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Making Money With Street Peddlers Any Ideas?

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by ycfme, Jun 2, 2012.

  1. ycfme

    ycfme Power Member

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    So for a few years now i've been saying to myself the next time someone on the street asks me for a quarter or a dollar I would offering them a commission gig of some sort related to IM.

    I actually exchanged numbers with one guy onetime (Yeah , he's begging but still has a cell phone ...LOL!)
    but he never followed thru, so I figured it was a bad sign.

    Today though, I thought hmmm.... I could pay someone(s) to promote a website/offer. If nothing else, they could hold a sign.

    At a bare minimum , sites and offers would potentially get more exposure and beggars could actually earn money vs. begging all day or selling homeless 'newspapers'.

    I'd like to exchange ideas with folks here on potential possibilities for making $ with street peddlers/homeless folks.

    Any ideas?
     
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  2. poweronics

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    Give them flyers to distribute to people who pass them by in addition to holding your sign or placard.
    You can pay them for that if you want to.
     
  3. shariqcomp6

    shariqcomp6 BANNED BANNED

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    YEAH... you can promote some pay per call offers....

    or dating sites....tell them to hand over flyer to lame looking guys and girls :D
     
  4. Icewind

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    Question is: how much would you appreciate getting flyer from a street peddler and how would you think about the business he is promoting?
     
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    Duffers5000 Elite Member

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    I've seen homeless guys wearing promotional signs out in Japan.....Cant see how it would'nt be worth a try
     
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    if you spend the time you are investing offline in online then you will make lot of money.It is good to try but you dont get that much response ,that you get online.
     
  7. JackSparrow

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    Isn't this morally wrong when taking advantage of under-privileged people in such a way?

    I know it may seem you are doing them a favor by paying them for their time, but many of these people have mental issues, low self esteem and numerous other problems that's why they are beggars/peddlers.

    If you chat to them and gauge they are of sound mind then i suppose offering them a decent wage for doing this would be ok, maybe even get them some smarter clothes to wear and a placard or something.
     
  8. ycfme

    ycfme Power Member

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    So what should we do just continue giving them money? Or act like we don't see them?

    I wouldn't be "taking advantage " of anyone. Paying minimum wage (and/or by commission) to pass out a flyer or hold a sign vs. begging? I have no moral issues with the idea at all....

     
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    I'm all for helping people out and giving time or money to under privileged people for nothing is what charity is.

    I Just thought it was a strange idea for promoting websites/offers. But i do agree and understand your method of generating something positive, through offering a wage/commission to do something productive.
     
  10. Dollwin

    Dollwin Registered Member

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    This is actually a pretty interesting thing to think about. In my city we find quite a few beggars (I know quite a few of them are scammers, I see them walking without their wheelchairs in their spare time), but I'd find promotion work hard considering half of them aren't exactly presentable.
     
  11. gritts

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    Yeah I'd be very selective on who you would work, I wouldn't work with any of the scammers as they'll probably screw you over too.

    I'd have a chat with them and see what their story is and based on their presentation and level of conversation determine if they'd be a good fit. As I have heard of some working class people who unfortunately lost it all and then became homeless or who are in predicaments so bad that they have been reduced to beggars, those are people the people who you can work with. As for presentation, you can get some decent looking clothes for cheap at places like Good Will. For those type of people, you're best bet are the ones who frequent those shelters as I believe they have access to showers and whatnot.
     
  12. Dollwin

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    What exactly would work in terms of tasks for them to do? I'm trying to think of kinds of offers to promote and I can't exactly pin anything down.
     
  13. ycfme

    ycfme Power Member

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    Yeah guys,

    I pretty much share the same sentiments as everyone who has chimed in on this thread.

    there's a guy who comes to mind i've seen for years who although isn't homeless, he could certainly be considered a 'street person'.

    Over the years he's become somewhat sort of a local 'celebrity'
    and local businesses have tapped into his exposure and appeal by paying for advertisement on the back of his "12 Galaxies" protest sign.

    The fact that he has repeat advertisers says alot.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Chu
    http://vimeo.com/1727800
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/frank-chu-san-francisco
    http://acme.com/chumaker/