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Cashing In On the Swine Flu

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by shade, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. shade

    shade Junior Member

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    Yep, it's about that time. I figured I should test the waters of this breath-takingly-fast growing niche. Ever since the WHO raised the pandemic alert level to five, people in my state (Arkansas) are discussing it.

    I thought, hey, might as well cash in, right? I'm currently selling surgical masks (N95).

    Supplier

    I have a private source which allows me to purchase N95 masks (the only ones that can actually protect you). I can get 200 masks for $25.00 USD.

    Campaign Statistics

    I'm selling each mask at $5.00/mask (yeah, I know, raping the price).

    I have a large easily-mobile stand that I use. I have it decreated with pictures of people wearing masks and on the top part I have:

    "The N95 Respiratorical Face Mask" "Are You Prepared?"

    And on the bottom I have:

    "Surgical masks help stop droplets from spreading, but respirators are designed to filter small particles. If used correctly, respirators are more likely to reduce flu risk, - CDC".

    "Mere Masks Are Useless -Get A Respirator"

    Results

    I've been doing this for two days thus far and these are the results:

    First Day
    I sold 250 masks at $5.00/mask

    Supplies = -$26.25 USD
    Gross = $1,250 USD
    Net = $1,223.75 USD

    Second Day (I switched towns)
    I sold 383 masks at $5.00/mask

    Supplies = -$47.50 USD
    Gross = $1,915 USD
    Net = $1,867.50 USD

    The reason I was able to sell so many is that people don't just buy one for themselfs they also snag a lot for their family. So I get like eight sales off of one person.

    Also, they don't seem to be wearing the masks, they just want them in case the problem gets severe enough.

    P.S.
    It helps if you wear one why you're selling them.

    P.S.S.
    It's going to suck ass if I catch the swine flu. :rolleyes:
     
  2. professional20

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    You serious???????? You made that much???
    How long were you out there each day?
     
  3. jehnidiah

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    I've been trying to come up with a good way to monetize this opportunity, but haven't been able to get my hands on any good suppliers IRL who haven't already gotten wiped out. I'd love to buy some masks from you if you'd be interested in selling. Just shoot me a PM if you're interested.
     
  4. shade

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    Yeah, I just need to switch towns every day. :D

    I also switch streets pretty often.
     
  5. professional20

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    You must've been out there all day though huh
     
  6. shade

    shade Junior Member

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    Sorry, it's a private source. Although... Ask around hospitals (*hint *hint) ;)
     
  7. shade

    shade Junior Member

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    Yeah, it was pretty much an all day thing.
     
  8. professional20

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    Still pretty good for Thousand dollar profits. Congrats on that find man. I'd do that here but im in NYC and its not really that big of a deal here....atleast "yet".
     
  9. shade

    shade Junior Member

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    Wow, NYC is huge! I bet I could seriously rack up there.
     
  10. professional20

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    Yeah thats what im saying! I luv marketing offline here. People take/buy whatever the hell you have lol.
     
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    Mind sharing ur source? :D
     
  12. tygoldberg

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    Print up business cards with your site on there, when they get home, they'll check out your site, make more money off of them..that's traffic who's willing to spend.

    have a 'flu kit' they can buy, site with ads for insurance..
     
  13. shade

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    @tygoldberg,

    No, selling these kinds of things seems to work better in an 'in your face' kind of tactic.
     
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    Were you just selling these on a street corner, or near a shopping center, or where?
     
  15. tripper101

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    Shit, my town barley has that many people
     
  16. proroy

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    Are you thinking to promote your sales online> If so, I can set up the adwords campaigns for you, and we can easily make bank on this hot keyword :D
     
  17. gusso

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    Can imagine how well this works. Thought of doing something like this the other day. Just been too busy to put something together yet.
     
  18. shade

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    To the person that asked,

    Near shopping centers.
     
  19. majestry

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    this is work?
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    I may actually have to go do this. I found a wholesale medical supplier where I can get the masks cheaply and there have been many more confirmed cases.
     
  20. ourfella

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    Can anyone show me a good (cheap) wholesale place to buy these? Preferable one that accepts paypal?

    cheers :)