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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/15 08:44:56 (permalink)
I forget the original question but, at least someone's posting something
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/15 12:06:26 (permalink)
One additional piece of advice: if you are not proud of what you're doing, don't even bother. This is in more than one way. As was written, always go for a quality product. If you don't feel completely comfortable telling customers exactly what you use, then you are not going to do well (one exception is that if you find something that everybody says they don't like because they think they shouldn't like it, but in practice they really do like it; I suspect that most "secret ingredients" consist of something like adding a sprinkle of powdered bullion to the fried onions).
 
Secondly, if you are selling hot dogs because your career has been wrecked due to circumstances beyond your control (like industries moving to China, age discrimination, the economy in general), as far as your customer is concerned, you are a professional hot dog vendor, you love doing it, and you can't picture doing anything else (except expanding the current business).
 
Attitude can build or destroy consumer confidence.
 
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/15 22:50:36 (permalink)
dog fight! dog fight!
 
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/15 23:37:49 (permalink)
I don't think he was ever asking for your input, or banter in the first place.
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Boo,
All you are doing is making yourself look more foolish with every post and to be honest I am tired of the banter. Go sell your cart, and do whatever it is you want to do. I can see that you don’t “get it” so no need to go any further.

I have very little time for ungrateful people that want to call people names and make insults after we spent so much (free) time helping you with all your questions. You made over 100 post on this and other forums along with well OVER 200 emails and correspondents to Ben, Jason and myself asking questions that we patiently answered and helped you with. When things are not going the way you thought or planned you then want to be bitter and then to the point of insulting the people that spent so much of their time helping you.
Ben spent hours answering your questions and emails and you didn’t even buy a cart from him.

Either way I am tired of bantering with you because I can see it does no real good and is not in the spirit of this community or forum.
To the original poster I apologize for this going off track. I hope we helped answer your question you were asking and if not feel free to PM me and I will see if I can get you a answer you need.
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/15 23:45:15 (permalink)
Tristan,
 
 He asked for my banter when he directed a post at me insulting me. I didnt direct a post at him to call for his insults. I was giving general information about the thread in general and boo seemed to think one of my post was directed at him personally. Then he went on a rant and wanted to start throwing insults at myself and others that have done nothing but been nice to him and tried to help him from the start.
 
Thats why my banter started with boo in the first place.
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/16 11:54:52 (permalink)
Pablo,
I appreciate your truly honest assessment of the facts.
Thank you,
Boo Hargis
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/16 12:22:27 (permalink)
Jc,
Next to Home Depot, it's probably the best location in Grand Junction. I did $40 Thursday night and after pay day Friday, I did $187 Saturday. I couldn't work Friday night, it's probably the best night of all.
 
I was just asked to do this by my close family friend Carlos who has the 19 carts including a mobile kitchen or two. All but his Home Depot cart someone runs for him and a Willy's Dog cart he uses for other day and night locations here in Grand Junction are in the Denver area. He pays someone in Denver pretty good to keep up with the supplies and check on the vendors he has working for him.
 
Carlos is the only Hot Dog vendor in my area that I see working day spots. One other works another bar at night that I know of.
 
I know two other vendors personally. One has a cart the other has a mobile kitchen. They chase the Auctions, Festivals, Fairs, Farmers Markets etc. This town doesn't have many locations like retailers in an area without eateries. They are all packed with hamburger, and Mexican food restaurants.
 
I'm hard headed. I'm determined to continue as much as possible to figure out something with this cart. Heck I laid brick for 150 years. At least it seemed that long. Want an education? Try that business. Ha ha!
post edited by brickboo - 2012/10/16 12:35:24
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/16 12:44:44 (permalink)
$187.00 is nothin' to sneeze at. Add a better Friday to that and you've got a good start. Build on that.
 
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/16 15:31:37 (permalink)
jcheese

$187.00 is nothin' to sneeze at. Add a better Friday to that and you've got a good start. Build on that.

John,
The problem is that Carlos has his own cart there with one of his employees. He fired one guy that was telling him that he was just doing $35 a night. Can you imagine this guy thinking Carlos was that stupid, and Carlos owning 19 operations. Ha ha!
 
