Thursday, December 23, 2010

Live Crab Vending Machine - In Shanghai

OK. Now I'm getting worried about China's growth. They are encroaching into Japan's long held title as the country with the oddest vending machines.

A live crab vending machine has been introduced in Shanghai. The crabs sell for ¥200 to ¥600 depending on quality. These crabs are selling well too. They are reporting sales of 200 crabs a day.

The vending machine is kept at -10c to put the crabs, which are packed in plastic cases, into a state of hibernation. The company that runs the vending machine is also offering a refund of 3 fresh crabs if your crab is... dead on delivery.

The Japanese article and video is here.


Eryl said...

Do you think the Japanese will top it with live octopus, or something?

The only vending machines we have here are for cigarettes and condoms, too dull.

SuFang (Careen) said...

LOL everything is possible for China. It's really ODD.

angryparsnip said...

I was watching Anthony Bourdain on his TV program and China is crab crazy... there is even this one area where the crabs are so famous and expensive that they have code# on the shell so you know you are shelling out your hard earned money for the right crab ? go figure !

cheers, parsnip