What are Gumball Machines?

What are Gumball Machines?

Picture this: You’re eight years old again and your mom or dad has stopped at a store for some needed grocery item. As you are leaving the store, a big glass jar of colors catch your eyes. Inside are hundreds of deliciously beautiful gumballs. You can’t possibly leave without one so you beg and beg for a quarter from your parents. Finally they cave, give you the quarter and you stick it in the metal base and turn the handle clockwise. Out pops a gum ball that gives you about twenty five minutes of joy. Your day has just been made by this small overlooked machine that is a little over one hundred years old.

Gumball machines were first seen in 1907 and originally cost one penny. Most often you see gumball machines with a clear glass (sometimes plastic) sphere, filled with colorful gumballs on top of a metal base. They have a metal lid with a key hole for easy removal and re-filling. The metal base has a coin slot with a handle that turns clockwise 360 degrees. The gumball is then dispensed through a chute at the bottom of the metal base almost immediately stopped by a metal hanging flap. During that process, the coin is deposited into the hidden coin bank. This is the classic gumball machine.

There are candy dispensers of all shapes and sizes and the options are endless of what delicious treat you can put into the dispenser. We offer locations for any type of machines. The One to Three Head Candy Machines, Four Selection Candy Machine, or the Eight Head Candy Machine. See pictures below.

gumball machines locatorFinding Quality Locations for bulk vending quarter machines

One of the most difficult things to do in having vending machines is finding quality locations to place them. Finding good locations is not only time-consuming but it is also quite stressful because you might be calling business after business and not getting super great results. You want to get the most out of every single one of your candy machines and an effective way to do that is by employing an vending machine locator.

Utilizing a locator service might be the best thing you can do for your vending machine business. Unfortunately, there are quite a few vending locator scams on the internet with many unsatisfactory reviews which might seem discouraging. Here, at vendorlocator4u, we genuinely care about helping you find quality locations for you to place your boxes (check out our reviews on the right side of this website and on Facebook). We take care of finding your locations so that you can focus on what you do best. We have been in the vending machine industry for a very long time and had our own route for years.

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Still not sure if our service is the best? That’s okay. You do not pay for our service until your vending machine is accepted by the business and safely placed there by you (must be placed and paid with in 2 days). If there are any issues and they kick you out (rarely happens), we will take care of them because we care about your business. Also, if the location does kick you out with in 30 days, we replace it. We are here for YOU.

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The best part about how family vending works is that I can place the machines before I pay! So if there is a problem, I can bring it to Rodney's attention right away and not have my money tied up until it is fixed.

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