Railway station’s ‘mystery vending machine’ sells unclaimed items

A railway station’s ‘mystery vending machine’ appears to have been packed with goods left behind, with customers offered the chance to gamble on their contents.

A ‘mystery vending machine’ has been spotted at a railway station, giving buyers the opportunity to take a punt on the items inside.

According to an X (formerly Twitter) user, the machine’s contents is made up of unclaimed packages from delivery lockers. It’s claimed each one has never been opened and therefore customers have no idea what they could be buying.

Sharing a snap of the machine online, the user said: “The train station has a mystery vending machine where you can buy whatever is in the unclaimed packages from delivery lockers.”

Users were quick to comment on the post, with one person writing: “Ohh man that’s so cool. I would bankrupt myself on this thing in a heartbeat.”

Another chimed in: “This is 100% my kind of slot machine,” while a third added: “How much?”, to which the original poster admitted they had not checked.

the train station has a mystery vending machine where you can buy whatever is in the unclaimed packages from delivery lockers pic.twitter.com/a3beWbXxCi

— michael (@bovineflu) May 20, 2024

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The post was also shared to Reddit where scores of people appeared to be sceptical that members of staff hadn’t already peaked inside each package. “100% these have been opened, priced, marked up, checked for legality, and been assessed as likely to sell better if people don’t know what’s in them,” one person said.

A second agreed: “Every one of those packages has been retaped. No way some random employee is putting stuff in there without checking first for good stuff.”

Another explained: “Comic book shops have been doing this for decades in order to move unpopular inventory. You buy it, thinking you’ll get a cool batman comic or spiderman off shoot, and instead get 5 indy comics, a couple tier 3 DC/marvel titles, and some 90s junk they found in the back last week.”

Another person remained adamant this wasn’t the case, however. “They are NOT opened,” the fellow Reddit user declared. “The packages contain returned merchandise from retailer selling on platforms like Aliexpress and Temu.

“It is too costly to send the merchandise back to the retailer (usually in China), so the retailer sells the mail to their 3PL (fulfillment centre) who resells it to liquidators (vending machine owner). Yes, they are sold with the shipping label on them.”


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