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Started by breakfast on Jun 18, 2022 3:30:48 PM
Things they used to sell in vending machines
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dominoboy - 18 Jun 2022 15:34:18 (#1 of 41)

Contact lenses in Moscow. Haven’t seen it yet here since I returned. Wouldn’t fancy getting contacts from a machine.

Shadrack22 - 18 Jun 2022 15:37:54 (#2 of 41)

Used underwear in Japan.

browserbutton - 18 Jun 2022 15:40:14 (#3 of 41)

Oysters in France:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-oysters-idUSKBN1AJ1TN

dominoboy - 18 Jun 2022 15:44:17 (#4 of 41)

Sounds dodgy, browser

upgoerfive - 18 Jun 2022 15:45:09 (#5 of 41)

There's a hardware shop near where I live with an Esso paraffin vending machine outside. I don't know whether it still works.

LemonGrass - 18 Jun 2022 15:47:07 (#6 of 41)

#3 - I got a portion of chips from a vending machine in France in 1985.

HouseOfLametta - 18 Jun 2022 15:53:02 (#7 of 41)

Johnnies, obviously.

There was one in my home town sold cans of Guinness and of Carlsberg.

And chocolate machines were a thing. And I worked at a place with anadin machines.

Just a thought, if your workplace requires painkillers, don't buy a machine, sort the workplace out.

browserbutton - 18 Jun 2022 15:57:34 (#8 of 41)

Hairy crabs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTml8j-Yt-g

lammaMia - 18 Jun 2022 15:59:05 (#9 of 41)

Long distance calling cards at airports

indlovubill - 18 Jun 2022 16:00:35 (#10 of 41)

Johnnies, obviously

Years ago the pub landlord of the time told me he never refilled the johnny machine in the Gents. His scam was anyone who put money in the machine would be too embarrassed to come to the bar to say the machine was empty.

indlovubill - 18 Jun 2022 16:03:10 (#11 of 41)

Business cards! There was a machine at Knutsford Services on the M6, even got a mention in The Royle Family, Dave had some business cards printed there!

dominoboy - 18 Jun 2022 16:10:30 (#12 of 41)

How did that work? Must have taken ages to key in all the information.

upgoerfive - 18 Jun 2022 16:12:56 (#13 of 41)

There used to be a booth in our local post office where you could print a custom greeting card. It was based on an Apple Mac Classic.

indlovubill - 18 Jun 2022 16:14:06 (#14 of 41)

How did that work? Must have taken ages to key in all the information.

You keyed in the words you wanted and the machine printed out business cards. The cards looked exactly as you would expect business cards printed by a machine at Knutsford Services.

Gotout - 18 Jun 2022 16:20:42 (#15 of 41)

I can remember about 30 years ago there was a machine in Preston bus station which printed business cards.

angelico - 18 Jun 2022 16:25:18 (#16 of 41)

Fry's Five Boys

Verdigris - 18 Jun 2022 15:32:23 (#17 of 41)

Paynes Poppets.

Moschops - 18 Jun 2022 16:33:13 (#18 of 41)

Tabs

angelico - 18 Jun 2022 16:37:23 (#19 of 41)

Not just tabs, but tabs with change inside the cellophane wrappers. It was a bonus if you had nifty fingers that could ease the whole column of packes out agter buying the first one with a half crown. You got all the fags and some cash too.

I think it was only possible because the machines were made for longer ciggies.

Verdigris - 18 Jun 2022 15:44:11 (#20 of 41)

Postage stamps.

A friend once discovered a faulty stamp machine that if you wanked the dispensing slot cover up and down it would issue yards of portraits of the queen for the price of one.

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