Machine that sells/dispenses product. Retail variation. "Kiosk"
- air-flight life insurance
- hmm, merge with Food Truck?
Candy, soda, stamps, condoms, tampons, etc.
Copy Machine (KinKos)
- losing ground to EBook-s? http://elcerrito.patch.com/articles/library-a-go-go-program-losing-steam-to-e-books
- Espresso Print On Demand http://newslite.tv/2009/04/28/vending-machine-prints-any-boo.html
- Penguinator http://publishingperspectives.com/2010/04/what-publishers-today-can-learn-from-allen-lane-fearlessness/
- they are working on lots of new ventures: http://www.geekwire.com/2012/coinstar-tests-kiosks-coffee-gadgets/
Live lobsters? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vending_machine#Japan
Other weird varieties http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vending_machine#Varieties
Why sell something this way?
- avoid inventory-theft (from employees and customers)
- sell something in a place where there are no people to handle transactions
- sell something where there's nobody qualified to deal with some weird aspect of closing a sale
- sell something at a time when there's nobody available to do work (middle of night in airport, train station, etc.)
- sell something where you purposely avoid the cost of customer service
- sell something with greater Privacy from not having a salesclerk
- Entertainment/experience: a Photo Booth isn't about the awesome pictures but the silly moment shared among friends at a to-be-remembered time/place
- Grocery Store - frequent, convenient
- Coffee House - likewise
- Fast Food joint (though less likely to have spare space)
- Shopping Mall
- Book Store (note how much space Barnes And Noble has converted to non-books)
- Public Library (probably not open enough hours)
- AirPort, Train Station, Bus Station - good for some things, not others
- Gas station - not great, few people go inside
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