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EDITORIAL: Surprise! Industry Leaders Are Upbeat
Issue: Vol. 47, No. 3, March 2007
Don’t look now, but rainbows are breaking out in the most unexpected places – namely, in many top echelons of the amusements industry. Medium-sized traditional street operators like Charles Rowland of Games People Play (Richmond, VA) report they are in the strongest financial shape in their history. Giant FEC operators like American Family Entertainment Centers say their “Wal-Mart strategy” of building multi-use facilities in rural areas is working beautifully. In between, the leading chains of pizzerias with gamerooms are also doing landmark business across much of the country...By MARCUS WEBB
Author: Marcus Webb

EDITORIAL: From Edison To iPhone: Fun Trumps Technology
Issue: Vol. 47, No. 2, February 2007
This year marks the 130th anniversary of recorded sound – It was 1877 when Thomas Edison patented his cylinder phonograph. Initially marketed as a businessman’s Dictaphone or an educational device, it failed commercially – at first. Twelve years later, San Francisco entrepreneur Louis Glass rolled out the Nickel In The Slot, which was history’s first coin-operated music playback machine and a simple adaptation of the Edison phonograph …by Marcus Webb
Author: Marcus Webb

EDITORIAL: Machine Sales, Squaring The Circle
Issue: Vol. 47, No. 1, January 2007
Why aren’t more operators buying more new equipment? Certain manufacturers say the reason is, “We haven’t communicated our message to the operator.” In other words, they believe the problem is operator ignorance. For example, a top sales pro who represents photo booths says, “Many operators still don’t seem to realize that modern digital imaging products no longer involve all those messy chemicals.”  ...by Marcus Webb
Author: Marcus Webb

EDITORIAL: Crystal Ball Gazing
Issue: Vol. 46, No. 12, December 2006
A magazine’s final issue of the year is the traditional spot for a year-in-review story and a forecast of the coming year. VT actually began this twin focus (both retrospective and prospective) with Frank Seninsky’s article in our December issue, headlined “In Five Years, This Will Be A Very Different Industry – With Phenomenal Opportunities.” If you haven’t read it yet, go back and give it a careful study... by Marcus Webb
Author: Marcus Webb

EDITORIAL: Three Problems, One Solution
Issue: Vol. 46, No. 11, November 2006
One of the few members of this industry who works, earns and thinks both as a manufacturer and as an operator every single day is Rick Caviglia. The owner of California Amusement Group (San Leandro) and president of View Interactive is forced to think through every issue from both perspectives. So when he talks about the industry’s biggest challenges today, we should listen...by Marcus Webb
Author: Marcus Webb

EDITORIAL: The Glue That Holds Deals Together
Issue: Vol. 46, No. 10, October 2006

We hear a lot of talk about “good faith” in business dealings, particularly when it comes to contracts. But we rarely hear a comprehensive definition of what “good faith” means. One source identifies good faith as “the key essence of a contract,” adding, “the parties are expected to act in good faith in their dealings.” Which means what? ...by Marcus Webb


Author: Marcus Webb

EDITORIAL: How To Transform The Industry
Issue: Vol. 46, No. 9, September 2006
The heart of this industry’s problems today is not a lack of new technology, lack of aggressive marketing, nor the negative elements of its history. The heart of this industry’s problems today lies in its widespread public image as a lower-class, or at least “less classy,” services provider...by Marcus Webb
Author: Marcus Webb

EDITORIAL: The Hottest Selling Machines of 2008
Issue: Vol. 46, No. 8, August 2006
Our colleagues at RePlay Magazine recently published a stunning statistic based on a reader poll, to the effect that 55% of U.S. operators do not reinvest profits into their routes in any systematic way. Paradoxically, the lend-lease professionals at Firestone Financial Corp. and Betson Financial Services have reported (in VT) that their volume of transactions in the coin machine industry increased by double digits from 2005 to 2006.
Author: Marcus Webb

Jukebox Challenges – And Solutions
Issue: Vol. 46, No. 6, June 2006
Author: Marcus Webb

The Real Name Of The Game
Issue: Vol. 46, No. 5, May 2006
Author: Marcus Webb

The Biggest News, So Far, Of 2006
Issue: Vol. 46, No. 3, March 2006

 


Author: Marcus Webb

Rescuing The Family-Owned Business
Issue: Vol. 46, No. 2, February 2006
Author: Marcus Webb

100,000 Amusement Machines Online In U.S.
Issue: Vol. 46, No. 1, January 2006
Author: Marcus Webb

Why Don’t You Do Right?
Issue: Vol. 45, No. 12, December 2005
Author: Marcus Webb

Coin-Op Sales Are Booming
Issue: Vol. 45, No. 11, November 2005
Author: Marcus Webb

Counting Blessings, Sounding Alarms
Issue: Vol. 45, No. 10, October 2005
Author: Marcus Webb

Driving Ambition...
Issue: Vol. 45, No. 9, September 2005
Author: Marcus Webb

The Neighborhood Bars Are Disappearing In Chicago
Issue: Vol. 45, No. 8, August 2005
Author: Marcus Webb

2 Schools......
Issue: Vol. 45, No. 6, June 2005
Author: Marcus Webb

Biggest Marketing Success: Tournaments
Issue: Vol. 45, No. 5, May 2005
Author: Marcus Webb

Points To Ponder
Issue: Vol. 45, No. 4, April 2005
There is a time for sustained reasoning and there is a time for pithy one-liners. At the risk of sounding like a trade-magazine Buddha, here is a grab bag of aphorisms penned by yours truly over the past few years.
Author: Marcus Webb

The Jukebox Future: Tomorrow's Challenges Have Familiar Look
Issue: Vol. 45, No. 3, March 2005
Author: Marcus Webb

Bar Joys, Bar Woes'And Direct Sales
Issue: Vol. 45, No. 2, February 2005
Author: Marcus Webb

Man Bites Dog
Issue: Vol. 45, No. 1, January 2005
Author: Marcus Webb

The Outlook For 2005
Issue: Vol. 44, No. 12, December 2004
If you want to know what's going to happen next year, ask a guy who got that question right last year. David Cohen, the friendly but realistic CEO of Firestone Financial in Newton, MA, is privy to financials from many operators, and to the strategic thinking of many manufacturers and distributors.
Author: Marcus Webb

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