The Fascinating Science Behind The Claw Machine Will Enrage You

Ohhhhh that stupid claw machine. You put your dollar in and actually expect the outcome will be you leaving with a cute, stuffed teddy bear or a wad of cash (depending on the venue you’re at).

It’s true, claw machines are indeed rigged (as if we couldn’t tell), yet we still give them our money.

Care to know exactly how these machines are ripping you off?

The machine will only let you win if it’s made up for the cost of the prize.


Together, Vox and YouTube user Matt3756 breakdown the science and economy behind these vindictive claw machines.

It reveals the mechanisms behind the claw machines and how much companies make from our stubbornness to resist them.

Who knew that federal law, at one point, classified these machines as gambling devices?



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