Re: GEN: Popcorn sales
Karen Lollman (lollma@ACC.WUACC.EDU)
Sat, 3 Dec 1994 15:54:00 -0600
On Sat, 3 Dec 1994, David E. Jones wrote:
> We had a poor turnout for the popcorn sale this year. Made okay money but
> very few boys sold popcorn. The proble was it came the week after the school
> candy and wrapping paper sale. Has anyone else experienced this problem and
> how did you handle it?
> dave Jones
We have several "high rise" retirement homes in our city. Places where
"kids" rarely venture. The elderly people love popcorn, love BSA, and
love to visit with the kids. Check with the "home" administrators, and
turn the kids loose. Also, the people who turn down "candy" sales with
the excuse "can't eat it", etc., are prime candidates for a 15 count box
of "light" popcorn.
We just got our popcorn in today, after taking orders from Halloween
through the middle of November. Parents of scouts are hard hit from
school at this time of year...school shirts, yearbooks, directories, all
require orders and money now. So we "go around" their houses unless we
buy from them all the time for their fund raisers.
Most people in our area are very supportive of all fund-raisers because
they have knocked on many doors themselves. Our pack of 70 boys sold
over $7000. retail in popcorn! One boy sold $1,028 by himself! Our
commission from this total is around $1800. Last year we had 50 boys,
and sold $5300 in popcorn.
We called some of the people from last year's list. They wanted more
than they originally ordered this year, but didn't know who to call. So
we picked up some extra sales that way!
To motivate kids (and parents), we offer "rebates". Up to half of camp
fees will be paid from the commissions earned by each boy. If he only
raises $5 in commission, that is what is applied to reduce his camp
costs. If he sells $1000, he still only gets half of his camp fees
My 7 yo is a convincing salesman, especially when missing a couple of
teeth like he was last year :}) . He knocks on the door, order form on
a clipboard. When they open the door he blocks the door with his knee,
hands them the order form and pen and says. "I'm selling boy scout
popcorn, how much do YOU want to buy? "
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City