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Monte Hall's Vending Machine

A chance to make a deal
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I think this might be fun enough to encourage vending sales.

Customer makes selection and pays. "You've selected the Sun Chips. Would you like to trade your chips for a chance to select between two other hidden doors?"

Hidden behind these doors might be a newly-developed and in market-testing item, a slow-selling item, occasionally an item of much higher value, or one of marginal value, like a stick of gum perhaps.

Legal ramifications could be tricky to work around gambling laws.

RayfordSteele, Jun 19 2012

There is a Monte Hall Problem http://en.wikipedia.../Monty_Hall_problem
[xandram, Jun 19 2012]


       Hmmm - that's not how the Monty Hall problem works though. You'd need to pay the price for two chocolate bars and press the 'chocolate bar' button on the machine. Then you'd be shown three doors and it would be explained that two of the doors have a chocolate bar behind them and one has three chocolate bars behind it.

You'd pick one door and one of the other two doors would open, to reveal a chocolate bar. Then you'd be asked whether you want to stick with your original choice or switch to the other unopened door. The door you then choose would dispense its chocolate bar(s). Hint: Always switch to the other unopened door.
hippo, Jun 19 2012

       <beats machine in frustration and rage>But I just want a fecking chocolate bar you stuped feckin mach-feckin-chine</bmifar>
pocmloc, Jun 19 2012

       Fine idea, but how do you get the goats to fit in the machine?   

       Also, has anyone consider'd the concept of a 3-Card Monte Hall Trick?
zen_tom, Jun 21 2012


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