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    Hey, first of all, this isn't really about bikes, but I didn't know where else to say this so...

    I'm doing a school fundraiser, selling magazine subscriptions (new ones or renewals), and was wondering who I can sell to. I've sold 11 subscriptions so far, but there's other people ahead of me for the top seller prize, which is an iPod (forget which one). I've gone door-to-door, called the local library, but now I'm stuck. Can anyone give me some ideas?

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    anyone?
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    The winner is usually the person who:

    a) Has parents who have the most influence at work and exploit it.

    b) Has the most relatives.

    and/or

    c) Is the most obnoxious.

    Very rarely is it someone who actually works the hardest.

    Good luck!

    I would suggest simply hitting the streets and asking everyone you see. Set up a table at a busy street corner. Ask a parent or other adult relative to sell subscriptions at work... Post on community bulletin boards if any are available.

    Don't push the "Help me earn an iPod" angle except to people that care about you... Sell the magazines. Push how great a deal it is on wonderful magazines. Learn the product! Be a salesman/woman. Be enthusiastic about the product. Watch a few infomercials... see how it is done. Seem sincere...

    Also push the school group (or whatever you are raising funds for) as well. but don't just say "I'm raising money for the bandl" Be excited... "We're raising money to get the best possible trombone for the band" or whatever you can express the most passion about.

    I'll be honest, to ensure winning the iPod, you will work as hard as if you actually got a job and earned the money... So you really should want to raise money for the cause as well, otherwise, just earn the money!

    Just my three cents worth!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Darwin View Post
    The winner is usually the person who:

    a) Has parents who have the most influence at work and exploit it.

    b) Has the most relatives.

    and/or

    c) Is the most obnoxious.

    Very rarely is it someone who actually works the hardest.

    Good luck!

    I would suggest simply hitting the streets and asking everyone you see. Set up a table at a busy street corner. Ask a parent or other adult relative to sell subscriptions at work... Post on community bulletin boards if any are available.

    Don't push the "Help me earn an iPod" angle except to people that care about you... Sell the magazines. Push how great a deal it is on wonderful magazines. Learn the product! Be a salesman/woman. Be enthusiastic about the product. Watch a few infomercials... see how it is done. Seem sincere...

    Also push the school group (or whatever you are raising funds for) as well. but don't just say "I'm raising money for the bandl" Be excited... "We're raising money to get the best possible trombone for the band" or whatever you can express the most passion about.

    I'll be honest, to ensure winning the iPod, you will work as hard as if you actually got a job and earned the money... So you really should want to raise money for the cause as well, otherwise, just earn the money!

    Just my three cents worth!

    thanks! Well, my Step-dad doesn't want to take it to work, for a reason that's really long, and my mom's a student at a university (My biological Dad pasted away in 2000). I don't promote the "help me win an iPod" part, but that I'm helping to raise money for our new gym and band/music room. The band (which I'm part of) has to do it's own fundraisers.

    People can buy subscriptions online, and enter the seller's name, but I'm not sure if our school is checking the online stuff. I guess I should ask tomorrow...

    So does anyone have ideas of who I should sell to?, like the library, but that didn't work out.
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    College apartment complexes. College kids love cheap magazines and if you look like a crack head they will probably pity you and buy extra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikephoros View Post
    College apartment complexes. College kids love cheap magazines and if you look like a crack head they will probably pity you and buy extra.
    nearest university (I'm Canadian) is a 40 minute drive, so that wont happen. Even though my mom goes there, it wont work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Darwin View Post
    Sell the magazines. Push how great a deal it is on wonderful magazines. Learn the product! Be a salesman/woman. Be enthusiastic about the product.
    If these are like other magazine sales deals there are two routes. Give friends the catalog and time or sell strangers. It is definatly a mixed bag. Some are great deals, others not. Some are new subs only others allow renewals.

    Now thnk about it. If I really want a magazine I probably have already subscribed. Memorize which ones allow renewals. Ask if they already subscribe, ask what their interests are and be able to turn to that page in the catalog. Oh and learn the best deals and point those out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith99 View Post
    If these are like other magazine sales deals there are two routes. Give friends the catalog and time or sell strangers. It is definatly a mixed bag. Some are great deals, others not. Some are new subs only others allow renewals.

    Now thnk about it. If I really want a magazine I probably have already subscribed. Memorize which ones allow renewals. Ask if they already subscribe, ask what their interests are and be able to turn to that page in the catalog. Oh and learn the best deals and point those out.
    Its hard to learn all the best deals, since there are 48 pages, and the index is 2 full pages in a fine print-ish sized font, something like 8 point. also, all of them can be renewed. I have 15 catalogs, so I can leave them with people for a couple days. I've gone around my area of town, and the town has a population of about 2000. Still got any ideas? do you think places like doctors clinics would buy any since they do put out magazines for the clients while theyre waiting?

    thanks!
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    The following logic worked for my boys selling stuff.

    Hi, I'm "whateveryourrealnameis" and I'm helping to raise money for our new gym and band/music room. Would you please make a donation? And by the way, for a donation for "whateverdollars" you get a magazine subsciption! If you don't want the magazine for yourself, they do make good "whateverpresents/gifts", or you could choose one and have it delivered to our school library for the students to use. Wow, that would be a double Thank You!

    People don't like to be sold. They like to buy. And they really like to help others and get some stuff with it, and maybe share that with others.

    By the way, I know you want the Ipod, but ultimately the money is for your school. If they don't give you enough for a subscription, take their money and turn it in to your advisor. At least you don't have to split that meager profit with the magazine guys. If they give you a check, have it made out to your school, NOT to you.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doghouse View Post
    The following logic worked for my boys selling stuff.

    Hi, I'm "whateveryourrealnameis" and I'm helping to raise money for our new gym and band/music room. Would you please make a donation? And by the way, for a donation for "whateverdollars" you get a magazine subsciption! If you don't want the magazine for yourself, they do make good "whateverpresents/gifts", or you could choose one and have it delivered to our school library for the students to use. Wow, that would be a double Thank You!

    People don't like to be sold. They like to buy. And they really like to help others and get some stuff with it, and maybe share that with others.

    By the way, I know you want the Ipod, but ultimately the money is for your school. If they don't give you enough for a subscription, take their money and turn it in to your advisor. At least you don't have to split that meager profit with the magazine guys. If they give you a check, have it made out to your school, NOT to you.

    Good luck.
    Well, some people do donate, but there are lots of subscriptions from $16 (lowest I've seen) to $200. most people pay by check, and it's made out to my school. I'm pretty sure people would be suspicious (I would be) if someone told them to make it out to themselves. I have had success with my "speech" so far. I know the money is for my is ultimately for my school, and I'm getting tired of playing in our "multi-useless" room. It's our second gym, but the 3-point lines overlap , and we have to use it for band practices because the band room has been condemed from practices.

    I have the whole selling thing down, its just a question of who to sell to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by norco_rider77 View Post
    I have the whole selling thing down, its just a question of who to sell to.
    No you don't. If you had the whole selling thing down, you'd know exactly what to sell, how, and to whom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tsl View Post
    No you don't. If you had the whole selling thing down, you'd know exactly what to sell, how, and to whom.
    Ok, I have the whole how to sell thing down, and what I'm selling, just not the who
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    "I have the whole selling thing down, its just a question of who to sell to."

    "I've gone around my area of town, and the town has a population of about 2000. Still got any ideas?"

    How about everybody outside your area of town that you can reach? That seems to be pretty much your total market area left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by norco_rider77 View Post
    do you think places like doctors clinics would buy any since they do put out magazines for the clients while theyre waiting?

    thanks!
    If you have to ask the question, the answer is YES.

    All doctors, dentists, car dealerships, oil changers, garages, barber shops, anywhere that people wait!

    The true salesman doesn't ask the question "I wonder if that person is a potential customer?"

    The true salesman asks, "What pitch do I use to make that person a customer?"



    Figure out what their need is and let them know how your product satisfies their need!

    I am not cut out to be a salesman, but I was an unsuccessful military recruiter, so I have been trained in the theory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doghouse
    How about everybody outside your area of town that you can reach? That seems to be pretty much your total market area left.
    Quote Originally Posted by Little Darwin
    If you have to ask the question, the answer is YES.

    All doctors, dentists, car dealerships, oil changers, garages, barber shops, anywhere that people wait!

    The true salesman doesn't ask the question "I wonder if that person is a potential customer?"

    The true salesman asks, "What pitch do I use to make that person a customer?"



    Figure out what their need is and let them know how your product satisfies their need!

    I am not cut out to be a salesman, but I was an unsuccessful military recruiter, so I have been trained in the theory.
    Well, I guess I know where I'll be this weekend... Car dealerships, that's one I didn't think of, and I have subscriptions like Car and Driver! Hey, if they don't want to get one for the customers, they might want one for themselves!
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    One point: show the customer how to cancel the subscription.

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