It's not you. Claw machines are rigged.

anyone who has played at ball machine can relate to the experience of having the claw perfectly positioned only to see a weakly gray surprised before pulling back up it may seem like the machine isn't even trying and well it is not your imagination those claw machines are rigged there are a couple of beloved stuffed animals that I have that are from a claw machine a koala and a bear that is writer Phil Edwards I looked at the instruction guides for a few the biggest claw games out there take for example be manual for black tie toys advance crane machine if you look at page eight section subheading cloth strength you will see a horrifying piece of information managing profit is made easy simply input the coin value the average value of the merchandise and the profit level the machine will automatically calculate when to send full strength to the cloth all right so if it costs 50 cents to play the game and the prize inside costs $7 to make a profit of 50% full power will be sent to the cloth only about once every 21 games or so that sucks they also randomized that winning game within a range so that players can't predict exactly when it'll happen and you might notice a subheading that says dropping skill they can program the machine to make you think you almost won they taunt you with it you see the stuffed animal flying in the air and then it drops it and that just ruins everything so most of the time claw machines are actually more like slot machines than like skee-ball or whack-a-mole who's in charge here the question of whether claw machines are games of skill or chance goes back to decades the earlier versions back in the 1930s had very little element of skill and were marketed as being highly profitable for their owners this was the Depression era and people were desperate for ways to get money moving during a crackdown on organized crime in the 1950s federal law classified claw machines as gambling devices and prohibited the transportation of them across state lines after those laws were relaxed in the 1970s newer claw machines from Europe and Asia spread throughout the United States they actually started calling them skill cranes because the joystick gave the players more precise control but owners had increasing control over profits as well and they've been met with a patchwork of state and local laws and regulations if machine operators want to make that claw really really unfair against the players there's not a lot stopping them most of the regulations focus on the prize size not the strength of the claw that's a reason that you might see fewer of the winner free ipad claw machines or free iphone claw machines around and more of just old-fashioned stuffed animals it's great if players know what they're up against especially since sites like YouTube have enabled claw machine enthusiasts to broadcast their victories like this guy my best outcome of this is not that all the claw machines go away since I first wrote this article I have spent $1 I think on claw machines and I've lost all I want for people to know is that they are not the problem the claw machine is the problem basic crap

22 thoughts on “It's not you. Claw machines are rigged.

  1. Knew this, but, other than the odd little swear, I'm thinking this would make a great vid to show my kid to explain why I am not spending money on these things. They have already been teaching at her school about the dangers of gambling, so this should help her make that connection.

  2. i win on claw machines first try and all sometimes if its drop claw i rake a prize in i win a ball for kids sometimes or for friends i am happy and so is everybody else

  3. Not all. I remember back in the day my uncle used to win 1 out of 3. Anybody wanted something on monday night football at shakeys, they knew, let Roy do it. He'll get it, guaranteed in less than a dollar.

  4. I found a claw machine with tickets inside and the price is for 7 turns. I ended up getting 3000 tickets with it.

  5. One time I played it then the machine broke so a dude who worked there opened the game and told me to pick any prize I wanted

  6. I cleaned out a claw machine that had these DBZ figures. They were in boxes with holes in em n the key was to land the claw in the holes and not try grab the box itself lol. I got the whole set from doing this. Every try I’d win n sometimes double prizes. It was more for the feeling of cheating the game rather than the toy.

  7. I noticed they were rigged about a year ago, (I'm 15) but I must say i got lucky one time when I got 4 stuffed animals out of a claw machine out of 8 or so tries, they probably still got profit because of how cheaply they were made, but nevertheless I still have them and still remember that day.

  8. That explains so much. I recently wanted a New England Patriots football. I think I spent $7. It already wasn't easy due to where the ball was but I love Tom Brady so I needed the football. On my last try, I got the ball and celebrated. (*^^*)

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