I used Advanced placement services in 2009 to locate 10 vending machines. I initially spoke with Jay Baird, the owner. I was told they would send someone out, and be able to locate the machines in the city my company is in with no problems. They would charge me $275 per location. The next week the locator arrived. Nice guy, but would not want him representing my company. Wearing sweatpants and beat up sneakers to make sales trips to companies trying to locate my vending machines.
After a few days he told me there was no way he would be able to locate all the machines in my city. He said he would be able to find locations in another town 10 miles away?? To this point he had only located 3 machines in my city. Now he wanted me to travel 10 miles away? At this point it was impossible to reach Jay Baird. He no longer accepted my calls now that he had been paid half up front. The locator ended up locating the other machines over the span of 2 months. VERY LOUSY locations!!
I was told they would only locate in businesses that had 40-50 employees or 100+ people of foot traffic per day. Then Jay Baird's wife called me. She said she was in a "different department". That they only gave out GREAT locations. That it wasn't the same as when the locator came out. Well she was very rude, and the locations she got me were worse than the others. I was now forced to put my machines in companies with 5- 10 employees. 1 company only had 2 employees, but I was told they had tons of foot traffic. After 1 month there was $12 in sales!!! Needless to say I pulled the machine out of there. I have since moved 5 of the machines, and still have 3 that APS located in awful locations due to the fact that I have been unable to move them to better locations yet.
They were paid $2750. They debited money from my own personal debit card without my authorization on the locations several times to the point I had to cancel my card. They have a 1 year guarantee, that they will move up to 3 machines for free to new locations if you are not happy with a location. It got to the point where I didn't even want to try to get in touch with them, or deal with Jay Bairds wife, that I didn't even take them up on this. I just decided I was done dealing with this incompetent company. DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY to locate your machines. You would be better off just taking the $275 and use it toward a mailer, or just throw it out!