post’s HOT TOP 5! – MARCH EDITION and I apologize for it being late

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. 1. Mini Wrecking Balls (TNT)
  2. 2. Annoying Orange Balls (A&A)
  3. 3. Laser Tattoos (Flatline)
  4. 4. Bullseye Fresh Ink Tattoo Mix (VSI)
  5. 5. Chopper Chains (Cardinal)

5. Chopper Chains by Cardinal Distributing

Chopper-ChainsCardinal has made another good “tough” jewelry mix with Chopper Chains. Borrowing heavily from well established trends in “tough” jewelry before it, this mix includes studs, chains, and the namesake “chopper chain” bracelets- which feature what appears to be a length of chain from a motorcycle. This is a fun twist on a great product mix, and might be worth a look for your 1” jewelry mixes.


4. Bullseye Fresh Ink Tattoos by VSI

Fresh Ink TattoosTattoos from VSI focus on two things- quality, and marketability. The “Bullseye” mix is a perfect example of this winning philosophy in action. It features classics, new designs, and specials all in one mix. Keeping good flat locations fresh is an imperative to keep the quarters rolling in, and this isn’t a bad choice at all if you’re looking for a change!



3. Laser Tattoos by Flatline Corporation

Lazer TattoosFlatline is always coming up with fun new twists on existing ideas, and the Laser Tattoos are a great example of this. We have classics reborn, as well as a lot of new tattoo designs that are really eye catching. As a “value” product in their lineup, I don’t see how you could go wrong there! Early reports are that these things are superb sellers.



2. Annoying Orange Foam Balls by A&A Global Industries

Annoying Orange BallsThe Annoying Orange TV show is everywhere now, and as the license expands and grows, it could reach heights normal kids TV shows don’t get to. The balls are self-vending, and feature the characters from the show. This mix is a relatively inexpensive way for capsule vendors to hop onto the bandwagon for some A-Grade licensed merchandise, without the risk of some other properties faltering before paying off.


1. Mini Wrecking Balls from Top Notch Toys (TNT)

Mini Wrecking Ball Yo-YoYo-yo’s are an amazing bulk product- they sell well at many price-points, look great, and come in dozens of varieties from dozens of suppliers. However, this is (to my knowledge and research anyway) the first time the mighty Stretchy yo-yo has crossed over into a 1” capsule mix. As a seller, yo-yo’s have been a mainstay on my route since I started with toys, and sales are amazing. Early reports are in, and it looks like these are going very well for operators in the field! As a product, you can grab so many prospective markets in one round with stretch yo-yos that I cannot imagine a better 1” product to mix things up for late spring and on into summer. This one could be a superstar for the season!

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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