Carlos just had me help him out that weekend. It was the first real experience I had slinging dogs. I learned a lot those two nights. Now I need to find a location to work. My family has just been goofing off with my brother and his fiancee who was visiting the last two weeks. Now I need to pick myself up and get busy hustling again.
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/16 17:49:03 (permalink)
If I was Carlos, I'd hire my close family friend(or his son) to run that one cart. Little chance of getting ripped off. Meanwhile be using spare time to place your cart. It's you and your son, right?
You say folks there don't eat Hot Dogs. Everybody eats 'em.
Some want them traditional, some want them fancy, some want them foo-foo.
Encased meat on a roll. Eat with one hand, eat while driving. Eat fast for a food fix.
Yer from NOLA.....find that niche if it might work. Andouille sausage dressed right.
Mexican Restaurants are plentiful? Large Latino population? Do a Taco Dog.
Use taco meat instead of chili. Jalapeno's, salsa, cilantro,black olives, tomatillos, tomatoes, onions, guacamole, sour cream are all optional toppings.Pre-cooked bacon works. Put out a sign that says" Perros Caliente....Rapido"
You've got a computer. Print out 100 flyers and walk a mile in each direction of your spot, hand them out with a punch card.
You mentioned you were a businessman. Seems there was a lot of failure since yer 70 and just spent yer life savings. Maybe study some marketing.
Maybe have some pacience.
Wake up in the morning with a new attitude.
Just an after thought....make 100 CD's of your music and sell them off yer cart.
 
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/16 20:11:36 (permalink)
Jc,
You're hired as my manager. You get 90% I keep 10%. Carlos is a business man. He hires people for $10 an hour and I don't blame him. It's too cold for me at 10PM to 2Am now. Besides there is no future in that spot for us. We need to move on. I'm gonna check on the recipes you recommend. Mexican hot dogs might work.
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/16 22:04:44 (permalink)
Jc,
To sell CD's off of my cart, I'd have to have all original tunes. The music Copyright people here cost me a small $30 a night tip jar gig with some credit also on an account for free breakfast with the restaurant where I was playing every other Friday for several months.
 
It was a small restaurant struggling to stay open and we were trying to help each other. The copyright folks came in and demanded a fee for me to play music that the restaurant could not afford. These copyright people make the Health Department look like a Convent of Nuns. This was about a year ago. In the last few month the restaurant closed.
 
I am making notes of your suggestions and will incorporate them at my next location, if anyone will stop and check us out and purchase a specialty dog.
 
If they are not eating steak and potatoes here, it is Chinese or Mexican food.
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/17 12:16:05 (permalink)
jcheese $187.00 is nothin' to sneeze at.

And if you do, the HD will probably fine you.
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/17 12:18:16 (permalink)
brickboo 
To sell CD's off of my cart, I'd have to have all original tunes. The music Copyright people here cost me a small $30 a night tip jar gig with some credit also on an account for free breakfast with the restaurant where I was playing every other Friday for several months.

Doesn't help to have all original tunes; the copyright people will demand a fee, which they will pay to you, minus their expenses (which tend to run about 100%).
 
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/17 16:02:16 (permalink)
Ha ha! Bart,
Do you work for them? You nailed it. Or do you do music gigs too?
Dig this. I went to get a license for this area of Mesa County in Fruita Colorado where I live. I mentioned I wanted to set up at a very small park at the end of town.
They said no
I asked why? I offered that city parks all over America have vendors in them.
They said because if they allow me they will have to allow every one. 
I asked couldn't I pay a vendor fee?
They said no.
 I told them that besides myself, a lady named Marg and another couple in Fruita had vending carts in the area. I said Marg couldn't even get her mobile truck in this tiny park. I said the other couple chases Fairs, Auctions, Festivals and that they would not sit in that tiny park to sell maybe 30 or 40 dollars of business a day.
They did know what to say.
I said Mr Ture Nycum the recreation and city park manager had no problem with me selling hot dogs at the soccer games when they start up again next year. 
They said I should go talk to him. What? Talk to him!!!
When I first got there the first lady at the first desk who acts like she owns the city says he couldn't help me because she (I mean the city of Fruita) owns the park. It was the first ladies boss that later told me to talk to Ture Nycum. 
I'm not inciting anything with this statement. I'm just saying that I'm dumbfounded that the people have not risen up over all the crap that is going on with big Government. This is disgusting. After a while we will need to get permission to fart.
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/17 16:28:55 (permalink)
"They said because if they allow me they will have to allow every one."
Ask them if there is a law or rule in writing.
They could make the rule...." Limit...one vendor at a time"
Do they have a Meals Tax? If so, use that angle.

