Unless it is an untapped niche or market, getting into the vending business is tough. I have known several people try to start one from scratch in our area without much luck. Our market is saturated. In this instance, the best way in would be purchasing an existing route.
You may be interested in a niche vending businesses for better success. I know of one in my area operated by a friend that does well. It is called "Honor Snacks". This is a custom made cardboard box is placed at local business break rooms. Since there is not mechanical unit, payment is on the honor system. You fill the custom made box with 40-60 snacks, and customers pick out their purchase and drop the payment into the built in "piggy bank". Even if you are occasionally a little short changed, it still is very profitable. Start up costs are much cheaper. No hassle with electricity, jammed coin receiver, mechanical problems, etc.
Good luck in your endeavors. Let us know how things work out.
GreenChipInvesting10/19/2008 6:34 PM