Bulk Candy Vending

Often the best ideas are right under our noses. How many times have you walked past a quarter candy machine in a restaurant lobby or break room? Did it ever occur to you that starting a bulk candy vending business could give you a source of income?

If you do it right and avoid the scams, bulk candy vending is an excellent way to take your first step toward entrepreneurship by collecting income-producing assets. While it won’t get you rich overnight, consider these benefits:

The startup costs are extremely low, the return on investment is fantastic, and the amount of maintenance required to sustain a consistent cashflow is very low. Plus, everyone loves the candy man!

What I needed was what I call a crowbar, which is a burst of productivity to get me out of a financially distressed state and onto a stronger platform from which I could start my career in real estate. I wanted to find an income-producing asset in the hundreds of dollars instead of the thousands so that I could continue my debt repayment plan and start producing income at the same time.

The Ah-Ha! Moment

At the time, I worked as bartenders at a restaurant. Every shift, I would take a few quarters out of the tip jar and get a few handfuls of candy from the vending machine.

One day, I had a thought… “How much money do those things make?”

Over the rest of the shift, I took notice of how many dollar bills we changed out for quarters. I started to hear the clack noises the machines make when someone puts a quarter in and turns the handle. The machine was taking in all kinds of money and the owner was nowhere in sight!

Levels of Income

No investment requires no effort at all after the initial setup. Even if you own a stock portfolio that someone else manages, you still have to manage your manager from time to time.

What I have found is that there are different levels to how much work goes into an income stream is; and usually, the more expensive the asset, the more low-maintenance the income.

If I were to calculate an hourly wage for the maintenance I put into my business, it would be about ten times higher than I could get from a decent job. I consider this low-maintenance income in my current position. As I roll more and more of my profits into bigger assets, and my time becomes more valuable, I will eventually either sell the candy business or hire someone else to run it.

So, What are we Looking at?

The question everyone wants to know is: How much money do you make from those things?

While the income varies wildly from location to location, I conservatively average about $25 in profit per month per location. Some of my locations earn as little as $5 and some as high as $150.

Gumballs cost about 2 cents a piece and are sold for 25. The profit margins on other types of candy hover around 70%.

You can buy a brand new triple vend candy machine like the one on the picture at the top of this post at Sam’s Club or on the internet for about $200 on the high side and about $100 if you are buying in bulk or used. This means that each machine should be able to pay for itself in about six months or less.

Think about this: If you paid $150 for a machine that earned you $300 over the course of one year, the ROI for that machine would be 200%! Most business and real estate investors are happy with a 20% return and you just earned ten times that!

Now $300 isn’t going to make you rich, but if you had 20 locations, you would have $6000 at the end of the year to put down on an investment property. If you really went crazy and secured 100 locations, you might be looking at $30,000. Even better, that income would keep coming in as long as you had your locations.

Time Commitment

Most of my machines can go about two months before they need service. Servicing them takes all of five minutes plus drive time, candy shopping, coin counting, and accounting. Really, I only spend a couple of days a month on my candy business, and I can take a six week vacation if I want without a sweat.

Why Bulk?

The comment I always seem to get from well-meaning acquaintances is, Have you ever thought about those big soda and snack machines? I bet those make a lot of money.

The answer is I thought about it until I realized that those things need constant maintenance. While they also make a lot of money, this sort of vending is more of a job. I am perfectly happy collecting multiple streams of income that are smaller, but low-maintenance; and add up into something to talk about.

How to get Started

If you feel like bulk candy vending is up your alley, I would suggest starting out by buying one machine and approximately $50 worth of candy to fill it at your local warehouse store. What ever you do, don’t fall for one of the thousands of scams out there that want thousands of dollars to start this really simple business. You can start it for less than $200.

Don’t get greedy and buy a lot of ten, twenty, or forty machines up front expecting to conquer your local vending world. I see people like this all the time trying to dump all of the machines they didn’t place on eBay. Getting locations can be a challenge. It’s best to see if you have the stomach for the cold calls before you dive in.

One month after you place the first machine, you could take the $25 it made and add another $175 of your own to buy your second machine. In the third month, you take the $50 those machines made plus $150 of your own for the third machine, and so on for about six months and six locations.

Once you have six locations, you should be making about $150 per month which should pay for an additional machine each month if you have found a cheaper source than Sam’s Club. You might even hit a couple of high-volume locations right off the bat that really get you rolling.