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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/18 06:51:13 (permalink)
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/18 07:39:58 (permalink)
mikejames533

This thread is over 1 year old.

 
LMAO, I just now noticed that.....

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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/18 15:08:35 (permalink)
RJT

Here you go....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1-xkmS566Y&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ean8bncv9IY&feature=related
Thanks Rob,
Now I just need a location which I'm working on to give these ideas a shot. I have a Cajun Dog on my menu on the cart with bacon. I think I need to change to Nachos Cheese or maybe Taco Meat Sauce instead of chili as mentioned earlier and this will help, I'm sure. I'll have to add "Mexican Street Dog" to the menu.
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/19 00:32:47 (permalink)
brickboo
Ha ha! Bart,
Do you work for them? You nailed it. Or do you do music gigs too?

Do music gigs, have been involved with the Electronic Frontiers Foundation since day one.

Bart
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/19 02:18:57 (permalink)
Bart,
what is the Electronic Frontiers Foundation?
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/19 18:26:22 (permalink)
Check my site....I'd give you the rights.
http://www.soundclick.com...4654&content=music
 
I wrote most of the songs.....OK, co-wrote, but own the rights.
 
Burn a CD.....you make money, I make money.
 
Why is this on a Hot Dog site?.......Bonus things to sell off a cart.
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/19 18:51:02 (permalink)
soon some broad will want to sell Avon on her dog cart too.
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/19 20:04:56 (permalink)
I'm gonna sell earrings at night clubs when I get a location. Sunglasses on the street. Is this a no, no?  I still want to to do Nathans, Mexican taco meat sauce, bacon jam the whole works and I might wear a Tux for special occasions.
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/19 21:59:16 (permalink)
Stick to the basics hot dogs, sausages, chips, drinks, lemonade, maybe add some nachos, soft pretzels. I do well at the bars with nachos and soft pretzels. Depending on the agreement with the bar and the location you might not be able to sell drinks. I couldnt sell drinks because the bar sold drinks. I was allowed to sell coffee, hot chocolate, etc if I wanted. I did it a few cold nights but stopped because sales were pretty soft.
 
Leave the tux for the prom and even the fancy hats and alligator shoes. Just wear nice clean casual clothes that are comfortable and you will be fine. I like to see a shirt, jacket, hat, sweat shirt etc with a company log is a nice touch. If not just regular causal clothes, (ie polo shirt, shorts, khaki pants, jeans, etc)
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/19 22:40:01 (permalink)
well you can wear a hot dog hat if you want too.
 
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/19 22:49:20 (permalink)
Sell some fun stuff (that's not too heavy...expensive or large)...or things that will get people over to the cart because they get some bodies to slow down.

I will tell you...if anywhere near offices where paperwork has to be filled-out or signed here here & here (especially with long line) carry pens...stamps and a box of envelopes. You might pick up a few dollars of profit...but you especially pick up some lunch customers as well. It's not a ton of space and/or a large investment.

Really. A big percentage of hot dog sales are impulse sales. People forget stuff and realize that life is much easier and time will be saved...and by the way...they are also hungry....and have to brave a line (shorter or not...since they now have a pen).

Hustle. Recognize where you are. Fill an associated need (without a large investment risk or loss of space ) make very grateful friends...that become happy customers.
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/19 23:28:45 (permalink)
If you work a bar...buy a box of matchbooks. It's a small investment (maybe a dollar or two) and in this day & age where people have to stand outside to smoke (forget their lighter) they need a light. There you go. Give them a book. Fill a need. Make someone happy. Think. Hustle.
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/19 23:38:18 (permalink)
Have to make an over/under line for the minutes a hot dog vendor wearing that in NJ...would be knocked to the ground. Just for fun...of course.

Under 12 minutes in Jersey City.
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