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Reverse vending machine

The real world Kijiji
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So what you start out with is a row of newpaper-like dispensers. you bring something that you want to sell that would fit into this machine. you insert $1 per day you want it in the dispenser. Then you input the price you are looking for as well as a number you can be reached at on the keypad inside the dispenser. A small paper is printed off with the eject time of your object and the price and phone number are listed on the digital screen. A person can now come, put X dollars into the machine and buy your object right then and there.

You would come back at the eject time either to receive your object back or the money, which would either be separated physically from the other money, or would simply use a code which would appear on the paper it printed out to withdraw the money for you. Of course the code would do nothing if the object was still there.

Every day a website in your area would update with the new stuff in the machine, so it's almost the exact same as kijiji without the buyer seller phonetag that always seems to happen.

William II, Jun 29 2010

Quite closely baked http://www.gizmag.c...or-recycling/15566/
Nice timing.. check the date of publish on gizmag and .5B [kamathln, Jul 02 2010]

Kijiji http://www.ebayclassifieds.com/
Kijiji of Canada is also known as EBay Classifieds in some markets. It allows users to see classified ads within very tight geographic parameters of their location. It resembles Craigslist, but with even better geographic focus. [jurist, Jul 04 2010]

Quite closely baked, part II http://m.techcrunch.../?icid=tc_home_art&
(but again, not as general purpse as WII's .5B idea.) [swimswim, Oct 11 2011]


       Would this include a system through which one could insert money so as to purchase the item in the machine outright?
Alx_xlA, Jun 29 2010

       yes, sorry for not being more specific. You can put money in to buy things in the same place where you rent time.
William II, Jun 30 2010

DrWorm, Jun 30 2010

       am currently in craigslist flaky buyer vortex -- I wish this were baked right now!
mimz, Jun 30 2010

       This is neat.   

       I think you need a system to ensure honesty among sellers. If something is in a vending machine, it cannot be inspected before purchase. Perhaps sellers have to register, and the buyer could enter a product rating afterwards, and the machine would record this.   

       I think the best payment option would be credit to a seller's account, and the funds withdrawable via website or mail to the office.
Cuit_au_Four, Jul 01 2010

       If I was a thug, I would just hang around those vending machines waiting for the expiry times to "eject" the unsold merchandise and quickly load it into a waiting van. If the legitimate owner happened to be on hand similarly waiting for his merchandise to be ejected, then he or she might be loaded into the van as well, and we can sort out the value of each down the road.
jurist, Jul 01 2010

       You're talking about a mini-modular flea market.   

       Damned clever.   

       It's ideas like these that keep me coming back to the site despite the regular beatings.   

       "Hmm, I haven't had my ass beat in a long time, I could use a good ass beatin'. Think I'll go to the halfbakery and post something stupid."
doctorremulac3, Jul 01 2010

       This is quite closely baked [check link] .. I mean, at least more closely baked than you would expect.
kamathln, Jul 02 2010

       //If I was a thug, I would just hang around those vending machines waiting for the expiry times to "eject" the unsold merchandise and quickly load it into a waiting van.// For this to work, it would have to be linked to a credit or atm card that the seller agrees to unlimited "rent" extraction on. So a buck a day or something until you take it back or it sells. The automatic popping open of the unit when time expires would scare any potential customers away.   

       The best bet would be to put it in a building with a person watching it, but then you don't need the machines. Reality always smacks down the neatest ideas.   

       Still damned clever though. I could see this working for cellphones and ipods, items not worth selling online that still might be worth 50 bucks or so.   

       Then the problem is, a machine that only makes a buck or two a day? Neat idea + reality = smackdown. (unfortunately)   

       The bun stays though.
doctorremulac3, Jul 03 2010

       //coming back to the site despite the regular beatings//   

       Hear that, boys? Not enough nails in these baseball bats! ;-)
pertinax, Jul 04 2010

       I thought "kijiji" was the Swahili for "village". Does it mean something else? Also, is there any point in - no, probably not.
nineteenthly, Jul 04 2010

       Being very thrifty, I like this. And I will place a bun in your vending machine to prove it.
blissmiss, Jul 04 2010

       I tried that line on a girl in a bar once. Didn't work too good.
doctorremulac3, Jul 05 2010

       You must not have offered enough change.
rcarty, Oct 12 2011


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