There are so many ways for a business to acquire a vending machine. You can find them on ebay, craigslist, ads, or just simply do a search online. As a national vending machine sales company for all types of new and used equipment, we are experts on vending machines and great at determining the values of all the different types on the market.
General rule for finding a good deal on vending machine is tricky. The problem with purchasing one from an individual is that you never really get any warranty on how much a used machine is going to last for you. And since a lot of major manufacturing companies keep the same style, you also cannot tell the year of most vending machines are made. Unless you are an expert on all parts on a vending machine, you are definitely taking a gamble on that equipment breaking down on you.
The most important rule is: You get what you paid for! If someone is selling it for cheap, then you are buying cheap equipment for a reason! Go with reputable companies like Piranha that will actually go through each individual part on each and every vending machine to ensure that you are getting the longest life out of your used vending machine equipment!