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Cash Mob in Toledo

In case your interested:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Toledo-Cash-Mob/371505439527558?sk=wall
There is a site started on Facebook to attempt to put together a Cash Mob in Toledo.

Why a cash mob?
http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/14/10400367-cash-mobs-flash-mobs-go-to-bat-for-small-local-businesses

created by tlm0000 on Feb 20, 2012 at 03:28:16 pm     Business     Comments: 49

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I love the beach in the Toledo picture on the Facebook page. haha so fake.

posted by BusterBluth on Feb 20, 2012 at 03:50:56 pm     #  

If only the picture were real. :)

However, that is a really cool idea. Definitely something that can help local businesses. That might be a bit slow.

posted by JustaSooner on Feb 20, 2012 at 08:25:18 pm     #  

Last week, viola suggested a place to mob.

posted by jr on Feb 20, 2012 at 09:34:55 pm     #  

not a good idea to mob that place

posted by upso on Feb 20, 2012 at 09:45:12 pm     #  

cash mob at the westwood adult store, yeah. Bring quarters please.

posted by hockeyfan on Feb 20, 2012 at 10:05:38 pm     #  

Bump... They have decided to do Toledo Meats and More & The Beer and Wine Cave. It's a great idea to hit adjoining local businesses! Mark your calendars March 10th from 12-4 for the first Toledo Cash Mob!!

posted by smbfc on Feb 27, 2012 at 09:03:05 pm     #  

They did a cash mob a few weeks ago at Fleeger's Hardware.

posted by slowsol on Feb 27, 2012 at 09:08:43 pm     #  

Too bad about Fleeger's. I always liked the folks there. Does anyone know if the cash mob had any effect on their decision to close?

posted by MoreThanRhetoric on Feb 27, 2012 at 09:19:38 pm     #  

That does little good when they are already going out of business - Fleegers that is.

posted by Molsonator on Feb 27, 2012 at 09:19:58 pm     #   1 person liked this

This is such a bad idea all the way around. If I was a business owner and a "mob" started to come towards the store I would call the police.
Second, a cash mob is going to through inventory way off. If the mob buys stupid little items and then the store stocks more than needed because they are unaware of the mob, now they have a bunch of crap that doesn't sell.
I say forget the mob and just spend what's in your budget. Who the heck has money sitting around waiting to told by some idiot about a "Cash mob"?

posted by hockeyfan on Feb 27, 2012 at 09:50:53 pm     #  

hockeyfan, if you read the Facebook page, you would see that the chosen location knows this is happening. The business agreed to participate. It seems the business helped in choosing a date. If the business owner had your concerns, the owner could have chosen not to participate.

"We will not do any mobs without prior notice to the store owner ..."

"We got the ok for our first mob, I just have to give him a call."

"Ok I've been talking with the intended location and we're thinking not this Saturday but next, which would be Sat. the 10th. I told him I would check with you all, give mea 4 hour window, not evening."

posted by jr on Feb 27, 2012 at 10:27:40 pm     #  

also, HF, not everyone shows up at the same time, this is not Improv Everywhere. it's a 4 hour window, so you show up if and when you can within that window and buy something from them that you may have already needed instead of heading to big box store. It's just a concentrated effort to give a small guy a bosst and for the consumer to find a new local business you didn't know about to return to in the future. calm down, lol. <3

posted by nana on Feb 28, 2012 at 12:33:41 pm     #  

bosst+boost, we need an edit button, jr! :)

posted by nana on Feb 28, 2012 at 12:34:18 pm     #  

Sorry, nana, but no edit capabilities will ever exist for comments. Allowing comment-editing could lead to wacky things, including disjointed threads. The solution is simple. We have to hit the "preview" button and proofread. Besides, misspelled words are no big deal, in my opinion. This is not a document for peer review. I knew what you meant with "bosst" based upon its context. People who get easily offended from reading a few grammar or spelling errors can simply move on.

