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Are There Vending Machines That Accept Pennies?

 
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 Posted 03/21/2013  02:20 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Fox to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This is a question just out of pure curiousity. I have no plans or interest to lobby for vending machines to accept a coin that may be on the chopping block to get the ax soon anyway. I know there are them penny horse ride machines at some stores for young kids to ride that are still a penny, but if the penny gets the ax, they'll have to bump that horsey machine up to a nickel. But thats the only machine around my area, other than self checkouts that I know of that takes both, copper cents, and Zincolns. But, can vending machines be equipt to accept pennies?

I know that, when I wrote to the vending industry about the half and a $2 coin in the future, they said that there is limited space for how many coin tubes they could install in a vending machine, and they said that, only if the half were "significantly redesigned" (I'm guessing they mean made smaller) and if they got the $1 coin circulating widely, and I could convince the industry that the general public likes using "small change" for their every day purchases, then a circulating half and $2 coin may become a reality.

But anyway, as I said, I don't really care about penny acception. Just curious as to if its possible for vending machines.
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 Posted 03/21/2013  06:07 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bpoc1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
As a kid in the 50's and 60's I know there were gumball machines. Today I have not seen any that just take a cent.
Good question Fox.
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The elongated Cent souvenir machines still take them...
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 Posted 03/21/2013  07:26 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mds308 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Only back in the day when a penny was worth something. I don't think there are any penny machines currently used. The gumball machines at the grocery store are all 25 cents. Occasionally, I'll see a vintage penny machine being used but this is more for novelty than it is for profit.

Any of you old timers (like me) remember the Ford Gumball Machine? They had a sliding lever to release the gum and the gum was Chiclets or Chicles not gumballs.

http://www.fordgum.com/mach.html
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 Posted 03/21/2013  07:38 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jerseyben to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I really doubt the horse ride is 1 cent. The operator would surely lose money if it were only 1 cent.
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 Posted 03/21/2013  10:31 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coinsearcher83 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I really doubt the horse ride is 1 cent. The operator would surely lose money if it were only 1 cent.


Nope, it is. Trust me. They have them around here at Meijer stores. More of a tradition and symbol of a large store being more personal (I guess) than profit.
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 Posted 03/21/2013  12:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Does the Coinstar count?

I seem to recall there was a machine, but cannot remember where it was. I just remember finding it curious.

I do remember that the original stamp machines at my old post office took them. That was a long, long time ago.
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 Posted 03/21/2013  1:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bpoc1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There where some weigh yourself one cent machines back when.
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 Posted 03/21/2013  9:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Fox to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
jerseyben,

Yep, the horse ride is still a penny, bit as I said will have to be raised to a nickel if the penny gets the ax, and seeing as the horse ride only lasts a really short bit, I wonder if they have to raise the price to a nickel, if they would make the ride longer.

jbuck,

I was going to mention the CoinStar machines, actually. (-;
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There used to be 1 cent gumball machines around when I was a kid. I think it was more for novelty than anything else. You would get those little hollow gumballs that were about the size of a dime. It has been a while since I've seen one though and I think an older guy was operating to give kids something to do than to make a profit.
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