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A vending machine can be a great way to bring in a bit of extra money at your business. It can also help raise money at a school, organisation, or community centre. You can also make money renting machines out to other businesses. A used vending machine is a good investment, but it is important to choose the right type for your establishment. After all, if no one buys anything from the machine, there is little point in having one. Different vending machines hold different items and should be installed in different places.
Snack Vending Machines
Snack vending machines are one of the most popular types. These machines usually hold chocolate bars, candy, crisps, or other snack foods. Some types can refrigerate foods and hold items like apples, carrot sticks, and sandwiches. Snack vending machines work well in most places, but they may not be appropriate in cafes or restaurants, as you do not want to distract your customers from your existing offerings. If you want to install a vending machine in a school, healthy foods are best and may be required.
Drink Vending Machines
Like snack vending machines, drink vending machines work well in many different settings, but you may want to avoid them if you already sell drinks at your place of business. These machines do especially well when the weather is hot, as cool drinks are an attractive offer when the weather is warm. You can fill your machine with fizzy drinks or healthier choices such as juice and water.
Personal Care Product Machines
Vending machines that hold personal care products do well in washrooms. Feminine hygiene products work well for ladies' washrooms, condoms work well in bars and nightclubs, and toothpaste and tissues work in many different environments.
Secondhand vending machines are available all over South Africa. You can also find companies that rent them out to small businesses for a fee or for a percentage of the income they generate. Buying a used vending machine generates much more profit, but it involves a higher cost upfront. Renting a machine does not involve much in the way of investment, but it generally brings in less money over the long term.