Weird Vending Machines


Before I start with the ideas for weird vending machines that have not been tried yet, let me tell you about the newspaper I am looking at. There is a photo of a big gold-colored machine that vends... gold. Yes, the first gold vending machine in the United States has now been installed in a mall in Boca Raton, Florida. There is also a photo of a one-ounce gold bar that the machine just dispensed for $1,442. You can buy smaller bullion bars and coins as well, and you can pay using cash or credit cards.

Although it seems a bit scary from the business side to have perhaps a hundred thousand dollars in gold in a machine---which makes it a tempting target for thieves--but otherwise I love the idea. They should have machines that dispense silver and rare coins as well. Maybe a jewelry vending machine would work as well.

That story just opens up the mind to the possibilities, doesn't it? In fact, I was going to sit here and brainstorm a dozen things to sell in vending machines, but when I started to do some research I found that almost everything is already sold this way somewhere in the world. I found photos of machines that vend Eggs, umbrellas, ramen noodles, rice, beer, toilet paper, shoes, poetry, art, church candles, and used woman's panties. That last one on the list is not a joke--the machine was in Japan, where there are also other ones that sell film, fishing bait, flowers, flight insurance, and fried foods--and that's just the "f" entries from a collection of photos I looked through. They even have machines that sell beer in Japan.

Check out this video that shows us machines that vend pizza, hypodermic needles, and more:

Now, for what I didn't find...

As far as I could determine, there are no vending machines that sell hot herbal tea, laptop computers, water balloons, foreign currencies, house plants, snacks for pets or walking sticks.

How Much Can You Make?

There is no meaningful answer to this due to the incredible variety out there, both in products and locations, but I suspect that a gold vending machine does more in gross sales than one which sells eggs.

Ways to Make More | Related Opportunities | Tips

If you ever decide to get into the business of vending machines, you might want to buy units that can be used for many purposes, so you can test different products, including some weird or unique ones.

Qualifications / Requirements

This is a capital-intensive business. Even the little machines that hold only a few dozen cans of pop can cost close to $1,000.

First Steps

1. Buy a machine. 2. Find a place to put it. 3. If it makes money, repeat steps one and two.

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