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A vending machine selling live crabs has been installed in a shopping centre in Nanjing, China.

The Chinese Mitten Crab – also known as the Shanghai Hairy Crab – is considered a delicacy in the region and needs to be served fresh. In an attempt to take advantage of its high demand, one unnamed businessman has found a way to conveniently and cheaply sell the crab, while also keeping them pretty much as fresh as possible: by keeping them alive and supplying them through a vending machine.

The vending machine is kept refrigerated to a chilly 5 degrees Celsius; a temperature low enough to coerce the crabs in to a state of hibernation. This helps to stop them from moving around too much, and apparently eases the discomfort of being trapped inside a box [inside a bigger box].

Additionally, the low overheads of operating vending machines compared with that of staff managed retail mean the crabs can be sold approximately one third cheaper than in shops.

What’s more, the retailer has a sign displayed near the machine which explains that if any crabs surface from the vending machine having already died and gone to the big sea in the sky, consumers will be compensated with three free crabs (presumably live ones).

A video of the vending machine in action can be viewed at the following link:

Video: Crab Vending Machine in China – dailymotion.com

Although crab vending machines don’t currently feature in our product range, we do have a fantastic and diverse range of vending machines for sale (or hire), and also supply many other vending related products. If you would like any more information on our vending services, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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