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9 vending machines with eclectic inventory

By: Matt Hickman on Jan. 30, 2012, 8:40 a.m.
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Gold (U.S., Europe, Dubai, Abu Dhabi)

Although on-the-go gold diggers can find self-serve bullion dispensaries in somewhat predicable locales — the Frankfort airport, hotels in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Las Vegas — courtesy of German company GOLD to go, America’s first vending machine to sell 2-ounce bars made from precious metal arrived just in time for the 2010 holiday shopping season at a mall in … Boca Raton, Fla., a retiree-heavy town where you’d think most of the flash comes from chintzy costume jewelry and dental crowns, not 24-carat ATMs. Unlike most vending machines, this one has a 10-day return policy.