Vending Machine Placement - Things to Avoid when Dealing with a Placement Service

Published: 20th August 2008
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Though hiring a vending machine placement service is a good idea, there are also a lot of things to avoid when dealing with them.

First off in my list is to avoid dealing with vending machine placement services that contract their work out to so-called locators in various states. There is a big chance that the vending machine placement service you will hire is not at all familiar with the expertise and capabilities of their contractors. They might say that their contractors are experts, but how can you be sure? There is no way for you to validate their claims. Some vending locators are notorious for locating terrible locations. One way for you to avoid terrible locations is to stop yourself from dealing with these contractors.

Vending machine placement services that request full payment upfront is second on my list. Apparently, you should avoid dealing with vending machine placement services like this for security reasons. Most of the time, vending locator companies only ask for a deposit payment and not a full one. A vending machine placement service that ask for a full one has clearly some ulterior motives of running away with your money. Before paying any upfront money, seek and consult an attorney to ensure the feasible and efficacy of the business proposition. If you are really required to pay a deposit, the attorney can review the contract and suggest something that can be fair for both you and vending placement service. If the vending machine placement service won't agree to a suggestion that is fair both parties, then I am sure you already know what to do.

Third is, avoid, as much as possible, a vending machine placement service that is new to the locating business. Of course not all new vending locator companies are fraudulent, but common sense will dictate that since they are new to the locating business, they are not yet that familiar with the ins and outs of getting a good location compared to those companies who have been in the business for years. I do not intend to discriminate, in fact, I certainly agree that they should be given a chance to prove their companies' worth. But for customers, deal with them at your own risk.

Avoiding vending machine placement services that mostly communicate by fax or email comes fourth. Think of this, an honest vending machine placement service will not hide anything from you, but a dishonest one will take every measure to just communicate discreetly. It is all about customer service and how they treat their customers. If they treat you badly that they do not return your calls and only respond via email or fax then something must be wrong. And if at the start the vending locator company cannot give an excellent customer service, then forget about them, chances are they are just after your money.

Lastly, avoid vending machine placement services that make promises such as "I can guarantee you to make so much money from each location." Do not fall for what they are saying. They only say those words because they want to make a sale from you. If a vending machine placement company makes earning claims, make sure that they can provide a written substantiation to back up their claim.

Avoiding these things will not only keep you safe, but will also bring you to the road of vending success.


Jayne Manziel is a successful Entrepreneur Vending Locator that has helped hundreds of people build their Vending Machine business from ground up for over 20 years. She devotes the time, energy, and effort into her clients and mentors them to ensure their success. To learn more visit her Vending Locators Network. She is a proven leader in assisting vending machine operators to achieve financial success.

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