From: Jeff Nichols-Trailway Trading Post (located in Lake Mineral Wells State Park, Texas)
Gary, Just wanted to send you a quick note concerning our Sportsman vending machine. We’ve had our machine for approximately 4 years now. It has preformed very well for us with very few problems. We have found the machine easy to work on when necessary, and you have been a great help with any issue we have had. My customers love the machine and the “after hours” availability of bait, tackle, drinks, and snacks.
Thanks for a great product and excellent customer support!
From: Nicholas Gomez – of Village Tackle Baits & 24 Hour Sportsman Centers 06/14/2013
At Village Tackle Baits – we are the owners and operators of these “Great” vending machines purchased through Gary at Big Rock Sports. I would HIGHLY recommend that you speak with him if you feel that Live Bait and Tackle Vending is a direction of earning income for you. I would like to also point out a few things to think about in venturing into a business such as this one. We have had a positive experience with our business in adding on the Live Bait and Tackle Vending machines to our income stream. Gary has a extensive knowledge in the business from his many years of both being an owner/operator to a consultant. When you purchase a machine through him and Big Rock Sports you are treated as though you are family. If you wish to inquire about additional information on how our machines operate here in Michigan, feel free to use my contact information below. I am more than happy to explain some aspects of how we have learned to work our machines, locations and seasonal fishing in our area. More importantly, it is best said that we have grown to trust Gary in looking to purchase additional machines in the future.
I hope this was of help to you. Again, feel free to contact us if you wish to ask about our experience in the Live Bait and Tackle Vending business. If you wish to purchase, Gary Harsel is the person to speak to.
Have a great weekend and Best Fishes,
Village Tackle Baits
http://www.24hoursportsman.com– 24 Hour Sportsman Centers
From: Brian Beaver – April 24 2013
June 16th 2012 – From Steve Nunley of Donna’s Bait Vending / Paullina, Iowa
Oct. 07 / Matthew Kurtz: Kurtz’s Fish Hatchery and Kurtz Live Bait Vending
I just wanted to thank you for all your help with our new bait machines. As you know we had only one machine 3 years ago, of course it was the old style that could only handle that one clumsy sized white cup. Two years ago we decided to upgrade to your newer option, the “Liberty” that can be changed and converted into many opyions and styles. This has allowed us to accommodate not just a variety of cups of bait, but tackle as well. Since we upgraded the only machine we owned 2 years we have logged its progress compared to past sale of the older model. A good week in sales would be $80.00 in this location, since the “Liberty” our slow weeks are still over $100, and between April and October $150-$250 weeks occur regularly. After 1 season of the “Liberty” I was convinced with results and have added 3 more to our collection, now totaling 4. Considering we are in both the wholesale and retail business this is an excellent way for anyone to add extra income to their business and worth the investment. I also found that the few service questions and problems we encountered were ALWAYS answered and corrected the same day or that week. I look forward to adding several more in the next couple of years” Thanks again! Matthew Kurtz, Kurtz’s Fish Hatchery – 161 Isabella Road, Elverson, PA 19520
March 22, 2008 Showers Bait and Tackle
I am so sorry this took so long to write but it has been a very busy winter. I hope you and the family are doing well. As you can see by the address that I am on my own now with all 12 machines. I am very busy getting ready for a big season this year.
I wanted to take the time to thank you for all the help you gave me. For example, the time when I had a machine down, you guided me through it as I was talking to you with my cell phone. Or the time when I bought 2 machines from someone else, you loaned me 2 bill validators to get them up and running. All the used parts you gave me to keep the machines running, all the info and teaching you gave me, the list of supplers and where to get the things we needed. All of this was very valuable to me and my business. All of this is greatly appreciated. I also want to thank you for going out of your way when I needed the 6 machines and you went to New England to get them for me. I just wanted to let others know how good your product works and how valuable you were to the startup of my business.
With much thanks to you Showers Bait and Tackle covers a large part of north central Pa and is looking to grow more . Well Gary, I need to run the season will not wait on me and I have a lot to do .
Showers Bait and Tackle
June 17, 08 A happy customer from Rochester, New York
Thanks to Kurt Specksgoor for a very nice email. And a very big thanks to Rick & Dan of: Jay Ve Fishing Tackle @ 1449 Norton Street, Rochester, NY 14621 Phone # 585-266-0880
My name is Kurt Specksgoor and I live in Rochester, N.Y. I thank you and your company for such a convenient and outstanding product. I have been an avid fisherman for 40 years and have never seen such lively, fresh and large nightcrawlers as the ones that come out of the local bait box machines. I do however have a request. Is there a way to find out the locations of the other area bait boxes? I appreciate your prompt attention to my request if at all possible…
Thank you again for your time and product.
Hello again Mr. Harsel;
Big kodos for being part of the human race and returning an answer so quickly. It has been my experience that many people who are in charge of such a large area, never take the time to reach out to their customers personally… THANK YOU!. Ofcourse you may use my letter for your testimonial page. I would be honored. As for my request. I usually go to the bait box machine on Long pond road in Greece, N.Y.. I believe their may be one on Culver Rd. in Irondequit, N.Y. (right on the edge of Rochester). Now if their is another one in the Rochester, N.Y. area, I would be interested in knowing where it is. Any and all info is appreciated.
Thanks again from Pa Live Bait Vending to Jay Ve fishing Tackle for keeping their bait vending machine serviced with the freshest bait in the area. Operator’s like this only help to better this business.
Aug.28, 08-Daniel Gonzales – From Pop’s Vending –
Ever since 2002 at the opening of Pop’s Live Bait Vending, Gary Harsel, Owner of PA Live Bait Vending, has been an excellent support and great help for us. Gary, since the beginning has helped us in every way possible, from answering simple questions on a day to day basis to even flying down to Miami, FL to fully show us exactly how his vending machines should be handled. Gary and his wife, Nancy, personally trained us here at Pop’s Live Bait Vending. He showed us how each of our machines work, how to maintain them and how to check for problems and how to run my business more efficiently. His services are excellent in every way and the orders that we place with him always arrive in a timely manner. Gary has a pleasant disposition and a great attitude always ready to help. Any time I need help with any of my machines I know I can always count on Gary. He is always a phone call away. Gary Harsel and the rest of PA Live Bait Vending have truly been a great help and support for us here at Pop’s Live Bait Vending.
Sept.4,2008 Dennis Redmond of Redmond’s Bait & Tackle
Just wanted to send you out a big thank you for all the help you have given me this past summer. Any problem I had with my machine, you walked me right through it over the phone. Only now that my store is closed for the season am I realizing the full money making potential my bait machine has. I hope to add another one to the arsenal next year.
Redmond’s Bait & Tackle
2050 Buckeye Drive
Sharpsville, Pa 16150
724 962 5646