The other day, another raw potato and I went door to door selling the SG50 t-shirts to help raise funds for our concert. It was the most tedious and depressing work I have ever done.
Door to door selling is hard. You feel unwelcomed and a burden to the person you are trying to sell to. They don’t want you there and you feel nervous because you have to talk to total strangers. It’s physically draining because you have to walk up stairs and from door to door in the heat of Singapore. Most doors were locked and there were no answers because the owners were at work. The majority of the other flats were in habituated by old folks. Most were quite kind and said that their children or grandchildren were too old for the t-shirts we were selling and that they would buy it otherwise. The others just said no thank you and shut the door. I must conclude that we had it quite easy; no one was exceptionally rude.
It would have been easier if the t-shirts had more sizes. We would have definitely sold more if there were adult sizes as well as the sizes we were given. Many friends of my mother said they would buy one is they had one in their size which we don’t.
I can say that this was an unsuccessful way of selling for us. For this type of sales you need to use things like food (biscuits, crisps, sweets, chips etc.). Things that would appeal to everyone. We have tried other types of marketing that have been more effective.
Social media doesn’t work very well. We plastered the t-shirt all over the Singapore Home School Yahoo forum and only sold 6 shirts. I sold none myself by putting it up on my Instagram and neither did another raw potato.
The way that worked best was actually personal contacts. I went through my mums contact book and messaged everyone who had kids telling them about the t-shirts and we sold 16 t-shirts. 80% of all the people we asked bought a t-shirt.
In total we sold 5 shirts that afternoon; they were all sold to people we knew personally. Door to door selling does not work very well for this type of products and is definitely not something I would not like to do when I am older as a job. ~S Potato