Credit cards and vending machines

I never have cash. I’m one of the typical Gen. Y’ers that relies almost entirely on credit cards as a form of payment.

That makes things tricky when I get hungry at the office and the only available food is stuck in a vending machine – which requires cash money.

As it turns out, vending machine operators are paying attention to my generation’s cash aversion and are using technology to create cashless vending machines. And sales are up, according to the 2012 State of the Industry report by

Cashless sales were 84 percent higher in machines that had adopted the cashless option for longer than one year, compared to those using cashless for less than a year, according to USA Technologies, a leading vending industry technology provider.

And vending machine groups are targeting younger customers, who prefer the technology-based experience of vending over convenience, grocery and drug store for snacks and cold beverages, according to USA’s report.

The cashless machines rely on an “e-Port” pad which operates similar to a card swipe machine at a cash register (see photo).

I would be thrilled to see a cashless vending machine at the Daily Record. Perhaps my wallet wouldn’t, though.

Would you use a cashless vending machine? Where would you like to see them installed?

About Ashley Wislock

Business reporter focusing on retail for the York Daily Record/Sunday News. In my spare time, I'm a social media, sports, reality TV and celebrity gossip junkie. Contact me at or 717-771-2029!
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3 Responses to Credit cards and vending machines

  1. Billy Bob says:

    I totally use cashless vending machines as I’m like you and NEVER carry cash anymore. The cashless machines are way more convenient.

    Although it is always somewhat of a concern to me since the likelihood of “skimmers” capturing your card information is increased. You have to wonder whether that card reader was put on there by the vending company or a criminal trying to steal your card information.

  2. Friends and neighbors would do well to avoid these machines as they provide way too much ease in borrowing. While these machines are not ‘tools of the Devil’, so to speak, they are tools that contribute to the propagation of a lifestyle of consumerism in which Americans already have a terrible time in coping; saying “no more” and pushing away from the table of gluttony where everything is available for a price are not factors in the American way and will, in time, cause great calamity if simplicity in living isn’t heeded and adopted.

  3. Ashley Wislock says:

    Both good points.

    I think it’s about finding a safe middle ground: use common sense and practice moderation.

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