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By Cliff Kuang | 03-19-2010 | 11:26 AM
There may be no purer expression of the consumer impulse than the vending machine--the idea being that there's something you need or want so bad that it sells itself, with no need for any salesmanship at all. But around the world, what people want or need varies wildly. That's the conceit of Vending Machines: Coined Consumerism, a new book by Christopher D. Salyers. The book is filled with vending machines that tell interesting stories, found through years of scouring weird malls and spooky parking lots. Here's a few of the gems he found.