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self serve bulk candy displays 23 Jul 2002 17:22 #25892

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How do the candy displays with theclear plastic tubes with loose stuff like M&M's, etc. work for you?

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Re: self serve bulk candy displays 23 Jul 2002 21:12 #25893

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Man, don't even think about it....

We had one of those when we first opened, The whole custom made 24 bin display has been sitting in the dumpster area for a couple years now...

Here's why:
The cost on the bulk candy is not exactly cheap. We sold ours for $7.00 a pound.(which is about the going rate at theatres now). Of course we advertised it at $1.75 per quarter pound (cuz it doesn't sound soo bad that way).Most people would just shovel that candy in the bag like they were buying it at the local walmart-then fall over dead when we weighed it and their bill was $17.50 So some don't want it anymore, and it must be spoiled because they probably touched it. Theft is another issue, our bins were obviously open all day, so the customers could get at it, some little kids just took it thinking it was their grandmas candy jar, others just stole it, then the employees just took it. It could get locked up at night, but they could always get in it... Because its such a rip-off, it will sit there a while and get stale too.
I could go on and on about the bulk candy fiasco, (you can tell, my thoughts are just jumbled together here)===Just stick with theatre sized candy in your candy case, and your customers will be happy.
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Re: self serve bulk candy displays 24 Jul 2002 09:33 #25894

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I was one of those jaw dropping "What?!!!" guys. I bought a bag of stuff, or rather I filled a bag, and it was like 11.00!!!! I said."I don't want it" and left it on the counter.

I think ....'nuff said.

My new theatre has a lot of room so I keep thinking!

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Re: self serve bulk candy displays 24 Jul 2002 12:28 #25895

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Mike- If you have lots of room, I would add video games. In our area, there are game providers who will place their game in your location, and you split the revenue. So it costs you nothing, and your customers like it because it keeps them entertained while waiting, and makes you money...

AND I would also put in a few of those vending machines that dispense those cheap toys, or superballs, stickers, or something. I have one of these in a theatre now, and it does very well. Those machines are cheap, and you can create revenue from dead space.I would also have a 3 or 4 section candy machine, that will dispense a handful of m&m's or skittles, or something for a quarter. Those work out very well, because often times parents WON'T buy theatre candy for their kids because of the price, but they DON'T mind giving them a quarter or two for the machine.
-Remember we need to make money wherever we can...

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Re: self serve bulk candy displays 24 Jul 2002 12:33 #25896

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Just be sure the video games cannot be heard in the auditoriums!

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Re: self serve bulk candy displays 24 Jul 2002 16:22 #25897

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I'm hiring a guy to shake people by their ankles! Anyway I can/ thanks! Mike
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Re: self serve bulk candy displays 24 Jul 2002 22:44 #25898

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Mike-
We have that position too, we call it:
Box Office Cashier
Concession Attendant


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Re: self serve bulk candy displays 24 Jul 2002 23:04 #25899

One word on bulk candy

NO!
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Re: self serve bulk candy displays 26 Jul 2002 12:21 #25900

The expense is bad and the you all are right when you stated that people get very weird when they hear the cost for their bag of goodies. But another point that should be made is that a lot of the stuff just goes bad and has to be thrown out. You have to set up a register to handle just that area and one person has to stand there or run back and forth to wait on customers. Last but not least; I think that wall of candy looks terrible.
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