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post #31 of 60
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Award winning cake designer and fine art sculptor.

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post #32 of 60
Please no locked threads.....healthy debate right?

I think it all depends on your particular area....$10 and up in NYC is average...Mine average between $2-$4...I do offer discounts to repeat customers, and those with huge orders depending on the cookie. The only real competition in my area is a Cookies by Design and their cookies are a lot more expensive. I will show prospective customers the comparison in prices.
post #33 of 60
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Originally Posted by tiptop57

Man oh man. Oh geez here we go again! Let's not lock the thread. icon_smile.gif



I agree! I didn't mean for this thread to turn into a fist fight. I think Elfie just meant that Toba's cookies start at $15, not anything negative about her! I've seen a cookie on Toba's site for $250! That isn't anything negative about her. I hate tha tthe comment to Elfie got persona;...especially by someone who has no photos posted! Please, keep this thread nice! I'm really trying to figure out my cookie prices, and it is helpful to see wha tothers price, or think is too high/low. I should have my business registration back in the next couple of weeks, and want my pricing nailed down so I can start advertising!
post #34 of 60
Well, as I was searching design cookie places on the web for some design ideas, I noticed that cookie bouquets are VERY expensive. I have seen cookies priced at 9.75 for one cookie. But then again, they are cookie bouquets..but still! Wow! here's a pricing sheet for one of them ohttp://www.cookiesbydesign.com/CatalogPricing.aspxne place:
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In all labor there is profit, But mere talk leads only to poverty.
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Proverbs 14:23

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post #35 of 60
Wooops! Just saying that the talented people here should feel comfortable charging for their work, obviously there is a market for high end cookies. No need to be nasty!
post #36 of 60
The area that your cookie is priced in, etc. has a lot to do with it.. as well as your overhead/costs for the month you need to make from your sales.

My mother has ran and owned a stained glass business in Washington State for a while and when she worked out of home (her studio was in our basement) she could charge lower prices. Now that she has an actual storefront, etc, she has to charge a little more. Some customers were confused but all she said to them was, I am a business and as much as I like you guys I have to make money! All of her students (she teaches classes) and her customers understood that though.. it's a specialty market. But she always charges not only for her time and her materials and the difficulty involved but also a little extra to help go towards overhead/etc.

That being said, concerning cookie quality.. it's no lie or meanness to say that not all cookies are created equal. Not every cookie is ornate.. and it's safe to say that a four-inch sugar cookie decorated to look like the Eiffel tower at night is harder to make than a four inch chocolate chip cookie! I don't think anyone on cake central should be ashamed of their work-- but baking is an art and we all improve as we go, even the very best of us. But every one of us who bakes things for other people gives a beautiful product to someone who wants it, and for that everyone should be proud.

On the subject of Toba Garrett, when you're famous your price automatically has to go up (or else you'd be swamped), and not to mention, she's in an area that can afford higher prices. But I think she's a good example of how your pricing doesn't have to exactly reflect the "norm" or "average" if it suits your area, etc.

Anyway. I don't think anyone is trying to be nasty, and this is a nice discussion to have. Just remember everyone that most of these comments are far more innocent than people are giving credit for.
post #37 of 60
What I think some are missing is that Toba's prices ARE personal in part. She can charge $15 per cookie because of who she is and what she's done, not just for the cookies alone. Part of what you're paying for there is the experience, talent, and prestige of Toba Garrett instead of someone without her credentials.
post #38 of 60
i charge $3 per cookie. yes, some people don't want to pay that much, but i have a lot of people that do. most of the time once they see how detailed or personalized your cookies can be, they don't have a problem with the price. i do think that each cookie should be priced according to each cookie.
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post #39 of 60
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Thanks everyone...I think I am going to do $1 per inch on detailed cookies, and a little less for simpler ones.
post #40 of 60
I think $1 dollar per inch is reasonable... That's what I charge and if I put on an edible image... I charge more.. In , my photos, my Black History cookies (those particular ones were donated) But, I sell them for $3.50, $3.75 for the one's in my photos.. it's a 2 1/2 inch square. So, it just all depends on the work you put into your art... your cookie. If they don't want to pay for it... someone else will....
post #41 of 60
I start any bagged and tied cookie at $2... START. If they have multiple colors or need extra handling - luster dust, special techniques, etc, then I adjust my price accordingly. My homemade cutter princess/wedding gown dresses can sell for $6 a piece, but that is one huge cookie! I sold 90 chili pepper cookies this weekend for $2.35 a piece, and that was because they were only glazed in red (no outline) with a green RI stem and yellow RI personalization. It took no time with that minimal detail, and the cookie wasn't all that big - rather skinny! But some of my more detailed cookies - like Thomas the Train - waaaaaay too much detail and precision needed, so that one will automatically cost more. Hello Kitty is large, but very simple, so the size crosses out the detail aspect. Big & simple is the same as small and detailed. I couldn't imagine trying to price by square inch, unless there was a huge difference in size. Nowadays, I don't even buy the smaller cutters, because most people want a sizable, favor-type cookie. And its hard to bag up three smaller cookies and have the presentation still nice. (Oh, I would have charged $2.25 for the chili peppers, but the client wanted them tied with raffia - which was a total pain! DH helps me tie when I am really booked, and he complained the whole time that he had to double knot each one! LOL)
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post #42 of 60
I hope I won't stir up a hornets nest by putting this out there, but I just started my business in August and tried the $1 per inch pricing and could not get any orders. For myself, I am asking less than I should just to get a client base built up and to get the exposure. I make sure they know my prices are introductory prices. This goes for every thing I sell. As I get busy I figure I can up my prices to where they should be. The people who have tasted my product know the quality and I am sure they will be repeat customers even when the price is higher. If I scare customers away because of the price how do I ever build a customer base?

I've gone out to a lot of the cookie sites and I can't imagine paying what they ask. I saw some posts about $5+ cookies on a stick but I've seen them in my area for $1.45. (I heard some ladies talking about them and they said they were hard as a rock...should have whipped out a card and handed it to them!) So I guess you have to price by client base and location and what the market will bare. I am hoping to get so busy that I have to say "yes I can do it, but it is going to cost you...."
Happy Baking! Melody Z
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post #43 of 60
MelZ....you are selling yourself short! I looked at your pictures and your Valentine's Day cookie bouquet is beautiful!! Your lines are perfect! You must have one steady hand.
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post #44 of 60
Hi,

I have had no problem getting a $1.00 an inch..If you look at my baby shower cookies,( the ones on the tray) I have the prices listed that I charge..They are a lot of work, and very time consuming..I won't do them for any cheaper..
JoAnn
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Birthday June 27th
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post #45 of 60
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Originally Posted by bonjovibabe

I am making cookies as we speak - they are hand-cut paisley shaped cookies - about 3x4ins in size. I will be outlining them in in painted gold , filling in with royal icing, sprinkling with disco glitter and finishing with a few gold dragrees on each cookie. I've charged my customer E3,75 (about $4.90) each, but have given her a 6 for the price of 5 discount. So for 32 cookies she is paying me E94,50 (about $125). She never said a word about the price, and I think it's fair - I've just put 1 1/2 hours in cutting and baking the cookies, will spend at least 1 1/2 hours outlining and painting them and then several hours finishing off the decoration - plus the bags and ribbons!



Here are the above cookies (they took about 8hrs total for 32) - they will be finished with a bag & satin ribbon:

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-photo_223253.html
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