"Let that which does not matter truly slide." - Fight Club

posted by jr on Feb 28, 2012 at 12:51:50 pm     #  

oh, ok, what a great idea then, NOT.

posted by hockeyfan on Feb 28, 2012 at 01:00:39 pm     #  

1993 just called.. they want their "NOT" back.

posted by wahhutch9 on Feb 28, 2012 at 01:49:48 pm     #   5 people liked this

hockeyfan posted at 08:50:53 PM on Feb 27, 2012:

This is such a bad idea all the way around. If I was a business owner and a "mob" started to come towards the store I would call the police.
Second, a cash mob is going to through inventory way off. If the mob buys stupid little items and then the store stocks more than needed because they are unaware of the mob, now they have a bunch of crap that doesn't sell.

I say forget the mob and just spend what's in your budget. Who the heck has money sitting around waiting to told by some idiot about a "Cash mob"?

LOL

posted by slowsol on Feb 28, 2012 at 02:03:45 pm     #   5 people liked this

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't a cash mob basically just a group of people who plan a date/time frame to go spend money at a local business?

Why would anyone think that is a bad thing? Especially if they inform the business owner in advance.

Is it the word "mob" in the label? If we called it "coordinated effort to patronize XYZ business," would that be more satisfactory?

posted by mom2 on Feb 28, 2012 at 02:27:13 pm     #   2 people liked this

First, who is this "mob" and where did they get all this spare cash to just sit and wait til they are given the instructions to "move in"?
It can't be a big sume of money, or a real big group of people can it? What would be the purpose of keeping a handful of money on "standby" just waiting to be told where to spend it?
Hey, if it gives you a sense of helping, go for it.

posted by hockeyfan on Feb 28, 2012 at 05:19:02 pm     #  

LOL, ok, HF, go on ahead and keep misunderstanding, that's your right and your privilege. For myself, I think it's an interesting thing, and I'm going to participate to see what it's like, but I do have reservations about giving what might be a borderline business hope and then not following thru with an increase in it's customer base for the long term. We go out to new restaurants all the time, thanks to Groupon, but in only one case over the last year have we gone back on our own with no discounts, and that was to Deet's, so not sure how good those Groupons have been for the other eateries. But that's another thread. :)

posted by nana on Feb 28, 2012 at 05:33:47 pm     #   1 person liked this

nana: deets bbq ribs... stomach grumbles.

posted by INeedCoffee on Feb 28, 2012 at 05:43:02 pm     #   1 person liked this

Cash mob notice-I have a ton of pet rocks to sell. Swarm, Swarm, Swarm,..........yeah, this is fun, you are right.

posted by hockeyfan on Feb 28, 2012 at 06:51:11 pm     #  

by the way, I am starting a "flash mob" starring that homeless guy who was showing his "wang" under the bridge by secor.
The "Flash mob" will be following the "Cash Mob" schedule and locations. Spend some cash and get an eyeful of what no one wants to see.

posted by hockeyfan on Feb 28, 2012 at 06:56:47 pm     #   1 person liked this

Here's another idea. (This one actually makes some sense) Instead of a "cash mob", why don't these people put together a "Safety Mob". This is where they show up and not only escort people to their cars, but monitor the entire place for crime. Not to get involved physically, but with cameras, 911 calls, etc.

posted by hockeyfan on Feb 29, 2012 at 12:08:29 pm     #  

Ever hear of guardian angels?

posted by steve155 on Feb 29, 2012 at 12:48:47 pm     #  

hockeyfan posted at 11:08:29 AM on Feb 29, 2012:

Here's another idea. (This one actually makes some sense) Instead of a "cash mob", why don't these people put together a "Safety Mob". This is where they show up and not only escort people to their cars, but monitor the entire place for crime. Not to get involved physically, but with cameras, 911 calls, etc.

What's stopping you from acting on your safety idea? And why can't your idea and the cash mob idea exist? Why can't you simply ignore the cash mob idea? Hate to break it to you, hockeyfan, but the cash mob idea will continue, regardless of what you think. So do something useful like go to the library or bookstore and yell at every book you dislike.

posted by jr on Feb 29, 2012 at 12:53:47 pm     #   11 people liked this

I'm not gonna "toot" my own horn, but I feel that I already do a "safety patrol". I have no problem stopping while out driving and getting involved or reporting a crime.

posted by hockeyfan on Feb 29, 2012 at 07:37:52 pm     #  

Give it 6 months, if even that long, and you'll never hear of a cash mob.

posted by hockeyfan on Feb 29, 2012 at 07:39:53 pm     #  

hockeyfan posted at 06:39:53 PM on Feb 29, 2012:

Give it 6 months, if even that long, and you'll never hear of a cash mob.

