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Average hot dogs sold in a day - Tue, 08/2/11 10:34 PM
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Hello every!
 
I'm thinking of getting into this business very soon. How many hot dogs should i expect to sell in one day? I'm in uptown charlotte.
 
Thanks in advance!
JC

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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Wed, 08/3/11 12:18 AM
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Sorry to be flippant, but somewhere between 5 and 5,000, depending on how many hours you want to work.
 
Seriously, there are so many factors that it is impossible to give you a figure.  How many other hot dog sellers are in the neighborhood?  What is going to be your selling price compared to the others?  (Are you going to under-cut them?)  Etc., etc., etc.

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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Wed, 08/3/11 12:38 AM
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jciprian

Hello every!
I'm thinking of getting into this business very soon. How many hot dogs should i expect to sell in one day? I'm in uptown charlotte.
Thanks in advance!
JC

That's like asking how many Angels can you get on the head of a pin and how many stars are there in the Universe.
Impossible to answer. Need more finite details.

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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Thu, 08/11/11 5:25 AM
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Thu, 08/11/11 5:29 AM
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Asking that question kinda makes you sound like this guy with the dart in his neck.
 

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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Thu, 08/11/11 10:01 AM
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Sorry to be flippant, but somewhere between 5 and 5,000,..

I sold 4 yesterday!  Sometimes we sell 0. Hot dogs are our low seller. Everything else stomps it into the ground. the BBQ sells better and we make more $$ per sandwich.

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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Fri, 08/19/11 7:10 PM
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I know what your saying/asking. While there are a lot of unknown variables here, you'd like to get some feel for what a typical hot dog vendor can look forward to selling in a given day. That said, a figure you might work from is one person in 20 (5%) of the foot traffic by your cart are going to buy a meal, Dog, chips and a drink. So you'll need some idea of the foot traffic you expect will pass by multiply that times the average price of a meal and that'll give you some idea to work from.

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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Fri, 08/19/11 7:29 PM
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What if there's no "Foot Traffic' only cars wizzing by?? The unknown vsariables make it impossible to give him an answer.

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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Sat, 08/20/11 4:49 PM
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at the end of the day this is all about sales...  and sales is about people... put yourself in front of more people and you sell more...
see 100 people a day... sell 10...
see 300 people a day... sell 30...
---------another location or better salesman or higher quality or bikini babe on roller skates ---------
see 100 people a day... sell 30...
see 300 people a day... sell 90...
---------reduce prices or have specials or give aways (eg. BOGO) ------------------
see 100 people a day... sell 50... but make less money...
see 300 people a day... sell 150... but still make less money...
---------most important-----------
revenue - (fixed costs + variable costs + taxes) = profit
-------- at the end of the day it's still about sales and sales concepts, not just quantity --------
Before yet another fellow buys/builds a cart
test #1) cook up some dogs... wrap them in foil... put them in a cooler... strap on the cooler or put it on wheels and go out and hawk the dogs. (some people might not be able to do this)
When your done with that:
test #2) cook up some dogs... wrap them in foil... put them in a cooler... get a chair and sit with a sign that says your selling hotdogs. (which is the way most people end up doing it)
Result ) Which method will sell more dogs, or sell them more quickly, or be more successful by some measure?
if the answer is #1, your a salesman...
if the answer is #2, your not...
Only one guarantees success... the other requires some luck, or a hot location, or a good economy, or a great product, or some form of all of them...
 
best of luck to you...

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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Thu, 08/25/11 8:52 PM
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No one tells. I sold like 60 to 100 during the week.Weekends when there where craft Fairs and tent sales 100 to 200.fourth of July 564,.day after labor day 12.

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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Thu, 09/1/11 1:52 AM
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I have a great spot.  5 months ago, it was 40-60/day.  2months ago it was 80/day.  Now it's over 150/day.  I know that sounds like bs.  It's not.  Low price, great location.

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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Thu, 09/1/11 10:04 PM
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Keep it up backahead

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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Fri, 09/2/11 12:39 AM
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You will average somewhere between 1 and a 1000 a day.

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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Fri, 09/2/11 11:32 AM
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And always remember that you will generally sell a lot more good hot dogs in a day than you will average ones.
 
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Fri, 09/2/11 11:12 PM
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@joedog: thanks bro!
 
