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
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.
Visit websites such as Alibaba.com 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.
Order a used machine from a website such as Clawmachinesdirect.com. 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.
Complete the order form. If necessary, call the company directly to arrange shipping details, such as the time and place for delivery.
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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