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post #121 of 205
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Originally Posted by bobwonderbuns

A lady told me I'd be getting a lot of exposure and a lot of business if I gave her a great deal on a cake (trying to get me to do it for nearly nothing!) and I told her "Well that is flattering, but I frequently turn away business - if I cannot assure quality I won't do it, so the prospect of getting lots of business isn't really a lure for me." icon_rolleyes.gif Ironically -- she was sooo impressed with that answer that she quit arguing over price with me! Go figure!! icon_cool.gif



I don't have clients haggling over price either, in fact they practically kiss my butt to have me do their cake, because i am SOOOO busy (with other things raising kids) it has to be really "worth my time". Now someone told me a long time ago "Scarcity Sells" and it's the God honest truth, human nature is to want what you think you can't have. So when someone asks me about a cake i generally say "well i dont know let me check the calendar i do have alot going on with scouts and soccer" its not a ploy its the truth, but by then they are just about begging me to do thier cake and i can charge what i want (which still is never enough for the stress of having to deal with it nights after work). My issue now is that i have to charge more and STICK to my guns.
post #122 of 205
Can I order at those prices? Heck, it would save money even with the delivery!!! icon_lol.gif
post #123 of 205
I hope you sent her packing! The nerve of some people!

I have to say though that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this entire thread! I woke up this morning feeling kinda down and really needed the laugh. I haven't laughed this hard in a week. Thanks CC!! icon_biggrin.gif

It's threads like these that remind me of why this is a truly great site with talented and supportive members. thumbs_up.gif
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post #124 of 205
wow! arent people something?!
your prices sound excellent, i have never even done the mini tiers just because of the work involved, they are a pain. and people around here dont want to pay much for there cakes, especially a mini cake. anyway, hold firm.
my comment to her, is...i dont know the quality of the other decorators work, flavor, etc. she should go with the other person.

i had one bride call and wanted me to match a quote form another bakery, and thats what i told her, i dont know the kind of cake, her ability, etc. and said no.

did you reply to her yet?
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post #125 of 205
From fireyourweddingplanner.com:

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Here's a typical scenario:

You walk into a store to choose a wedding cake. At first you're a little bit shocked to learn how much the cake is going to cost, but you finally just accept that this is part of the price of a great wedding. Because you've never bought a wedding cake before, you don't even realize that you could be paying more just because the person behind the counter knows that you won't argue because you don't know any better than to pay full price.



This woman is completely offensive! Yeah, all us wedding cake makers are that evil "person behind the counter" just counting on the fact that the bride won't ARGUE. ARGUE??? Over the price of a cake??? Who needs that? I think indydebi was spot on -- this bride has been reading Stephi Stewart. Yuck.
post #126 of 205
I think this "stephy Stewert" person needs to get a couple pointers from her distant cousin 3x's removed my marriage and adoption, Martha Stewert and learn exactly what goes into making a wedding cake, I've made both wedding dresses and wedding cakes and to tell you the truth for both of them to be good quality they take bout the same time of work. To be honest n truthful bout it.
And I'm a fast sew-er and decorator.
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post #127 of 205
Evidently, you are the better decorator or they would be going with the other lady. They want quality work for a cheap price. Don't budge.
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post #128 of 205
The thing that cracks me up about this Stephi Stewart woman is that she's cashing in on these brides while bashing all the other vendors. Hmm - how many brides do you think are ordering her $39.95/PRICE SLASH now $29.95 web book? I'm sure it adds up to a pretty penny for her. Do you think I could talk her down to $9.95? That's all my budget can afford?
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post #129 of 205
All I can say is, Wow....how tacky.
post #130 of 205
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Originally Posted by biviana

NO cake for her!
Keep us posted.



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post #131 of 205
FELLOW CAKE DECORATORS- CHARGE LIKE A LAWYER-THE MORE HEADACHE-THE HIGHER THE PRICE.
CERTAIN PERSONALITIES- I AM ALWAYS BOOKED WHEN THEY COME LOOKING FOR A BARGAIN(CHEAP).
WHEN I FIRST MEET WITH A CLIENT- IF THEY CANNOT MAKE UP THEIR MIND I WILL GLADLY SEND THEM TO A STORE. I WON'T EVEN SEND THEM TO ANOTHER ONE OF US.

HAPPY BAKING AND DECORATING!!!!
post #132 of 205
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Originally Posted by indydebi

Nikki_B, I can't understand why someone would think you're a BIG-ITCH just because you're trying to point out the error of their ways! I just can't see it!

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Seriously, if any of you have not signed up to get Stephi Stewart's daily email, you should. She is a big advocate of "Tell them this is what you can pay! They'll come down on their price!" I get her email everyday just so I can keep track of what she is telling brides. More than once, I've said to brides "Contrary to what Stephi is telling you......"

THe website to sign up is "www.fireyourweddingplanner.com". It's a free sign-up. It's like spying on the "enemy"! icon_wink.gif




Whoa, I wonder how many weddings her advice ruined. She is so off track.
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post #133 of 205
I don't really have anything to add beyond what others have said here already. I just wanted to say that your cakes are very, very nice. You mentioned the 'sweet' bride on a budget that you made the pink and brown cake for. That cake is lovely.

I am not in business but when someone is really nice and asks for a cake then I tend to go out of my way to try to make it nicer and maybe throw in some extras. But when someone asks for something at the last minute or is sounding too picky then I suddenly get very busy!

I have more respect for people trying to work within their budget than people that have plenty of money to spend but then do not want to pay much because they are so-o-o special. icon_razz.gif

Cindy
post #134 of 205
So, whata think did5? Do you think we have convenced you to be busy that day icon_wink.gif

I had a bride ask be to give her a break and price because she was ordering the shower cake too. I told her my prices are so low as it is that I just can't. But, I understood if she wanted to look around. She was so nice to deal with, I will give her extra without charge. shhh.gif
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post #135 of 205
Maybe we should all email Stephi Stewart and tell her how full of cr*% she is when it come to cake decorating icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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