When grandmother Karen Bailey heard that her son wanted to give away his vending machines, she asked if he’d give them to her. She used her combo drink and snack vending machines to open her own small business in Great Falls, Montana. Since September, 2014, she’s supplemented her fixed income with proceeds from 11 machines in nine locations. Besides the cash, Bailey enjoys meeting customers and getting to know what they like.
She advises others who are considering vending machines for sale to prioritize location. At least 20 people regular congregate around her favorite vending machine locations. Additionally, she suggests supplementing healthy beef jerky, granola bars and pistachios with candy bars, cookies and chips. Her snack machines experience has proven that people like to treat themselves sometimes with traditional snack foods. No matter what’s in her vending machines, Bailey looks forward to many more years of business ownership.