Ordering & Payment

Order locations online now! We accept All Major Credit Cards and PayPal. Purchases in excess of $100 may qualify for PayPal Credit. Please select PayPal during checkout for this option.

Charity Affiliation

We suggest using the National Children’s Cancer Society. They are a very well organized and recognized charity.

Start a Vending Business

Starting a vending business can be a great way to supplement your income or even replace your current full time job.

How to Order:

  1. Click the Home button. This will bring you to our store front.
  2. Find the picture of the machine that looks most similar to yours and click on it.
  3. On the shopping cart page you will be able to edit the quantity of locations you wish to order.
  4. Follow the checkout instructions and enter your payment information.

Payments Accepted
We accept the following credit or debit cards; Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and PayPal. If you select PayPal as your payment type we do offer a service called “Bill Me Later” through PayPal. This will allow you to finance any purchase over $99 if you meet their credit criteria. Sorry, we do not accept cash, checks, money orders or wire transfers. If you do not have a credit card or PayPal account we suggest going to Wal-Mart and getting a prepaid Visa Card.

Do I pay before or after I receive my locations?
We do require payment up front. This is due to our Lead List costs. To learn more please visit the Quality Control section of our FAQ.

Definition: The ability to reject a location if you don’t think it is a good fit for your vending machine.

Yes, you have the right to refuse a location if you deem it unacceptable for any reason.

Keep in mind, even for the most experienced vendors, it is very difficult to judge how a location is going to perform.

This is why we backup every location with our Platinum Warranty. Please read the Warranty Information section of our FAQ for more information.

This is a general, but not comprehensive, list of the most popular types of businesses for vending machines.

Apartment Buildings Auto Repairs Banks Barbers Bars Beauty Salons Car Dealers Cell Phone Stores Chinese Restaurants Department Stores Electrical Supply Employment Offices Hair Salons Hotels Junk Yards Laundromats Lumber Companies Pawn Shops Pizza Parlors Plumping Supply Print/Copy Shops Restaurants Tanning Salons Tattoo Parlors Truck Stops Trucking Companies Vets

How it works:

  1. Signup with a 501(c)3 charity that has a Vending Program.
  2. Pay them a monthly or annual fee for your affiliation. This typically ranges between $12-18 per year for each machine.
  3. The charity will provide you with charity documentation and small stickers to put on your machines that let people know you support their charity.

Who we suggest:
We suggest using the National Children’s Cancer Society. They are a very well organized and recognized charity.

For information on signing up please visit: http://www.thenccs.org/charityvend

Is a charity required?
Yes, we do require that you affiliate with a 501(c)3 charity before we locate your machines.

Local Charities:
Local charities may be willing to partner with you to come up with a vending program. Some of our most successful clients have affiliated with a local animal shelter or food bank.

Generally with local charities you will need to get a signed letter of permission stating that you can solicit businesses on their behalf. In return you will make a monthly contribution to the charity which would depend on how many machines you have located in the field. These charities most likely will not be able to provide you with stickers for your machines so you may need to print them on your own.

The question always comes, “How long will it take to get my machines located?” There are many variables that go into it but we will go over the most important things you should know.

  • Order Size – The more locations you order the faster we’re able to get them located. It’s not that we’re prejudice against small orders (we have no order size requirements) but it’s just faster to locate for larger orders. The reason for this is we can batch out a greater number of calls initially for larger orders. We can’t call 1000 businesses for an order of 5 locations because during the call back phase (we make a lot of call backs to managers) we would end up with way too many locations for you.
  • Management Systems – We won’t bore you with the details but the fact is we are the only locating company that allows you to track and manage all of your locations online. This means you can provide us feedback instantly so we always know what needs to be worked on.
  • Search Area - The search area is comprised of two different parts; Size and Demographics.
  • Size – The larger your search area (the amount of zip codes you provide) the more businesses we have to work with and thus the faster we can locate. If we run out of fresh leads to call and have to rely solely on callbacks then the locating process slows down.
  • Demographics – Every city is different but here is what you need to know. Middle to low income areas tend to do much better than let’s say Beverly Hills.

Quality is comprised of two separate but very important parts; The Lead List and Call Verification.

