The Vending Machine is a recently added to the game item that can be crafted and placed on your island to sell or purchase items from other players. This is being utilized to make obtaining items safer for people who have been potentially scammed in the past. It simplifies things and will hopefully make exchanging items and coins a lot easier!
How to Craft a Vending Machine
Here are the ingredients you will need to create the Vending Machine:
- 1x Crystallized Iron
- 5x Green Sticky Gear
- 10x Gold
Crystallized Iron is a rare item drop from mining iron nodes. The Green Sticky Gears can be obtained by heading to Slime Island and killing Green Slimes, which will sometimes drop them. For gold, you'll need to head to Buffalkor Island and mine it from gold nodes that spawn there.
You are also going to need at least the tier 2 workbench, or you won't get the option to craft it.
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Vending Machine Guide
Now that you have the vending machine crafted, what do you do with it? Well, it can be placed anywhere on your island and pretty much sets up a makeshift shop. Place the vending machine on the ground and interact with it. Once you do, you will see an Edit button (if it's your machine, only you can see Edit). Click on that and you can then choose what to do with the machine.
If you want to sell an item, place it in the machine, then set the price of how much you want for it in the coins area and set the mode to BUY. When the item has been purchased, hit the edit button on the machine and click Withdraw to receive the coins.
If you want to purchase an item, insert the item and set the cost of the item in the same spot as you did to sell one. Then deposit enough coins in the machine to make the purchase. You will then want to set the mode to SELL. This is where things are a bit weird with the vending machine, because you can only set an item you want to purchase by placing the item from your inventory into the machine. The problem with that is if you don't have the item, you have no way to set that you want to buy it. In that case, you would need to go to the other player's island and purchase it from their vending machine.
When you invite a player over to your island to trade, you do NOT need to give them build permissions. If anyone says that, they might be trying to scam you!
This all can be a bit confusing, so check out this video for a bit more detail on the vending machine: