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2011/08/02 22:34:02 (permalink)

Average hot dogs sold in a day

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!
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    Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2011/08/03 00:18:22 (permalink)
    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 2011/08/03 00:38:53 (permalink)
    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 2011/08/11 05:25:39 (permalink)

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    Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2011/08/11 05:29:10 (permalink)
    Asking that question kinda makes you sound like this guy with the dart in his neck.
     

    post edited by Schmelly - 2011/08/11 05:30:31
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    Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2011/08/11 10:01:43 (permalink)
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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 2011/08/19 19:10:52 (permalink)
    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 2011/08/19 19:29:44 (permalink)
    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 2011/08/20 16:49:17 (permalink)
    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 2011/08/25 20:52:33 (permalink)
    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 2011/09/01 01:52:10 (permalink)
    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 2011/09/01 22:04:27 (permalink)
    Keep it up backahead
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    Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2011/09/02 00:39:42 (permalink)
    You will average somewhere between 1 and a 1000 a day.
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    Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2011/09/02 11:32:23 (permalink)
    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 2011/09/02 23:12:01 (permalink)
    @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 2012/10/11 12:18:13 (permalink)
    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 2012/10/11 12:54:57 (permalink)
    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 2012/10/11 13:27:44 (permalink)
    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.
    post edited by RJT - 2012/10/11 13:30:44
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    Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/11 17:19:57 (permalink)
    I wish you the best
    post edited by brickboo - 2012/10/16 11:22:32
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    Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/11 19:12:08 (permalink)
    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 2012/10/12 01:28:51 (permalink)
    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
    post edited by Pablo G - 2012/10/12 01:30:24
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    Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/12 09:43:08 (permalink)
    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 2012/10/12 09:50:20 (permalink)
    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.
    post edited by CCinNJ - 2012/10/12 10:18:39
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    Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/12 11:50:37 (permalink)
    Got it, BRICKBOO, 
    Thanks
     
    I didn't realize the distance.
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    Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/12 18:55:21 (permalink)
    Boo, you are too modest. Get that bikini out.
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    Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/12 22:20:54 (permalink)
    err, he wants to make people hungry. not sick.
     
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    Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/14 18:49:40 (permalink)
    Boo, did you ever have any luck with the late night thing?
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    Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/14 19:51:40 (permalink)
    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 2012/10/14 23:36:19 (permalink)
    This thread was from 2011.
    post edited by mikejames533 - 2012/10/16 15:51:08
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    Re:Average hot dogs sold in a day 2012/10/15 08:29:28 (permalink)
    This thread is over 1 year old.
    post edited by mikejames533 - 2012/10/16 15:46:26
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