How to Order Claw Machine Toys

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How to Order Claw Machine Toys
There are several options for ordering your own claw machine and items to fill it. (Michael Buckner/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Claw machines, or crane machines, are the fun and sometime frustrating games found at arcades and fairs. Players use a joystick to manipulate a dangling crane over a prize and press a button to lower the crane and hopefully grab the prize. If you are planning an event, or just want to order a crane machine yourself, you have several options. These machines and the items to fill them can be expensive, but if you shop around, you should be able to find a range of prices.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Ensure you have enough space for the claw machine. Claw machines come in many different sizes, but even smaller versions can take up a lot of space in your home or business.

  2. 2

    Visit websites such as that offer new machines. Compare several different websites to ensure you get the right price -- you may be able to find the same machine for less money on a different website.

  3. 3

    Order a used machine from a website such as This may save you money, as new claw machines can cost more than £975. Auction sites such as eBay also may have less expensive machines.

  4. 4

    Complete the order form. If necessary, call the company directly to arrange shipping details, such as the time and place for delivery.

  5. 5

    Compare types of items to stock in your claw machine. Use objects that are easy to grab with the claw. Plush toys are a popular choice and can be ordered wholesale. Consider who will most likely use the machine -- adults or children, males or females.

Tips and warnings

  • Change the items in the claw machine regularly to retain interest among returning customers or players.

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