MASK VENDING MACHINE AROUND UK

- Sep 03, 2020-

The machines are run by a start-up to give shoppers access to the PPE while on the go.

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Each machine holds 430 reusable and machine washable face masks but you'll have to splash out a small 

fortune if you want one.


The smaller "mini masks" for children cost £6, while the larger "max masks" for adults will set you back a steep 


£8.That's more than double the price for a reusable mask from Aldi, which is selling a pack of two for a fiver 


making each one £2.50.


Many fashion retailers are also selling their own versions for less, with ones at BooHoo costing just £3 - 


although you'll need to add in the £4.99 delivery fee, and prices starting from £3.50 from local independent 


businesses.


But the Vendamasks are cheaper than those stocked at shops such as Asos where they are more expensive, with 


prices starting at £12 plus a £4 standard delivery fee, or a whopping £22 at Next.


Maskey - brand behind Vendamasks - also sells masks via its website where they start at £7 for adults and 


children depending on the design.


The company says the price is down to the fact the masks are made in London instead of being imported and are 


then steamed to sanitise them before being packaged.


If you use once of its vending machines, you'll see it's kitted out with a built-in card reader so customers can 


pay with card or contactless - it won't accept cash.


They're also managed remotely so the owners will be alerted when stock runs low and needs a top-up.


The machines are put up for free in stores, with the retailer taking a cut of the profit of every mask sold.


Maskey adds that 10 per cent of the profit from each sale is donated to charity Lenderhand, which supports 


families who are unable to afford essential goods.