1. Selling drinks and snacks
The most common way to make money with vending machines is to simply sell drinks and snacks. This is a very easy way to make money, as people are always thirsty and hungry. This is a low-cost investment, as one can simply buy a vending machine and stock it with the desired product.
2. Sell Healthcare Products (Pharmacies)
You can sell pharmaceutical products, such as pills and medications through vending machines. However, it is important to make sure that you’re licensed and registered before doing this.
3. Selling lottery tickets
Lottery ticket vending machines are becoming more and more popular, as they offer an easy way for people to buy tickets without having to go to a physical store. This is a high-profit business, as the commission on lottery tickets can be quite high.
4. Selling phone credit cards
People often need phone credit, but they rarely have the time to visit an actual shop and buy a card. Phone-credit vending machines provide this service and generate good revenue for the owner.
Some people use vending machines to dispense $1 or $2 bills instead of coins. This may sound strange, but those bills can be extremely useful to many people. For example, one could need two $1 bills to pay the bus fare instead of a single $2 bill.
6. Mobile phone air time
Phone companies such as KT and SK Telecom (in Korea) offer prepaid mobile-phone services that can be purchased via vending machines. This is a great way for people to easily recharge their phones when they run out of credit.
Many people use vending machines to buy tickets for events, such as concerts and plays. This is a very convenient way to purchase tickets, as there is no need to queue up at a ticket office.
Some vending machines sell souvenirs (such as key rings) to tourists. This can be a profitable business for one or two machines, but it requires too much work to take care of dozens or hundreds of them.
9. Books, CD’s and DVD’s
Vending machine companies now manufacture “kiosk” style vending machines that can be used to sell books, CD’s and DVD’s. This is a popular business in Europe, where many bookstores have removed physical shelves from their stores.
10. Money-lending machine
Some people use Royal vending machines as an easy way to lend money to random strangers. These machines typically charge a flat fee for each transaction. This is a high-risk business, as there is no guarantee that the borrower will repay the loan.