iPad Vending Machines Coming to a Macy’s Near You

By , Sep 22, 2011

The first vending machine, according to Wikipedia, was invented by Hero of Alexandria. The Greek engineer’s machine would dispense holy water upon coin deposits. Obviously, it’s come a long way since then.

Nowadays vending machines carry everything from drinks to candy. And in some places, (mostly airports) you can even score a digital camera and other small electronics from these digital kiosks. So, where do these things go from here? 

According to The Consumerist, their next step is to start offering $500 tablets in the men’s department of major retail stores. The popular consumer-awareness site spotted a vending machine inside of a Macy’s Store, serving up iPads.

“It was an unexpected sight. I guess impulse buys aren’t just for Skittles anymore. Yes, the iPad vending machine. Perfect for those times when you’re running late and need to pick up a 3-pack of Hanes and a $499 multitouch Wi-Fi-enabled tablet computer in the same trip.”

Actually, several stores like Walmart and Target already offer that one-stop-shop experience, but we get the point. It’s rather odd that a store, attached to a mall with an Apple Store, would have an iPad vending machine. Does it ever get any business?

Finding Apple products in these machines isn’t anything new. But the fact that they are now turning up in the men’s department, in a store like Macy’s, is quite peculiar. I just have one question. What’s the return policy on something like this?

Would you buy an iPad from a vending machine?

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  • revvxz

    Haha, so easy to rob. Sneak in at night, open vending machine =$500 richer!

    • Dodgerdeezy

      Ummmm Im pretty sure you’d be more than $500 richer.

  • http://jbosm.com Joe

    This is in Tyson’s corner mall on my trip there I saw this about 5 years ago

    • Justin

      I didn’t know iPads have been around that long

  • Ronnie

    I saw this in the macy by me. in 2003

  • Phil

    It’s funny that I read this. Just today I stopped at one of these machines inside a Macy’s in Culver City California and low and behold there was an iPad. My exact question was what is the return policy? I’m to skeptical on buying a 500 dollar item from a machine

  • Phil

    It’s funny that I read this. Just today I stopped at one of these machines inside a Macy’s in Culver City California and low and behold there was an iPad. My exact question was what is the return policy?

  • Vick

    What happens if it gets stuck? haha :D

    • http://www.letstalktablets.com Darryl

      simple, just insert another $500, it should work the second time, problem solved!

      • MrA

        You shake the machine vigorously until it falls free.

    • Jared

      The vending machine uses a way different technology from those old metal coil machines… it’s not possible for it to get stuck. The product has to pass by the sensor inside the dispensing area before you are charged. If something did go wrong with the vending machine you wouldn’t be charged a cent.

  • Jared

    We’ve had these in Minnesota for well over a year

  • Jeremy

    This machine is called an “E-Spot”. I work for Macy’s and we’ve had one for a few years now. They have always had Apple products in them, and (at my store, anyway) generate quite a bit of business. I, too, was shocked to see iPads in them a few weeks ago. Return policy, for those of you asking, is a telephone number. Not exactly sure how it works, but I know you can’t return it to the store.

  • http://adamscode.sourceforge.net/?idb Ad@m

    This is a waste of money: the owner of the iPad is basically paying for a device that can do so much and only using it for one function (operating the vending machine).