To you and a dentist
Several people have written lately and told me how they are doing with sweets. From brownies to cookies. But lately, I'm hearing more about the cotton candy. It's cheap and requires no effort, no more than pulling a bag of chips would be from your chip clips.
Many people love some cotton candy and being already packaged makes for an easy quick sale. You could try it first and if it works, invest in a machine and make even better money. I searched the web and then I called a lady back, Kira – she said she buys her's here. I'm not affiliated with them at all so if you find a better deal please tell us in the comments. (thanks Kira)
Check the prices well, they really get cheap when ordering 300 bags or more and honestly, 300 bags should go quickly. Something else I've learned, is if you have chips, cookies or something extra, offer it. Don't just wait for them to ask. It's why lately when you go to any fast food joint, they lay a sales pitch on you as soon as you pull up to the window: “would you like to try _____________.” I hate it but it is effective. Something like; “Try our cotton candy, it's made fresh just for us.”
Finding the right add on can be a trial and error deal. We called them spaghetti deals when I used to sell cars. You take as many finance applications as you can and hope one gets approved. Spaghetti deals, throw it on the wall and see what sticks.
Cotton candy has worked for me and worked well. Some vendors have done well with prepackaged individually wrapped cookies. You can buy these at Sams or Costco. Otis Spunkmeyer is my favorite, but again, find one something you like and works well – share it with us all. Those Spunkmeyer cookies are awesome and I can't resist them. They have already given me the Dunlaps Disease, you know, where your belly dun lapped over your belt.
I also like their muffins, they can be found at Sams and Costco individually wrapped for resale.
Having these sweets are to me crucial on a cart. If you are not offering something then your missing out. A bag of cotton candy at $0.65 cents will net you from $0.85 to $1.35 profit. Selling for $1.50 or $2.00 a bag is not uncommon. You won't sell to every customer but if you sell 30 a day and only 15 days a month, that's a whopping $450 profit for doing nothing.
What are you doing extra on your cart? Share with us in the comments below. Don't be a chicken, we want to hear your sweet sweet secrets.