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    Vending Machines

    I know this isn't IT, but this has fallen to me and EG is the font of all knowledge.

    We're thinking of a drinks vending machine for the staffroom. Can anyone recommend a company?

    How are these things financed? Would the school rent the machine, then keep the money it makes, or does it all go to the company?

    Are they any good or does it taste like dishwater?

    BTW, we're considering this because at present we have an honesty box, where staff pay for what they use. It's turned out to be naieve .
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    Klix?

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    Ah, loved those Kilix machines when I worked at Vodafone - they were set on free so free coffee, soup and incredibly sweet starburst drink all day

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    Quote Originally Posted by OverWorked View Post
    Are they any good or does it taste like dishwater?.
    Then are generaly pretty awful, they're just cups pre filled with either instant coffee or a tea bag and whitener. I have once encountered a machine that brewed coffee, but they're few and far between.

    I remember when I was in 6th form we had one that didn't cost us anything, but the company took it out because we didn't spend enough. You could probably rent the machine, but it'll probably cost more then it takes. I used to work for the company who manufactured MaxPax machines, even a basis machine was several thousand pounds.

    Also as soon as you start enforcing payment people will just bring their own tea and coffee in.

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    Klix do another model which uses a brita filter as well so if your water tastes bad it'll make it better.

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    Why not one of these:

    Nice
    Even better
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    Quote Originally Posted by KWestos View Post
    Why not one of these:

    Nice
    Now Ive seen everything!!

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    Get one of these!


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    We used to have a vending machine, and it was a nightmare. So, we got rid of it, and put a boiling water thing in (always has water available), and now staff provide their own.

    Not had any complaints. We had complaints all the time with the vending machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KWestos View Post
    Why not one of these:

    Nice
    Even better
    A fresh chip machine! Wonderful.

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    A vending machine with fresh fries and Pizza, together with the usual fizzy pop vender, what a perfect IT lunch!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    We used to have a vending machine, and it was a nightmare. So, we got rid of it, and put a boiling water thing in (always has water available), and now staff provide their own.

    Not had any complaints. We had complaints all the time with the vending machine.
    That's what we do, although the school does provide milk

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    We used to have a vending machine, and it was a nightmare. So, we got rid of it, and put a boiling water thing in (always has water available), and now staff provide their own.

    Not had any complaints. We had complaints all the time with the vending machine.
    Ironically Vending Machines were brought in to Factories and the like to prevent disagreements and time wasting over who paid for the milk etc.



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