With the rise of “hustle culture” has come a growth in side hustles—businesses operated in parallel to one’s 9-to-5 designed to bring in extra cash. These range from simple schemes like flipping goods from thrift stores to setting up full drop-shipping operations.
Now, another user has gone viral after showing the reality of owning a vending machine. In a video with over 2.5 million views, TikTok user Jade (@jadedavis0802) details the total cost of the machine and her first fill. The machine is later placed at her fiancé’s workplace.
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In the video, Jade claims she and her fiancé purchased the vending machine for $250 (the couple got a deal after the person at her fiancé’s workplace who previously operated the machine decided he “didn’t want to do it anymore,” per a recent video). Used and refurbished vending machines typically go for around $1,200 to $3,000, states Businessnes.
From there, the couple went to Sam’s Club and stocked up on goods to fill the machine. The total cost of their haul was $315. Factoring in other costs, such as the couple’s Sam’s Club membership, Jade puts the total initial investment at around $610.
Fast-forward a few weeks, and Jade and her fiancé went to check in on their machine.
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After about three weeks, their gross revenue from the machine was $153.60.
Although it’s difficult to determine the couple’s net profit as they do not give exact figures about how many of each item sold, Jade says that seeing which items sold and which didn’t will allow them to better tailor the machine to customer demand. From there, the couple seems confident that the machine will eventually reach profitability.
Commenters supported the couple’s endeavor, with many saying they wanted to get in on the business themselves.
“Ive been wanting to do one of these so bad but with like non conventional items,” shared a user.
“I might put one on my front porch for all the amazon and FedEx guys,” joked another.
“My dad did this after he retired! He has about 10. Loves it, works little and loves visting with the biz owners! Congrats!!!” exclaimed a third.
Further users had advice on how to increase their profit margins.
“Next step is to get an llc and a business license so you can buy snacks wholesale,” suggested a commenter.
“If you’re going to be buying from there all the time, upgrade your membership so you get money back,” offered a commenter. Others agreed; one user wrote, “This is the best!!! I haven’t purchased a membership in years because I earn enough each year to cover it.”
Jade said in the comments section they are now soliciting advice from TikTokers about which items to stock as well as looking into a card reader for the machine.
The Daily Dot reached out to Jade via TikTok comment.