Have you ever wondered how these coin vending machines were born? You will not be surprised to know that those machines where you buy gems and collecting toys go back to the 1st century. The first historical evidence of a coin operated machine is in the work of Hero of Alexandria, engineer and mathematician of the 1st century. His machine dispensed a fixed amount of holy water when a coin was deposited. The coin fell on a frying pan fixed on a lever that opened a valve, through which water flowed. The bucket leans with the weight of the coin until it falls, a counterweight will take the lever back and close the valve.
It was not until the industrial age when machines that operated with coins were widely used. At the beginning of the 1880s, the first modern machines that operated with coins to distribute postcards were introduced to London, England. In the United States, the first vending machine was built in 1888 by the company Thomas Adams Gum. The machine came gummed on the train platforms. In 1897, Pulver Manufacturing Company initiated the idea of adding simple games to these machines as an additional incentive to buy. They added small numbers that were scrolling every time someone bought rubber on the machines. These advances paved the way for the creation of flip-off machines and slot machines.
In December of 1970 of his convention of Dallas, Ussery Industries of Dallas, Texas, presented his new vending machine "talking", Sale Talker. When you insert a coin, the machine said "thanks" and added a unique voice when reaching Henny Youngman. The Talker Sale appeared in Johnny Carson and # 39; s Tonight Show in March 1971.
Current machines can sell almost anything. The sales cost in the United States is divided into two main types of vending: sale in bulk and direct sales. Bulk sale sells candy, nuts, toys and gums on small machines that work with coins that consist of single or multiple heads. These heads can be available in many configurations in booths or what is known as racks. The racks can contain a large number of multiple heads, booths usually have only 1-3 heads.
Meanwhile, the whole sale line sells sandwiches and beverages packaged as sweets, soft drinks and chips. Full line machines are also machines that work with coins, but they are much more sophisticated, as they can have cooling, bill change, illuminated panels and luxury electronics. Complete line machines are larger than bulk machines. Coin-operated machines are often used as a route for small operators or individuals who usually have machines located in different places.
US vending machines may not be as advanced as those in Japan that sell the most unusual products. In the west, there is the standard offer of snacks, ATMs, feminine hygiene products and gums.
The Stand Hotels, a small luxury hotel chain, has recently introduced machines that work with coins that sell shorts of table and bikini for customers. There are also iPod vending machines that surround hotels, airports and department stores Macy & # 39; s.
Coin-operated machines have gone a long way since their humble beginnings in the 1st century. As the years go by and as demand for comfort increases, the sales potential is almost unlimited.