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August 21, 2006

Question #90

[part of a continuing series]

What does "turnkey" mean? I keep hearing it in radio advertisements, referring to a kind of business.

Posted by annika, Aug. 21, 2006 | TrackBack (0)
Rubric: The Huh? Files


I believe it means "ready to go" as in just turn the key, open the door and you're ready to start working.

Posted by: DHammett on Aug. 21, 2006

Turnkey Business For Sale......
1] Get your lawyer to read the contracts.
2] Get your accountant to look at the books.

Posted by: stiknstein on Aug. 21, 2006

It is a product or system that can be plugged in or someone who guards prisoners. I guess…

Posted by: charlie on Aug. 21, 2006

In real estate, it means the house/condo is ready for occupancy right away, no work needed. In residential real estate, I've noticed it's used loosely.

Posted by: Hugo on Aug. 21, 2006

Well, two outta three aint bad. At least a third of the people sucking air in this country are fucking morons. Do everyone a favor, and get yourself "fixed" Charlie.

Posted by: Casca on Aug. 21, 2006

My friend, Matt, went into one of those "turnkey businesses" for a while. He installed small vending machines in businesses and shops. The contractor would supply the machines and candy/soda/whatever and Matt would install and refill them. The contractor and contractee share in the profits.

Leasing and installing credit card swiping machines is another turnkey business.

Posted by: Tuning Spork on Aug. 21, 2006

Mmm, I always thought it was a popular sell for franchising.

Posted by: Blake on Aug. 21, 2006

Yep, Blake. Franchising is turnkey, but it's not the kind of turnkey that you hear advertised on the radio.

If you hear an ad that invites you to take advantage of their turnkey business opportunity -- and they don't mention what kind of business it is -- it's more'n likely that it's a scheme to get you to pay up front for the opportunity to work on commission.

Posted by: Tuning Spork on Aug. 21, 2006

MOst of these fucktards got it sorta right; it means something that needs little or no more work to be good to go.

In the computer age in which you have grown up,the equivalent might be "plug and play".

Posted by: shelly on Aug. 22, 2006

Shelly, shaddap and pick a category.

Posted by: Tuning Spork on Aug. 22, 2006

Patience, loser.

You guys all hit the jackpot while I was stuck in Martha's Vineyard with no time for computer. Try to find some other life for a day or so.

"...the legislature is in session, no man's property is safe." (google that while you wait)

Posted by: shelly on Aug. 22, 2006

LOL, you're a bad man, not to mention a SHAMELESS name-dropper.

Posted by: Casca on Aug. 22, 2006

From my perspective in computer solutions product management, turnkey refers to the provision of a complete solution, including hardware, third party software, our software, and services.

Posted by: Ontario Emperor on Aug. 23, 2006

Thanks for the info everybody, but I now have even less of an idea what turnkey means.

Posted by: annika on Aug. 23, 2006