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12 Alternative Vending Machines

In December 2010, a vending machine dispensing 24-karat gold pieces began operating in a mall in Boca Raton, Florida. Although it’s the first of its kind in the United States, another one is coming to Las Vegas, and others already operate in Japan, Spain, Italy and the United Arab Emirates. So even though gold may seem like an unusual candidate for the vending machine, it’s not a new concept.

Meanwhile, there are other products that have found their way into the world’s vending machines that run the gamut from inspired to just plain bizarre. So click ahead to see what unusual products can be found in vending machines around the world.

By Daniel Bukszpan,Special to CNBC.com
Posted 28 Jan 2011

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