Single price machines are very complicated there are two series circuits Does the red light come on in the coin mech? More times than not with single price machines the machine is the issue not the coin mech, we sell over 70 of these sp mechs per month and every one is tested prior to leaving here. The last three that people sent back to us over a few months tested good here. There are two series circuits in the machine, the motor circuit and the button switch, if either of those goes out it will drop power from the coin mech all motors not being in home position is the most common of these problems There are usually eight cluster switches, one on each motor, with triple switches for a total of 27 switches, if any one of those goes bad it will break the power circuit to the coin mech. Also if one of the motors has 'coasted' and is not in the 'home' position this can also break the power to the coin mech circuit. The door buttons switches have one switch for each button, for a total of eight. If any one of those has a break then the coin mech will also lose power. To properly test the machine all of these switches need to be tested with a voltmeter, in the continuity testing position for the normally closed and the normally open connections. Test your machine first to make sure that your mech is bad. We only accept returns for replacement if the mech we send you is bad, do not buy a mech from us to try and test your machine
New vs Refurbished
We used to sell new machines as well as reconditioned. We no longer sell new for the following reason: According to a recent survey of vending operators about 93 out of 100 potential vending accounts do not make enough revenue to warrant the cost of new equipment. New machines are great if you have high volume accounts, but most people do not have these accounts. Typical cost on new 'commercial grade' machines run as much as: Can drink $3400-$4800, Snack $3600-$4500, Cold food $7200-$8500, as you can see quite high compared to used or refurbished. Priced with mech and validator, typical options, vendor pricing, not including sales tax or shipping in some cases. Please remember 'anyone and everyone' can call their machines refurbished but what does that really mean? Please see our machine ratings page for what we actually do to our machines. Many of our competitors don't even 'clean or paint the inside' of the machines.Start small and grow as you can afford it.
Many people start in the vending business without much knowledge. This can hurt you financially if you are not careful. All of the machines that we sell are full size, commercial machines. There are many machines that are made that are small, countertop or mechanical coin acceptance. These machines are fine if you are a housewife looking to make a little extra money on the side. We used to sell those type of machines and no longer do. The main reason is that people who were serious about vending would out grow these type of machines in several months. There are two main problems with the small mechanical machines. One problem is the machine does not make change or take dollar bills. The second problem is that the machine will 'work you to death'. Most of these machines hold under 100 products and can only gross $40 to $50 at a time, if the entire machine empties out. This is only the gross, the profit is less than 1/2 of that amount. A full size commercial machine on the other hand usually holds 350 to 600 products and empties out at $250 to $500. Remember you spend the most time driving to the location so you might as well fill 500 products as soon as 50.