The Big Bad Blog by Performa!
Watch out for the Cones!
by, 01-19-2013 at 05:41 PM (9843 Views)
So, in what amounts to an impulse buy, I bought two old Northwestern "Cone" Vending machines. The vendors I spoke with couldn't recall the "real" name, and I haven't heard back from Northwestern proper yet. All I know is that they are very big, and very old. They were designed to be super-high capacity gumball machines (as seen in the included photo) but it's taken quite a while to get them cleaned up internally, as they had been in storage for a long time.
I have two, so my plan is to use them as either gum or bouncy ball machines, probably the latter due to the volume and the length of the service cycle involved.
However, until my new locks come in and I have found suitable locations, these machines have taken up temporary residence in my garage just in front of my car. It's probably a sign to get locating- when I pull the car in the garage I have to be careful not to hit the cones!
All joking aside, I've really been trying to work on my "large machine" pitch. In order to approach a business with a large, or in my case "unusual" machine, you have to go about it differently than you would with something like a candy triple, gumball single, etc. If anything I'm gradually learning what NOT to do, and so far the first lesson has been "don't refer to the machine like it's any different than a small setup". I don't mean lie or anything of that nature, I've just found it's best to pitch them on a "vending machine" and then fill in details once they're warmed up to it- and don't forget the pictures!
Well, that blog bounced from point to point a lot. I'll try to "ramble" less in the future.