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post #151 of 205
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Originally Posted by didi5

I emailed her this reply:
Hi ,
I'm sorry to hear how you feel about the pricing of your wedding cake. The $15 that I quoted you for the large hexagon cake was for the flower decorations on top ( which is of course optional if you decide to use real ones.). I did not give a quote on that when we talked, however I thought that you understood that I will give one when I finished my estimation.

Yes I think we do agree on one thing, we both don't like the price. When I received your e-mail, I was troubled because I thought I gave you a very good price. So I went looking for quotes from other bakers for your chosen design and I have realized that I had seriously underestimated the time, cost and labour that it will take to make those mini cakes. Learning what I know now, under no circumstances will I make this cake for just $350. I have no problems working within a bride's budget, but most are realistic enough to know what their budget can buy. For $250, I can make an elegant buttercream cake with simple decorations for 100 people. I couldn't give you and your friend a better pricing because I have already quoted the lowest that I could.

Do you know the exact details of your friends wedding cake? Is it 200 mini cakes covered in fondant? Do they bake from scratch and use all butter icing? I only use the best quality, freshest ingredients there is. I take pride in the cakes that I make and I know that they are of good quality, in both taste and execution of design. I think it is for your best interest that you book with your friend's wedding cake maker. I can totally understand if you go with her. I'm sure you can get a better deal with her.
Anyway, thanks for your interest and I wish you all the best for your wedding.

Sincerely,

Darlene

I waited until the next day to answer her to give her the impression that I was going around getting quotes (which really I did thumbs_up.gif ) I really hope I won't hear from her anymore, I don't want to deal with her anymore.

Again thanks guys for your support!



VERY, VERY, VERY nicely put and thorough answer!!!! thumbs_up.gif I believe she has all the info she needs and we will see what she does next.

Thank you for sharing this experience. It sure is a lesson for all of us. (I don't charge for cakes for a living, but if I ever do I will sure keep this situation you went thru in my cake files).

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post #152 of 205
Didi5, you totally rock!
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post #153 of 205
At $350 for a large and 70 mini cakes she should be thanking you for giving her such a great deal. Tell her to hit the road and drive on over to her local Dairy Queen. I'm sure she'll find something in her price range there!!!
post #154 of 205
Ummm.....yeah. thumbsdown.gif

Ok. Back when I first started doing cakes, (and before I learned fondant) I called one of our local bakeries here. I explained to them in detail that I needed a two tiered cake. 6 inches on top, with a checkered flag motif, and an all black "tire" tread design on the bottom. These days, I could whip that cake out in my sleep, but back then---I was at a loss. I explained that I was a decorator, this was a groom's cake, blah...blah..blah.

She didn't blink an eye when she quoted me $350-$500. No--I'm serious here. icon_cool.gif I'd just LOVE to hear what she'd charge for 70 (!!!) MINI-CAKES!

I actually had to get a lady to do the cake for me that was one of the shop owners where I took my classes. She did it for $100. That came right out of the top number of the $550 I was charging for the whole wedding--but still. I needed something done, not many people could (or were willing to) do it---and I was willing to pay for my solution!

Why can't these brides understand that EVERYONE has to be paid for their time/effort/artistry? I'll just never get that.

I'm just dying to hear what lil' Miss Thang will have to say about DIDI5's email. icon_rolleyes.gif

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post #155 of 205
...great response didi5...
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post #156 of 205
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OMG! She just replied to me!


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Hello Darlene

Thanks for writting back to me. I think you are being unreasonable and
you
just lost my business. For someone who works part time you do charge
way
too much.



Now I'm really annoyed! And I'm the one who's unreasonable?! I feel like telling her - Thanks but I don't need it! BUt I don't want turning this into a catfight and I want to be the "bigger" person here. Gosh! I don't even want to explain to her that because I'm part time my cost are higher than the bakeries because obviously she just clueless and she just doesn't get it. Hey Missy, did you not understand in my letter that I don't want your business?!!! DUH!

Thanks for letting me vent. I feel better now.
post #157 of 205
Don't reply to her. You clearly stated that you don't need her business. She'll soon find out that you were giving her a big break when she tries to find another baker. Remember, don't reply to her, just forget the whole thing and move on. You don't want to give her another opportunity by repying back. Nicely done.
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post #158 of 205
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Why can't these brides understand that EVERYONE has to be paid for their time/effort/artistry? I'll just never get that.



Why can't decorators understand that there's nothing wrong with asking for a deal. You're free to say yes or no, but don't get all het up if someone asks.

This last email from the bride is out of line, but that she asked at all isn't.
post #159 of 205
OMG!!! She's in for a huge shock when she starts shopping around for a better price! Her impression is that home bakers should be cheaper??? WTH??? Do other home bakers encounter this same problem? Is this common?
post #160 of 205
There is other bakers out there to make mini cakes and a two tiered cake for 350.
It's a two tiered cake and 70 cupcakes!!!
Your damn lucky you didn't get that order. Do you know how long you would have been working?
Just run all prices by us first so you don't used.
I wish you knew someone of the bride to see how much she is going to spend or if she gets the 70 mini cakes
post #161 of 205
MaisieBake: I'm all for asking for a deal but it's the manipulative and selfish attitude of this bride that has everyone in an uproar! Not to mention the fact that the bride WAS getting the deal of the century and didn't appreciate Darlene's talents or her time or the original quote!

Darlene: Move on and let her go! As you said, she is totally clueless!! Let us know if she comes crawling back to you when she tries to find someone else to do that order for cheaper!!
post #162 of 205
What's with the working part time thing? Man, if anything, I would expect something to cost more from someone working on it part time. Losing her business is the best thing to happen to you!
post #163 of 205
When I got married, I asked both my home baker and the phototgrapher if there was room for negotiations re their prices. They both said no. I hired both of them. It would never occur to me to call them "unreasonable." Every bride must have some sort of idea of what "reasonable" is.
This bride was pure poison. I'm so glad you didn't budge on the price.l
post #164 of 205
I can only sit here and shake my head. Unbelievable. What is the thing about part-time?????????? Does that mean your time is less valuable.

What an experience. Please, be done with her. She's an Idiot.

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post #165 of 205
Ugh! Are ya kiddin' me?!?!?! What an IDIOT!!! She has NO idea what she's in for....
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