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Reliable-Vendor.com’s HOT TOP 5!

Well, it’s that time again to list the top 5 new vending products for the month of July!

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 Looney Tunes Slap Bracelets
2 Squishland City
3 Skateboard Erasers
4 Bittersweet Sugar Tattoos
5 Angry Birds Space

5 Angry Birds Space by Flatline Corporation

Angry Birds Space

Angry Birds Space

Starting at number 5 we have the unstoppable Angry Birds Franchise. As the record-shattering mobile game rolls through another year of fun, and with rumors of a television show flying around the Internet, the Angry Birds have asserted they are here to stay for a long time. The series latest incarnation has the birds hurling themselves at the nefarious pigs in the zany realm of outer space, and Flatline has done an excellent job with their stickers. Quality is superb, and the “collectible” factor really takes flight here as kids want to get their favorite bird or birds. It’s a fun take on a popular, profitable franchise and is well worth the licensed product investment. A must have for any kid-friendly sticker machine locations.

 

4 Bittersweet Sugar by Vending Supply Incorporated (VSI)

Bittersweet Sugar Tattoos

Bittersweet Sugar Tattoos

Since popular culture has evolved to incorporate some “darker” elements following the “Twilight” series and others, a lot of manufacturers have tried to capitalize on this shift in popular attention. Vending Supply Incorporated (VSI) has done a spectacular job with their “Bittersweet Sugar” series, maintaining a lot of the popular elements from this new demographic, and maximizing visibility with sparkling glitter. These tattoos are not your ordinary tattoos, and are worth a try by any flat vending operator.

 

 

3 Skateboard Erasers by Top Notch Toys (TNT)

Skateboard Erasers

Skateboard Erasers

Top Notch Toys (TNT) is well known for taking existing products and putting a new spin on them. Skateboard erasers are no exception. By taking an already popular product (collectible erasers) and making them into actual play-with toys, they’ve greatly expanded this product’s target demographic. Another fun feature is the “add-on” vends some operators report- the kids will buy a figurine, then get a skateboard for the figure. A fun toy that’s also a novelty eraser is a great idea, and any vendor with a vending head open for them should consider giving them a try.

 

 

2 Squishland City by Brand Vending Incorporated

Squishland

Squishland

Brand’s popular “Squishland” series is a toy unlike any other. The toys are linked to an on-line game website where the toys’ virtual counterparts can be played with in the virtual world. Squishland is also available in retail stores, so visibility is no question here. Squishland figures are some of the highest quality figurines available today. As Squishland evolves, their newest series of figures showcases various animals from urban environments in “Squishland: City”. The figures are all in 1.1 round capsules, making them more versatile than other figurines, as they can be vended from regular gum-ball machines without needing 1.1 acorn capsule wheels. Sales are astronomical, and kids collecting these things are everywhere. If you haven’t at least tried vending Squishland by now, you are missing out on something amazing.

 

1 Looney Tunes Slap Bracelets by A&A Global Industries

Looney Tunes Slap Bracelets

Looney Tunes Slap Bracelets

The Looney Tunes are a brand that has a special spot in the hearts of their followers. Thanks to a barrage of marketing and new television shows, a new audience is coming to love the Looney Tunes as well. A&A Globals first major release for this new series is the Looney Tunes Slap Bracelets, which are pretty self explanatory. Rigid slap bracelets in 2” capsules depicting the Looney Tunes Characters. Slap bracelets in general have become very popular in the last few years, and A&A has blended the popular bracelets with an unstoppable franchise. Vendors report selling out 25 inch capsule machines in one service cycle at $1.00 price-points. This is phenomenal, and any vendor looking for the hottest product, this is it!

 

 

The Hot Top 5 is compiled by Alex Macomber of Performa Vending with the assistance of Reliable-Vendor.com and various suppliers. Products showcased are the opinions of Performa Vending, and may not represent the opinions of Reliable-Vendor.com or it’s members. That said, as owner of this blog and a vendor myself, I generally agree with Performa and feel he has a good grasp on the pulse of the industry. I know many suppliers and manufacturers read this blog, and some disagree with our choices or feel left out if they were not included. It is and will continue to be our policy to write content and give our opinions as vendors for other vendors, period. If you have any questions regarding the content or choices made please use the contact form to contact me directly. Rick Dendy

 

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