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Vending Machines that offer more than just snacks might be a good idea in some cases.

I was talking to my wife this morning about vending machines and the fact that they only offer junk food when there could be all kinds of items offered in those machines.

I thought of an idea that sounded pretty interesting. You would have this coffee shop with internet or an internet book store and coffee shop combination but with one addition, about 50 different vending machines. Some might even offer junk food and snacks and drinks, but the rest might contain other items like, for instance, reading glasses for 2 bucks in a round case. You could insert either two-1-dollar bills, or a debit or credit card, punch the type of reading glasses you want and it would fall down into the catch tray and you would reach in and take your glasses. Instead of using vending machines just for snacks, why not make vending machines that provide some things we often find ourselves in need of?

Maps and note pads, as well as calculators, trac-fones, and even vitamins and umbrellas are all things we sometimes end up needing and having instant access to several types of various things we use everyday, would be nice and convenient if they were offered in a vending machine.

Just a thought on this Saturday morning, September 2nd, 2017. Even tooth picks, matches and band aids would be a good thing to have access to from a vending machine. No waiting in line, just pay and punch a button and down it goes into that catch tray for you to grab and have ASAP!

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MegL wrote on September 3, 2017, 3:40 AM

Sounds like a good idea for small items we use frequently.

lookatdesktop wrote on September 3, 2017, 9:31 AM

Yes and I had this funny notion that there should be some kind of VIRTUAL VENDING MACHINE APP. It would be awesome.

MegL wrote on September 3, 2017, 10:37 AM

Hmm, is that not Amazon? LOL Their vending machine is virtual but the goods arrive physically.

lookatdesktop wrote on September 3, 2017, 12:07 PM

I like your way of putting it. Yep. Amazon is my choice for virtual item purchasing. I think it is the wave of the future. Mostly if any retail business is to survive this century, they will have to get on board with virtual retail like Amazon has mastered and like Amazon, if you can buy it at wholesale and by-pass the retail middle-man, so to speak, you can get your goods sent to your front door step in just a day or two, after just clicking on something on the computer or cell phone and get it in a flash. I like this concept. But I realize that this is going to greatly change the face of retail brick and mortar stores. The idea is that eventually we will purchase just about everything from places like Amazon, for instant, Prime Pantry, which is getting your groceries by ordering them item by item online and having them delivered to your door steps. This is something we have had the luxury of getting a few times. A very generous member of our family sent us two very good assorted foods and staples via Prime Pantry and we were happy and excited to receive these generous gifts from our son. Another thing I like about getting things in a box at the front door is Harry & David. One of my sister's daughters, our niece , who lives up in the state of Michigan, sent us some packages a few years ago, full of food items from Harry & David. The quality of the food was awesome. The fresh pears and the smoked salmon were about as good as it gets. We are so dirt poor that we will never be able to afford to get anything from Harry & David but the fact that we had this experience a few times was exciting and we of course sent a letter of thanks to our niece. She is a very good person. Of course all of both of my sister's children are good people. They are living their lives and having children of their own. It's a wonder they even have time to write us. I need to follow my own conscience and write a few letters or at least send Christmas cards in November. It is good to stay in touch with family. It is sometimes very easy to get out of touch as well and for that reason I need to motivate myself to get back in touch with them.

cmoneyspinner wrote on September 5, 2017, 1:40 PM

If you can fit it into a small slot or hang it on a spiral hook you can probably sell it from a vending machine. From junk food to women's "necessities". You can try to sell pizza in a vending machine. But I wouldn't recommend it. :)

lookatdesktop wrote on September 5, 2017, 9:34 PM

We once had a hot fries vending machine at Sears in the break room. I would have liked it better if they also sold hot BBQ sandwiches.