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celestialspore



Joined: 27 Jul 2010
Posts: 26
Location: Aberdeenshire
PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 11 11:23 am    Post subject: roadside honesty box - worth the hassle? Reply with quote
    

Does anybody have any experience with a small stall selling things with an honesty box at the side of the road?

Are they worth it, are people generally honest, and what did you sell?

I have been thinking about trying to sell cut flowers, but not sure if it would be worth it?

Bebo



Joined: 21 May 2007
Posts: 12584
Location: East Sussex
PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 11 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Yup. Eggs, plants, cut flowers (sweet peas mostly), homegrown fruit and veg and logs. Mostly honest but you get the odd one or two. Just don't out too much out at once and empty the box fairly regularly and you minimise the risk.

chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
Posts: 35931
Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 11 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Eggs, it's working fine so far on the basis Bebo's described.

chicken feed



Joined: 27 Aug 2009
Posts: 2677

PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 11 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

i use a honesty box for the eggs works well here

perlogalism



Joined: 27 Nov 2009
Posts: 440
Location: Near Welshpool
PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 11 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Fine for Eggs and Strawberry plants. We've found the odd foreign coin but no money has been taken as far as we know.

I guess it very much depends where you live: An honesty box wouldn't have lasted 5 minutes back in London

bagpuss



Joined: 09 Dec 2004
Posts: 10507
Location: cambridge
PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 11 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

An interesting psychological tip for an honesty box, associate it with a picture with eyes on it, say a photo of you or a cartoon person or something similar and apparently it improves peoples rate of honesty as they think they are being watched

Becki



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 6293
Location: Devon
PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 11 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I have a honesty box for eggs outside my house. Every now and then some get stolen, or the money does if I havn't picked it up quick enough.
I figure if they're sad enough to steal a box of eggs, they must need it more than I do.

derbyshiredowser



Joined: 11 Feb 2007
Posts: 974
Location: derbyshire
PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 11 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

bagpuss wrote:
An interesting psychological tip for an honesty box, associate it with a picture with eyes on it, say a photo of you or a cartoon person or something similar and apparently it improves peoples rate of honesty as they think they are being watched


Round here they would nick the photograph as well

kirstyfern



Joined: 03 Jan 2010
Posts: 1574
Location: Great Dunmow, Essex
PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 11 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Becki wrote:
I have a honesty box for eggs outside my house. Every now and then some get stolen, or the money does if I havn't picked it up quick enough.
I figure if they're sad enough to steal a box of eggs, they must need it more than I do.


Ditto - nothing for ages then 5 boxes of eggs disappeared friday night

Ecocentric



Joined: 14 May 2009
Posts: 93
Location: Western foothills of the Cambrians
PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 11 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Our local Farm Kiosk has had their cash box stolen a couple of times which is seen as unusual in this area. The last time, in 2009, there was a wonderful comment put on the explanatory note - "It must have been a passing MP".. They now have a biscuit tin for small change and a bolted down cash box with a slot for notes and 1 & 2 coins - seems to have worked so far.. A dummy (or working) cctv camera could well be effective..IMHO..

tarabella



Joined: 04 Nov 2009
Posts: 141
Location: Southam, Warwickshire
PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 11 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We sell eggs at the gate with an honesty box and we've had no problems so far

Bodger



Joined: 23 May 2006
Posts: 13512

PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 11 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

It obviously depends on the area that you live in, but having said that, it only takes one thieving scrote to ruin things.

I went for a walk down the back lanes near us yesterday and a lady has a little alcove in here stone wall where she sells her eggs. It looked a little like the shrines that you see on the continent, it looked lovely and was surrounded by honeysuckle. I was also comforted to see that she was selling her eggs at the same price that I do and that I'm in a much better selling position than she is.

davidtorbitt



Joined: 17 Apr 2011
Posts: 67
Location: Bedford
PostPosted: Thu May 05, 11 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We had one to sell our surplus eggs WITH an explanation that all proceeds would go to Help For Heros.

First the eggs were stolen, then the money, and wait for it, wait for it... somebody wrecked our honesty box itself... presumably because there was no money or eggs in it...

Don't come and live in Bedford, it's not a very nice place....

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