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  • in reply to: What are your 12 best selling flavors? #12848
    Aaron Rupp
    Keymaster

    Debi,

    Thank you for your comment. On our flavor page, when you get into the size options you can see our top sellers ranked from 1-50. Click here to go there and then scroll down until you see that list. https://snowie.com/product/flavor-concentrate-pint/

    Also, above that category on the same page, you will see another area that says “Flavors available in concentrate” each flavor that has an out of ordinary name has the contents listed with it like, “Rock & Roll (Red Raspberry, Fruit Punch)”

    Hope this helps.

    in reply to: Express Van Version #11834
    Aaron Rupp
    Keymaster

    The vans that we purchase are the 2500. Really, they are all the same body style, so we could build on any of them. The 1500 will not have adequate suspension, whereas the 3500 will be overkill.

    Hope this helps,

    – Aaron

    in reply to: Does a truck make more sense than retail space? #11833
    Aaron Rupp
    Keymaster

    Floyd,

    You make some great observations and points. A Shaved Ice Truck like the Snowie Bus gives you a steeper entry. You do have some advantages with it as you have mentioned. In the case of our Bus, it is extremely mobile, it is extra eye-catching, it can be a foot in to events that you could not get before just out of it being so unique, etc. When I say extremely mobile, it is interesting when you have multiple stands, how often you will default to the bus because it is self contained and done. It really is not that much more work to take a kiosk to an event, but if you had all of your stands sitting there and someone asked you to do a quick event, my guess is you would default to the bus.

    The Bus also allows you to tackle different markets that you cannot with a stand. Even if you have a kiosk, you cannot really drive around like an ice cream truck and do business that way. It would actually be possible, but the state and the health department will not let you do it. In the same breath, there are many markets that you cannot do business with using the bus, requiring a cart or kiosk instead. For instance, I mostly do arenas, and there is no way they are going to let you drive a bus into an arena, so carts are a perfect option for that market.

    Expenses are hard to gauge and compare because you could have a location that has extremely high rent, or you could run your bus in an area that requires excess driving. These scenarios could go to the complete opposite side of the spectrum as well.

    When you are always mobile, you will usually make a greater profit in a shorter amount of time, but that does not mean that is always consistent. For instance, if you had an event that made you $3000, well that is a good event, but if that is the only thing you do all year, that doesn’t do much for your livelihood. Whereas, at a permanent location you should have constant, residual income that can make good money consistently. We always tell people, that with an average rent, which is right around $400/mo you should be making at least $350 per day or you should consider moving. If you were making at least that, it would take you 8 1/2 days to make the same money you did at your event. Your event also took a percent or a fee to be there. that could be anywhere from $150 – $900. Remember though, you did that $3000 in one day. If you are able to schedule yourself pretty solid then that could end up being incredible money for you.

    Although we have more people than ever starting their shaved ice business using the Bus, I will still say that the majority of our customers will purchase a building, set it up and collect that more gradual consistent income. The next year, they will either purchase another building and setup another location, or they will purchase a kiosk or bus to travel and do events, schools, etc. They should have paid their building off within the first summer, so they can use that money to help pay down their new equipment also.

    In a nutshell, that is a question that can only really be answered by you. That is why we make so many different types of stands and shaved ice equipment, because there is always a unique market for it. Really, you need to decide what kind of market you want to chase and be in and go with that. I hope this helps, please follow it up with additional questions if I did not answer you completely.

    You also brought up quality. Really, your permanent location isn’t so much about quality as it is about choice. The quality of your shaved ice should be the same whether you are mobile or not. In a stationary location you want to be able to give your customers more options to bring them back. For instance, you will offer multiple toppings, add-ons, and 80 flavors, whereas at an event, you will usually only offer 6-10 flavors. This moves the crowd nicely, and still gives them variety. You can still offer those other options in a mobile scenario, but they tend to slow your line. At a stationary location, you want a line.

    As you can tell, I could keep going back and forth on this all day. The truth is that most people do both. There are advantages to both. You just need to decide where you want to start.

    Hope this helps,

    – Aaron

    in reply to: Dropbox site #11832
    Aaron Rupp
    Keymaster

    They are all on drop box. Have you signed a trademark agreement with us? If you sign a trademark agreement and you are using our name, then we can get you the link to those files.

    Aaron Rupp
    Keymaster

    You know, I am unsure about distilled. I will tell you that most professional Ice Block manufacturers are using a filter and a water softener or Reverse Osmosis.

    I have seen very little discussion about distilled water when making block ice but I am looking into it further.

    in reply to: #10484
    Aaron Rupp
    Keymaster

    Robbie,

    I hope that your issue was already resolved. I want to take a moment and answer this anyway. The colder your ice is, the more powdery your snow will be. If it is shaving very slow, then that is a sign of your blade going bad. My guess is that if you tempered your ice a bit after you pull it from your freezer, it should be closer to what the larger ice shavers produce.

