I need an outside opinion
Here's a what would you do question:
I have a small game trailer that I take to street fairs, and festivals on the weekends. It had only one attraction inside the trailer and it does well. I added a 2nd small game in trailer hitch area that doesn't compete with the main game.
My 2nd game is geared towards a different age group and I call it my $65 dollar Duck Pond. Small plastic swimming pool set atop a base of hay bales. It does about 30% of the sales, and I know it can do better. I will admit I'm torn over whether this 2nd game is crappy looking. I say charming, but others may say redneckish.
I came up with two ideas to increase sales:
1. There is a professional duck pond unit that costs almost $700. (Carnie worker with teeth are extra).
- I wouldn't make fun of my $65 duck pond
- Sets up in 50% less time
- Stands taller and maybe more visible
- Dare I say its lacking serious character?
- $700 at the start of the season adds to the big deficit.
2. The other Idea I had was to buy better prizes and keep the $65 duck pond.
Current prizes costs 20%, I could move it up to 35% for a name brand product.
- Kids identify with name brand and beg mommy & daddy for it
- Quality prize for less than quality game?
- Cost is too high
- Two types of kids - one that need the name brand and other that like the cheaper but more unique prizes. Adults like the unique prizes too and buy them outright. (I've sold more inflatable monkeys to adult women that I'd like to admit)
The answer may be clearly written out, but I need some help.
So do I drop $700 on this less than charming, cookie cutter duck pond and keep going with the womanizing monkeys; or do I keep hay bale scrappy pond but get more respectable and trendy monkeys?