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Old 01-30-2007, 03:36 PM   #1
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Really hard to guess, a lot depends on your placement in the event (hi traffic) and the weather as well. I doubt I'd buy for more than 5 percent unless you've got a great looking marketing set-up to lure people in.
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Old 01-30-2007, 04:37 PM   #2
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I would say to try to figure out your peak hours and how much traffic you may have duing that time. Try to sell out every day. If you have left overs, you have made too much food. I know this is not a lot of help, but try to figure how much you want to cook.
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Old 01-30-2007, 07:04 PM   #3
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That's a awful tuff nut to crack, from your avatar looks like you can handle the volume. You didn't mention what you were pushing. I cant imagine doing that much product 3 days in a row for that many people. Please let us know how you make out and good luck! I have made BIG bucks vending and have lost my ass vending.
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Old 01-30-2007, 09:36 PM   #4
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Chris, I thought the same thing while looking at his avatar.
He's got room to make money!
If only it were that easy.
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Old 01-31-2007, 06:58 AM   #5
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As you kno, it's a pure guess how many you will actually sell to.. I happennto think 5% is a good number for that many people.. if you sell over 8% consider yourself extremely lucky... seeing it is your first year, I'd be esatic with 5%.. just stager you cooking amounts... a lot for the first day, and see how it goes from there... What Jazz festival is it ??
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Old 01-31-2007, 01:33 PM   #6
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Roo, I've got a one day vending job in Feb, my first one. After talking with folks, I was told what sounds like good advice....don't sell little
2 or 3 dollar sammies..not enough profit margin for your effort.
Sell 7 or 8 dollar plates with slaw and beans (cheap and easy) maybe
some bread (I'm doing hushpuppies). I've gonna have hot dogs on standby in case I run out of q so I can use the time I've got to make
every buck I can.
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Old 01-31-2007, 04:12 PM   #7
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Let's run some numbers

Vending space $2,000 for 3 days

$2,000 / 3 = $666
if you sell 95 sammies/plates a day, at $7 a piece.. you'll break even on the event cost... that, of course doesnt include any cost incurred for all the supplies and meat

Just work the numbers.. total cost to YOU over and above the $2,000 ie cost of meat, ice, plates, napkins, utensils, sodas, cups , extra coolers, cleaning supplies, labor, lighting, fuel, table, decorations, and anythnig else I forgot

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Old 01-31-2007, 05:23 PM   #8
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I got screwed twice this summer on "vending". Don't know if I'll do it again! First time was Memorial Day . I cooked at a local winery. The owner told me they had 600 the previous Labor Day. Well, I was nervous to go that far out on a limb, so I cooked for 300. I served 105! It was about 95 degrees and HUMID!!! (Ask Uncle Bubba and ZBQ , who were there!) So, I agreed to do it again for Labor Day. I cooked for 150, and served 35! Weather was gorgeous. She just did not promote well. I would make damn certain, you will break even at the least. Woody
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Well the Newport Jazz fest will have the people.... you can count on that part of the equation.
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:28 AM   #10
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Hey, it's Southern California, grill up some Tofu burgers, with 12 grain bread, bean sprouts, mayonaiseless dressing, wearing a PITA T-shirt, a Charlie the Tuna Sucks hat, and having a Save the Whales jar on the table... multiple tatoos and body piercing will increase sales
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