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Vending Machines: Coined Consumerism

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In airports, iPods, headphones and other technological gadgets are sold in vending machines; artists from London to Buenos Aires have converted cigarette vending machines to sell art; along New York City's St. Marks Place numerous kiosks provide "fresh food" for late-night snackers via, you guessed it, vending machines. Marketers have caught on to the trend, too. In Times ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by Mark Batty Publisher (first published April 6th 2010)
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Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Does what we consume define part of who we are? Can vending machines reveal something about this question? A very interesting look at this unique form of consumerism.
Grady
Jun 06, 2010 Grady rated it it was amazing
'Change is inevitable - except from a vending machine.'

Though this wise book exploring the iconography and history of vending machines form the early forms in ancient Greece to the proliferation of the fantastical inventions of today is printed as yet another evidence of the art of graphic design by Mark Batty Publisher, VENDING MACHINES: COINED CONSUMERISM, in the informed hands of writer Christopher D Salyers is more a statement of our obsession with instant gratification. Have a need? Look ar
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Tanja Laden
Oct 18, 2010 Tanja Laden rated it it was amazing
A compilation of images, interviews, and essays, Christopher D. Salyers’ Vending Machines: Coined Consumerism provides an engaging survey of a modern-day mechanical phenomenon.

The book profiles vending machines around the world, which dispense a wide range of goods — including beer, gold, underwear, and live cockroaches. It’s a colorful look at the automated apparatuses that interpret, commodify, and deliver according to a population’s needs, as well as its occasionally unusual desires.

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Aug 10, 2014 Derek Drifmeyer rated it really liked it
The Japanese text was kinda weird considering that this did not focus only on Japanese vending machines.
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Great pics of real vending machines around the world, but especially of Japan!
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