10 Things You Can Do at an ATM Besides Draw Cash


Buy Gold Coins and Bars

ATMs that dispense gold coins and bars made their debut in recent years in Europe and the Middle East, but now they're available in Florida, too.

According to ATM Marketplace, a company called PMX Gold recently set up a "Gold to Go" machine in the Town Center Mall in Boca Raton. Every 90 seconds, the machine checks the current price of gold and adjusts the exchange rate.

While that's great for folks who embrace the gold standard, it seems that an ATM that stocks bullion is an appealing target for thieves. But Gil Luria, an equities analyst at Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles who tracks the ATM industry, isn't so worried. He says that an ATM is essentially a safe with a computer on it.

"You can take an ATM, you can put it in your pickup, you can use explosives, but it's very hard to get the cash," he says. "If you have the resources to get into an ATM, you'd do better to rob a jewelry store."