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iPod Vending Machines Offer Irresistible Treats

I stopped in my tracks the first time I noticed a crowd gathering around an unassuming Zoom iPod vending machine in the bottom of Macy's in San Francisco's Union Square. The concept was especially entertaining because there is a giant Apple store less than two blocks away, but I soon realized the machines allow you to buy the iPod without waiting around for a salesperson. Of course, they're probably deadly to those of us with that impulse buy gene.

The SF Zoom machine isn't the only station drawing a crowd. According to media reports, one of the machines at the Atlanta, Ga. airport pulls in about $55,000 a month in gross sales. Business Traveler Service, which operates the Zoom machines in the Atlanta airport, says they haven't found any customer resistance to using a credit card to buy a $300 iPod from the machines. For a close up of the machine, just

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macgirl macgirl 10 years
We've had one of these machines in our mall for quite awhile... even though I can get most of the products featured in it at wholesale cost.. the temptation of having it so easily in front of me is tempting... no crowds, no special orders, no waiting for UPS to bring me my package... and most of all no pushy salesman. It's the best of ordering online with instant gratification and no shipping costs ;-)
katie225 katie225 10 years
this will be one of those "trends" on a future episode of vh1's "i love the 00s" or something! hopefully it's just a trend... i know someone who bought an ipod from one of these.
JennaV JennaV 10 years
I was going to say....I have seen this at Hartsfield Jackson :D
Ms_Magnificent1 Ms_Magnificent1 10 years
This is a great idea for making more cash on iPods but seriously this iPod craze is getting a lil outta control... I mean a iPod vending machine? Ridiculous...
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