Tag Archives: shopping

The Evolution (Revolution?) of Vending Machines

Coin-operated vending machines were invented by Percival Everitt in 1883 and got their start in London in the late 1800s.  Those first machines dispensed postcards, envelopes and notepaper and were widely seen in train stations and post offices. In years past, we used our quarters to buy Cokes and candy bars.  Vending machines were a […]

Why do we buy stuff?

I recently saw a blog article on Seth’s Blog about why people make impulse purchases when items are on sale.   He maintains that people buy on sale to get the “joy of a bargain,” and that the item itself is secondary.  (Aside:  Seth says that more a billion people have never purchased anything on sale…..hard […]