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Vending Machine Panties?

Updated on November 11, 2011
Japanese Panties Vending Machine
Japanese Panties Vending Machine | Source

Exactly who came up with the idea originally to sell panties in a vending machine I am not usre but they are sold that way in Japan. Here is North America it is difficult to imagine driving up to a gas station running inside and picking up a few impulse items, passing a few humming pop machines filled with coca-cola and other beverages and see a machine beside those selling women's panties. It would leave most scratching their heads to say the least. After all who would need to randomly buy a pair of panties?

To dispel the unusual nature of it I can only guess that due to the sheer number of shoppers in a place like Tokyo, Japan and the population density it is so much more difficult for cashiers to handle everyone in store that automated machines are the only way to help with the load of people. One thing to keep in mind is that for every 23 people in Japan there is one vending machine.

Check out the sneaker vending machine below it's well known to Japan but fairly new to Europe.

Egg Vending Machine
Egg Vending Machine | Source
I-Pod Vending Machine
I-Pod Vending Machine | Source

The history of the vending machine and their uses today is very interesting on both counts. Many of the worlds most unusual vending machines happen to be in Japan where high traffic areas generate high levels of revenue every year. Below are just a few examples of the thriving industry of vending machines. From live creatures, flowers, meat, eggs, toilet paper, umbrellas and electronics and also women's panties.

Vending machines have made serious advancements in the past decade and many of the advance ones are known as Automatic retail Kiosks. Many of these have touch screens and dispense items such as electronics, I-pods, DVDs and other items. Due to the more expensive items these machines are capable of accepting cash, credit cards and debit cards.

Some vending machines now made to hold live creatures have been very carefully made to keep said creatures alive. Some of these machines hold things like live lobster or live bait for fishermen. In some cases the live lobster vending machines are set up much like the classic claw arcade style game but instead of plush toys you get to catch live lobsters.

Lobster Vending Machine
Lobster Vending Machine | Source

In some areas businesses wish to allow people to buy their products when their store is closed this is what prompted such vending machines to hold DVDs, electronics, even I-pods, and sometimes bookstores will have a book vending machine outside their doors.

Book Vending Machine
Book Vending Machine | Source

How often have you been extremely hungry and ran to a vending machine for something only to see pop candy and occasionally food that looks like someone already ate it? Now there are vending machines that will cook fries, burgers and other snacks right in the machine, made fresh without a single human hand!

Hot Meal Vending
Hot Meal Vending | Source

That pretty much covers it. I don't have a picture for this last bit of info but if your curious about it look it up. During the 1950s - 1970s many airports used to have vending machines that would dispense life insurance policies for travelers before they boarded, just in case something happened.

Live Bait Vending Machine
Live Bait Vending Machine | Source


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    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      7 years ago from North America

      calico Stark - no worries, hope you found it interesting!

    • calico Stark profile image

      calico Stark 

      7 years ago from Earth for the time being

      Wow, I had no idea! I am too sheltered!LOL!

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      7 years ago from North America

      ilymsvicky - I know what you mean it is hard to imagine someone needing a fresh pair of panties at random, walking down the street or where we would normally see vending machines I can't imagine anyone stopping to buy panties. But maybe it is a bit different there I guess.

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      7 years ago from Long Beach

      I think vending machines are cool. I am one of the few that stop at the vending machines to get my coffee each morning rather than walking all the way to the cafeteria. I'm sure with the hussle and bussle lifestyle in Japan they are in great need for vending machines for general merchandise. But panties? What woman needs a fresh pair of panties all out of the blue, hmmmmm? LOL

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      7 years ago from North America

      true time2rite there are some pretty interesting and useful ones, some can be pretty laughable as well, glad you liked it.

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      Kathryne Waller 

      7 years ago from Knoxville, TN USA

      Wow! This was such a cool hub! I had no idea such vending machines existed but I can see how it they can be useful, if not amusing at the least. Thank you for such a great hub; voted "Up"!

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      7 years ago from North America

      Doc Wordinger - yes is pretty cool!

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      7 years ago from North America

      Yes, I know what you mean Jools99 the claw one would be interesting to try but yeah panties is pretty weird

    • tammyswallow profile image


      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow.. I had no idea. Fried chicken is bad enough, I can't imagine getting that from a vending machine. Very unique!

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Unbelievable!! What will they think of next? Interesting..Thank's.

    • Doc Wordinger profile image

      Doc Wordinger 

      7 years ago from Manchester, UK

      Interesting hub. The guy that came up with the idea for the Sub Marine Catcher was one twisted dude. I'd love to try it but I can't see them coming to England any time soon.

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      Jools Hogg 

      7 years ago from North-East UK

      I think the machines with the claw to catch live lobster are amazing. My daughter used to be obsessed with these machines and we spent many a fifty pence piece trying to 'win' her a plush toy. As for panties in a vending machine...what next?


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