paul wheaton wrote:comment on the video from a person on youtube:
A local potter in Spring City Utah does this with all of his pottery. One weekend he went on a trip and he forgot to close up shop. When he came back, almost every piece in his entire shop had been taken (several months to a year worth of work). When he went to the back of his shop and found his money pot was literally overflowing with cash. Not one piece was unpaid for.
Turns out a tourist bus came by the shop and they snatched up everything.
Good to know there are decent people in the world.
There are FAAAAR MORE "decent people" in the world than we give credit for. I think the rise of "Yellow Journalism" helped to popularize the all-too-real tendency to fixate on negative reports. Research has determined that Headlines touting "Dark Storm Clouds predict Record Rains" and "Area Crime Increases 14%" are far more likely to garner readers than headlines of "Blue Skys forecast for the weekend" or "Local Farms welcome 137 new Colts, Calves and Llamas to their fields."
Good Luck to ALL Roadside Marketeers!
I AM a Warrior in whom
the ways of the Olde
enhance the ways of the New
also the effectiveness of your honor farm stand will depend a lot on your customer base for instance if you market to the general public through signs and such you may expect more thievery (though i still doubt you would see a huge amount) whereas if you market via word of mouth through family, friends and particularly churches you will be much less likely to experience thievery and any that happens will likely be very minimal, especially if that church has a large part of its beliefs based on honesty, like most christian churchs ought to have
i also really like the idea of placing an order via email, that is a genious way to treat regular customers well, you could then type each individual order out with a name and print the name, so that each customer had their order labeled for them, though i would still have an area available for people who may just be stopping by to see what your stand is all about
and last but not least, the more items you offer for sale the more stable of a business you may be able to offer, if in an area with people that are more likely to steal, such as the high meth addict area, you could possibly put in a vending machine after your business is going well so that these items cannot simply be grabbed...
Just making a fresh post to bring more life into this topic.
It's nice to know that there are still good souls and one can run an honor stand. And that an honor stand still works. Here the closest we have are a few baby food jars to put your money in for the local weekly paper that's displayed in a stack... and overall people are good about it and rooting for a quarter if you put in a dollar (75c an issue) is common.
You don't hear too much about the honor system. I guess that's because the sort of people you find vary greatly from region to region.
And on top of that, it takes a huge amount of faith in humanity to set up a stand with the honor system, which limits the numbers we can look at of how often it works.
That said, there is a guy who sells hay out of his barn by the honor system, near me. So it's still alive and well and I'm happy to see that there are a lot of decent people around here.
Location: Cache Valley, zone 4b, Irrigated, 9" rain in badlands.
posted 2 years ago
The way that I look at the honor system on my farm, is that if any money at all shows up in the kitty, then I am ahead. Because the fruits and vegetables I put on it are not going to last until the next farmer's market anyway, so if they get taken without payment, then I'm just missing a little bit of compost. I've never had a problem. I can leave vegetables, and a jar to put cash in. Works out fine.