Vending Machine Supplies

Written by Liza Hartung
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Did you ever wonder what the first vending machine supply was? Considering what we know today of vending machines, it will come as quite a shock. It was holy water. Yes, that's right. A Greek mathematician named Hero way back in 215 BC invented a machine to vend holy water in Egyptian temples. Needless to say, that practice didn't stick around too long.

It wasn't until the 1880s when the first coin-operated vending machine was put into use. It sold postcards on the streets of London. In 1888, the United States saw its first vending machine. It sold Tutti Frutti gum in subway stations. Action figures were added to vending machines in 1897 to draw greater appeal. However, the year 1907 saw the first round gumballs and the type of vending machines that we know today.

Vending Machine Supplies Now

Today, there are all kinds of vending machine supplies. You can get gum, candy, stickers, cigarettes, postcards, stamps, soda, snacks and more. When you decide to get into the vending machine business, you will have to figure out what product you want to vend. You can certainly sell all of them if you like. Managing a just a few, though, will probably be your best bet.

Whatever you do choose to vend, I suggest putting out a variety of vending machine supplies. When you do this, you will appeal to a broader range of the public and thus will make more money. For instance, if you want to do gum and candy, buy your machines and fill them with vending machine supplies of different flavors and textures. You might also want to put nuts in one of them.


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