    Now, your 1000 and 3000 Ice Shavers will put out more snow at one time, so the texture changes that way as well. The little snowie is not gathering snow before it shoots out, it is falling out of the shaver as it shaves. This makes for a lighter product and might be the difference you are noticing.

    There were no significant changes to the shavers since 2003. However, I will tell you that this next year is going to bring some big changes in that area.

    Please keep in touch and I will be better at monitoring our Forums.

    Thank you for your time,

    – Aaron

    in reply to: #10483
    Aaron Rupp
    Keymaster

    Doug,

    I apologize for the delay here as well as our other messaging. Normally our other forms of contact have been spot on, but we had items going to an unknown junk location that caused us to miss a lot of inquiries. This is fixed now, and every inquiry now gets assigned a ticket to make sure it is resolved to the fullest. I am very sorry for that frustration.

    We do have a 12 Volt blower that goes on the little satellite cart, but not for the kiosk. The 12 volt version is quite small and is probably not what you are looking for. Please let me know if you feel differently and I will shoot that information to you.

    Winter products have always varied. We have many people that do many different products. Some of these items are as follows: Hot Chocolate, Coffee, Soup, Hot Dogs, Waffles, and Crepes. I am sure there are more, but I am blanking at the moment. We have also had people just sell convenience store type items, like pre-packaged items like candy bars, candy, wrapped muffins, doughnuts, and even soda has become quite popular as a winter item as well as summer.

    Please let me know if you have any additional questions,

    – Aaron

    in reply to: 12' Kiosk #10479
    Aaron Rupp
    Keymaster

    Hey Jim,

    That is correct. It is a 2″ Ball.

    – Aaron

    in reply to: #10478
    Aaron Rupp
    Keymaster

    Michael,

    Once again, I hope that you were able to voice this to our shipping department a while back. I am sorry, but I was not notified that people had submitted content. Hopefully we now have a fix in place for that.

    We will be happy to ship to you via USPS. I will speak with our web guy to see if we can automate that on our site. However, if you place your orders over the phone, be sure to remind them that you would like your packages sent via the USPS.

    Thank you for your question,

    – Aaron

    Aaron Rupp
    Keymaster

    Hughgous,

    Thank you for your question. We should be notified and have tickets created each time someone submits here now, so they will not go unseen. I am sorry for the delay.

    To answer question, the paddles are normally that far off your blade. You should see if you put your old blade in place, it should be similar. It will still shave the ice. Are you actually experiencing the blade not shaving or are you just curious about the space?

    If your ice is not shaving, then something else has most likely occurred. I would be happy to speak with you or have one of our techs help you out if you are still having issues.

    You submitted this question back in June, so I am assuming you called and got your issue resolved right away. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

    – Aaron

    in reply to: Ice Temperature #10476
    Aaron Rupp
    Keymaster

    Well, they have thermometers that you can place within your freezer. If you have a freezer, you usually have the ability to set the temp.

    However, when you go to events, and you carry your ice in coolers, there is not a whole lot you can do.

    One thing that we do is purchase dry ice coolers. They are not powered, but they are very large and have 4″ thick insulated walls. This keeps the ice quite cold. You can also drop in a bag of dry ice as well and that will help keep your ice in a cooler state.

    Hope this helps. Very sorry for the delay. We have just setup a new system that should notify us and create a ticket when someone submits an entry.

    Thanks for your question,

    – Aaron

    in reply to: Ideal Ice Block Size for Block Shaver #8356
    Aaron Rupp
    Keymaster

    Although the Block Ice Shaver can handle blocks that are larger, the ideal size is 6″x6″x12″

    in reply to: Ice Temperature #8355
    Aaron Rupp
    Keymaster

    Your Ice is best at 18 – 20 Degrees.

    in reply to: #8091
    Aaron Rupp
    Keymaster

    jbreinbauer,

    I hope that you were able to make a phone call on this and get it answered faster than my reply. I saw my name on the main list, which made me think I was the last to post. I am not sure why it showed like that. Please let me know if you got this resolved and if I can help with any other questions.

    Very sorry for the delay,

    – Aaron

    in reply to: #8090
    Aaron Rupp
    Keymaster

    Mike,

    I am apologizing to everyone for my delay. I have not been receiving notifications that people have been asking questions. I need to make it a habit to check the forum every morning.

    Your question cannot really be answered directly because it depends on every location. Walmart, for instance, will charge a flat fee and/or a percentage. Usually it is a flat fee or a percent, whichever is higher. That way they get their base fee if you are not doing fantastic, but if you are doing great, it is a benefit to them as well, because their share increases as well. Does this make sense?

    Most of the store locations I pitch, I will start out at about $350 flat fee per month and then negotiate from there. Venues and events will usually have their own pricing structure and you just have to fall within whatever it is that they are asking. But with storefronts, you can usually negotiate.

    Again, I am sorry for the delay. I will watch this forum hard from this point forward.

    Thank you for your question, and please let me know if you have any further questions,

    – Aaron

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