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richnass
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richnass   7/13/2012 10:45:40 AM
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Hmm. I'm not sure how that would fly in my NY neighborhood. Part of the appeal is watching the pizzamaker toss the dough. What would Tony Soprano think?

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Nancy Golden   7/13/2012 10:35:29 AM
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I'm with you, Beth - while I am very impressed with the concept and design, I think the marketing challenge for them would be expectation and reaching their niche audience. If I am going to buy pizza (a treat that I only do occasionally) the last place I would purchase it would be a vending machine. But I agree, for college kids and for folks who want a quick late night snack, it does sound perfect.

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Beth Stackpole   7/13/2012 9:38:23 AM
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Even though I'm not sure you'd ever convince me to buy pizza from a vending machine, no matter how fresh, this is very cool. I imagine it will sell like hot cakes in dorm rooms and on street locations near downtown bars for a late night snack. Reminds me of a machine I wrote about a few years ago called Moobella that did something similar for ice cream. I'm interested to hear what our readers have to say.

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ttemple   7/13/2012 8:19:50 AM
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Funny how history repeats itself.  Back around the mid '80's, I purchased stock in a company called "American Pizza", ticker symbol was APIZ.  They were going to have a pizza vending machine next to every Coke and Pepsi machine in the country.  I eventually wrote off that $500 when they went bust.

I obviously thought it was a great idea, but it didn't fly.  I hope the new company makes it, because I love pizza.  Anything to make easier access to one of my favorite foods is a good thing!

 

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