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Anyone Into Fair's? You Know Games And Stuff?

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by macdonjo3, Sep 3, 2010.

  1. macdonjo3

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    Does anyone know anything about profiting from games at the fair. It looks like the make a lot of money on some of those games.

    Thoughts?
     
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    I just lost alot of money trying to shoot the GD red star out of a piece of paper. The fukin gun shoots the bbs all over the place. I hate/love that game, done it every year forever and I have never ever won. I see all the other stars people knocked out ? But I can never do it. I dont know how to make money at them, I think in the US they are all controlled by 1 or 2 companies that travel the country. But you can always follow Joe Dirts method, spray Pam on the plates :)
     
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    You don't make sense. :wt:
     
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    He's thinking you mean make money playing the games it sounds like. I'm not sure about games but I know spots for food vendors aren't cheap at alot of fairs. Seems like alot of startup cost for who knows how much profit?
     
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    A vendor booth (with a decent location) at a show with a nice crowd will bring in nice cash...1-2k a day profit. I have a close friend that sells corn at a local flea market and he nets 3k a weekend.
    The problem is:
    1. getting into a show with a product they don't already have.
    2. Locating a good spot at the show
    3. Seasonal (weather wise) unless you live in a warm climate
    4. With food, come city health permits (more overhead)


    I do have some further experience in this field. If you have specific question regarding flea markets let me know.
     
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    That is totally true.
     
  7. IKbentim

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    Food is always a nice profit but yes it comes with a lot of rules, and then you need to be able to cook. I mean if you have one of those self burning crepe pans you can make a shitload of crepes and a lot of profit
     
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    Watch the movie Joe dirt and you'll see what he meant :D
     
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    I alwasyh thought of selling a product or giving out free trials at flea markets and fairs. Hand out flyers promoting something or just leave at stack at the door..

    As far as the games go. I won a xbox off a fair game when you toss the balll into the basket thats raised high and tilted.

    There are guides on the internet on how to beat them..

    Basically tell the vendor to shutup while your playing,. They are they to distract you..

    I stopped going to fairs, always end up fighting after i get a few bears in me
     
  10. MagicMike

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    I did the fair circuit for a couple of years (and mall kiosks as well)... selling magic tricks! (hence the name, MagicMike).

    I would demonstrate the tricks, by basically putting on a 5 minute show every 15 minutes... and then sell the DVD package that teaches all of the tricks. Very high profit margin and always did very well.

    The problem is, there is a lot of traveling and not a great lifestyle unless you're really into it... but it does work if you have a big enough profit margin.
     
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    Since I do a lot of selling on eBay, and have "the hook up" with a ton of cheap products, I'll stock up on stuff like bumper stickers, blinky lights (HUGE seller), hats, cheapy toys, belts and belt buckles, kids plush (another big seller). wallets, Harley Davidson crap, etc. Anything Novelty really. I set up two big pop up tents, couple tables, and I'm good to go. Costs me about $75 per day, and I hire two people to help. Usually when there's one fair here, then there is three or four more close by. I can hit up probably 10 of them within my area during a summer. At the big ones, I'll do 3k in profit per day, easy. Smaller ones, maybe 1k in profit per day. Of course, I get all of my stuff so cheap that it's easy for me to profit so much. Need a permit though, or else other vendors complain.

    If you wanted to make good money with little investment, sell neon lights and blinkys.
     
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    I grew up in the Carnival Industry, I worked every major Exhibition/Fair in North America for 26 years so (1980 to 2006) I know a lot about it.

    Good luck getting a decent location at a big show, what they call the A circuit, or the B circuit...smaller cities.

    You're better off booking into small town shows. Any food joint can make a lot of money or game joints too. It just depends on the weather, crowd and show you're booked on.

    Or you can buy some joints and just book local events. I had a floss joint I booked at indoor events in the winter, that joint rocked, I should never have sold it. I'm looking at getting another bigger better one.
     
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  13. macdonjo3

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    Yeah, I no longer go for rides (because I don't like them) and games (because they are rip offs), but I go for food, ps i am not fat. :)

    Very smart man, VERY smart.
     
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    The fairs in my area this weekend :)
     
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    Here we have a turkey shoot. They give you a real rifle and you get two shots. The person who gets the closest to the bullseye wins - a frozen turkey ..I guess its a southern thing
     
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    2cent...funny sheeeet.
    Candy is brilliant. Large booth, have huge assortment of candy, from taffy to mary janes, all neatly seperated, set it up in a serpentine method with a funnel at checkout. Point is so people cant turn around, they dont want to leave and feel embarressed, they cant turn around to put the candy back so they just buy it. Charge by the pound, $3.33 per pound. Candy is heavy. $3.33 seems cheap, you think hey I can get alot of candy for that amount, you enter paradise, pick up a basket start loading it up, your kids go crazy loading it up, its like Christmas. Until you, they (me) gets to the checkout line and they weigh your big f'kin pile of candy, and the girl says that'll be $32.75 cents please. You, they (me) think. WTF, you, they (me)go to turn around you they (me) cant, I mean you cant just dump the candy at checkout, kids looking at you hungry and bugeyed, wife looks at you like your a moron, reach into your pocket and pull out the $32.75 thinking all the time, I just got f'ed, should have just passed this booth by. This candy cost $.45 cents per pound, I could have gone to Sams club and bought bags of each kind of candy here and paid $12 for the same thing and got 10 times more. Good times, Good Times....True story, just happened to me :). Brilliant idea, tons of people buying tons of candy....By the pound.