From Abu Dhabi to Boca Raton, consumers around the world can now buy gold from vending machines. In the lobby of the Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi, the world’s first gold-plated ATM machine dispenses 320 gold items, including 10-gram bars. TG Gold-Super-Markt has installed 20 Gold to Go machines, all covered in gold leaf, in locations on three continents.
In order to prevent money laundering, consumers can only make three purchases a day. After that, the system will lock them out for 48 hours. In addition, these “gold ATMs” are built “like an armored vehicle,” the manufacturer says, and they’re impervious to explosives.
Going for gold in the hotel lobby: