|this machine would have 25 different movie 'spoilers' to collect, printed on paper with a cute illustration.|
Other than the machine and the capsules, the cost would be only in paper and printing.
I've priced out gumball machines and pretty much know the ins and outs and all the options, and its actually a pretty reasonable and realistic purchase if I had a product and location in place. I have ideas as to how I could incorporate a free-spin (no coin mechanism) machine into a Philly Penny Press package, but I'd also be interested in having a vending machine in public.
Thoughts on a public machine:
The product has to be unusual, but also something someone would actually want to buy. It also has to cost under a quarter to produce, and the production run has to start between a hundred and two hundred pieces.
Even with a great idea (I think the spoiler machine is pretty good) not having a location is the biggest road block. I'd need a friend with a store or cafe, and the machine needs to work with the stores theme but not compete with the merchandise. There is not so much incentive to host a machine when profit margins are so small that profit share isn't possible.