Once you have proven that you have a knack for getting locations, only then would I suggest that you let your earnings accumulate to buy your first lot of ten. I never buy in larger lots than ten unless I am getting an incredible deal from someone who has given up on their business. The rates of return are so high, it doesn’t matter if you are paying an extra ten or twenty bucks a machine.

Money Matters

Please, don’t go into debt to start this business. It isn’t hard to put aside $50 a month until you have enough to buy your first machine. Have patience and you will avoid getting in over your head. This is supposed to be low-maintenance income, not a stressful job trying to pay back your credit card interest.

Make sure you have a separate checking account to handle all of your business transactions. Buy your candy and machines out of this account and deposit your quarters. This way, you know when you have made enough to buy more machines by checking your account balance.

Check with an accountant or lawyer to set up the proper business structure and to get the proper licenses in your area. Since this is a business of small chunks of income, it is even more important to keep good records to make sure that you are turning a profit. You’ll also want to be on top of your business so you can accurately report your income and tax deductions to the IRS.

How to get Locations

Now for the hard part: getting locations. It can be tricky at first, but after a little practice, it will become second nature.

When you get up the courage to walk into a place of business, ask for the decision maker and say something like this: My name is Brian with Cool Candy Machines, and I was wandering if you might have an extra few square feet for a candy machine like this (produce picture) that is a free service to your customers and employees at no cost to you. To which they will reply, What’s in it for me?

While I truly believe that my machines add value to a place of business by pacifying kids, giving employees a quick treat to keep up their spirits, and offering a product that the owner doesn’t have to hassle with; this usually isn’t enough to convince them.

You could offer a commission, but the way I see it, 10% of $25 doesn’t mean a thing to a business. The business owner might even come back by suggesting that he just buy his own candy machine. True, you say, but is the hassle really worth an extra $25 a month? I am a professional vending operator. This is what I do for a living. I know the right candy, the right time to fill it, the right amount, the right presentation, and the right way to fix the machines when they break down. It’s only because I have dozen’s of locations that it begins to be an income for me.

Mr. Business Owner, you continue, I have an arrangement with a local charity, XYZ. Most business owners are happy to donate their 10% commission to this charity.


While there are national charities that have programs specifically designed for vending operators, I would suggest forming a relationship with a local charity that actually means something for you. This will help motivate you to get locations and also provide a way for you to actually contribute to charity instead of putting it off until you make enough money.

Two Kinds of Locations

The two basic types of locations that you might get are front of the house (restaurant lobbies, carwash waiting rooms, etc.), and back of the house (employee break rooms). While front of the house locations tend to be harder to get, the advantage is that you have access to their employees and customers. Back of the house locations usually don’t make as much, but are much easier to sell.

Here’s a big secret: There is a certain kind of back of the house business that can be both profitable and welcoming: clothing stores with high school and college aged employees. People in this age range love candy, and the manager’s of such places will usually welcome a machine in their storage room to keep them happy.

What Kind of Candy?

I usually give the location the option of picking from a few pre-selected candy offerings to get them even more invested in the project. I tend to have good luck with Gumballs, Reese’s Pieces, Skittles, M&M’s, Peanut M&M’s, Peanuts, and Runts. Hot Tomales are okay if the location is well air-conditioned, but they tend to go bad after a few months.

I try to always have one of my vending slots dedicated to gumballs because of the profit margin, but some locations don’t want the chance of gum stuck to their floors. I also like the combination of a sugary candy on one side with a chocolaty candy on the other.

Candy Settings

Most bulk candy vending machines have a setting that allows you to choose how much candy will dispense for a quarter. This setting is important because it is closely tied to your profit margin. If you set it too high, you will cut into your profits. If you set it too low, your customers will feel ripped off.

The Maintenance Routine

The essence of a good maintenance run is stealth. Good vending service means the owner should be able to forget about you. Never let a machine go empty and turn into an eye sore.

I try to get in and get out quickly without causing a stir. I don’t want to give them a chance to rethink my welcome. If I have a little bit of candy left in a bag, I give it to whatever employees are around. This keeps them on my side!

I keep a big cooler in my car with the candy and carry individual loads in my backpack. I also carry rubber gloves, a screwdriver, cleaner, paper towels, keys, extra business cards, zippered money bags, and some clear tape in the backpack. Once I’m back in the car, I move the quarters from the zippered bag to a zip-lock bag that I label with a sharpie. I take note of how much candy I used and any other notes in my route log and head to the next location.

