The Va Va Vooming of Vending Machines

Aimed at young shoppers and wealthy frequent fliers, luxury vending machines are cropping up with more than Sprite and Skittles. Perfume or an iPod anyone?

Cheetos, M&Ms, pretzels…iPods? Forget the dusty, poorly lit vending machines selling stale peanuts and Rice Krispies squares pumped up with preservatives. The vending machine is going glam. Consumers are using their plastic instead of their spare change to snap up luxury items such as digital cameras, cologne, and even software from automated machines in airports, malls, supermarkets, and other high-traffic areas.

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