@bartl: that's what people are telling me.  I sell the natural casing with fresh steamed buns.  Others are selling "mushy" skinless with buns right out of a bag.  I have truckers from all over NYC saying they wait to eat if they're coming up near me. :)

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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Thu, 10/11/12 12:18 PM
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I've never seen a hot dog man selling a lot of hot dogs. Like everybody else I got in the biz after hearing all the stories about "slinging them hot dogs, having a lot of fun and making tons of money". Nobody wants to share real numbers. Most people are like what hear on this forum with answers like "it all depends.... between 0 and gazillion... what is a lot for you?...." It's like asking a guy with a small penis "how long is your weapon?" He never says 1 inch. He goes with all this bs "define long... I mean it all depends... blah blah blah..."  After being in the business for a couple of years and not being able to make any money I was finally able to twist the hands of some vendors that I became familiar with and they finally told me that if you make a $100 per day - it's a happy day. Also 30, maybe 40 hot dogs per day is the top they expect to sell after being on the location for a few weeks and even months.
 
Is it possible to sell 100 hot dogs per day? I'm pretty sure. It's as possible as having any other successful business. It's just buying a hot dog cart is not the only thing that is required to make money as it might appear after all that bs about "slinging them hot dogs, having a lot of fun and making tons of money"

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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Thu, 10/11/12 12:54 PM
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Mileage varies...and the best thing to do for someone with high hopes & dreams...is to not pitch the hype.

There's not as much hot dog culture in many places of the country. You can do everything "right" and guess what? there are other vendors doing the same thing in the area without the strong drive for hot dog sales...or just a flood of the market.

NYC has a bunch of people buying hot dogs...and a bunch of vendors selling hot dogs. Sometimes 5 vendors on the same block. So..it's impossible to say that vendors in NYC are rolling in the $ because it depends on so many factors (like what they also end up paying in fines) what new regulations that limit being on more popular areas...the weather...who is to the direct right/left on any given block etc. mostly selling the same brand of hot dogs as every other vendor...as that's what works.


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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Thu, 10/11/12 1:27 PM
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To give you some idea of a typical daytime spot (realistic numbers) in a average town size (Not NYC) you can expect to sell 40 to 100 a day. Now, this all depends on your location, quality of product, price, hours worked, weather, etc. I have done more and I have done less.. 
 
One of my locations is in a parking lot with major retailers and those are typical numbers that are done at that location.  Like others have said is "varies" but hopefully this will give you some idea.
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Thu, 10/11/12 5:19 PM
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I wish you the best
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Thu, 10/11/12 7:12 PM
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I live in a City of 65K that borders NYC...in NJ where hot dogs are wildly wildly popular. Tons of foot traffic...and two hot dog vendors. A truck and a cart.

The truck took over the spot of a friend who had a cart for 25 years. Neither ever work past lunch hours.


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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Fri, 10/12/12 1:28 AM
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BRICKBOO, You're killing me, man!
 
First of all - totally believable story. I've had such locations with a huge car count and no sales.
 
But I was thinking about moving to Colorado and I already checked all the details about the area and looks like the health department is pretty relaxed over there in Denver and now you are telling me you can't sell nothing there. That sucks pretty hard
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Fri, 10/12/12 9:43 AM
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Pablo,
 
No! No! Re-read my post. It has nothing to do with Denver. Hell they even have places I've heard of that sell crayfish there. I'm 250 miles west of Denver in Grand Junction. The two different areas remind me of New Orleans where I was born and Hattiesburg Mississippi where I lived for 4 years. They are 90 miles apart and are like two different worlds when it comes to food. 
 
What I'm saying is "buyer beware." Just because there are people who buy a cart and from the jump start are very happy because they sell 50 combo meals a day at $5 each. Hell, who wouldn't be happy with that kind of income. But, I bet for every person who accomplishes this, there are many many more who do not. Look at the tons of “like new” used carts all over the internet for sale.
 
In some areas, it isn't going to happen that way unless you are very attractive in a bikini and are willing to wear it in public to sling dogs.
 
I don't know how to make it any plainer. Just don't quit your job because you are tired of working for the man and you need to do 200 to 300 a day to pay your bills and a hot dog cart seems like it is the answer to your prayers. It most likely will not be.
 
Everyone here has heard of the happy stories and they do stand out. However, how many stories are there? A 100, a 1000, 10,000? There are what, 23 million unemployed? Maybe all of them are thinking of buying a hot dog cart to solve their problems? 
 
To all of you desperate new folks discovering this business, don't put all of your eggs in one basket. Try this first, because it is important. Before you buy a cart, go out and see if you have what it takes to acquire a commissary. One fellow that sticks out in my mind is the one who bought a cart and still couldn't find a commissary almost a year later. You may wind up the same way. Don't put the cart before the horse.
All I'm saying is use common sense! I hope you make a hundred million dollars running 100 hot dog carts. I truly wish you the best. 



