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  • Does anyone have any information on Environmental Waste Solutions Franchises?   18 weeks 22 hours ago

    Im curious as to when you became an affiliate.
    We were closing on having our first meeting with a JV client when we discovered that the program we signed up for no longer existed. Now they only have direct sales reps. I don't understand what type of company would discontinue a partnership and not have the common courtesy to at least contact the affiliates by email letting them know that the only program they had in place was a new one that would reduce their commissions anywhere from 90%-95%. Run while you can!

  • Does anyone have any information on Environmental Waste Solutions Franchises?   18 weeks 1 day ago

    I'm speaking with my lawyer about a lawsuit against them. I suggest other affiliates do the same.

  • Does anyone have any information on Environmental Waste Solutions Franchises?   18 weeks 1 day ago

    I'd say forget about it altogether and request a refund if you just bought into it. I can't believe they are even recruiting affiliates if they aren't paying out anything!!

  • Coffee News   18 weeks 4 days ago

    When I was starting up my own restaurant newsletter I had the same concerns. I spoke with an a copyright attorney and he basically said that McDonald's and Burger King both sell hamburgers. They don't call them by the same name though.
    Coffee News had been in my area before.... many times. I couldn't see their franchise being a smart investment. However, I loved desktop publishing so i figured that it would be easier to do everything in house, which I did. I operated for around 7 months, had around 40 distribution points and printed/folded around 8000 copies a week. I used the same sized paper as CN but never their color or ad sizes, name, etc. I watched a Tidbits and two other similar newsletters come and go in my area and i eventually got bored after doing a little better than breaking even after my investment in software, content provider and news racks.
    If i was stuck in CN's anchor of a franchise model I wouldn't have lasted 3 months. Just way too much overhead with them. I still love the creative aspect of putting the newsletter together, it was fun. I may continue at some point but at a much smaller scale.

  • Monkey Joe's versus Pump It Up   18 weeks 4 days ago


    You closed 24 units over the last 3 years which is 17% of your system.

    You had 142 units in 2011 and at the end of 2014 134.

    Have you closed any in 2015?

  • Monkey Joe's versus Pump It Up   18 weeks 4 days ago

    Dear interested party,

    Obviously the remarks posted are from a frustrated and or ex-franchisee of Pump It Up. There are tremendous differences between the two brands and our development team would be more than happy to discuss these with you.

    Please feel free to give Steve Adams a call at: 480-371-1203 and he can walk you through the differences and territories available.

    For the record, I did not "run Cold Stone" into the ground. I am very proud of what we achieved on the International front as there are now over 500 stores across the globe. When you are recognized as the #1 brand in your category, I think that's a far cry from being run into the ground.

    I hope our development team hears from you.


    Lee Knowlton

  • The UPS Store, Tales of Gore   18 weeks 5 days ago

    Isn't the title of this story clear enough???

  • The UPS Store, Tales of Gore   19 weeks 42 min ago

    Ask one of the attorneys representing UPS in the upcoming [October] trial!!

  • The UPS Store, Tales of Gore   19 weeks 1 day ago

    I review and read the comments; which dated back in 2014. I am look for recent factual information to make an informed decision.

    Will you please provide your top 5 good and 5 bad reason to buy a UPS store.

    good advice needed.

  • PuriFry Vs Filtafry   19 weeks 1 day ago

    I am considering starting a cooking oil filtering business for restaurants,my question is there a demand for this,I have talked with a guy who says he make a good living doing this and would sell me a machine and assist with start up for a fee,no franchise or other fees,he says its is how he got started.He charges $20 per fryer.I know there are franchises that do this but I'm nota fan of franchises,
    Any advise would be appreciated


  • MAACO   19 weeks 2 days ago

    You can be very successful with a Maaco run properly. Sitting at the shop writing negative views will probably bring a lot of money in the door!

  • Coffee News   19 weeks 4 days ago

    Actually people enjoy the break from a screen. 8-10 hours in front of a computer, 2-3 hours of TV or Netflix and countless hours staring at a smart phone or tablet. A good publication can successfully fill a void today by providing a break from all that screen time.

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  • Filta Fry   20 weeks 1 day ago

    Of the 7 people that had joined filtafry and went to the week training together their is only 1 left that is still in operation. and most of the other had failed in the first year. One of those seven had made it 5 years and made very little profit. when it was time to renew they made the new contract so favored in the companies favor that he refused to sign the new contract. Then Filta stole the business out from under him and sold his territory to another franchisee for $28,000. They did not give him any time to sell the business. Do not due business with this Filta group they are liars and greedy people, they have no remorse in who they screw. their business model is only profit at the expense of their franchisees.

