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post #46 of 60
bonjovibabe....your cookies came out great!! I love the colors, and you assembled them for the photo in such a cute way! Definitely worth $1 an inch! icon_smile.gif
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post #47 of 60
ok you all take my opinion with a grain of salt since i just plain couldn't make cookies like you all do. But i just recieved a flyer for a well known chain of cookie bouqets and...they are charging $40.15 for 5 cookies ( central NY-not NYC)

87.90 for 12 -that does not include the fancy containers they are pictured with.

for plain undecorated cookies- 33.25 for 2 dozen.

I have seen the work many of you put out it is unbelievable and very time consuming.

my cousin is paying over $7.00 a piece for a basic design outwest for an order of over 200.

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post #48 of 60
sweetviolet, That's what our local chain stores sells for also. I've heard they don't taste so hot though.
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post #49 of 60
well that too - we are talking about homemade with you guys!!
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post #50 of 60
I had never made cookies for sale, last year I made them for gifts. A lot of my co-workers won't pay $20 to $35 for a cake, but they had no problem buying cookie bouquets with 3, 2 1/2 - three inch cookies for $15. Go figure. I was shocked at how fast I made sales. I only wanted to sell 20-25 bouquets. I had 17 orders the first day.
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post #51 of 60
I went into the bakery across the street from my house (I've lived here 2 years, they are literally across the street from me and 3 days ago was the first time I went in there!) I brought my 3 year old and she wanted one of their cookies about the size of my hand, they were .35 EACH or 3 for a dollar! I could NOT believe it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How do they make any money? They weren't cutsie decorated or anything, but come on! Of course we intentionally live in the hood (urban ministry) so a lot of their customers are meth addicts and prostitutes at 1am....... but still! I'm not going to be so cheap.....
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post #52 of 60
I was talking to my husband earlier tonight and showed him some of the designs that I'm going to make for St. Patty's Day. I asked if he would pay $4 for the cookie that was 4 inches. He said no way. He said it would depend on how good it was. I said it would be my sugar cookie!! He thinks they are worth it, but on the other hand he wouldn't pick up a $4 cookie in a store. I don't know, maybe it's a guy thing, but now I'm second guessing whether $1 an inch would fly for me.
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post #53 of 60
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Originally Posted by grama_j

Even though you cookies are BEAUTIFUL, I would never pay that much..... I'm not into cookie making for profit, so I don't know how much I would charge, I just know NO COOKIE is worth $ 48.00 a dozen.....



I disagree. I know many people in fact that will happily pay $4.00/cookie if not more. I just sold my Oscar cookies for $6/cookie = $72/dozen. Each cookie was 7" tall, hand cut with a handmade template, flooded and painted with 24K gold....probably could have gotten more in fact.

You are not paying for a cookie, you are paying for time and talent and a personal creation that you cannot buy in a regular store (specialty stores might not even have it if you have a specific request)

Bottom line is charge what you feel your time is worth. Don't let others dictate what you are worth. If you think your cookies were worth $4 each, then charge $4. You will only kick yourself later when you make them for $2 and hate every minute of it because you know how time consuming they can be. Eventually the business will come to you because they know you will make something fresh, personal and unique that they cannot get elsewhere.
post #54 of 60
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Originally Posted by flourgrl

Bottom line is charge what you feel your time is worth. Don't let others dictate what you are worth.



Hear hear! I agree totally. thumbs_up.gif

I think my pricing is really fair. I charge between $2-$6 per cookie, taking into consideration...

the expense of the ingredients (butter is about $5 per pound here!) / the hours of baking & icing / the size of the cookie / the more colours I have to apply / the teeny tiny writing / the labour of extra details like pastillage flowers / the individual cost & labour of packaging with satin ribbons....hey, that adds up! icon_surprised.gif
post #55 of 60
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Originally Posted by antonia74

I think my pricing is really fair. I charge between $2-$6 per cookie, taking into consideration...



Are most of your cookies custom to customers' specs, or batch-made and sold retail (this week, yellow birdies, next week red flowers, etc)? (Feel free to tell me to MYOB if this is too personal a question.)
post #56 of 60
100% baked fresh to order, completely personalized in colour/details to each client's request. I sell wholesale to a few locations throughout the calendar year, but they too ask for customization for each order.

I don't have a retail establishment with foot traffic/public sales at all.
post #57 of 60
$4.00 for a 4 inch cookie is NOT alot of money. For all of the time and ingredients that goes into making and decorating those puppies! No way would I charge less than that. I have never had a problem with people paying that and I always tell them in advance. Now I can see where there might be differences in cost due to your location in the US. I'm in downtown Seattle and $4.00 a cookie seems like a deal to most people here. If your city is not as metropolitan - more small town like- than I might charge $3.00 for a 4 inch cookie but NO less than that. Don't shortchange yourself. If people think that's too much than they don't have to purchase your cookies! If you are turning out a quality product then you should feel confident in your asking price.
post #58 of 60
I agree. Maybe it's just a self-confidence thing for me. I wish you could buy self-confidence in the baking aisle!
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post #59 of 60
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Originally Posted by MichelleM77

I agree. Maybe it's just a self-confidence thing for me. I wish you could buy self-confidence in the baking aisle!



You're not alone on the self-confidence thing. I know how much time and effort goes into doing what we do, and yet I still have a hard time with the pricing thing. Hopefully I'll get over it...SOON!
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post #60 of 60
You know how I try and think of it?................I think to myself if I were to see a beautifully decorated cookie in a bakery or in a higher end grocery store (QFC, Whole Foods etc), and the cookie was priced at $4.00 for a 4 inch cookie - I would expect that the cookie must be excellent quality, with fine ingredients and of course I would notice and admire the beautiful way it was decorated and if the packaging was a compliment to the cookie itself, I would be totally sold. It's all in the quality and in the presentation. If you start out asking $4.00 a cookie, it's a lot easier then if you start out asking $1.00 a cookie and then realizing that you should be asking more and suddenly raising your prices. I don't know about you, but I put a LOT of time, love and effort into my cookies and I would like to make a little profit. I go way out of my way to purchase the perfect coordinating packaging supplies (ribbons, tissue, special boxes & bags, gift tags, cards), I use fresh, fine quality ingredients, I make every order fresh - never frozen, I work with my customer to make sure they are getting exactly what they want (color, shape, customization, suggestions, delivery options) and my cookies do not go out the door unless they look like a million bucks. How could I not ask for $4.00 a cookie???!! I deserve it.
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