 

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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Fri, 10/12/12 9:50 AM
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Also...if it's very very difficult to find a supply for the "popular" brand of hot dogs you wish to sell...do more homework...before you buy a cart.

You also have to keep track of new food trucks in the area. They may not sell hot dogs as showcase primary items...but if hot dogs are on the menu...they can usually do much more with an item (toppings sides etc.) than a cart.
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Fri, 10/12/12 11:50 AM
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Got it, BRICKBOO, 
Thanks
 
I didn't realize the distance.

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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Fri, 10/12/12 6:55 PM
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Boo, you are too modest. Get that bikini out.

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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Fri, 10/12/12 10:20 PM
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err, he wants to make people hungry. not sick.
 

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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Sun, 10/14/12 6:49 PM
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Boo, did you ever have any luck with the late night thing?

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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Sun, 10/14/12 7:51 PM
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Keep in mind some people just don’t listen no matter what solid good advice is given. I have seen people that have been told not to buy a certain cart and the do anyway or they do things (or not do things) they have been told. So that can affect anyone’s success greatly. I have seen it time and time again in this (and other) business where people fail yet seem to blame others for their demise.
It is not just as simple as buying a cart and start selling dogs and you will make it. If you are not a business person or business minded in general you will probably not make it or will just get buy in this business. If you are a toothless slob that has bad hygiene, can’t carry on a decent conversation, cant use somewhat of correct English, etc you are going to probably have a hard go of it.
Just because you have a huge amount of cars passing buy means nothing for the most part, it can help but dosent always mean sales.
 
You need walk buy foot traffic if you want a fast start to making decent money ($200 plus a day in sales). If not you will have to build your business to have a following. Most hot dog cart sales are impulse buys with a few loyalist that will drive to where you are to eat. You can build on a location like this but it takes time and you had better have some top quality product that people just love, if not you will not make it.
 
If you are not producing top quality products then you will not make it. If you take short cuts or let quality slide you will not make it in the long run. I charge $2.75 for an all beef Nathan’s hot dog fixed anyway they want it. I am the highest priced vendor in my area yet I do very well and have people drive to see me. I have a 100 A rated cart and produce quality products. I am not overly nice but friendly with my customers. I always tell them to have a great day and thank you for the business.  
 
Do your homework, you should have a solid option for a commissary and a few locations before you spend the first penny on a cart.
 
Some people are just not cut out to be in business for themselves and it will show pretty quickly. Some are good learners and make it. Others end up quitting and listing “near new cart” on Craigslist soon after……

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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Sun, 10/14/12 11:36 PM
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This thread was from 2011.
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Mon, 10/15/12 8:29 AM
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This thread is over 1 year old.
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Mon, 10/15/12 8:44 AM
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I forget the original question but, at least someone's posting something

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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Mon, 10/15/12 12:06 PM
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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.
 
Bart

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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Mon, 10/15/12 10:50 PM
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dog fight! dog fight!
 

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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Mon, 10/15/12 11:37 PM
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I don't think he was ever asking for your input, or banter in the first place.
RJT


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.
Regards



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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Mon, 10/15/12 11:45 PM
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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 - Tue, 10/16/12 11:54 AM
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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 - Tue, 10/16/12 12:22 PM
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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!
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Tue, 10/16/12 12:44 PM
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$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 - Tue, 10/16/12 3:31 PM
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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.
Boo 

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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Tue, 10/16/12 5:49 PM
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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 - Tue, 10/16/12 8:11 PM
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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 - Tue, 10/16/12 10:04 PM
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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 - Wed, 10/17/12 12:16 PM
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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 - Wed, 10/17/12 12:18 PM
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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 - Wed, 10/17/12 4:02 PM
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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 - Wed, 10/17/12 4:28 PM
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"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 - Thu, 10/18/12 6:51 AM
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Here you go....
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1-xkmS566Y&feature=related
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ean8bncv9IY&feature=related
 
 
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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Thu, 10/18/12 7:39 AM
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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 - Thu, 10/18/12 3:08 PM
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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 - Fri, 10/19/12 12:32 AM
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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 - Fri, 10/19/12 2:18 AM
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Bart,
what is the Electronic Frontiers Foundation?

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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Fri, 10/19/12 6:26 PM
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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 - Fri, 10/19/12 6:51 PM
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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 - Fri, 10/19/12 8:04 PM
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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 - Fri, 10/19/12 9:59 PM
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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 - Fri, 10/19/12 10:40 PM
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well you can wear a hot dog hat if you want too.
 

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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Fri, 10/19/12 10:49 PM
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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 - Fri, 10/19/12 11:28 PM
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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 - Fri, 10/19/12 11:29 PM

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Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day - Fri, 10/19/12 11:38 PM
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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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