Pros and Cons of a Vending Machine Business

By Lanee’ Blunt
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A vending machine business is one of the fastest growing businesses.  It offers the opportunity to make an extra income part-time or on a full time basis. There are a lot of different types of vending machines for example, bulk machines that dispense a handful of gumballs, or nuts, coffee or soda, candy and chips. Starting a vending machine business requires a vending machine, along with products such as soft drinks, gumballs, candy, and snacks. However, just as with any business there are pros and cons that go along with this business also.

Great Income Potential
The vending machine business is a cash only business and offers a great chance to make a good income. It can be profitable within a few months if you have selected a good location.  An average machine can earn you $7.00 per month per person and a triple machine can be expected to make $21.00 per month, according to atouchofbusiness.com.

Low Investment
The initial investment is small compared to other businesses, unless you’re buying bigger vending machines.

Flexible Hours
You have the opportunity to set your own hours. If you already are working a full time job you can set your own schedule.

One of the cons of owning a vending machine is that there is a lot of competition. The initial investment needed to start is a major factor in the high competition. There are a lot of companies that offer vending machines and you need to do your homework here. You may find suppliers in your area, but may find that online suppliers offer a better deal.

Another of the cons of owning a machine is placing the vending machine is the right location. If you put the machine in a location that doesn't have enough traffic or if your competition has the same type of vending machine but they are located in a better location than your machine is another disadvantage.


Buzzle; Vending Machine Business Prosand Cons; Vibhuti Gatha; 2011


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