Countries: Germany, United Arab Emirates, United States, others
Got a spare $1,500 burning a hole in your pocket? Behold the "Gold to go ATM," which made its glittery 2010 splash in Abu Dhabi. Aimed at wealthy travelers rather than serious gold investors, the gold-plated machine sells 24-carat bars in 1-, 5- and 10-gram sizes, plus an array of gold coins.
Connected to the internet, the ATM's item prices are updated hourly with current gold-market rates, though many buyers report they're way overblown. And if you think a mechanized bullion merchant would make for a fine money-laundering machine, guess again. The high-tech unit is outfitted with a camera and requires a scan of your personal ID.