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Vending Machines Offer More Than We Realize

Jun 10, 2008
The delicious taste of coffee drinks isn't restricted to just those that are served hot. Many consumers love the taste of a coffee drink that is frozen or is poured over ice. It is great in the afternoon and especially when the weather is warm outside. Due to the consumer demand for them you will find more coffee shops offering such drinks now than ever before.

All vending machines have the same general concept behind them though. Offering goods that people will have a use for. Generally the items found in them aren't very expensive at all. They are open around the clock which means even when the store is closed you can get what you need. It is more convenient then waiting in line just to grab a soda or other item as well. I have found some unique items in vending machines such as socks at the local bowling alley.

Understanding what consumers will buy and when is an important part of the vending machine business. They have carefully researched what you may need at a particular time. For example you will find plenty of personal hygiene items at the vending machines in a hotel. You will find laundry soaps and softeners in those that are found at your local Laundromat for your convenience.

Even newspapers are found to be offered in vending machines. The days of someone standing on the street corners with them is in the past. You can just insert your coins and get the newspaper you want though. It isn't uncommon for several different newspapers to be offered in a common location either.

Nothing is off limits when it comes to the world of vending machines though. I realized this recently when I was at the airport. You could buy fresh flowers for $10, $20, and even $50 depending on what type of arrangement you were interested in. The convenience of this makes sense and plenty of people were taking the time to buy them as well.

One of the best ideas I have seen for vending machine services are those that offer fresh flowers. I came upon one recently when I was at an airport. This is a terrific idea and I saw several people accessing them while I was waiting for my luggage. It is much easier than trying to travel with them. It is also a perfect gift to give when you pick someone up from their flight.

If you haven't traveled to other countries you may be curious about vending machines there as well. Just about every country around does offer them but some more than others. One country that has an abundance of them is Japan, with about 1 for every 20 people. There are all types of items in them including books and even live plants.

If all of the vending machines out there disappeared we would likely be upset. There is no doubt something you need wouldn't be readily available without them. Even if you could get it from another location, we are so spoiled by the many vending machines out there that we wouldn't be happy about it at all.
About the Author
Robert Farnham built a profitable vending business after starting totally the wrong way. He now writes about building a a vending machine business and the pitfalls to avoid. Visit his website at My Vending Uncle for more.
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