Operators of 'mystery prize vending machines' forced to rethink business

A mystery box vending machine at Ang Mo Kio Hub in Mini Toons on Aug 16, 2018. ST PHOTO: LIN ZHAOWEI
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Vending machine operators dispensing mystery items for a fee said they are at a loss over what to do, now that their business has been declared illegal.

Mr Brien Chua, who co-founded Gashapon Box four months ago with 13 machines, said he invested more than $100,000 in the business, and had plans to expand.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 17, 2018, with the headline Operators of 'mystery prize vending machines' forced to rethink business. Subscribe