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Really need advice!!

  • 1.  Really need advice!!

    Posted 5 days ago
    hello,
    we have a apartment unit where our coin operated washer and dryer have been vandalized so many times to steal the money. Residents are frustrated that we haven't replaced it, but after the third time of them damaging the machines to the point of not being able to repair them, we are at a loss. I could really use your advice. First, we are thinking a credit card machine operated washer and dryer are the way to go. How does this work?  Is the device installed onto the commercial units?  Any recommendations?  Also, any recommendations which commercial washer and dryer to purchase?  I really want this to work for us and our residents.

    Thanks!!

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    Emily Bush
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Springboro OH
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  • 2.  RE: Really need advice!!

    Posted 4 days ago
    Emily
    Unfortunatly your apartment complex is considered the "competition" to most laundromat owners on this forum.  My recommendation is to find a laundry distributor in your area. They will be able to advise you and sell the right equipment for your environment. Another option might be to parter with the closest laundromat owner in your community. They may be willing to place and maintain the machines and pay you a percentage.
    Yes credit card acceptance will make your life easier however the residents might not have credit cards or may have EBT cards which require a PIN number. Good luck!

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    Deborah Dower
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Paradise Laundry Inc.
    El Dorado Hls CA
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  • 3.  RE: Really need advice!!

    Posted 4 days ago
    You have some options. 1) Remove the washer and dryer or make it free for tenant use. 2) Find a route operator to install their washers and dryers and share in the income. 3) Follow the college dorm example of a card system.  Here tenants will come to you and pay in advance to put money on their card. You can schedule times that are available for adding money to cards.

    When I had a small route operation, I always found the vandals were tenants or relatives and/or friends of tenants. Just a thought.  The selection of tenants can have far reaching benefits.

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    Larry Larsen
    Laundromat123.com
    Anaheim, CA
    Distributor - Insurance - Consulting
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