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chicago-bull
05-20-2006, 04:55 PM
Hey All,


First post here, took two days to read them all ;) anyways I have a couple of questions...

1. Is anyone from the Chicagoland area that can give me some feedback on saturation in the market, and how to contact redbull distributors here?

2. After much of what I read I'm leaning towards a generic that handles multiple products... Who manufactures bc-10's and which machines would you all recommend? Whats a fair price?


thanks!

Pat

-VV-
05-20-2006, 08:42 PM
http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=BC10+vending+machine&ei=UTF-8&fr=FP-tab-web-t342&x=wrt

All you ever wanted to know about the BC-10s and more.

You may also want to check out:

Royal Vendors - www.royalvendors.com (http://www.royalvendors.com) (I can personally vouch for the quality and reliability of their products. I will always consider Royal first when purchasing machines) As an aside, they actually own Coinco (validators, changers, etc) as well.

Vendo - www.vendoco.com/home.php# (http://www.vendoco.com/home.php#) (another big player)

Crane (National Vendors) - www.nationalvendors.com (http://www.nationalvendors.com) (One of the few big players that offer direct sales)

Dixie-Narco - www.dixienarco.com (http://www.dixienarco.com) (I doubt you can walk anywhere and not pass at least one of their machines)

http://www.globalvendinggroup.com (One of the distributors of Royal, Rowe and Dixie-Narco machines. There are dozens of others, but it's a good place to window shop if you're doing research. )

I would recommend going with a larger manufacturer on your first machine purchases, or if you are purchasing sub-premium generics, make sure you purchase them from a reputable company authorized by the manufacturer to sell the machines. The last thing you want to be stuck with is broken equipment and no support.

Best of luck to you.

[ 07-13-2006, 08:02 PM: Message edited by: -VV- ]

chicago-bull
05-21-2006, 01:40 AM
thank you very much! this helps alot!

bullman
05-21-2006, 09:19 PM
Something to watch out for... there is a rubber hose that may inadvertently obstruct the compressor fan at any given moment. This makes an awful noise and may even stop the fan completely. Of course, if that happens, the drinks will not stay cold - they will in fact become warm and there will be no cooling until the hose is repositioned and the compressor restarted.

I spoke to tech support at the Wittern Group, and apparently, there have been reports of this happening. To save yourself the trouble, I would make sure before you put the machine in place that the hose nearest the compressor fan is either tied down or otherwise far enough away from the fan to not cause problems.

This happened to me while I was checking sales. Purely coincidental. I didn't know what happened, but I checked it the next day and all my drinks had completely warmed up. Luckily, my compressor restarted and the fan worked.

[ 05-21-2006, 08:20 PM: Message edited by: bullman ]