Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Gift Giving ATM

ATM Gives You Coffee or Chocolate
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Banks could offer "rewards" at their ATMs.

After using an ATM, the machine gives you a coffee or pop. It's basically just combining the ATM with a standard vending machine.

Banks will build customer loyalty and consumers get a "free" gift.

Other giveaways could be chocolate bars, magazines, coupons to local establishments. Consumers could pick their gift.

xmarcus, Nov 12 2003


       How about free money from the ATM? I could go for that!
muzer, Nov 12 2003

       Good idea! 1 in 20 people get cash back...like a slot machine.   

       Similar to the Gambling ATM idea already posted but perhaps this would be more practical.
xmarcus, Nov 12 2003

       There was a bank in Kansas or somewhere that was purposly slipping $50s in with the $20s in their ATMs at random ... ATM usage increased tenfold in that area ... but it was an holiday promotion ...
Letsbuildafort, Nov 12 2003

       There was a vending machine at a previous job of mine, that would randomly flash "You win!" after you had made your purchase. You'd get all your money back, plus the item you selected.
krelnik, Nov 12 2003

       It could draw an amusing doodle on a reserved space on your ATM card using ink which would fade quickly enough to allow a new drawing to appear next time you use it.
dobtabulous, Nov 12 2003

       Along the lines of [dotabulous]'s idea ... how about having the ATM print your fortune on a reserved space on your ATM card with some thermo-sensitive ink (like G.I. Joe technology) that when heated it disappears, and each time you use the ATM, it heats the section, clears your fortune and gives you a new one ... and if you use your panic PIN, then it imprints the date and time of the PIN enrty, location, etc ...
Letsbuildafort, Nov 12 2003

       i dont understand why ATM desighn falls into the business category...Product maybe?
FeelinPhine, Nov 12 2003

       But would I still get candy if my ATM account was empty?
FeelinPhine, Nov 12 2003

       You'd have to give back candy with each transaction if you were in debt.
DRstrathmore, Nov 12 2003

       There are a couple of ATM's inside my university. At least once a year there's a stupid employee from the bank which loads the wrong bills inside the ATM. The last time it happened, about 5 months ago, I could see a really long line to take money out the ATM and no wonder: people were getting $500 from every $50 they cashed out.   

       I think that's better than a chocolate bar!
Pericles, Nov 12 2003

       Theres a couple of problems here, first of all, on account of my overdraft, I would have to give the bank gifts, and secondly I think everyone really knows that they are paying for it.....
Micky Dread, Nov 12 2003


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