Keep your Eye out for Deals

Like I said before, there are a lot of people out there who bought a bunch of machines with good intentions, but ended up being lazy and just wanting to get rid of them. I have a keyword alert set up on my eBay account that alerts me whenever a listing has the words candy vending machine in it.

A keyword alert like this tipped me off to the biggest deal I had ever come across at the time. I found a listing that enabled me to buy out an entire vending route with locations for less than the machines alone were worth. I’ll tell you the whole story in another post, but the guy just got tired of the route and basically gave it to me.

Happy Vending

Bulk candy vending won’t make you rich, but it can provide the bridge you need into a life of entrepreneurship. It’s a simple, low-maintenance business that even a kid could run. In fact, it’s a great way to teach kids about how a business works.

If you are considering starting a vending business, I hope this article helped! Our business has been a blessing for us. It has been one of a collection of enterpreurial income streams that has allowed me to pursue what I truly love: creativity!

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  1. nihal bhat March 26, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    thx. last question. you have been very helpful. is it easy to switch out product on the triple if not working. there is a new type of machine- interchangeable canister one. more costly.

    i agree you need to dedicate 1 slot to gumballs – as it is a good markup vend for you.

  2. nihal bhat March 29, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

    ever tried toy capsule vending or bouncy ball vending. Good mark up on those Brian.

    re: real estate – i would be careful. even though low price, being propped up by Fed Reserve backstopping.

    cheers and take care


  3. Brian Lee March 30, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    I’ve swapped out candy before and it just takes a little time. You have to scoop out all the old candy, clean and then refill.

  4. Ken Lewis April 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    Hello Brian, Love this article and have always wanted to get into this business. So about month ago I bought a machine and got it placed within 2 days. I was so excited that I bought another machine 2 weeks later and placed it that same day! So now I have 2 machines placed, I am affiliated with a great charity and waiting to buy my third machine. By the way, I work a full time job (about 60-70 hours per week) and I am searching for ways to get time freedom. My son is growing up while I’m stuck in an office. Do you believe one person can handle a 150+ mahcine route? That would just about match my current income. Please let me know your thoughts, and thanks again for the wonderful advice. – Ken

  5. just call me angry April 20, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    I’m sorry if I don’t give you my real name. It’s just too embarrassing for me to be pitied. I was scammed few years ago by people who sold me the 10 candy machines promising that they would provide me with locations if I bought the 10 (candy machines). Sure I got the machines. But when I called to ask where the locations were, they vanished together with my $$$$ from the face of the earth. Now I want to get rid of these never-used metal containers and don’t know how to recover even a portion of my money. Do you know anyone who might be interested in buying these 10 candy machines? I’ll appreciate it very much if you can be of help. Thank you.

  6. Brian Lee April 24, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

    What town do you live in? I might know someone around here.

  7. Brian Lee April 24, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

    Yikes, 150+ machines would start to become a full-time job. If I were you, I’d get to 20-30 and then buy some investment property. It’s much more passive.

  8. just call me angry April 25, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    I used to live in Manhattan, NY, but the rent became unbearable so my husband and I moved to Stamford, NY. Just a few months after we moved here, I thought I could have a passive income. My husband told me not to do it, but I did it anyway thinking that these people would have conscience not to rip off an old woman like me. I was so naive. I always thought there was always a good part in any of us to behave with integrity. Unfortunately, all our savings have now been gone because both of us don’t have jobs. My husband is a writer and occasionally works as a massage therapist. No matter where we go, no one to hire us. Even Walmart won’t hire us in our area; apparently, no opening.

    I am 57 years old and my husband is 60. Thanks for your reply.

  9. Scott Jackson April 26, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    For anyone who is considering going into the bulk candy vending business, consider the below numbers. This is what I have spent to date, trying to get a bulk candy vending business off the ground. So far, I have 1 machine on-site. The machine, a U-Turn 4-in-1, is at a restaurant. Two of the canisters contain Skittles, the other two contain Trail Mix. After 8 days on location, the machine netted zero quarters! Not a single vend. An inauspicious beginning.

