Vending machines were installed in two Shanghai Metro stations last month to distribute flowers to customers, a novel idea in itself, but a concept that just isn’t really taking off with the city’s romantics.
Shanghai Daily reports that the machines, installed at People’s Square and Xintiandi stations, sell around 30 boxes of flowers every month for prices ranging from 100 to 200 yuan.
They’re owned by a local shop which every other day refreshes bouquets and boxes of flowers kept fresh by controlled temperature and moisture.
Some have cited lack of sentiment and freshness as reasons for shunning the flower boxes.
“If my boyfriend buys me flowers from a vending machine, I won’t be happy,” one woman named Qian told the Daily. “It means he hasn’t put much effort into preparing the gift.”
“I will consider buying them from machines only during emergencies, like if I forget a family member’s birthday and can’t think of any other arrangements,” a commuter named Li said. “I’m not sure how long the flowers have been kept there, and they are not cheap.”
Far less hassle than those clingy peddlers at Yongkang Lu, but we better prefer this method:
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