just plug into their water/electric.. forget the auto bagging etc. In the summer time they stay busy this is a resort town lot of boats. They cost something like 100 grand. the help of ice vending machines, most retailers across America are now enjoying Bag of Ice manufactures four different ice & water vending machines, each with different ice production and storage capabilities. $100,000 investment, with 20% down = a loan of $80,000 at 12% interest at payments of about $1200.00 per month. The best ice vending machines I have seen for the money and I so happen to own 3 of them are Bag of Ice XL1900, you can see them here and they pay for themselves but you need a good location. It is the new ground-breaking machines which certainly help The Economics of Ice Vending Machines. use and incredibly consumer friendly.. So it is near impossible to make a profit. Waste of $$$. That is an insane amount of money for vending machines. The theft would normally fall on store owners. need any longer of transportation expenses for ice delivery, storage, or even Most are owned by big national companies. Bag of Ice machines boast the fewest moving parts and provides one of the most reliable machines on the market. The ice vending business went belly up in 18 months. The best ice vending machines I have seen for the money and I so happen to own 3 of them are Bag of Ice XL1900, you can see them here and they pay for themselves but you need a good location. They cost something like 100 grand. Here's a link to a biz op ad for one of them http://louisville.cr.../719408419.html . The Program is a service initiated by the National Automatic Merchandising Association to enable vending machine manufacturers to build equipment in conformity with the public health requirements set forth in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Public Health Service Model […] there was a medium sized ice vending machine located in back of a busy liquor store at a busy intersection took up a little more than 1 parking space was always busy and was the only one in the city i think. The Program is a service initiated by the National Automatic Merchandising Association to enable vending machine manufacturers to build equipment in conformity with the public health requirements set forth in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Public Health Service Model […] They are trying to give me all types of deals and I really just couldn't see myself doing it. I didn't get a chance to see the type in OP's link but there are smaller ice machines out there. I paid mine off in less than 1 year. A walk up ice vending machine considerably simple to it sold bagged and 2 different sizes of block ice every time before we headed out of town for camping we would stop and get supplies at the store then get ice from the vending machine in back! With I think you can make money with them but with that big of investment they are just fishing for someones retirement savings by promising the "pie in the sky" which like they say a "fool and his money are easily parted.". I actually worked with an ice vending company and they made a killing! There is a market for it but most territories can only support 1-2 vendors. They can be valuable in the right location and demographic, just like any vending unit. I am in Arizona too. retailers in supplying fresh ice and water to sell in public. and just point potential buyers to the original snake-oil salesmen's marketing material.... lol everyone is "selling due to health" vending sure is bad for you, You need to be a member in order to leave a comment. now you get a coin/dollar operator timer mechanism (like on car wash,air compressor etc) and figure out how long it takes for that belt to fill a bag of ice and set timer for that...there you have a ice vending machine,,get a fabricator to make you a nice stainless steel box, and insulate it really really good.. total costs,,less than 5K id guess and you can make it smaller so it could fit on steps on c-store so you wouldn't have electric bill etc. LoL. Sign up for a new account in our community. around here, almost every liquor store, gas station, grocery store has coolers/freezers that have bags of ice in them, even at the local lake has 5 of these coolers/freezers full of bagged ice. Fresh and pure water and ice are available on demand from an ice you can normally spot the biz ops when you see them for sale on ebay and craigslist in location for half of what they sell for new,,normally they will say "Selling due to health." With an ice vending machine, there is no waiting for clerks to unlock the ice boxes. It always was in the red. Check these guys out: www.bagofice.com, Has anyone taken a look at the ice vending things? Last I knew they were doing somewhere around 50M per year. Buying out a competitor is the only way to get started. Some were good, and honestly, many were not. like this. One plus these machines have is that they are there for just ice. The larger units require a huge investment, but can do well. You could get all you need AND ice at the supermarket, pharmacy, or corner store. The only advantage to this would be that it would cut down the theft of bagged ice.