It’s Not You. Claw Machines Are Rigged
I don't know about you, but I've always been highly suspicious of claw machines...
It's very difficult to resist the urge, especially when I'm walking by one with my young daughters and they are begging me to give it a shot. I always thought there was something fishy about them...it turns out I was right.
Take a look at the video below. These folks recently took a look at the software that powers claw machines, and came away with some very interesting findings. For one, there are a number of adjustable settings that affect the claw's grip. Some machines even allow the owner to punch in the coin value, average value of the merchandise, and their desired profit level...and the machine does the rest.
While I'm not saying that all claw machines are rigged...based on this video, it appears that some are...so be aware!