So what? If it does end after next week or after this summer, is your life so wrecked that the ending of the cash mob will bring you happiness? This is not a government program, but for some whacked reason, you seem burdened by this cash mob idea. Do you need a hug from Ryan?

It's not a news flash that most humans are a social species that enjoys meeting with others for all kinds of communal reasons. How many clubs or organizations exist in this area that meet weekly or monthly or a few times a year? To me, the cash mob idea could be viewed as an informal, offline shopping "club" attended by people who like to socialize with others who share a common idea. I fail to see the problem with that, especially when the business owner has agreed to participate.

posted by jr on Feb 29, 2012 at 08:18:19 pm     #   1 person liked this

All I'm saying is that I don't get it.
I don't understand who has this "spare" money lying around that can be wasted on a whim when told to do so by another. I also don't get what it's supposed to accomplish.
It's not like the mob is a group of billionaires with an extra million dollars sitting around deciding who to give it to in order to improve our area.
A volunteer working part to clean an area of the city I can understand. A blood drive to get people to donate blood when there is a shortage, I can understand. I fundraiser bake sale to raise money for a family or person in need I can understand.
I cash mob's purpose is eluding me. Maybe the mere exposure of the business being mobbed will be like free advertising.
Whatever the purpose or reason, if it floats your boat, then sail brother, sail.

posted by hockeyfan on Feb 29, 2012 at 11:20:41 pm     #  

All I'm saying is that I don't get it.

just leave it at that.

posted by upso on Feb 29, 2012 at 11:26:19 pm     #   6 people liked this

Mar 6, 2012 Toledo Blade story titled Community asked to 'mob' 2 local stores

I did not realize two "mobs" existed, and the Art Supply Depo was added to this Saturday's list. I dropped 30 clams at this store today. I solo-mob that store every month. It's a good store to shop.

From the Blade story:

Two local pro-Toledo groups plan to stage “cash mob” events at a pair of locally owned stores that day, asking people to show support for area businesses by visiting the designated places and making a purchase.

The group [Toledo Choose Local] has selected Art Supply Depo, an art supplies store at 29 S. St. Clair St. as its “cash mob” target, directing Toledo Choose Local members to patronize the store from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

A second group, Toledo Cash Mob, organized by Toledo blogger and Web site designer Erin Kathleen O’Bryan, has put the word out to support Meats and More & The Beer and Wine Cave, at 4400 Heatherdowns Blvd. from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Neither Jules Webster, co-owner of Art Supply Depo, nor Tom Machoukas, owner of Meats and More, are sure what will happen Saturday. Both say they have scheduled extra help for their businesses between noon and 4 p.m. just in case a “mob” shows up.

“There’s never been anything like this in Toledo so we don’t know what to expect. After we got picked I looked at videos online of cash mobs. I’ve never seen anything like it,” Ms. Webster said. “I think this is absolutely positive, and even if someone doesn’t have an opportunity to make it down to our store, the extra exposure this will bring is valuable.

Mr. Machoukas said the event “is a good idea for small-business people. We’re small and we’ve got to battle the big boys every day.”


Toledo Cash Mob Facebook posting :

Someone made a great suggestion today. After the cash mob, I'll be heading to Pho Viet Nam on Upton for some delicious Vietnamese food, pho, bánh mì sandwiches. They also have awesome soul food (fried chicken, mac-n-cheese, candied yams, etc.

posted by jr on Mar 07, 2012 at 09:00:24 pm     #   2 people liked this

Thanks for keeping the post active! It's this Saturday. :)

posted by tlm0000 on Mar 08, 2012 at 12:04:26 pm     #  

Poll at http://www.facebook.com/toledocashmob to determine next location:

  • Calvino's Restaurant and Wine Bar
  • Original Sub Shop
  • Rhodes' garden fresh

Back on March 10, Toledo had two cash mobs. Recently, I asked one of the owners of the Art Supply Depo how their cash mob went. The store received 10 times the average number of customers. The store owners counted on friends to help handle the customers. A long checkout line wound through the store. It was the store's biggest sales day, since it opened last summer. For many customers, it was their first visit. Some signed up for art classes. The owner seemed pleased.

posted by jr on Apr 07, 2012 at 09:00:51 pm     #  

This idea still sounds like a win win for the most part, your just selecting which local establishment a lot of folks are going to go and make purchases that your would normal wait and get somewhere else eventually. I only hope that the notified stores don't jack up their prices to take advantage of the temporary increased customer base.

posted by Linecrosser on Apr 07, 2012 at 09:23:36 pm     #  

I guess the biggest thing is that businesses get some exposure without having to spend on advertising. Good deal for them. People do come out and boost sales. Good for them also.
I hope it continues and doesn't get ruined by outside influences.
I know I was on here previously not catching the entire idea of why people would follow this "plan" and come up with money to spend at stores they wouldn't go to otherwise. But, I guess that's just it. Free exposure and advertising, plus some boost in sales.
I'm convinced. Good idea if it stays as is now.

posted by hockeyfan on Apr 07, 2012 at 09:54:35 pm     #   2 people liked this

Jr! Someone has hacked hockeyfans account!!! ;)

posted by upso on Apr 07, 2012 at 10:16:49 pm     #   2 people liked this

not really. I just didn't get it at all before. I couldn't get past the idea of why a group of people might be just sitting by their computer with a handful of money waiting for instructions on where to spend it.
I'll admit it, I was wrong.

posted by hockeyfan on Apr 08, 2012 at 12:31:23 am     #   2 people liked this

Happy Easter Hockeyfan.

posted by Molsonator on Apr 08, 2012 at 07:49:14 am     #  

Thank You. Best to you and yours.

posted by hockeyfan on Apr 08, 2012 at 01:51:58 pm     #   1 person liked this

Happy Easter Hockeyfan.

posted by upso on Apr 08, 2012 at 09:27:15 pm     #  

awe, thanks and return to you too.

posted by hockeyfan on Apr 08, 2012 at 09:56:00 pm     #   1 person liked this

About page at Crazy Prices:

Crazy Prices is a liquidation outlet store that gives all of the profit away.

Crazy Prices was started in 2008 as a way to generate income for non-profit organizations. We specialize in liquidated, brand-name merchandise that we can then sell to customers at ridiculous prices. Yes, we actually give all the profit away. Yes, we are crazy.

Our goal is to be the store where community-minded shoppers go to shop, provide good jobs, good stuff at great prices, and donate all of the profits to area non-profit groups.

posted by jr on Feb 20, 2013 at 06:32:07 pm     #  

weird. i have never heard of this place

posted by upso on Feb 20, 2013 at 06:37:45 pm     #  

I stop over there every few weeks. They have slightly damaged or re-boxed items as well as liquidated and overstocked items that places couldn't sell. I got a funky shirt for a party over there as well as a tie for my son's dance. Really a hit or miss place when you are looking for something, but the discounts are so big its worth checking there first.

posted by Molsonator on Feb 20, 2013 at 07:59:48 pm     #  

I believe the owner owns Century Marketing or Daymark (down in BG) I can't remember which one. He is very active in giving money to Christian organizations.

posted by Molsonator on Feb 20, 2013 at 08:02:00 pm     #  

This is the way Odd Lots and Big Lots started out, buying railroad lots of slightly damaged stuff and discounting it, tho I doubt they ever gave away their profits. I've been by that place a couple times, always thought their lettering looked and sounded like a Big Lots ad but I never checked it out. I will now. My kid lives in that end of town so I'll grab her for the Cash Mob. Thanks for the update!~

posted by nana on Feb 20, 2013 at 08:40:14 pm     #  

well, that was underwhelming. Funky clothes is a correct assessment, lol. It's a curiosity store more then anything and I really didn't think their prices were all that crazy. Got another question out of the way, too, finally saw what Saver's was like. I probably won't be going back to either. :)

posted by nana on Feb 24, 2013 at 07:44:05 pm     #  

Yea. I was going to warn people but I didn't want to take away from the Mob. My fear was there wouldn't be enough inventory.

posted by Molsonator on Feb 24, 2013 at 08:00:51 pm     #