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Product Types Part 1

This chapter is mostly information as we give you an overview of the most used bulk vending products. Our only advice if your just starting out is to start with the most popular and successful products, gum candy and toys, and to expand your offerings as your business grows.

Gumballs

A classic, the gumball has been an anchor of bulk vending from its earliest beginnings. Today there is a style and flavor gumball for just about any taste or situation. Gumballs come in several standard sizes; 2″(50mm), 1.20″(31mm), 1.13″(29mm), 1″(25mm), .94″(24mm), .925″(23mm), .86″(22mm), .76″(19mm), .62″(16mm), .56″(14mm), .50″(13mm).

  • Perfect for: adults, young adults, teens and kids
  • Pros: Boasts some of the bulk vending industry’s highest profit margins.
  • Cons: Requires close inventory management for freshness.

Chicle Gum

A very popular gum dispensed using a candy wheel and brush plate. Delicious chiclet gum tabs comes in small square tabs, typically dispensed by the handful, in lots of flavor variations to choose from.

  • Perfect for: adults, young adults, teens and kids
  • Pros: Very popular.
  • Cons: Smaller profit margins than gumballs. Requires close inventory management for freshness.

Sugar Free Gum

This gum has become hugely popular with the onset of societies awareness to better health and fitness. Currently it’s available in much fewer styles and flavors than traditional bulk vending gum, but the sugar free selling point seems to make up for that.

  • Perfect for: adults, young adults, teens and kids
  • Pros: Very popular. Great for Diabetics and perfect for people on diets. Fantastic way to offer a healthier alternative in multi-units and racks.
  • Cons: Smaller profit margins than gumballs. Requires close inventory management for freshness.

Candy

This covers a huge selection of available products but most fall into two sub-categories; traditional bulk candy and premium bulk candy. Traditional bulk candy is lower in cost and less available in traditional retail locations. Some examples are Hot Tamales, Mike and Ike, Runts and Good & Plenty. Premium candy costs more, has a popular and well known brand and can be found at just about any place that sells candy. Some examples are M&Ms, Reeses Pieces and Skittles.

  • Perfect for: adults, young adults, teens and kids
  • Pros: Very Popular. Great draw for children oriented locations.
  • Cons: Smaller profit margins. Requires close inventory management for freshness. With awareness of childhood obesity and its stigma, candy is becoming less popular with parents.

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