post’s HOT TOP 5!

The “Hot Top 5” is a general list of what we here at Reliable-Vendor were impressed with, received positive reviews by vending experts, or offered something special to the vending industry. This is not to say any product is better or worse than the next, but merely a listing of whats “hot” today.

  1. One Direction Tattoos (VSI)
  2. iToons Stickers (Flatline)
  3. New Battlefield Collection (SSM)
  4. Battle Erasers (A&A Global)
  5. Mini Flashlights series 5 (TNT)

As winter really sets in, bulk vendors will usually see an upturn in profits as more people are ushered indoors by cooler weather. Now is prime time to make some good money out there, and the suppliers are ready to put their best products forward for you!

5. Mini Flashlights Series 5 by Top Notch Toys (TNT)

Mini-FlashlightsTNT’s flashlight mixes are great sellers for all sorts of locations. As a novelty item, and not just a toy, they have a wider appeal from a wider customer base. TNT has a pedigree of flashlights, and mix #5 is another great step in the right direction. From cookies to owls and everything in between, TNT’s 5th flashlight mix is sure to please.



4. Battle Erasers by A&A Global Industries

Battle-ErasersIn this new series of novelty erasers, A&A has taken a classic and turned it into something “more” if you will. Instead of just a novelty eraser, by equipping one of their little axes or pikes to the end of a pencil can make for some fun mock battles. These erasers would have a lot of appeal for both kids and teens, so once again a larger customer base is reached. It’s an interesting twist on a classic concept, and it’s definitely worth a look.


3. Battlefield Collection by SSM Vending Incorporated

BattleField 2 Inch Capsule ToysMany operators are saying good things about SSM’s “Battlefield Collection” citing that it’s been given new items and a stronger overall mix. A good alternative to “toy gun” mixes, the mix includes miniature army men, pullback tanks, toy paratroopers, and fling-able jets. This is a value mix, and is worth a look for any operator looking to impress the kids market in particular.


2. “iToons” Stickers by Flatline Corporation

iToons StickersFlatline strives to give operators something different, and they have succeeded with the “iToons” sticker collection. These fun characters have big eyes, and are a clever homage to Apple Computer’s famous and far reaching advertising campaigns. If you need to mix up a sticker location, these are a fun (and rather cheap) new way to do it.



1. One Direction Tattoos, VSI

One Direction TattoosThe boy band sensation known as “One Direction” now has their own vending tattoo line courtesy of VSI. As One Direction continues to expand it’s brand image into the retail marketplace, the phenomenon is only going to grow from here. These stickers are in high demand right now, so now is prime time to secure your spot in line for the newest vending trend.

As an aside, as celebrities extend their “images” further and further into the retail market, it’s expected that there will be even more vending products devoted to them. Though VSI has started the trend, I doubt very much this is the last time pop idols will appear in suppliers’ catalogs. It is only a matter of time.

The Hot Top 5 is compiled by Alex Macomber of Performa Vending with the assistance of and various suppliers. Products showcased are showcased are the opinions of Performa Vending, and may not represent the opinions of or it’s members.

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