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A large vending machine with individual compartments that can be rented to local vendors

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Oct 23, 2021
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A large vending machine where independent vendors can rent individual compartments and sell whatever to passersby. Basically real-life Etsy.
Why?
  • A new money-making opportunity for the business owner.
  • Opportunity for small-time vendors to make money.
  • Opportunity for creators to test if people would buy their creations.
How it works
Such large vending machines (as shown in the header image) are not new, but they are rare. From what I was able to find they are used by a few farms in Europe to automate the sales of their produce.
The idea is to make every compartment an independent unit that vendors could rent via an app. They would get full control of their compartment, set their own price and place inside whatever they wish to sell.
Buyers type in the compartment number, pay for it, and the door unlocks.
When the item gets sold, the vendor is notified via the app. They can either restock their compartment or cancel their lease so that other people can rent it.
Such vending machines could be placed in areas that are heavy in pedestrian traffic. Bus stops, shopping malls, etc.
Communal vending
A granny could bake a pie and sell the extra slices to other residents via the vending machine placed in the building's lobby. I imagine college dorms, large residential buildings, big companies, etc, where the community members can sell stuff to each other.
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Daniel Drazhi
Daniel Drazhia month ago
Hello Darko Savic . Conisdering you mentioned farms, why. not instead have a product where farms can sign up and list the good that they sell vegetables fruits etc. People can choose what goods they want, quantity, and they place an order. The farm gets notification that someone has ordered from them. This would work good locally Ithink, but the delivery is an issue. Any brainstormers here, who have an idea how might delivery work? Ideally, the customers would be able to offer different goods from different farms all in one cart.(one order)
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Darko Savic
Darko Savica month ago
Hi Daniel Drazhi
This is how some farms in Europe sell their eggs, vegetables, etc.:



People pay for specific locker numbers, then those lockers open.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savica month ago
If this hardware was used, the rest is just a matter of software.
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