March 17, 2022

The Case for Small Ice Vending Machines

Don’t Let Ice Vending Manufacturers Upsell and Overcharge You

Bigger is not always better. Let’s say you wanted to sell apple juice in your neighborhood. Would you buy an entire orchard for your supply if you only needed one tree? Not only is that going to need a lot more space, but it’s going to be very expensive – and you’re going to waste a lot of apples. Now, think of how much it costs to fill a vending machine. While bulk-buying can be beneficial in some cases, it’s important to analyze whether or not you will be able to effectively sell that inventory, or if you might be paying for more than you need. That’s where small ice vending machines come in.

Only Produce Ice You Can Sell

Using Everest’s robust ROI calculator, to estimate how much a vending machine makes per day, you can see even an “Average” location will still get you a rapid return on your investment. A typical ice vending location will sell between 40-60 bags a day, and you’ll make plenty of money with a great return on your investment, even if you price your ice on the low side. Sure, there are locations that sell more, but even a “Home Run” location only sells about 120 bags a day. The truth is, while these locations certainly exist, you won’t sell that much in most places.

So if that’s true with only 120 vends a day, why do our competitors offer you a machine that makes 200, 300, even 500 bags a day – so much ice, you couldn’t possibly sell it all? Only a big-box store is gonna come close to selling several hundreds of bags per day – and unless you’re in a once-in-a-lifetime location, such as right off a busy beach in the Florida Keys, you’re not likely to get that kind of traffic. 

These massive machines boast an ice production of several hundreds of bags per day, but they are also tremendously expensive. While they typically cost $50,000 to $80,000 and more, sometimes even surpassing six-digit price points, that doesn’t even touch on the extra emergency funds you’ll need in case of maintenance problems. 

So when it comes to the cost of your ice and water vending machines, what does all this mean for you?

  • You spend too much on a machine you don’t need, creating an abundance of ice you can’t sell, which ultimately drags out the return on your investment.
  • You have a massive machine that takes up a ton of space and makes it much more difficult to find a suitable location – and some of them even require building permits, a crane, and a General Contractor. 
  • You pay more in utilities to keep a bigger machine running, wasting excessive energy to make an unsellable product that just sits in the bin. 
  • You experience more maintenance downtime and extra expenses because of all the moving parts necessary for automatically bagging ice. 

Keep Your Own Profits

At Everest, we designed the ice and water vending machine you need, not the machine we want to sell you. Most of our competitors have MULTIPLE different size machines. It can get pretty confusing. Why do our competitors want to sell you a bigger machine that you don’t need? Why do they have so many different models, all making entirely too much ice? One word – PROFIT. 

At Everest, we want YOU to make the profit, and we’re here to help you save money. In comparison to other companies, our ultimate goal is to provide the most advanced ice and water vending machine on the market to make your life as easy as possible while providing a truly passive income. That’s why we are proud to offer the most standard features in the industry. A machine with the smallest footprint of any in its class. A machine that takes up only about half a parking space while still making enough ice to meet the need for almost ANY location. 

Don’t let a pushy salesperson upsell you a machine you don’t need. That decision is guaranteed to be costly and complicated, and your profits will suffer for it. Invest in a machine that makes just the right amount of ice and will give you a faster return on your investment so you can spend your time and money on what matters most. Learn more about our revolutionary technology and innovative equipment here. 

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