Because of this, one of my coworkers decided to buy some snacks in bulk and bring them in and sit them on a table in our office and offer them to us for pretty much what she had in them, which is about half the price we would be paying if we purchased these snacks from the vending machine. She put a list with prices on the table and a cup for collecting the money. We are using the honor system to pay for things and make our own change. So far it is working out great. I have brought in some snacks as well and I'm thinking a few others have too. We are planning on using the money to continue to purchase snacks for the office. We are not looking to make a profit. Since most of us like a snack during the day, we just want to continue to be able to snack without causing a financial strain. Right now the table is a little bare since it is Sunday but it will be restocked tomorrow with some fresh new goodies, including Slim Jims which I'm excited about. Some other things on the table so far have included candy bars, cookies, chips, pork rinds, and crackers. Since we have total control over what snacks are brought in, I'd like to start seeing some healthier options and other snacks that were never previously in the vending machine.
I was just curious if any of you had ever done this type of thing at your office. Is there a better, more organized, effective way we could do this? Would displays or a cash box work better? If you know of any wonderful brands out that that I should check out or if you are a brand and would like your snack reviewed on my blog just let me know. I appreciate any comments, suggestions, etc. so fire away.
And by the way, since boycotting the vending machine down the hall, it stays full pretty much all the time now because nobody is buying anything. I doubt this will force the vending company to lower the prices but it will surely send them a message that we're not going to pay the higher prices.