Dispensable promotional item for vending machine

  • US 6,247,612 B1
  • Filed: 06/15/1998
  • Issued: 06/19/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/04/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. An apparatus for dispensing promotional and product items, which comprises:

  • A) an item dispensing machine including, a payment receipt mechanism, a storage compartment, and a dispensing opening for dispensing items from the storage compartment upon receipt of a predetermined payment amount by said payment receipt mechanism;

    B) product items stacked upon one another to form at least one column and stored for dispensing in the storage compartment, each said product item having a predetermined size and shape; and

    C) at lease one promotional item stored in said storage compartment among said product items, the promotional item having substantially the same predetermined size and shape of said product items and including, a plastic bottle cut into two pieces, a shrink-wrap element securing two pieces of the plastic bottle together, a compressed fabric article having an outer diameter at least equal to inner diameter of the plastic bottle and an outer surface which extends complementary to and continuously urges against an inner peripheral surface of the bottle along a greater part of the entire length of the bottle to partially fill said plastic bottle such that the promotional item will not collapse under the weight of other promotional items and product items within the storage compartment.

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