Every day we interact with dozens of machines that we take for granted. Water fountains...vending machines...elevators...traffic lights, the list goes on. We use this stuff all the time, but do you have any idea how much they actually cost? Maybe they're cheap?
They usually aren't. Here are 17 public things we use and see on a regular basis and how much they cost.
This Chinese Festival Is Like 'Frozen' Come to Life Wikimedia 1. Vending Machine - $4,700
It does, however, pay for itself.
Public Domain 2. ATM Machine - $2,000
Plus the constant cash supply.
Aliimg 3. Soda Fountain Machine - $1,698
This was probably on your childhood wish list. If it still is, it's not
that expensive if you really want it. Wikipedia 4. Water Fountain - $500
Elite ones that fill
water bottles are can be nearly a grand. Animal NY 5. New York City Subway Car - $1.5 million
That's 600,000 rides. (There are 5.5 million riders every weekday.)
Wikipedia 6. Traffic Light - $450,000
Every one is custom-made. They also have those trigger sensors built into the road, which can't be cheap.
Intersafe Energies 7. Street Light - $5,000
This street alone is worth at least $110,000.
My Scott Valley 8. Street Sign - $50
That's how much it costs the city when you swipe one.
Die Hard 9. Elevator For Five-Story Walkup - $250,000
And they don't even give you a workout.
Wikimedia 10. Escalator - $200,000
Or, three Cadillac Escalades.
UT San Diego 11. Credit Card Parking Meter - $500
These pay for themselves very quickly.
Side Walk City 12. Man Hole Cover - $200
They are usually custom-made, after all.
Archie Expo 13. Regular Trash Can - $100
It's a big hunk of metal. It's not going to be that cheap.
Budget Dumpster 14. Solar Trash Can - $6,000
When you add a computer, solar panel, and giant compressing motor, the price really skyrockets.
Pic Host 15. Telephone Pole - $350-$1,800
Fancy metal telephone poles really set you back.
HD Car Wallpapers 16. Ford Police Interceptor - $105,960
Fix Your Stuff 17. Police Radar Gun - $1,895
Car-mounted versions cost extra.
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