Vending Machine Dispenses Gold Bars To Go

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Looking to capitalize on the popularity of gold investments in these tough economic times, TG-Gold-Super-Markt is installing vending machines that dispense 1g, 5g and 10g bars / gold coins at 500 locations in Germany.


A prototype "Gold-to-Go" machine in the Frankfurt Airport initially charged customers around $42 for a 1g wafer of gold and $341 for a 10g bar. The prices update every two minutes and average about 30% higher than market value for the cheapest product. So, given the premium price and extremely small quantity sizes, this really isn't much of an investment at all—more like a novelty or a unique gift idea. On the other hand, it does seem like a great target for thieves, although the company does monitor the devices with cameras and claims that the casing can withstand a dynamite blast. Still, a poor economy also means that thieves will go to greater lengths to pull off a job. [TG-Gold via Telegraph and Fox News]



As indicated in the summary here, the smallest quantity is inflated by about 30%, but the 10g is less inflated. I feel that these might make good gifts (I'm thinking this is something you could buy a newborn niece or nephew, or a college grad, as a gift that they can hold onto to mature), but that if you were interested in a serious investment, you should probably find a place that will just straight up give you the market price.