  • Massachusetts State Law: Can a Franchisor set and enforce prices?   20 weeks 3 days ago

    If your franchise agreement says something like "this agreement may need to change from time to time" you are toast. (didn't look very threatening when you read it the first time, did it?) High dollar legions of franchisor attorney's write this crap into
    the contract so franchisors will have nothing to lose and everything to your sweat and your blood. Franchising is modern day racketeering (blessed by and even supported by our elected official's)

  • Nothing is Sweet about Candy Bouquet!   20 weeks 3 days ago

    There are only 52 US franchises listed on the CBI locator. I'm sure some are closed but still listed. Anyone come on here have any updated information on what that the status is on the franchise?

  • Does anyone have any information on Environmental Waste Solutions Franchises?   20 weeks 3 days ago

    This is a real bummer. I'm just getting started and it already looks like I can forget JV projects. I'm going to call affiliate support to see what they have to say about this.

  • Coffee News   20 weeks 5 days ago

    Sure anyone can do this on their own. The problem is technology has replaced the need for something to read when you are eating alone. Even place mats are almost gone.

    Go to a Starbucks and count how many people are reading a printed publication or are they looking at their pads or smart phones. That is where all the content is.

    The only reason reason Coffee news exist is because as Barnum says their is a sucker born every second all you need is someone with no conscience or empathy to sell the deal to them.

  • The UPS Store, Tales of Gore   20 weeks 5 days ago

    VISITOR: "I am an employee/ customer service representative... Not one out of the 4 out of the 5 stores that i have worked for have complied to their royalty duties"

    How do you know that? Are you also the business' CFO? Do you keep the financial statements? Can you be specific? How much did the last store earn in revenues? How much did it pay in royalties?

  • The UPS Store, Tales of Gore   20 weeks 6 days ago

    My perspective is a little different. I am an employee/ customer service representative. I have worked at different UPS stores in severall different locations in the US. Form San Diego, DC area, Richmond Va. All UPS franchisees continuously worry about the same thing, and thats corporate. Not one out of the 4 out of the 5 stores that i have worked for have complied to their royalty duties (meaning accuratly submitting them) and all have cut corners on pratices in order to safe money to turn a profit. Dont get me wrong I like alot of my employers and have no grudges againts. I dont blame them for any of their practices because they need to do it in order survive.

    The newly featured Access Point in my opinion is ridiculous. I understand it helps out the customer who are not home at the point of delivery. However as a clerk who is payed more than the average employee just sees it as extra work with no benifit to the franchisee or employee.

    UPs Stores will never be a viable print store for several reasons. Franchises cant pay employees or hold employees that are qualified to manage the printing side. They cant afford a grapics deseigners at 40 an hour, or a tech savy person. They hire people they can sort of take advantage... but thats a different rant on its own. We have lots alot of Most stores have only 2 copiers because they are required to have one b&w and the other color. However any issues such as large printjobs are not feasible let alone multiple print jobs that come in at the same time. Our turn around time is "it will be ready in two to 3 days" particularly if we have to outsource it... which only adds on the the cost.

    I had an area rep for corporate come in and asked how i new so much as an "new" employee.. so i told her my history in working in stores. She seemed interested and went on saying that i should apply to own my own store. All i could do is laugh in her face and say no. This rep went on saying that stores make alot of money...and insisted. So I let out a rant on how UPS stores operate....she ended up silently agreeing with me.

  • The UPS Store, Tales of Gore   20 weeks 6 days ago

    youre a fag

  • Coffee News   21 weeks 5 days ago

    "I see you and Coffee News are trying to reach out with paper and ink to the over 80 crowd."

    You are incorrect Darnelle. We have very little in common with CN and we are not "trying to reach the over 80 crowd". I don't know what your agenda is or where you found your information about Facts Weekly, but it is inaccurate.

  • Does anyone have any information on Environmental Waste Solutions Franchises?   21 weeks 5 days ago

    I am an affiliate and am still awaiting payment as of today 4/2/15. An email to the Diana Shapiro, their COO, went unanswered weeks ago. I have thousands of dollars owed to me.

  • The UPS Store, Tales of Gore   22 weeks 6 days ago

    what i really love is how your area franchisee will get pissed if you refer to a new store that, opens, say, right in the middle of a zip code that makes up a third of your business as "competition." having worked at three different stores, i've seen area franchisees that are very helpful, but ultimately they will toe the party line and take corporate's side no matter what the issue.

    and, yes, "we need to expand our printing services" is the mantra they want you to chant while they slowly strangle your shipping business

  • Coffee News   23 weeks 1 day ago

    An app would be a huge mistake. - Facts Weekly

    I see you and Coffee News are trying to reach out with paper and ink to the over 80 crowd.

    How's that working for you?

    Coffee News Free Fall of U.S. FranchisesLet me help answer that by giving you a fact. Coffee News franchise count has been plummeting for years, according to its own Franchise Disclosure Document, which it fills out. See the adjacent chart by Blue MauMau?

    In fairness to Coffee News, here is its president Bill Buckley trying to explain away questions about the implosion of his franchise system.

    There are much better investments than a Coffee News franchise, which looks to be in its sunset years. That comes as no surprise, considering that community ink and paper newspapers are also struggling with online and mobile competition.