Is Jumping J-Jays a Great Franchise Opportunity?

According to the company website, Jumping J-Jays is a highly successful franchise concept in Australia and New Zealand which is now being  offered to entrepreneurs in the United States.  If true, that would be an exciting proposition, since most homegrown opportunities have limited availability by the time they are “proven” and “successful.”

According to the company website:

Jumping J-Jays became an award winning franchise system being named two years running as the Franchise Council of Australia’s Franchisor of the Year for the Home-based and Mobile category and more recently in 2007 as one of the 7th most proftable J-Jaysfranchise systems to buy as ranked by the financial review.

In 2007, John Newton launched the company’s first United States branch in frisco, Dallas in Texas. Since successfully building the business in Australia and then in New Zealand, the United States is the next frontier for Jumping J-Jays’ international expansion of this home based and mobile franchise moonwalk business.

more and more party castle or bounce house franchises are being opened every week somewhere in Australia, New Zealand or the United States by jumping j-jays. We are now responsible for over 50,000 jumping castle parties per annum. If you are just hiring a castle or want to buy a franchise, be sure to smile when the kids are having so much fun

However, “Jack,” an Australian who left this comment on a post mentioning Jumping J-Jays, tells a different story:

Jumping J-Jays is a failing Franchise in Australia with most of the Franchisees having already shut down due to a number of factors.
1 You work incredibly long hours ie 5 am to 1 am the following day on occasions for a very poor return.
2 No one makes any real money because Jumping J-Jays take over 40% of turnover and factor in things like Moon Walks having to be replaced at very high prices at Jumping J-Jays option and being unable to recover any money by selling them.
3 Jumping J-Jays will not tell you that you have to do an awful lot more marketing than they tell you before you sign and some of it could will be against the law. If you don’t do it you will lose your business illegal or not.
4 Jumping J-Jays style of management as has been experienced in Australia can be repugnant to say the least. Most people cite this as one of major reasons they closed the doors after factoring in that they were never likely to see a return on their money.
Beware, the majority of Franchisees would rate this business as the worst decision they have made in their lives setting them back to where they were as teenagers, over half of the Franchises have closed down over the last 18 months. Would you risk that?

Award-winning, successful import or flawed and failing export?  It can’t be both;  please share a comment below if you can help solve this mystery.

Note:  The text (misspellings and all) and opinions of both comments are that of the original authors.

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