    Expense Quantity Expense
    Uturn 1 $174.95
    UTURN 4-in-one machine
    25 CENT
    LABELS 2 $3
    Trail Mix 1 $10.99
    Trail Mix 1 $10.99
    Skittles 1 $16.85
    Skittles 1 $16.85
    (Charity) –
    account set-up
    and sticker
    for one year 1 $22.00
    Coin Zipper Bag 1 $12.49
    Wrist coil for key 1 $1.90
    Kickstart locating 1 $69.99
    LLC setup 1 $392.94
    Business cards 100 $29.99
    storage containers 2 $16.94
    3 U-Turn
    4 selection
    vending machines 3 $350.00
    Total: $1,129.88

  10. Steve Forman April 27, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    Scott: You bought the wrong machines. Of course the uturn machines don’t bring in that much. If you were to get the three dispensers machine which I have in 1800 vending if they still sell to new customers you won’t have that problem.

    Is it high traffic or is it just sitting in a spot where people don’t see it?

    go to http://www.whatzonyourmind.com and look for the actively seeking locations candy machine page. give me a call when you see my number. those uturn machines suck and bad investment.

  11. Peter Cpin April 27, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    Scott: I agree with Steve that you bought the wrong machine. I purchased a machine and placed it in a location that averaged $100 a month with a 4 head candy machine and figured it would do well. The first month was down $20 and the following 2 more months I was down $40. After the third month and pulled the machine out and put the other back and saw my numbers come back to the norm the following month. Never again for me. Also I would take a look at what you have in your machine. My top sellers are Peanut M&M’s, gumballs and Reese’s. Skittles do ok and I have never done trail mix. Just a few notes and thoughts for you. Sorry your start has not been so good.

  12. Marco Lee April 29, 2011 at 4:37 am #

    Hey Brian! I just stumbled upon your blog and I find this post awesome! I have so many projects right now but you gave me a glimpse about candy vending machines. I would further research about this.

  13. Daniel Rougher May 1, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    if uturn is bad which brand is good? Which are good?

  14. plumbing May 13, 2011 at 6:24 am #

    Having a vending machine as your main income in your place makes your income increase because first, it is cheap. Second, you will sell some common needs of any person and I’m very sure that this will be a blockbuster hit to your place.

  15. Norma May 15, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    Some years ago my husband purchased a license and machines – and that was where he made a mistake. By doing it that way he paid more than twice what the vending machines were worth, was limited to here they could be placed and didn’t choose really the most profitable machine anyway. With due diligence though it can be profitable and it can fit around other occupations.

  16. Tess May 24, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    Brian, You did a great job of describing the how-to’s of starting a candy vending machine business. I’m a web copy writer and I am trying to build a nice side income from passive sources like this. You have convinced me to go out and buy my first candy vending machine and get started this summer. Thanks for a very informative post, which was very well-written, I may add. Would love to read more about your business ideas and how you are building passive income. You sound like a very enterprizing young man! Wishing you continued success in your endeavors!

  17. Brian Lee May 24, 2011 at 11:46 am #

    Thanks, Tess! Put your email at the top right of the page and you’ll be the first to know the next time I send out an article!

  18. SUE June 7, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    Why are U-turns a bad investment? Could you please tell me the best machines to invest in. I am very interested in getting started with this.

  19. Peter June 8, 2011 at 6:05 am #

    Hi There

    Only just stumbled across your blog and I love it! Similar to your background Brian, I am trying to make it in a creative industry and need some extra income to support my work experience.

    I am in the UK so not sure if the same brands of machine are available here. Perhaps anyone else in the UK can advise me? I have had an initial look on ebay and there seem to be lots of the small single unit counter top models available very cheap . My question is: are these worth investing in or should I look for doubles/triples. Presumably the single units dont bring in much profit but I could afford to have more locations? I’m starting from scratch without much disposable income and will probably look to start with one or two machines. Also if anyone uses the counter top units is it likely they would be stolen if not secured down? I’m not sure if owners of locations would be keen on me drilling into their counter tops!



