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Old 06-20-2007, 06:29 PM
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Just wondering if anyone has one of these machines in there area. I saw something on tv and seems like a good Idea. If you have them in your area are they busy and do you use them offen. Probably will never make it to the states with a winter.
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Old 06-20-2007, 07:14 PM
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Have one up the street and use it pretty frequently (try to freeze my own but it doesn't always work out). It's $1.50 for a 16lb bag or 20lbs without the bag (fill the cooler or bucket). When I use it, there isusually someone already there, or someone comes while I'm there. We're right on the coast with a lot of boaters. I agree, doubt someone would make the investment to have it sit idle for 6 months.
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Old 06-20-2007, 08:31 PM
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Thanks anyone else
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Old 06-21-2007, 07:02 AM
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I have one down the street and use it every weekend. It used to be $1.25 but went up to $1.50 about a month ago. Still a good deal. The only problem I have had with them is that sometimes they won't take any money. I end up calling the number on the side of the building and they are fixed within the hour.
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Old 06-21-2007, 07:23 AM
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Just got one about a half mile away and I use is pretty regularly. Very convienient if you only need ice but want to avoid a stop at the 7-11 with 50 plus feet of truck/trailer/boat.
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Old 06-21-2007, 07:43 AM
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Personally I'd be surprised if the ice maker didn't profit you a net, it is after all a vending machine..........don't all vending machines make money!? How durable is this machine??? Does it have the capability to provide the buyer with 25 yrs worth of service if properly maintained?

Here's a few other thoughts that have entered my thinking: can the machine handle exposure to your northern climate in the winter months? Should you be storing it indoors for the winter months or is wrapping it up recommended? Vandals....can rob your profits pretty quickly! What would insurance rates be? How do those insurance rates fit into the purchase costs w/ or w/o interest on loan payments, operating costs, possible site leasing costs, possible winter storage rates vs profit margins over a given time frame?

The bright side to it all is that the machine generates cash monies. .......in my books it's always nice elude the tax man whenever possible.
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Old 06-21-2007, 07:50 AM
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Is twice the ice a brand name - what is it?

Why is it different??

Ice at the marina is @1.75 this year....
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Old 06-21-2007, 09:47 AM
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We use the one near us as often I as can. I normally take a five gallon bucket to fill and then dump in the cooler in the boat. $1.50 for 20 lbs. is cheap and normally is a lot less hassle then going into the gas station. Also, no wasted bags and the ice comes out already broken up. There is normally someone there and on the weekends I have seen the line four and five deep. There was a guy servicing the unit when I was there one time and he let me walk inside. I don't know anything about ice machines, but it looked to be a solid heavy duty unit.
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Old 06-21-2007, 11:29 AM
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You can buy a used ice machine in decent condition for <$500 in most areas. Well worth the $$$, IMO...

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Old 06-21-2007, 02:49 PM
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$500 equates to 8,000lbs of ice using the twice the ice near me. It's $1.25/20 lbs. If you used 100lbs per weekend, every weekend, that's over a years worth of ice. Now add in the power bill, water, maintenance.
I have always thought if you had several friends that fished, a group purchase would surely be worth while
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100 lbs a weekend is very light up here...

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Old 06-21-2007, 03:11 PM
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Heavy down here, damn near 1,600 ounces ;-)
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Old 06-22-2007, 05:57 AM
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Got em all over the place. A guy in Moultrie Georgia started it. It's a franchise operation. The ice is not pre-made. When you push the button, it is flash frozen in 16 seconds, that's the delay you have noticed.
Great idea and I use it every fishing trip. Fill up the boat in no time.
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