Re: Ideas for Honey Stand with Honor System
We operate a self serve stand in front of our house, where we sell blueberries and vegetables along with honey. We live in a country setting but are a couple of miles from a state park. So we get a lot campers looking for fresh produce. We also have a lot of local folks that frequent the stand. As a whole 95% of people are very honest and will leave more money over less. Itís the 5% that burns my --- we finally installed a wireless camera system for less than a 100 bucks and tape the day using a small tv and vcr. This cut the dishonest folks to 1%.
As far as the lock box if you leave just a box setting on the shelf expect the money and the box to disappear. If you use a light gauge change box screwed down, expect it to pried open and the money disappear. I finally bought a lock box cut a slot in the top bolted it down and ran a chain around it so they couldnít pry it open with a crow bar. Since then we have never had any money ripped off just a few tomatoes and short changed because people canít do math. The people that will steal money arenít interested in your products but easy money it to much for them to pass up.
Good luck on your stand, I started ours on the suggestion of the wife because we always had so much produce go to waste because it was more than we could use. First year I spent about 75 bucks and built a simple stand. At the end of the season we made enough money to take a week cruise to Alaska. Year two the stand was upgraded.
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