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About rebelwithoutaclue

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  1. esThank you all for your responses. Your opinions and insight made me feel better about being involved in the business
  2. I think I made a huge mistake. I put in a lollipop box at a at dealership. Some of the people also know me from my local business. It was doing fairly well in the month that I had it. approx. 25 bucks . The folks seemed pretty friendly and were glad it was involved with nccs. I SERVICED IT the other day and about 6 employees were all girlling me about it. Asking if they get a commission 'jokingly poosibly". One specific question they asked me is if every penny in the box goes directly in the charity. I told them the tuth that I pay for the boxes and a fee for the stickers which come out to approximately 40 percent of what it takes in and that I make a extremely small profit minus expsnes and theft. After being grilled and almost bullied. I told them politely that the small amount of money I do make comes out to much less then minium wage . I apologized that its not orking out and agreed to take out my stand. I got called a scam artist , told I should be ashamed of myself and that they would never shop in my store again. I really got taken aback. Was I stupid in being honest?
  3. I have a token system in a mall and I wish there was a way I could know if it is out of order. Nobody in security will take on the task of telling me and its always different people. I used to own soda machines and if there was a app that could somehow tell me what the inventory is before you make a trip think how mch time and more money you can make. Example- you know you are out of coke but have plenty of pepsi. You don't have to shclep anthing that is not necessary
  4. I did on a temporary basis but all I had to lose was a few bucks and I lost it. don't do it
  5. Could the machines be fixed up a little bit and could you raise some of the prices of the items to 75 cents or 50 cents. The negative about this deal is each machine isn't taking in a huge amount of money. The upside is that the places still have the machines in the locations and I would guess that a huge part of the reason they are doing low in sales is the owner is ignoring them which means there is room for improvement. If he says his machines aee taking in 550 a month I would assume he is taking in 350 a month. If you offered him 2 grand you would be playing about 60 bucks a machine. if he counters with 3500 maybe go up to 2500.
  6. I DO TRY and patronize a few of my machines for 3 of the following reasons. 1. they hve my machines/ 2. I also own a store in the neighborhood.. 3. I live in the neighborhood. Here is one problem I had. The food and the service sucked my opinionated other half I had to explain that we just had to say thank you . tHE oner asked why I don't eat there anymore. I just came up with a excuse that we are not eating out much at all anymore
  7. I have machines that take tokens. Everytime my machines areserviced they have aprox 2dolllars in dimes and pennies. I put the dimes in myself and no product comes out. I also keep a count on how much I have . It seems like I am not getting ripped off. I guess its coffee money but not starbucks
  8. In NYC where space is limited and we are living in a day where every store has sveral people a day trying to sell them or push them to chage their phone company,credit card etc. they get jaded. feeling everybody is trying to run a scam. Another aspect is in nyc many don't want to do anything if they are not making money. Example try walking into store and aski g thm nicely if they can spare 4 quarters for a dollar. I seem to be the only storeowner that gives and I am not even that nice of a guy
  9. Hosh I had the same experience. I am currently doing charity boxes in my neighborhood where I own a store and for some reason I just cant walk into stores of people I know and ask. my girlfriend on the otherhand walks in and bingo they are in. When I do it they ask me questions such as . Does every penny in the box go to the charity? Do you make any money doing this? My honesty prevails and i dont get the location and am looked at as a snakeoil salesman even though i merely asked if they would like to put in a box that helps children with cancer i am looked at as a snakeoil salesman . she is looked at as a cute version of mother theresa
  10. I just tried toy machines and was offering 35 percent and if thy said 40 I would just say o.k np problem. They demanded 50=60 percent and in its place they had empty machines that were empty for a year . You also can tell from their interaction with customers and myself who would say something basic such as good morning or good afternoon without a similar response back that they would be a hassle to deal wth unless you can just go in there and not say a word to them while servicing
  11. Just got some 2 inch product. Put it in a 2 weeks ago. Just checked it. did fairly well not earthshattering but decent
  12. congrats to a good man who is always nice enough to give good advice and information to myself and others on this board. wishing you sucess
  13. I am doing this part time and I have a few toy machines that are not far away from my house. One takes in approx. 10-12 bucks a month of which I give a 30 percent commission. I don't pull it out because I can service it once every 2-3 months . I am not scoping out other locations and they haven't said anything about pulling it out I did pull out a machine that pulled in abut the same amount beause the guy was a pain in the golpher
  14. I have some places that are on the same block as other locations so if they only make 5 bucks a mnth I just serice them every month n a half and I am happy that they are in there. If you have to travel to a location though then I understand. I just took out 2 locations because of theft. I didn't tell them there was theft and thanked them very much for giving me the opportunity to put them in. Others have asked to have it removed I don't argue
  15. Something I never asked the charity . lets say I bought 50 stickers and will need more but over a course of a few months several stickers were stolen . Would they just for good customer service knowing you are placing another order just replace it or ould they charge me for a year