoms Up Vending. By servicing over 200 vending locations we are able to streamline food orders and because even if one location doesn’t sell a particular item well we can move it to another location we can make use of all the inventory we purchase. 

How much will it cost to stock my own vending machines?

Again, after the actual cost of purchasing the machine, there are costs involved in stocking the machine. Since you will most likely begin by only stocking a small amount you’ll be purchasing food at a higher cost. The simple rule of volume or wholesale. (By, purchasing in larger amount you may save money on the initial costs but remember to include the cost of storage and the risk of expiration on items that don’t move as quickly as expected. 

Typically at a wholesale club like Sam’s Club or Costco, you can find individually packaged snacks in variety packs of 30 or 50. Still, each bag can range from between $0.25- $0.50 and that won’t include the gas or time and all the other additional expenses involved.

Part of filling a vending machine is not just the actual snacks but also the entire automated sales process. In other words you need to “stock” you machine with change too! 

You can generally buy coin rolls from your local bank- having a good relationship with your bank will make a huge difference especially when you’re starting out because you won’t be bringing them back that much money! 

Finally, you’ll need to collect the cash- hopefully, you can get some money bags from the bank to help you do that- collecting money bags can seem fun when beginning but remember that stuff can have plenty of germs so always wear gloves and wash your hands’ plenty.

I’m ready to start servicing my own vending machine- where can I buy a machine?

Obviously in order to stock and service your own vending machines you’ll need to buy vending machines (you maybe able to lease vending machines from certain suppliers.) Bottoms Up Vending Leases self service coffee machines to companies in need of office coffee solutions. 

Back to buying new or used vending machines!

You can do some research on google to find out about the different models and designs of vending machines. Purchasing brand new vending machines can be quite expensive and that’s why many people will opt for refurbished or lightly used automated vending machines. Bottoms Up Vending, offers new and used vending machines for purchase. If you’re looking to buy a vending machine we can help. Get in touch today and start your vending journey. 

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