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Vending Machine

When your great, great grandparents were very small children, the mere notion of winking, blinking, flashing metal robots capable of exchanging nickels for frozen chocolate ice cream was just a crazy daydream. But now? It's science fact

Welcome to the world of tomorrow -- today! Stainless steel, safety glass, and plexi-chrome vending machines have evolved so gracefully over time that now even the most jaded and suspicious of adults can finally take them for granted. Combined with new advances in soda can delivery, snack rack dispensary, candy spiral arm technology and credit card verification techniques, it's easy to see why vending machines are truly man's best friend

A vending machine is a machine that dispenses merchandise when a customer deposits sufficient money into a slot or vent to purchase the desired item (as opposed to a shop, where the presence of personnel is required for every purchase). The money (usually coins) is validated by a currency detector. It is believed to have been first invented by Hero of Alexandria, a 1st century inventor. His machine accepted a coin and then dispensed a fixed amount of "holy water".Vending machine operators looking to start a vending business demand bulk vending, snack and soda vending machines with dependability and profitability on their mind. At Gumball Machine Warehouse, vending machine operators get the best of both worlds with our vending machine lowest price guarantee and our unbeatable bulk vending machines and snack / soda vending machine's factory warranties

Vending machines are an investment that can help supplement your regular business income. In general, typical vending machines are hands-off machinery that distribute merchandise when the consumer deposits money. Vending machine parts include some sort of monetary detection device, such as coin slots and card swipes, in addition to a display case and product dispense area where the purchaser can pick up the purchased item. Some special vending machines will have unique parts, such as a refrigeration unit to keep drinks or food cool

Vending machine businesses are run by store owners or individuals who rent out vending machines and take some percentage of the profits. Vending machine operations are fairly straightforward and may require regular maintenance to clear jams as well as provide product refills. Vending machines can contain beverages, snacks, cigarettes, alcohol, candy, stamps, and more. When determining a location, vending machine placement in different areas can greatly effect the success or failure of the machine. Contact several different vending machine suppliers to get the lowest cost pricing



In the United States, vending machines generally serve the purpose of selling snacks and beverages, but are also common in busy locations to sell newspapers. Another common class of vending machines are photo booths

Items sold via vending machine vary by country. For example, some countries sell alcoholic beverages such as beer through vending machines, while other countries do not allow this (usually because of dram shop laws). Cigarettes were commonly sold in the U.S. through these machines, but this practice is increasingly rare due to concerns about underaged buyers. Sometimes a pass has to be inserted in the machine to prove one's age. In some European countries, by contrast, cigarette machines remain common

Vending machine giving access to all merchandise

The main example of a vending machine giving access to all merchandise after paying for one item is a newspaper vending machine (also called vending box). It contains a pile of identical newspapers. After a sale the door automatically returns to a locked position. A customer could open the box and make off with all of the newspapers, or, for the benefit of other customers, leave all of the newspapers outside of the box, or slowly return the door to an unlatched position, or block the door from fully closing. The success of such machines is predicated on the assumption that the customer will be honest (hence the nickname "honor box"), which is helped by the fact that having more than one newspaper is not often useful

Japanese Vending Machines

In Japan, with a high population density, limited space, a preference for shopping on foot or by bicycle, and low rates of vandalism and petty crime, there seems to be no limit to what is sold by vending machines. While the majority of machines in Japan are stocked with drinks, snacks, and cigarettes, one occasionally finds vending machines selling items such as bottles of liquor, cans of beer, and potted plants. Japan has the highest number of vending machines per capita, with about one machine for every 23 people

The first vending machine in Japan was made of wood and sold postage stamps and post cards. About 80 years ago, there were vending machine which sells sweets called "Guriko". In 1967, the 100-yen note was distributed for the first time, and vending machine sales skyrocketed overnight, selling a vast variety of items everywhere


A common type of snack bar in the Netherlands is called automatiek and is similar to an automat. It has a wall lined with coin-operated machines. Each has a vertical row of little windows, with a (usually hot) snack behind each, e.g. a croquette, a frikadel or a hamburger. After inserting a coin in a slot, you can open one of the windows and take your snack. The machine is heated so that the snacks stay hot. Behind the machine is the kitchen where the snacks are prepared, with the little windows being re-supplied from the back

Automatieks are often located at railway stations, or in busy shopping streets. One large chain of these automatieks is FEBO

Automatieks may or may not provide chairs for customers. Sometimes the vending machines are in an outside wall, and no shelter is provided


There is a legend that the first vending machine dates to 215 B.C. in Alexandria, where the ancient Greek mathematician Hero devised a machine to dispense holy water to worshippers for ritual cleansing when they deposited a coin. When a coin was deposited, it fell upon a pan attached to a lever. The lever opened up a valve which let some water flow out. The pan continued to tilt with the weight of the coin until it fell off, at which point a counter-weight would snap the lever back up and turn off the valve. Despite this early precedent, vending machines had to wait for the Industrial Age before they came to prominence. The first modern coin-operating devices were vending machines that dispensed post cards introduced into London, England in the early 1880s. The idea was exported to the U.S. and by 1888 the Thomas Adams Gum Company introduced the first gumball vending machine. The idea of adding simple games to these machines as a further incentive to entice people to buy came in 1897 when the Pulver Manufacturing Company added small figures which would move around whenever somebody bought some gum from their machines. This simple idea spawned a whole new type of mechanical device known as the "trade stimulators", and the birth of pinball is ultimately rooted in these early devices

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