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Old 12-12-2012, 06:40 PM   #1
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any one do the "acme fireworks" tent deal?

the info sounds good.. you can make 2-5K for a week work selling fireworks at one of the many tents you see popping up in vacant lots etc.

seems they like to hire work campers for this deal. and was wonder if it all they say..

i suspect not just checking and hoping my suspecsions are not true..

who get to pay for theft of product?? and other questions.
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wait a minute...

Acme Fireworks? Where have I heard that name before?

Oh yeah, they are the sole supplier to Wile E Coyote! doh!

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Hmmm... Do you need to be licensed in dangerous materials handling?

Of course, I will bet that sales are explosive!
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the info sounds good.. you can make 2-5K for a week work selling fireworks at one of the many tents you see popping up in vacant lots etc.

seems they like to hire work campers for this deal. and was wonder if it all they say..

i suspect not just checking and hoping my suspecsions are not true..

who get to pay for theft of product?? and other questions.
In a previous life (when I was a college student instead of a "responsible adult") I made a fair amount of money one summer selling fireworks.

In Texas it's generally a plywood "building" that's in site all year but only open for business for a few weeks before the 4th of July or New Year's Eve. At the time, my dad had a slightly-ratty class C something-or-other on a Dodge van chassis. I borrowed it for the duration, and a friend and I ran the stand and had at least 1 other friend we paid cash for a shift or two when neither of us could be there.

They like work-campers because they require someone to be there all the time... those fireworks stands aren't exactly high-security facilities. I think we had about 50 amps available... I could run the AC in the daytime but with all those light bulbs strung up around the site, we had to shut off the AC from sunset to closing time.

We got lucky, we had a stupid supplier and we were OCD geeks. The way we were SUPPOSED to run it was to start off with some specified amount of change (from our own accounts) and at the end we were supposed to take back that amount, give all the cash and the remaining inventory to the supplier and he'd pay us our percentage in a week or two.

What we did was carefully track our inventory (the starting inventory and his intermediate deliveries.) We knew the price for everything, and comparing the list of what he said he left (and we and he signed) at each delivery and what he ACTUALLY delivered, we figured out that he was delivering more than he recorded on the receipts he gave us, and he was going to calculate our percentage using THOSE RECEIPTS. So, we gave him all the cash to cover all the recorded deliveries plus the initial inventory, minus the remaining inventory we returned. We didn't spend any of it until he settled up with our percentage, in case he got argumentative. For whatever reason, he never asked any questions and paid the percentage we expected (based on the receipts.)

I can't say I remember how much we made... at the time it seemed like a lot of money, but like I said we were college students. It's funny how much less "a lot of money" was to me back then!
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Hmmm... Do you need to be licensed in dangerous materials handling?

Of course, I will bet that sales are explosive!

not sure.. that is why i am asking about this.. I would not think you need to licensed to sell them just for a week but who know??

i would guess rule #1 would be: NO SMOKING/OPEN FLAME IN THE TENT...
all the rest would take care of itself..
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Local business licenses, state tax number, insurance, bribes to local officials, rent for the spot, utilities, etc. All these seem to me to be normal out of pocket expenses for such a seasonal business. It would be nice to hear from a work camper that has done this.
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so i guess no one here or so far has done the fireworks deal..??

i might try posting on the workcampers website forums as well.
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