Convenience has always been a life goal. People want to get more of it in everything they do, from a household chore to professional work.
Even when having some leisure activities and simple exercise, which are already more convenient than just about anything job-related, they still desire greater convenience. This is why they shop online, use Uber, buy fast food, have video conferences, and buy things from vending machines.
In the old days, vending machines are almost always for beverages like soda, bottled water, and fruit juices. They’re everywhere that you don’t have to visit an actual store and interact with anybody to buy a can of carbonated drink.
It is also convenient for companies as vending machines require no employee to record every transaction.
As time goes on and more people demand more convenience, some vending machines have new things to offer. Unusual vending machines have been on the rise all over the world. Here are some of the most difficult to ignore.
10 Live Crabs
From August to October, everybody in China is feasting on crabs. It is that time of year again when millions of people are tearing apart exoskeletons to suck up the delicacy inside, so crabs sell like hotcakes all around the country. Except, pancakes are not available in vending machines, but live crabs are.
About seven years ago, on the street in Hangzhou, something unusual came into existence; a vending machine that sold live crabs. It was restocked daily along with the expected accouterments such as ginger tea and vinegar.
Instant cup noodles are not exactly the healthiest snack globally, but let us just say they are indeed satisfactory as an occasional alternative or addition to lunch or dinner.
By now, you would probably think that a vending machine filled with cups of noodles is not entirely unusual, but in Japan, such a machine dispenses ready-to-eat hot ramen in about 25 seconds. Ramen is not as peculiar as live crab, but it is still a fascinating idea for a vending machine.