This is the place to list any info about our imaginary vending machine.
Dontations to the fund and goal status
Nickthedude $100 --PAID
also commiting to dealing with logistics, but looking for a volunteer or two to help with the heavy lifting and such.
Andy Isaacson $60
jof $100 -- PAID
Rachel McConnell $50
Leif $50 --PAID
Shannon $50 --PAID
Raphael $40 --PAID
Person at the biz meeting $20 -PAID
Total = $520
Minimum Goal = $500
Difference = +$20
Service manual for our vending machine (Dixie-Narco model DNCB 368)
How to contribute
Not sure if this is the best way to do this, and if there is a better way im all ears but until we can find a better solution paypal me at firstname.lastname@example.org and record your donation here for record keeping, Not sure how this affects tax deductible status, but I'm willing to provide the paperwork to Noisebridge trustees to make it official once we get it done.
Here are some vending machines I've been looking at:
$300 from ebay | no change mechanism (pick up in hayward):
Soda and Snack vending machine combo - $895 (San Leandro)
vending machines - $750
this looks like our best bet:
VENDING MACHINES SODA&SNACK - $300 (oakland downtown)
Soda Snack Combo Vending machine (hayward / castro valley)
Vending Machine For You!!!! (tenderloin)
Soda and Snack machines for sale and repair - $550 (San Francisco Bay Area)
Vending machines, warranteed, ready to install now!
Goals and Future
The goal of this project is to generate money to support noisebridge as well as give clarity and an obvious way to support to noisebridge to the "walk-in" crowd as well as the noisefolk.
Depending on the success of the soda machine it would be nice to have other premium vending machines that vend possibly healthy snacks, computer parts, arduinos etc.
Possible Issues and possible solutions
Problem:It is feared that any vending machine put in noisebridge will immediately get hacked. Not sure how excellent this would be.
Possible solution: possibly a non-issue, can we post a sign that says please hack me gently? lol
Problem:How to deal with stock sodas not already inside the machine.
Possible Solution: keep it shrink wrapped, don't think it's too big a deal, plus don't forget, at least ideally this is more for the casual "walk in" type people.
Possible solution: a timer so we don't have to run the machine all the time:
I have one of these and they work ok: http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=sylvania+timer&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=17676369476629548940&ei=oi4STeCEEILGsAOH8rXdAg&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=image&resnum=7&ved=0CDYQ8gIwBg#
Problem:Noise. And not the good kind. The "gets-really-annoying-really-fast" kind.
Possible solution: Don't buy a vending machine. Be responsible and pay existing bills instead. Or get a soda fountain for on-the-fly mixing of syrup and carbonated water.