Best Buy's Rest-Stop Vending Machines, For When You Need That iPad Right Now

Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) has made the jump from big-box stores to the smallest retail boxes: rest-stop vending machines. A Best Buy machine at a rest stop off the New Jersey turnpike has iPads, iPhone charging equipment, audio cables and headphones, according to a Slate staffer who stumbled across it. The "Best Buy Express" machines have been in airports and hotels since 2008, but the move to the more-or-less open road appears to be new. Prices are the same as on the Best Buy website, but the return policy isn't exactly omnichannel: Only unopened or defective merchandise can be returned, and then only by calling a toll-free number—and it explicitly can't be returned to Best Buy's stores or website. Story

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