Same with me....the FedEx truck pulled up yesterday about 3:30 pm while I was outside with the dog. I had forgotten about the $20 advance, but there it was! And then this morning, the remainder of the reimbursement was in my bank account....all $639.54!!! Now I just have to wait on my pay....now that may take a while to receive, but at least I can pay off my CC now!@Angelbug wrote:
i received the $20 per store advance by mail yesterday. When i checked my bank account this morning I saw total reimbursement for my Day 1 expenses!!
I just completed 10 stores. I made purchases at 8. One refused and one said they didn't have any. Be prepared to spend some money. I spent anywhere from $100 to $480. All my stores brought the product out from the backroom. None of them had it on the display.
In my area, for many of the cashiers, English is their second language. Be sure to show them the Letter of Authorization. After a few stores I highlighted key points to make it easier. Some cashiers called the owner or manager and after speaking with them let me proceed. Let them know you will be buying the product (I highlighted this sentence in the LOA).
If the store is busy be prepared to wait while they assist customers.
You'll need a picture of the cardboard display where the product had been located. The other chips that are not on recall will be on this display, and there should be gaps where they pulled the recalled items.
Depending on how many "a couple of stores" is, have some boxes or containers in your car to keep the products segregated by store. Some stores had product in the unopened boxes which are 10 per box. I just left them unopened. They are easier to pack because the loose items are an unusual shape. Some stores had them in a random cardboard box all lined up neatly. Ask if you can have the box. All gave it to me.
Verify the number of products you are buying. One store had 2 long rows in a box. The cashier counted 2 by 2, ie 2, 4, 6, etc and counted 28 total but it looked like 1 row had more than the other. It ended up being 29, not the 28 she had counted originally. So double check. Loose items I asked for bags and lined them upside inside. (Easier to pull out for packing later).
I labeled the bags and boxes with the store address (1234 Main St), the quantity and 1 of 3, 2 of 3, 3 of 3, so I'd know which were which for shipping, using a black Sharpie. I also wrote on my store list how many items there were and how much I spent. You'll need the total # by store for the paperwork you'll put into the box when shipping.
Once you are all done shopping you'll need to box up for shipment. Maximum box size is 16x16x16 (as Cassie mentioned previously in this thread and they hold about 120 items). I got unmarked boxes from Staples (office supply store) that are perfect. They have lines on the inside so you can cut the box down if it's not full. I did this on all 3 of my boxes since I packed around 90 per box, keeping complete store purchases together. You can use boxes you already have but having the same size was just easier for me.
They will reimburse you for the boxes, packing tape and bubble wrap. I got 100' roll of bubble wrap at Walmart (on a previous project for them) for $20. It's perforated in 12" sections so you just tear off how much you need.
I took my 3 boxes to FedEx (all 3 fit into the back seat of my little Civic) but you can also call for a pickup.
Linda, your feedback was really helpful. I worked with this company years ago and have two stores this week. Your directions were a nice summary!
What is the hourly rate for these shops? Or does it vary by region? There's a whole bunch of them in my area, but I worry that the admin time wouldn't make it worth it especially if the hourly rate is low.
I've done 9 of my first 15.
I'm definitely sticking with the per store rate, even as I drive to locations farther and farther from home. I've had two stores out of my first 9 with no products to return. Took about 4 minutes each. Way easier to take the $20 per and not have to track all the admin stuff. I might think differently after I time how long it takes to get everything packed and ready for FedEx...
So far pricing has been all over the map. My first stop was 70 units, but the tab was only $179. All the rest have been bigger expenditures. Most seemed to be priced at $7.49, but one batch rang up at over $10 per unit. Cool!
The key to really making this thing profitable is the credit cards you use.
Discover is 5% on digital wallet purchases though the end of September. Took me awhile to figure out I need to take my phone out of its mag case with the additional magnet in it for my car mount in order for Apple Pay to work consistently, but I am now dialed in.
Today's stop was 65 units @ $669, and took ten minutes, so $53+ gross with my cash back. I like that hourly rate!
Once I reach the max $75 cash back on my Discover I will switch to my Venmo VISA. It pays 3% on whatever category you use the most each month, so that will be used exclusively for this project moving forward.
I also have a Verizon VISA that pays 4% at gas stations, and I've noticed that all my 7-11 stops have rung up under that category whether they have pumps or not. That card does not pay direct cash back, but I can use it towards my Verizon bill which automatically bills to the card, so the same end result is achieved.
I received my advance for the 15 locations very quickly. Have yet to receive reimbursement, but I'm guessing that is because I have not processed my returns yet. I''ll be wrapping up my first wave tomorrow, and will do the packaging and FedEx stuff on Friday while my car is in the shop. I'll then eagerly look forward to booking my next 15.
Biggest issue as others have mentioned is language barriers. Pretty eye opening. At one store the only employee in the place did not understand the question asking for his last name, much less anything else. He had to call someone else to guide me to where the inventory was stashed. At another the clerk was unable to linguistically process my request to buy 39 units. Luckily a manager was there to step him through the process in their native tongue.
The wildly varying back-of-store conditions have been an eye-opener.
FWIW, I rarely shop at 7-11, and these visits will keep me from stopping there in the future.
Our two local convenience store chains offer bigger, cleaner stores and much more pleasant customer service experiences. One of those, Maverik, just bought the Kum & Go chain from back east. K&G had just started opening out here in Utah (a couple are on my retrieval list). Will be interesting to see if they rebrand them.
I wrapped up the five I was assigned today. It was my first time so I opted for the hourly. It will really boil down to your driving time because the retrieval itself was really quick. I ended up making a little more using hourly, but I made 3 trips since the stores were in 3 different directions, and I tried to keep track of the packing and admin time, which was kind of a pain.
Mine were all at Circle K's and the staff knew I was coming . They had the inventory ready to go, so it was quick and simple.
After I completed them I got an offer for 2 more, but they are in different directions and close to 30 miles away each. IDK, but for me I am super aware that driving expenses are more than gas. Every mile is one mile closer to the next oil change, brakes, tires, major repair, and the car graveyard. With vehicle prices where they are, I feel like I have to protect my asset and not just drive all over the place. Unfortunately neither store is in a direction I would normally go, so they just aren't worth it.
I wish they would show the total availability and allow us to map out routes.