What's a good product to sell door to door?

by socialentry 84 replies
Hi,

I'm pondering what to do this summer amongst several options.

I'm returning to school very soon as my priority is to accomplish my academic goals as fast as possible. Maybe I have some more free time in August but I don't want to do anything too complicated.

A job would be the first thing to come to mind. but I have summer courses, I think it's a bit in bad faith to apply just to plan to quit 1 month afterward.

It's not a lot of time. I've been thinking maybe finding something to sell and going door to door.

What would be the criterias of a good physical product to do this? What's a net profit I should aim for per product?
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
    What's a good product to sell door to door?
    Pepper spray?
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  • Profile picture of the author wentzco
    Well first if you sell your own products door-to-door - make sure you have a permit to conduct door-to-door sales. Each city/state will have various rules. If you sell for a business then again make sure they also follow the rules.

    I used to sell Kirby vacuums 30 years ago which was profitable but wears you down (door-to-door or preset appointments). I even had my own dealership after a while. A friend of mine sold meat (steaks/burgers) that he purchased from a local meat processing plant. He made some good money & it was an easier sale.
    • Profile picture of the author Bigdirty
      You are right sir...I just read that in my city you have to pay for a permit to go door to door. A lot of people do not realize this. Those sneaky cats.... :p
  • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
    Originally Posted by socialentry View Post


    It's not a lot of time. I've been thinking maybe finding something to sell and going door to door.
    You make it sound easy, no time to learn, just slap me up something that would sell. Have you ever sold door to door before, do you have the chops and alls to make it work, regardless of product?

    Got all of that? then there would be a few local companies already doing this so why not plug into one of those sales teams and sell a product that is already selling door to door.

    must be easier ways to make a few dollars ?
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  • Profile picture of the author Yvon Boulianne
    food is easy to sell, once i was young and selling all kind of high price food like fish and meat, was easy..
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Claude is the man to tell you all about door to door.
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    • Profile picture of the author yukon
      Originally Posted by laurencewins View Post

      Claude is the man to tell you all about back doors.
      Fixed it...
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  • Profile picture of the author GordonJ
    Originally Posted by socialentry View Post

    Hi,

    I'm pondering what to do this summer amongst several options.

    I'm returning to school very soon as my priority is to accomplish my academic goals as fast as possible. Maybe I have some more free time in August but I don't want to do anything too complicated.

    A job would be the first thing to come to mind. but I have summer courses, I think it's a bit in bad faith to apply just to plan to quit 1 month afterward.

    It's not a lot of time. I've been thinking maybe finding something to sell and going door to door.

    What would be the criterias of a good physical product to do this? What's a net profit I should aim for per product?
    You're at university? Or high school?

    One thing about colleges, every student needs textbooks, and then, after the class is over, you can't get anywhere near what they cost. Start buying and selling textbooks.
    As for door to door, no permits needed for surveys. On behalf of home improvement companies, who will pay for leads and even more for a customer.

    GordonJ
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    • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
      Originally Posted by GordonJ View Post

      You're at university? Or high school?

      One thing about colleges, every student needs textbooks, and then, after the class is over, you can't get anywhere near what they cost. Start buying and selling textbooks.
      As for door to door, no permits needed for surveys. On behalf of home improvement companies, who will pay for leads and even more for a customer.

      GordonJ
      Maybe the best idea. There isn't enough time to get proficient at a complicated sale. Selling meat is simple (not easy, but easy to learn) and selling home improvement leads is easy to learn and pays well.

      I'd just call a home improvement company and ask if they have door to door canvasers that gather leads for the reps.

      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      Fixed it...
      When I was selling in people's homes, my new sister-in-law asked me why I sold by going door to door. I said "I used to go window to window but I got arrested".
  • Profile picture of the author quadagon


    I'm sure you could flog some of these turned into window stickers.

    'are you sick and tired of salesmen knocking at your door and disturbing your day - I know I am. That's why I bought salesman-be-gone'
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    • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
      Originally Posted by quadagon View Post



      I'm sure you could flog some of these turned into window stickers.

      'are you sick and tired of salesmen knocking at your door and disturbing your day - I know I am. That's why I bought salesman-be-gone'
      I think I mentioned before that I bought a box of "No soliciting" signs for a buck each, and sold them for ten dollars each, when the person didn't buy a vacuum cleaner from me. It was partly a joke, but it paid for my gas and meals.

      What I didn't mention (I don't think) was that I also spent the afternoon just selling the signs.
      I sold several every hour.

      If I had absolutely nothing except $100 and had to survive, I'd go to a Wal-mart or K-Mart and buy a box of something I think I could sell for 5-10 times my cost.

      Here is a source that I used to use to buy cutlery sets to give away for in home appointments...you can sell most anything wholesale from this company and make a good profit.
      Enjoy.
      https://www.maxam.com/
  • Profile picture of the author umc
    As a former Jehovah's Witness I can tell you that religion can be sold door to door. Find your local Kingdom Hall, ask for a Bible study, get rid of your friends and family, join the cult, and you too can waste your life knocking on doors peddling their cult. I wish I had put those skills to use in something more fruitful.
    • Profile picture of the author socialentry
      Originally Posted by umc View Post

      As a former Jehovah's Witness I can tell you that religion can be sold door to door. Find your local Kingdom Hall, ask for a Bible study, get rid of your friends and family, join the cult, and you too can waste your life knocking on doors peddling their cult. I wish I had put those skills to use in something more fruitful.
      A JW couple went to my door once and their pitch was really odd, it went something like this:
      The devil is trying to influence us via shows like Harry Potter and Buffy the Vampire slayer. Do you watch Buffy? What does the Bible say about this? Come and find out.

      I am obviously not the prospect for this kind of pitch but how is that supposed to even work?
  • Profile picture of the author eccj
    If you have July open I would look at a fireworks stand. I did it once and it was profitable and educational.

    You essentially get a crash course in running a really busy retail store.

    Maybe open a booth at a flea market.

    If you do d2d it has to be a simple sale as others have mentioned.

    Added later: the no soliciting sign may work. There are some nice looking no soliciting signs. With all the solar people selling d2d in some states it may not be a bad way to make some money.
  • Profile picture of the author Ron Lafuddy
    Following up on Gordon's and Claude's advice. If you are pounding it door to door, you'll essentially be canvassing.

    Could be for simple sales like Claude suggests or Gordon's survey approach that may turn into a lead or if you are savvy enough to qualify them further, a sale.

    Whatever you decide, here's an additional thought. There are many businesses that would also like to get their info into the hands of the person you are talking to.

    You could hand deliver it for them, in a packet containing, business cards, brochures, discount coupons, etc., and be paid to do so. You'll be paid every time you talk to someone, whether you sell them anything or not.

    Let your imagination run with this one. There are some interesting and very profitable possibilities.

    Ron

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