How to Buy Soda Vending Machines


Placing soda vending machines into accounts can be a fun affordable way to grow a small business. One of the biggest advantages to vending is you can start with a few machines and buy more after your business starts generating income. Growth in the vending industry can be as fast or as slow as you want it to be.

  • Decide what type of beverages you want to sell from your machine in what size and type of packaging. Vending machines are product-specific so you will need to know what you want to vend before you can decide what machines to buy. Look at the products available and determine if you will only vend 12 oz. cans or if you want to sell bottles as well.

  • Think about what types of businesses you want to place your soda vending machines into. Consider how many employees that type of business usually has on staff and what size building they are usually in. If you will be placing your machines into small businesses you might want to purchase small or compact soda machines. If you intend to put your machines into large businesses you will want larger full size vending machines.

  • Consider freedom of product selection. If you want to offer products from several different manufacturers in your machine you might be better off buying soda machines that are not brand specific. In other words, you might want to choose a machine that says "Soda" or "Cold Drinks" on the front instead of one marked with the name of a specific soda brand.

  • Price vending machines in both the used and new market before deciding where to buy. Buying used machines can save you fifty percent or more off of retail cost but they might need more frequent repairs than new equipment.

  • Contact soda companies about machine rental if you want to expand your business without the cash outlay of buying or if you want to try vending to see if it works for you before making a financial commitment. Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola will often give you use of a machine for free or a low monthly rental. If using their machine though you can only sell their products from it.

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