Live Crab Vending Machine

I don’t know about your workplace but at mine all I can get from the vending machine is a Snickers that will cost my entire days pay or that Tracker bar that’s been in the machine since 1996.

In China they have live crab vending machines which range from £2 for a little one up to £6 for one that would really fill you up on the bus home.

Crab vending machine

The crabs are alive and the machine is refrigerated to keep them nice and chilled out. Freshwater crabs are a delicacy in China and the machine also sells packets of vinegar and ginger to accompany your crabby snack.

Suddenly the vending machine at work doesn’t seem to bad.

Full story here – Daily Mail

French Fry Vending Machine

Just as I thought the pizza vending machine from ‘Lets Pizza’ could not be beaten along came a French Fry vending machine from Beyondte Technology. As much as I know the pizza from a vending machine isn’t going to be the best in the world, it was still going to be delicious and hot and quick I think that Beyondte have hit the nail on the head with hot fries in a couple of minutes. As you can see from the video, just pop in a couple of coins, wait a few minutes and you have a cup of hot, freshly…fries.

I’ve no idea where the ‘Choose a sauce within 6 seconds or the machine will choose one for you’ came from but it’s a decent sized little box so it looks like you’re going to get all the sauce you need. The end result looks like a nice little ‘poke of chips’ as we say here in the UK. I always thought I’d copy Richie Rich if I won the lottery and get a McDonalds in my mansion but I think I’d actually just prefer a row of these.

Vending Machine vs Shredder

I wouldn’t usually post this sort of video on a blog dedicated to vending machines but I think it’s well worth a look. The guys at SSI Shredding put an old vending machine through one of their giant shredding machines as part of their ‘Shred of the Week!

I don’t think they’re going to win an Oscar any time soon with that performance but there’s something mesmerising about their the videos on their channel.


Sprinkles Cupcake Vending Machine

Sprinkles of Beverly Hills has introduced a 24 hour cupcake vending machine so that cake nuts can get a $5 cupcake in a neat little box any time they fancy. The machine holds 600 cakes and only accepts credit cards. You can see a video of the machine in action below, featuring Drew Barrymore’s sister –

I guess if you’re really into Sprinkles cupcakes and no other brand will do then this is a great idea. To me through, a vending machine with only one type of product is a little boring and if I’m going to head outside I’ll probably need more than a cupcake so I’ll visit the nearest 24 hour store instead. Still, if I was walking past I’d have to give it a go and if I became addicted to their cakes then I would much rather be served by a machine any-time!

I wonder how long until Greggs start stuffing one of these machines with sausage rolls?

Read story here.


Swimsuit Vending Machine

A blogs just not a blog unless there’s an article about bikinis in there somewhere. Well, luckily for all of us the Standard Hotel in South Beach has installed swimwear vending machine next to it’s outdoor pool.



They’ve teamed up with Quicksilver so the stuff aint cheap – $75 for mens board shorts and $85 for a reversible bandeau-top bikini but if you’ve ever found yourself without swimmers on a beautiful day with a pool on offer I think you might just make the purchase. Fortunately you don’t need to have any money on you to buy from this machine and you simply pop in your room key and they’ll add your purchases to your bill. I’d personally head over to a cheap shop and buy a $10 pair from Walmart but that’s just me.

Article from here

Idea Vending Machine

Check this out. Jake over at Zoomdoggle got his hands on an old bubble gum machine.


He’s filled a whole load of capsules with goodies and for a mere 50c you get:

  • An Idea
  • A toy (maybe)
  • A map
  • A 25c coin
  • A lucky penny (more about that here)

It’s genius basically, and I’m glad to hear that he took a cool $5 in just an hour! You’re getting a lot for your 24c although if I was him I’d find a mew mechanism that took quarters so he doesn’t need to put money in the capsules as the machine will probably disappear one day! You can read the full article on zoomdoggle by clicking here.

I’ve got a few similar machines here so if you have a great idea and want to see it come to life, or just have a great suggestion let me know and we can have some fun!


Anger Release Vending Machine

Hmm…wasn’t sure if I should file this under Broken Vending Machines or new Vending machines but I’ve gone with the Almost Vending category as that seemed most appropriate.

Next time you’re feeling a bit stressed why not pop down to your local Anger Release machine, pop in a few Euros and watch that Faberge Egg knock off tumble to it shattery grave.

Quite simply genius from Yarisal & Kublitz and you can see more of their ground breaking (or earth shattering?) inventions by clicking here

I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.

Whilst most advertisers these days are either too unimaginative to create interesting ads (see any ad by Brandpower) or too skint (see any recycled ‘retro’ 70’s ads that are being re-shown), Australian company ‘Fantastic Delites’ has used a fantastic idea and understood what Viral means with this fantastic prank vending machine.

It doesn’t take money but instead commands you to perform a variety of tasks from pressing a button a hundred times to making you kneel and worship the machine.

It just goes to show that a bit of creativity and a small budget can go a long way. Watch the video below – you’ll love it!