  • The Lead List – This is a list of businesses in your area that we use to call from. There are many different ways to get lead lists. The best way is to use a service like Sales Genie (they had a Super Bowl ad one year) to generate leads. This is because they constantly update their data and do what’s called Phone Verification. Phone Verification means that they actually call a business to verify the integrity of the information on their list and they gather additional information such as; Number of Employees that work there, Manager or Owners Name and Gross Sales. By using the best lead list we are able to curate the data and make sure we are only calling the best businesses for you.
  • Call Verification - Call Verification is the process of doing quality control while we are on the call. We have a series of five checkpoints that must pass quality control on each phone call. Our competition is probably reading this page as we speak to figure out how we do it, so if that’s you... Here are the quality checks that must pass on each call:
  • A manager or owner must approve the placement.
  • The manager or owner must be there for the appointment and an exact appointment time must be set. For example: Monday at 2PM.
  • They must have enough space for your type of machine.
  • The charity information must be given accurately.
  • The management must have a belief that the machine will get used.

Platinum Warranty:

All of our locations come with the Platinum Warranty.
  • For every 3 Locations you order we provide you with 1 free replacement location. You have 90 days from the date we initially find a location to request a free replacement. Replacement locations may be used if you are unhappy with a location for any reason.
  • After a machine has been on location for 90 days you may order an unlimited number of additional replacement locations for $20 each. You may order replacement locations for up to two years after the date the location was initially found.
  • If a machine is kicked out (the manager or owner asks you to remove the machine) of a location in the first 90 days from the date the location is found we will replace it free of charge. This does not count against the 1 free replacement location that comes with every 3 locations ordered.

*For Land a Quarter and Aqua Thrill locations the Platinum Warranty only covers you for 30 days for both free replacement locations and kick outs.

*For Keurig K-Cup locations the Platinum Warranty only covers you for 30 days for both free replacement and locations and kickouts. **For Further Warranty Information please visit the Keurig K-Cup product page.

Additional Replacement Locations:

Our Platinum Warranty gives you the opportunity to order discounted replacement locations for up to two years after the initial location was secured.
  • Replacement locations are $20 each and come with a 30 day kick out warranty.
  • Please remove the machine from its previous location prior to ordering a replacement.
  • Discounted replacement locations may be ordered if a location isn't performing, the machine is kicked out or if for any reason you need or want to remove the machine from a particular business.

Starting a vending business can be a great way to supplement your income or even replace your current full time job. Working with so many incredible entrepreneurs like you has provided us with many insights into what makes someone successful in the vending business. We’ve broken it down into four categories; Machines, Locations, Products and Service. By creating a business model that considers these four areas you will be well on your way to running a successful vending business.

Machines
Choosing a machine that is a good fit for your business is very important. Here are the three key ways that bulk vending machines vary.

  • The number of products they offer.
    • The majority of bulk vending machines offer between 1 and 8 product selections. Generally we have found that 2 – 4 product selections are adequate for the majority of locations.
    • After 4 product selections you begin to see greatly diminished returns; the cost of adding an additional product is greater than the profit it returns.
  • The type of products they offer.
    • Depending on the machine you choose it may vend gumballs, candy, stickers or toys. Deciding what type of products you’re going to offer is important because it impacts your decision on what machines to buy.
  • The size and footprint of the machine.
    • Machines with a small footprint can go into many businesses whereas larger machines are more limited. How much floor space your machine takes up will impact the types of locations you’re able to get into.

Locations Everyone has heard the platitude “Location, Location, Location.” Location does matter but what is more important is matching your business model with the right types of locations. And, understanding how your location decisions affect other areas like Machines, Products and Service.

There are two primary types of locations; Kid Friendly and Adult Friendly.

  • Kid Friendly
    • Locations like restaurants, pizza parlors, ice cream parlors and anywhere else you might find children.
    • It is more difficult to build a route quickly if you only target these types of businesses.
    • These types of locations lend themselves to machines that offer the following products; gumballs, stickers and toys. Since these products have a long shelf life you can increase the time between services.
  • Adult Friendly
    • You have more flexibility on the types of products you can offer.
    • It’s quicker to build a route since there are more potential businesses.
    • Generally you will be offering candy products which require you to service the machines more regularly like M&M’s, Skittles, etc.

Other things to consider:

  • Most successful, high traffic businesses already have vending machines. Don’t hesitate to compete with other vendors in the same business.
  • It’s difficult to predict how a business will perform until you try it. The most successful vendors are willing to try almost any location.

