|A selection of "NailMatic" polish colors.|
Working off of the fact that nail polish is one of the most stolen items in stores throughout the world, the problem posed was simple: How do we prevent the thefts? The solutions were probably myriad, including that little thingie that makes a product set off alarms as one walks out the shop door, but some genius mind had a better idea, Le Distributeur de Vernis a L'Ongle or a nail polish vending machine.
Le Distributeur de Vernis will debut just in time for the holidays. How brilliant is that? The first will be inaugurated at Citadium, a store in the 9eme arrondissement in Paris. Next year they will be popping up everyplace one could imagine (or not) throughout the country. The inventors are envisioning, railway platforms, movie theaters, stores (obviously), airports -- I supposed just about anywhere.
|Colors through a looking-glass. . .|
The drawback to the instant gratification of the vending vernis is the pesky detail that so many of us appreciate, i.e. try-before-we-buy. Also, unlike a candy bar or a soft drink (or a bottle of water) with which we are familiar we would be selecting our polish from behind a window. It's a choice.
My imagination suggests that in the not too distant future -- let the concept perform a free market test -- mid-priced brands will probably like a piece of the action.