  20. cool kid June 12, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    i think this is a very helpful article but what you failed to elaborate on is the legal aspect. I dont know where you live but in Florida you would have to have an annual food permit $250-500, have insurance (rate is per machine) and have storage space roughly 40 a month, the best thing is to be incorporated which could run up to $900. Dont lie and tell them it costs almost nothing, just put it almost costs nothing to do it illegally

  21. Tyler June 22, 2011 at 12:43 am #

    Cool Kid: That may be the case down there in Florida, but that doesn’t mean it’s true everywhere. Up here in NH I can grab a vending license for $50 and set myself up with an LLC for $100. Insurance may be something to get later down the road, but is not a legal requirement. The protection offered by having an LLC should be more than sufficient while starting up. I know another commenter mentioned LLC protection somewhere up there. Also, why do you need a storage space? I don’t want to speak for Brian, but this article never claims to be a legal guide on how to set up this business, or any business for that matter. So to recap, I’m currently in about $225 with one machine and meeting all legal requirements in my state. I should be getting some business cards soon which will be another $20-40 depending on how many I decide to get. Being a legal and operating business owner for under $300, yeah I’d say that’s a small investment.

    Brian: I cannot thank you enough for this website and this article in particular. I’ve been looking for alternative income for a while now, but everything so far has either been very time consuming or resulted in too little income to matter. Your blog has not only given me the means to set up some passive income for myself, it has also reshaped my entire outlook on life and my future. The prospect of working 40-60 hours/week for the next 40 years of my life has never been something I wanted to face, but it seemed inevitable if I wanted to be able to get through life. After reading your site and a few of the books you’ve recommended, however, it seems that a meaningless job may no longer be necessary. I hope to get into real estate in the future, but being 23 I still need to learn a lot first. Thank you, Brian. You have truly changed my life.

  22. Jason H June 24, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    Hey guys,

    I started in the bulk vending industry a few weeks ago. I have 49 heads in 16 locations and another 17 locations in storage. My advice to someone getting in to the business is;

    1) Its better to have your machines in a bad location that to have them sitting in storage.. example.. you want each location to do $25-$30 a month but Id rather have my machines in locations doing $10-$15 a month than in my garage. So my advice is if someone says you can put a machine in DO IT! dont wait around for what you think may be the best spot. Leave it there for a few months and find out what is doing b4 relocating.
    2) Ebay, craigslist and google is the best place to find machines cheap.
    3) If anyway possible stick to 3-4 groups of products, such as gum, skittles, bouncyballs, (_fill in the blank___), its easier to maintain and re-order 4 different products then it is 8-10..
    4) Remember this is a part time job 2 days a month at max. so if you do have 30 locations and your making 25-30 a locations.. dont get greedy.. where else can u make $900 in 2 days..

  23. Jason H June 24, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    I use proline machines. Very reasonable and the parts are very cheap!!

  24. Jason H June 24, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    Bryan, you seem very credible and reputable. If anyway possible id like for you to send me a personal email to the email that i have listed with this user name. Ive got an incredible business model id like to show you.

  25. Jesse July 19, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

    Wow Brian! I really appreciate these tips and advise you posted on here. I honestly was close to NOT getting in the bulk candy vending machine until i read your blog and you have really encouraged me to go through with it. I will defiantly keep an eye out for sales on vending machines. Any other blogs you have about vending machines, please inform me. Once again, this was a great blog you did! Many blessings to you!

  26. Jorge August 3, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    Great posting. Has helped a lot !!!!!!

  27. Mani August 16, 2011 at 2:28 am #

    My name is Manuel, I’m 20 years old, I think that this is a great opportunity for me. I have a couple of concerns.
    1. I was reading the comments and saw that people brought up the brand name of machines, Which brand is good and what should I be paying for a 2 and or 3 slot vending candy machine?
    2. I live in St. George, UT, anyone on this post have a route here (or near here) that I can buy off or buy machines from? Or if anyone here is selling their machines please contact me at manipensgoodies@gmail.com.
    3. Where can I look to see if I have to get a license to do this vending machine business in the state of UT?

    If someone would be nice enough and help me out and answer this for me that would be great! Great job Brian Lee you’ve inspired me!

  28. Belton Real Estate August 29, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    Some of my family members once got into the vending machine business. They were doing candy bars and sodas, and the maintenance became a nightmare. Your system seems to handle that a lot better. The big thing for me would be the maintenance, and if you can go 6 weeks without maintaining them, that is just great!

  29. Wayne September 11, 2011 at 2:36 am #

    I was at a garage sale recently and bought a box of video games for about $25. Then, I got on craigslist barter section and traded those games for two U-Turn Eliminator 8s. I have read a lot of posts about vending machines and have yet to see anyone mention the good old fashion two chickens for a duck barter method for getting machines. I feel that $25 was a good amount to spend to try this out. If all goes well, I will be finding a few more games to trade for the rest of the 30 machines he has.

  30. Jeremy September 21, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    Has anyone ever tried to steal one of the machines?

  31. Ruben October 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    Where can i buy the candy?
    beside sams club is there a place i can get them cheaper.

  32. Brian Lee November 3, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

    I usually go to Sam’s Club.

  33. Brian Lee November 3, 2011 at 10:13 pm #

    I’ve had a few sneak away.

  34. Ruben November 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    What are good vending machine to buy?
    Please let me know

  35. How2vend.com November 29, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    Hey Brian, Its a pleasure to meet you! Great vending post/

  36. Ruben December 29, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    What are good vending machine to buy?
    Please let me know

  37. Auto Notes January 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    I savor, cause I found exactly what I was looking for. You have ended my 4 day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye

  38. Bulk Candy Man January 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    Great article Brian!

    I work for a major online candy store, and we’re gonna feature your article in our blog. We have a ton of clients who are in the bulk candy vending business.

    I see this article was written in 2007. How’s the business going now?

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  40. Samuel Kamau January 9, 2012 at 6:13 am #

    Found your blog resourceful and quite imaginative. I guess you already have made it in your film making venture because aside from making the candy vending business lessons seem relatively easy thanks to your writing; i found myself chuckling imagining the candy man speeding down the street in an equally souped up candy automobile with a cooler full of candies occupying the back seat, visiting one of your locations for a refill and stealthily making an entrance without causing as little as a stir. This is one scene i would love to see in a movie. LOL! I will plunge into this business in my homeland of Kenya thanks to your insight and encouragement.

  41. Paula January 27, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    i have some revolution 650 candy and nut machines for sale. (some still unopened in boxes) I’m in Vancouver Canada. Anyone interested?

  42. Lisa March 31, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    Investing in a bulk candy machine sounds like something I would be interested in. I’m a single mother working full time and going to school, so even earning a little bit of extra income each month without going to a second job and sacrificing time with my son and school work would be the way to go for me! I saw a triple candy machine on gumball.com for $149. Not too bad. I also am a member at Sam’s Club, so I can do my bulk candy there. I would like to start out with one machine, give it some time and see how it goes. Then go from there My question is, how do you report income on something like this? I know you said about the separate bank account, but what will I need at tax time in regards to the vending machine business? Any advice is appreciated.

    Thank you!

  43. Bob April 29, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    Hey Brian,

    I’m interested in starting a gum ball machine business. I was wondering, did you have to get a special license in order to start the business? What about insurance?

  44. Jeremy April 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    Great article! While I’m not one to leave the corporate world (just kind of enjoy what I do!) you definitely have started my thinking on looking at the vending route. Thanks!

  45. jake April 29, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    hey great blog! I am looking to buy an existing bulk candy route. There is 103 – 3 head bulk 800 vending machines. these are doing 2300 gross sales per month and 1300 net after All expenses. would you buy this route for $18,000 ? he claims it takes 5 days per month to service.

  46. youngster--16yrs November 5, 2012 at 1:38 am #

    wow this article you’ve written is very interesting brian! ive been thinking (lately stressing :p) for quite a while (at least 2 years) about what im going to do with my life, and ive thought about investing in some sort of bigger business of my own, higher risk/reward stocks (which i recently started to invest a couple 100$ or so every few months into) and even inventing some new type of product to build a business off of, but ive never thought about those little candy vending machines! but now that i think about this idea of getting some started my interest is snowballing and i think im going to try it asap because i do have some money saved up that i wasent sure yet what to do with. anyways your article here is pretty sweet and a question i have is: do you think it would be a good idea to set up machines outside of stores for passing people to use? obviously the ‘host’ store manager might not like the deal if he has to bring in the machines every night so as to not get stolen, have you had any experiences with this? i mean it would attract people to his store front while they are using the machines but im not sure if this would be a good enough of a reason for the manager to keep em… thanks, sorry for the long read here but congrats if you did make it through :p have a good one brian!

  47. Frazier September 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    Hello Brian,

    What type of machine do you use: the old candy machines or the latest version?
    Do you need a food license and/ or another type of license to operate a Food Vending Business? I live in the MD/DC/VA area.


  48. GT November 22, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    The machines I used were the 3 candy model that hadn’t really changed in years… Not sure about the food license in those areas.


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