Suppose you have decided to start a small business selling snacks from vending machines. You have secured a location for one candy vending machine in a local bookstore. Rental for the space will cost $200 per month. Vending machines can be purchased at wholesale clubs such as Sam’s Club and Costco. You can also purchase the snacks to stock the machines in bulk there.

1. Either visit a local warehouse club or review its website to determine the initial cost to purchase a snack vending machine.
2. Assume you are initially going to have only one type of snack bar in your machine. What type of snack bar will you choose? If you purchase the bars in bulk, what is your cost per bar?
3. How much will you charge for each bar sold?
4. What is your contribution margin per bar? How many bars must you sell to cover the cost of the vending machine?
5. When you have covered the initial investment, what will the monthly break-even point be in number of bars and in sales dollars?

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