Everyone dreams of owning something giant, but few dream of owning a gumball machine. And yet when you put both dreams together you’re left with one of the most ridiculously desirable items in the world.
No, your eyes do not deceive you; the little girl in the photo really is wearing a dress made from one of Barry Chuckle’s old sweatshirts. But forget about fashion because the Giant Gumball Machine next to her is flipping enormous. At over 6.5ft tall and 3.5ft wide, this truly awesome vending machine holds 20,000 (yes, 20,000!) one-inch gumballs, making it an attraction in its own right. Om-nom-nom!
Thanks to its huge capacity and jaw-dropping size, the Giant Gumball Machine will pay for itself in…well, it’ll pay for itself sooner or later but we’re too busy chewing jaw-exhausting gumballs to get the calculator out.
The point is, despite its considerable price tag, this humungous contraption is not as ludicrous a purchase as you/your financial advisor might think. Plonk one in your store, foyer or forecourt and customers will flock from miles around to see it in action. It’s like Alice in Wonderland meets Willy Wonka by way of a reverse shrink gun accident at a cartoon carnival. Or something like that.
Speaking of action, punters won’t have to wait around for their yummy gummy treats because the Giant Gumball Machine features an über efficient Beaver mechanism, an industry standard that will devour cash and deliver balls till the cows come home. Indeed the only thing you need to worry about is how best to heave home all that lovely loot.
Of course you could always buy the Giant Gumball Machine for non-commercial purposes and stick it in your undoubtedly impressive pad. But that would be a bit like putting a log flume in the bathroom – ie: completely brilliant. So go on, put your money where your mouth is, by gum!
The sheer size of this machine attracts customers constantly
Where would you get the one-inch gum-balls? Daniel, Sully - 12th June 2012
Firebox says: Probably a sweet supplier, we'd love to see their face when you turn up and order 200,000 gum-balls though, please take a picture for our posterity.
Would it accept English coins ? Leighton Allen, Worcestershire - 11th November 2011
Firebox says: It can be adjusted to English Coins!
A few people have asked if the gumballs come with it. I'm more concerned whether or not it comes with the child in the picture. I only want the gum ball machine and I'm not looking to adopt a child. Could I substitute the child for another pack of free sweets? Charlie, UK - 25th October 2011
Firebox says: We will see what we can do Charlie!
For that price, the gumballs should be included. Matt, HULL - 11th September 2011
Gum balls cost 1p each at the local sweet shop. I can't imagine walking in and telling them that I have £212. 50 to spend on gumballs. Can I take it out on a loan until it pays for itself? Grace, Earth - 26th August 2011
I don't want to use coins for this. Would I be able to use tokens instead? If so, could you let me know details? Ged, London - 12th July 2011
Firebox says: It's designed for coins Ged, as it is a fully functioning Gumball machine, however you could just reuse the same coin over and over if it was an issue.