THESE ARE SOME QUESTIONS THAT WE'VE BEEN ASKED
ABOUT QUARTER PUSHERS
QUESTION: I'm new to the coin pusher business. I would like to start a route with maybe 20 machines and build it up to
several hundred eventually. I'm not sure if they are legal where I'm at, how would I find out? I've seen a lot of choices
in the games themselves, how would I decide which one to go with and would you recommend new or used? When I
find places to put them should I use a contract or something? Charles, OK
ANSWER First of all, check with your local business licensing office and with your local law enforcement. Between the
2 of them you should be able to find out if they are legal or not. Also check the classification, sometimes if you add the
candy top to the quarter pusher, it will change the class of it to a vending machine or other type of machine. You will
also want to get any type of license that is required. Try to be as legal as possible.
As far as new or used goes, if you are new to the pusher business, and don't have much experience, then you should
stick with new games that are covered by a warranty. You will also want to deal with a company that offers technical
assistance. This will help you troubleshoot any problems faster until you get familiar with your games.
Choosing which brand ? Hard question. Try as many different types as you can. I would not recommend buying any
knockoffs. See which one you like the best as far as user friendly, aesthetics, parts availability, technical support, and
how hard will it be to replace a part? We try to keep ours as simple as possible to make repairs easier and faster.
Take a look at the types of places you will be putting them in, will they be supervised or left unattended for long
periods of time? Which one will be best for your application? Also check the cost of replacement parts, you will need
to keep parts on hand to prevent as much downtime as possible, because in spite of what someone may have told
you, they do break. Put them out on location and give them a test run and see how they each perform. Once you
make your choice then stick with that brand. Our techs are experienced with a wide variety, but we do have to carry a
large assortment of parts. For you, being new to it and just to keep it simple later down the road, stick with one brand.
Locations : after 20 years we have discovered a universal secret to getting locations. The best thing is to have the
machine with you when you first approach them. We've found that 75% of the time if we find a location that's
interested and we have a game with us, we can install it right away. If we put them off for a few days to bring one back,
they will usually call another vendor and have it sitting there when we return. As far as contracts, we usually just write
up an agreement showing the serial # of the game and that we own it, the address of the location, and the split
agreement, and whatever else you might want to add. That's usually about all that matters, we used to use contracts
with time periods and a whole lot of legal jargon. They didn't make much difference in the end. If we lost a place to
another vendor, a lawsuit would take a lot of time and $, and also give us a bad rap with other locations and vendors.