So you have heard how there are a number of sharks just waiting to rip you off when you go to locate vending machines ? Just remember that not everyone who has vending machines for sale is a shark. There are many honest and sincere distributors and promoters who have helped many a newbie get started in the vending machine business. If you buy your equipment from someone who is highly motivated about selling vending machines then the chances of your getting a reasonable price is proportionately high.
The failsafe method while sourcing vending machines for sale would be to locate a dealer near you in a geographic sense. Usually the online searches throw up information that really surprises you. One major reason for relying on a local or at least close by dealer would be the sheer cost of transporting the vending machines to the locations you intend to set them up. You don’t want to end up spending more on shipping your equipment than you did on purchasing them!
The other advantage is that you can go and physically check the state of (dis)repair or condition the vending machines for sales are in. Also, you can check whether spare parts which you might need to replace periodically are actually available. Sometimes even manufacturers offer vending machines for sales when they want to discontinue a line which has not done as well as expected. For them it is cheaper to sell the vending machines at a fraction of their listed price than carrying inventory.
One way of getting the best price on vending machines for sales would be to have the cash ready and offer to take them off the hands of the seller immediately – provided you want to close the deal. And always remember to ask why the vending machines are on sale. Sometimes it is possible to get lightly used vending machines for reasons like their original owner having been misled about the hyper-realistic profits they would make from the few overpriced machines they could afford, but the machines not earning even a fraction of the estimated sales. Other reasons could be personal distress like bereavement, divorce or geographic relocation.