Video - Are all claw cranes rigged?
Why is it so hard to grab that stuffed animal?
As this video seems to prove, apparently claw machines are rigged, but not in the way most people suspect. They are rigged in a surprisingly clever way!
The claw is programmed to have a strong grip only part of the time, and this isn't even a closely kept secret: you can read it in the instruction guides for the biggest claw games out there. And the owner can even manually adjust the machine dropping skill!
This video explains in details how the claw crane makers rig the machines, to make a solid profit.