Products
The products you offer will affect the types of locations you can target and your service cycle. This is the one area that most new vendors don’t realize is so important.

  • Gumballs - Should be in every location unless the business doesn’t want them. They have the highest profit margins and are consumed by both children and adults. In addition, they have a long shelf life which allows you to increase the time between service cycles.
  • Toys and Stickers – You are limited to kid friendly locations. However, the shelf life is unlimited which means you can increase the time between service cycles.
  • Candy – The shelf life can be very limited on some candies. Well branded candy like M&M’s, Skittles and Reeses tend to sell very well. You are not limited by the types of locations you can target if you offer candy.

Service Enough can’t be said for providing outstanding service to your customers. Dressing professional, being friendly and having a smile on your face will go a long way. The most important aspect of providing quality service is sticking to a regular service schedule to ensure your customers are cared for properly.

Service Cycles:

  • Candy Products – Maximum 30 days between services.
  • Gumballs - Maximum 90 days between services.
  • Toys & Stickers – Maximum 90 days between services.
  • Orders of 50 or Fewer Locations - We require 90 calendar days to complete the order before a refund will be granted.
  • Orders of 51-100 Locations – We require 120 calendar days to complete the order before a refund will be granted.
  • Orders in excess of 100 Locations – We require 60 calendar days for every 50 locations ordered.  For example 150 locations would = 180 days before a refund will be granted.
    • Why do you have a required time before you can Grant a Refund?  - This is due to the upfront work that is put into each and every order.  Some of the most time consuming work is done up front, generating lead lists, setting up new accounts, loading our dialer, etc.
    • What happens if I just want a refund prior to the Required Time is up?  - We understand things happen and situations change.  Should you require a refund before the required time and not want us to complete an order we will refund 50% of any remaining locations that have not already been secured.
    • The required time is up and my order is not completed, now what? - In the rare circumstance that we are unable to secure all of your locations in the allotted time we will grant you a full refund on any remaining locations that have not already been secured if you request it.

How We Calculate Refunds

  • Location Calculation Refund
    • Refund = (Total # of Locations Ordered – Placed Locations) X Sale Price per Location.*
    • For example, if you order 10 Locations at $69.99 each and 8 of the 10 Locations havebeen placed. (10 – 8) X $69.99. Total Refund: $139.98.
    • With our Platinum Plan we provide Free Replacements. Locations in which you have requested a replacement cannot be refunded.

Other Stipulations

  • You must login and update the placement status of your locations in our Admin Panel within 30 days of a location being secured. If a location is not updated within 30 days it will go into “locked” status; we cannot refund that location and the warranty on the location is voided.
  • You have the option of temporarily putting your account on hold. In this case, the number of days that your account is on hold will not be counted in the required time to complete an order.
  • After 200 days if a refund is requested on any remaining locations we will refund the replacement cost of $20 each.
  • We allow a maximum rejection rate of 20% of locations. If this is exceeded we reserve theright to refuse a refund.
  • We do not offer refunds on limited quantity promotional sales. This is because ordering these affects others opportunities at purchasing the offer.
  • If you add additional zip codes to the system we require an additional 60 days to complete the order. This is due to increased lead generation costs.
  • A minimum of 3 zip codes is required per 5 locations ordered. If adequate zip codes are not provided or removed from the system we cannot provide a refund. *Zip Codes must have active business listings; some postal codes are for USPS Mail purposes only.

Interested in becoming a KickStartLocations.com affiliate?

What we offer:

  • You receive 10% commission on all sales that come from anyone you refer.
  • Referrals are automatically tracked using our affiliate tracking software.
  • We provide you with custom links to put on your website to track referrals.
  • Any future purchases from that client are also credited to you.
  • We make affiliate payments once a month to your PayPal account. You must reach our minimum payout of $50 before a payment is made.

What we’re looking for:

  • Professional websites that have vending related content on them.
  • Blogs, Forums, Charities and Vending Machine Sales websites are preferred.
  • There must be sufficient traffic to your site to warrant making you an affiliate.

How to apply:

Please visit our Contact Us page and provide us with the following information:

  • Website URL
  • Unique Visitors Per Month
  • Why you would make a great KickStart Affiliate.

We will review your website and get back with you within 24 hours to let you know if you’ve been accepted. Don’t get discouraged if you’re not accepted. You can always apply again at a later date.

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  • Sunday: Closed

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