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.
A mystery box vending machine at Ang Mo Kio Hub in Mini Toons on Aug 16, 2018.ST PHOTO: LIN ZHAOWEI

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 forced to rethink business'. Print Edition | Subscribe