Making Money From Kanye West in College (Finale)
So....we had sold just about enough glasses to breakeven, were dreadfully cold and tired, and had just had our first confrontation with the law. We were happy enough to go home when...just as the cop was leaving us and we were about to troop home, my partner in a moment of brilliance, offered the Policeman a pair of the glasses, he shrugged them off (But must of concluded that we were harmless amateurs) because he then said
"F*ck it, sure stay there if you want, its too cold for this sh!t."
We thanked him profusely and launched back in to our task with renewed vigour. Soon enough I was going back to the car to restock with the last of our merchandise. For the final bit of stock we were required to use a bit more selling techniques because traffic was much quieter and would come in groups, where generally, none of them bought, or all of them did! By now I was nearly perished with the cold (my partner had a ski jacket) and offered a couple of deals on the last few pairs. Eventually we were left with one pair of glasses (the ones I'd been wearing on my head, and we decided to hang on to these as a memento. The whole night passed like a blur, the response we got was simply amazing, we were more successful than either of us could of imagined (remember, in last post I pointed out we were happy to break even), with just the two of us we had managed to sell all our merchandise despite arriving late and having no promotional gear. The merchandise cost us $400 for 300 pairs(bought wholesale online). We sold 250 shades on the night for a total of €1,250. Furthermore we sold the remaining glasses on eBay at auction which resulted in another 50 pairs sold for prices ranging from €7 - €25 (yes someone paid €25 + P&P for something that cost me €1!) bringing in €750 in revenue. Unfortunately (for me) the tax man also got his cut as I got a letter from the revenue Commissioners a few weeks later asking for €90, which we promptly(after much debate!) paid. Profit for the project excluding all expenses was around €1,500.
I will go into some of the more business details of the operation and also what I learned from the experience in future posts.
Finally on the drive to Dublin, we passed through a town neither of us had ever heard of called Moneygall, we took this as a good sign (excuse the pun) and on the way home couldn't resist taking a few snaps to illustrate our success!