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How to sell candy at your school

Updated on November 21, 2011

Making money as a teenager can be hard, especially when you aren't old enough to get a job. Luckily, there is a way you can make good cash very fast.

When I first started selling candy, I was naïve. I didn't know what I was getting myself into nor how much money I could potentially make. I started selling in 6th grade, and if I started that early, you can too. Now I make around $25 a day and $250 every month; not bad for a teen without a job.

Start small and then begin expanding.

When I first started selling candy, I bought about a 10 dollar box of sour straws, now I buy around $80 dollars worth of candy. This is because as you start selling, there is more demand for product, and you begin to expand by selling different types of candy. I recommend going to costco because that is where i buy my candy, and it is pretty cheap. From costco I make around a 100% profit on my purchases, meaning if i bought $80 dollars worth of candy I make $160. This is not true about all candies though, as some have better deals than others.

Ask the customers what they want

As you begin to start to sell more candy, ask your customers what kind of candy they would want and what they would buy. Usually the opinion of one is the opinion of many and feedback is always good.

Sell in dollars if possible

Most kids carry around dollars in their pocket, so try to refrain making anything that they can't just take out a dollar and buy, such as something that is 75 cents, try to round it to either a dollar or 50 cents, so that they could buy one or two, respectively. This would also be much easier for you, so that you don't have to keep spare change lying around all the time.

Keep track of the leftover candy

Record the candy that is left at the end of the day. Chances are that this the kind of candy that the kids usually don't want,so try to refrain from buying those if it continues, or at least keep it to a minimum. This lets you use your money to buy what they want rather than what they don't want.

Buy in Variety

Try buying variety packs with multiple types of candy. They are usually cheaper and for the same price, give your customers more variety in what they can buy.

Make yourself known

Just because you bring a big bag of candy to school doesn't mean kids are automatically going to start rushing in. You have to ask people, people you may or may not even know, chances are along the way you will make some daily customers, furthering your profit. Tell your friends to tell their friends, and the word will quickly spread.

Keep it cool

Make sure the candy never melts, that is one of the worst turn offs for buyers. Make sure you have an ice pack in there, ensuring them that you have cold, quality candy for sale. Try to buy something insulated to keep the candy as cool as possible.

Plan in advance

Make sure you have all your candy ready the night before you go to school. This saves time in the morning as well as making sure that you don't accidentally forget something.


The most important thing to do is to not give up. Even if you are not making as much money as you hoped, it will progressively become better. Don't feel down that you didn't make as much, but don't be overly confident either, you never know when unknown elements will be applied. For instance, people at my school started "Dieting" and I also got banned on the school bus from selling candy. This severely dropped my sales, but I worked even harder and am still making the same, if not more money than I used to.

The Costco I go to to buy my supply

A markerCostco -
6100 Sepulveda Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91411, USA
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A good Costco with a variety of candy

What kind of candy does your school like the most?

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      butt salad 18 months ago

      wow thx ill try

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      Mahi 3 years ago

      This is very good some of the things i have done but one thing that i like the most is about the variety pack but thanks this is useful ill keep this in mind,also you should add a section about not getting caught because i have been down that rode plenty of times.


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      Anonymous 4 years ago

      Here, tell your buyers from different schools, you buy from me for [cash number] you can sell then for more then what I am selling and make a larger profit.

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      Anthony 4 years ago

      Thx it really helped me and my friend take this far well sell up to sour straws to soda.

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      Jessica 4 years ago

      OMG! I am rich ya ladies!

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      Mary E. 4 years ago

      Hi. I tried selling candy at my school, but it is not permitted on the school premises, and even on the school bus! So how do I sell? I am thinking of listing my candies on my website, and encouraging my peers to visit and place their orders. However, how do I get paid, and how do I deliver the candy to the students without the added problem and cost of shipping? Help!!!!!!!!!!

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      stranger 5 years ago

      wow this was a great way of selling. there was this girl in middle school who tried selling candy but she got caught

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      Daniel 5 years ago

      Epic I made £4500 in just 2 years. :)

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      maiya 5 years ago

      I just read this and I'm

      ready to get my sell on

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      joe10 5 years ago

      at my school everyone likes starburst, penut m&ms, ang kit kat

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      danmit 5 years ago from Moscow, Russia

      This is a really unique idea for an article. The tips can be applied to anyone in sales. Keep up the good writing!

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      Ladybird33 6 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Very good tips! Creative as well.

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      Alex 6 years ago

      Very detailed article. Good job Jason

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      Keith Matyi 6 years ago from Denton, TX

      Wow! My son was punished for selling candy at school. As parents we never knew what an entrepeneur he reall was. All I could think of is Michael J. Fox on his TV show. I laughed when the principal decided he should be suspended. As it all came out, the punishment was that he couldn't sell candy at school anymore. That didn't deter him as he always had dollar bills laying on the dresser at the age of 12. Good article!

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      sam-eg 6 years ago from Happy Land

      Wow great hub , that's the talk of a good sales man , you do all the tricks, ice breaking , finding the need and the after sale , excellent informations well done with this hub ... Voted up for sure

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      Galena 6 years ago

      Great article!! Very detailed and informative..I think many teenagers can learn from Taking initiative like you.

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      nastia 6 years ago

      This is really good!!!!