How to Make Money Fast by Retrieving and Returning Shopping Carts

Looking for a way to make money fast? If you have a large utility vehicle, like a pickup truck, you can pick up and return shopping carts for a cash reward.

Most medium to large retail grocery stores, variety stores, and department stores have stock of carts on hand. They are store bought, of course, so customers can use them while shopping in their store.

Shopping strollers are expensive. The average cost to the retailer for a single is between $75 and $100. Big ones like the ones you find at wholesale stores and club stores can cost upwards of $200 or more.

Most retail stores have dozens; Busy big-box stores may even have hundreds. Buying enough to meet a store’s demand and traffic levels requires a significant outlay of money.

It is therefore in the retailer’s interest to protect this investment. Most retailers do their best to ensure carts remain on store property. However, buggy theft is all too common. The average store loses about $8,000 to $10,000 a year because of this problem.

Because they are so expensive to purchase, many store owners and retail businesses pay cash rewards for the return of their carts that have been stolen (or “borrowed”) and not returned. Cash rewards typically range from $25 to $50 per cart.

Here’s how you can pick up and return these strollers for cash: Contact retailers in your area that have shopping carts. Find out if they pay for returned carts. Many do, but won’t give cash rewards to just anyone. (Store owners don’t want the public to abuse the reward system by stealing carts themselves in order to get the reward.) Usually you have to sign a cash payment contract.

You will need to provide some identification, usually a driver’s license and one other item (like a social security card or credit card). You may be required to sign a waiver releasing the store from any liability in the event of the unexpected.

You can make arrangements with any or all of the retailers in your area. The more contracts you have, the more money you can earn.

If you’ve lived in your city for a while, you’ve probably seen common dump sites for stolen strollers. Visit these areas regularly. Also, get into the habit of keeping your eyes peeled whenever you’re in town. You will probably notice thrown baskets on a regular basis. You can pick them up and return them as you come across them, or store them at home until you have several.

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