Do you like to play the Prize Claw machines?

GirlOnGirl GirlOnGirl
Tonight I was out with a friend and since her son was with us we had to stop and play the Prize Claw Machine! He just loves it and I remember playing it as a kid too. What about you?

In case you're not sure what I'm referring to, the Prize Claw Machine has the glass top filled with stuffed animals and a metal claw or crane at the top that you lower into the pile and try to win a stuffed animal. By me, they're usually found in the exit areas in large stores like Target.
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
Yes, I love to play the Claw machine
Gary , sunkissedJess , sunflower , KrissyNovacaine , tami , elli , LovesAPoet , ShadowedSeductress , PeaceToTheMiddleEast , KyotoAngel , MK434 , SelectZen , surreptitious
13  (30%)
Yes, I used to play the Claw machine when I was a kid
eri86 , Adriana Ravenlust , padmeamidala , ChubbyNerd , Kitka , Taylor , Rossie , LoveX , SMichelle , *Camoprincess* , SourAppleMartini , bratcat , snowminx , KinkyKatieJames
14  (33%)
I hate that thing!
FlashFuchsia , js250 , Trysexual , PassionCpl , Lioncub , indiglo , Sammi , sweetpea12 , Sbmsvschoolgirl , GONE! , treehugger , charmedtomeetyou , Allstars316 , bayosgirl
14  (33%)
I've never seen one before
Other
Hummingbird , U3H
2  (5%)
Total votes: 43
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04/30/2013
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eri86 eri86
Wasn't very good at them, but claw machines rock!

Not to mention the claw machine aliens in the first Toy Story
04/30/2013
FlashFuchsia FlashFuchsia
A lot of them are extremely difficult to get anything since the item you need is usually in a very sleek package and heavy and the claw is never very strong.
04/30/2013
lilyflower lilyflower
Oh yes, I used to love those things! I'd always play it at bowling alleys. Back then I could sometimes get something. But now they make the claws really weak, I think it's impossible to pick anything up with them.
04/30/2013
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
my kid sister loves them
04/30/2013
PassionCpl PassionCpl
Hate them. Partly because they're generally Dollar Store toys, but mostly because many of them are rigged and set so that only a certain number of 'grabs' will hold.

ABC News: Arcade Claw Games Rigged?
04/30/2013
Gary Gary
I love those machines. I have tried to stop though. Once I start playing, I get really sucked in, and won't stop.
04/30/2013
Lioncub Lioncub
I hate them, never had much luck with them and then the next person to play would always get what I had been trying to get.
04/30/2013
sunkissedJess sunkissedJess
I love claw machines. Me and my mom have good luck with those things!
04/30/2013
ChubbyNerd ChubbyNerd
I went on a date recently and he was trying to win something from it, I told him there was no way he was going to win, So he was set on getting something. He finally won me a little red whale.
04/30/2013
Kitka Kitka
I don't play those much anymore but they were fun to try as a kid.
04/30/2013
talon4196 talon4196
They are rigged. They engineer them so the claw does not close fully.
04/30/2013
Taylor Taylor
I liked them a lot when I was a kid, seems like they don't ever pick up anything anymore though, so that makes them not fun. I remember once when I was a kid the claw grabbed two toys at once and was able to hold them both. That was probably the coolest moment of my childhood lol.
04/30/2013
sunflower sunflower
I still love them! My sister and I worked out a system to win them a lot. Here's what we figured out:

-Pick your target before putting the coins in!
-Look for the plushies that are not packed in or buried under the other. Some machines are easier to win than others because they're not packed in.
-There are mirrors in the back of the machine to throw you off. Have a friend stand to the side of the machine to look from the other angle and tell you if the claw is lined up.
-Get the claw really close to the plushie and do it with technical finesse.
-Grab it!
-Don't waste too much money if you don't get it at first

That's the gist of it. The ones with basketballs and other prizes are usually crappy and hard to win. I'm usually pretty good at the plush toy ones.
04/30/2013
Rossie Rossie
I've played those a few times when I was a kid, but I was never crazy about them; I spent most of my time playing pinball in the arcades.
04/30/2013
LoveX LoveX
Yes, I played them. Now my kids beg for quarters so they can play too!
04/30/2013
KrissyNovacaine KrissyNovacaine
I love them! I never got to play them as a kid, so I play them once in awhile now!
04/30/2013
tami tami
Quote:
Originally posted by GirlOnGirl
Tonight I was out with a friend and since her son was with us we had to stop and play the Prize Claw Machine! He just loves it and I remember playing it as a kid too. What about you?

In case you're not sure what I'm referring to, ... More
I like to play but rarely ever win anything good from them
04/30/2013
Sammi Sammi
I hate them - too expensive, and I've never gotten anything out of them
04/30/2013
purpleflower1972 purpleflower1972
Nope
04/30/2013
Hummingbird Hummingbird
Have a couple of times at a local pancake house won a couple small stuffed animal, mostly by accident. I know someone that works filling them, they intentionally pack those things to make it more difficult to win something.
05/01/2013
elli elli
I like them, but I don't play them as much as when I was a kid. Sometimes I play the guaranteed win machines with the small prizes instead of the normal ones.
05/01/2013
sweetpea12 sweetpea12
Quote:
Originally posted by GirlOnGirl
Tonight I was out with a friend and since her son was with us we had to stop and play the Prize Claw Machine! He just loves it and I remember playing it as a kid too. What about you?

In case you're not sure what I'm referring to, ... More
No I never use them
05/01/2013
Mrs.Hellzapoppin Mrs.Hellzapoppin
I love prize claws. But, I hate when they're loosened too much. To solve the problem, I downloaded the prize claw game on my phone!
05/01/2013
Sbmsvschoolgirl Sbmsvschoolgirl
I can never get anything out of those things!
05/01/2013
GONE! GONE!
They're really frustrating!
05/01/2013
llellsee llellsee
I love them! I try to resist them alot lately as it can feel like money wasted but I have won a good few times, the excitement when I win is like that of a kid
05/01/2013
ShadowedSeductress ShadowedSeductress
I like them but I never win!
05/01/2013
SourAppleMartini SourAppleMartini
I am way too old for it now. I have no need for stuffed animals.
05/02/2013
KyotoAngel KyotoAngel
Ugh...those evil things. Tempting me with all their soft, cuddly plush toys.
My mom and I both love playing them, but she used to be so good at them it was ridiculous.
She'd put in about two bucks and walk away with about three plushies.
We wound up downloading a prize claw app on her tablet so we wouldn't wind up wasting our quarters on the real deal though. It's pretty fun, although virtual plush toys aren't as nice as real ones. xD
05/02/2013
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