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post #1 of 76
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I had a lady call me & ask me for a full sheet cake. I told her it would feed 96 people. I charged her $65....considering they're friends of some good friends of ours; and I KNOW that they don't have much money. She wanted a graduation cake.

She told me that walmart could do it for $38?!?!?!?! icon_eek.gificon_confused.gif

She was rather rude the whole entire time talking to me anyway; and I was kinda glad when she said, "well walmart.......so I should just go with them, I guess....."

BTW, I'm in Kentucky, and cake prices range from $1.75 - $4.25 per serving...it just depends on where you go.

SO, I'M CURIOUS TO SEE WHAT YOUR WALMART CHARGES........BECAUSE IT'S HARD FOR ME TO BELIEVE THAT SOMEONE CAN BUY A FULL SHEET CAKE FOR $38.
post #2 of 76
I've never checked, but I'd say Walmart can beat any price...that's what they're known for.

Someone can always find a cheaper product, more cheaply made...I'd tell her to knock herself out...

Even at $1.75/sv, if that is your area's low-price, that cake would be $168.00. Your price is $0.68/serving--tell her that even if she wanted to take everyone out for dessert at McDonald's (affordable!), she'd be looking at about $1.50 each or more, and a restaurant would be more like $4.99 a piece...

Of course for some people, price is really all that matters. For them, there is Walmart...

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Not doing cakes any more, moved on...

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post #3 of 76
I checked over the week-end at my Wal-mart and I am in Ohio and they charge $34.99 regular and $39.99 for one with a plastic decoration kit.
I do not like there cakes....YUCK!!!!
post #4 of 76
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I almost told her that if she wants yucky dried out cake thats rushed as fast as possible, then she can have it. BUT, I didn't.

This is my first experience with this; and I've read about it on here so much, that I was prepared for it, LOL!

I just told her Ok, Thank You after she said she was going to go with walmart.

Some People! LOL
post #5 of 76
Well, this is not a Walmart price but it is from Publix, Orlando, FL.

They charge for a full sheet between $59.99 to $69.99.
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post #6 of 76
Well I just called Wal-Mart cause you know curosity killed the cat. She said just a decorated sheet cake was $34.97.
post #7 of 76
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I just don't get it.

How in the world can they make that big of a cake for that cheap of a price?!?!

I mean, why wouldn't someone go there?

You have to draw someone in, yes, and this woman has bought my cakes before. She has complimented me to my face and dh's face....I just don't get it.
post #8 of 76
They can afford to charge those prices because they have the volume & there isn't a whole lot of detail that goes on the cakes so they can put out a greater number in a short amount of time.
post #9 of 76
I am in Ohio, (Cincinnati area) and Most all groceries here charge around $40 for a full sheet. Kroger has been running a $10 off special lately, so you can get one for $30 right now. Most people I know still come to me, and are willing to pay a little extra, because of the taste. There is just NO WAY I can compete with those prices.

Sherry
post #10 of 76
Here in Ontario Canada you can get a full sheet from Sam's Club (basically Walmart) for $45.98! I was shocked by the price as well - but its crap! Not even torted, just thick heavy gross icing on top of the cake. Tastes terrible!
post #11 of 76
My Wal-Mart is about the same @ 39.99. I agree with everyone else. I don't like there cakes. I've just started decorating and have read lots of posts about pricing. I had no idea of the cost of cake baking! I've made a list of what all my ingredients are so that I add up what I spend. Just for a simple 1/4 sheet it costs $13.02! So if I multiply that x2 I charge $26.00 & $36.00 if x3. It's hard to compete w/Wal-Mart @ $15.00. I sure couldn't make a living doing this.

And someone approached me today about baking cookies fofr a coffee shop. They would pay .50 per cookie. What a joke! That wouldn't be worth my time. Am I being a snob?
Sally

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post #12 of 76
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They would pay .50 per cookie. What a joke! That wouldn't be worth my time. Am I being a snob?

No you are not being a Snob! They just want to pay for quantity NOT quality! I could throw together a batch of crappy cookies for .50 each, but I wouldn't be happy with them, nor would the customers!
post #13 of 76
If she prefers a cheap price over quality and taste then tell to go buy the Wal*Mart cake. She can't be very intelligent if she thinks that you could possibly compete with Wal*Mart. Lets see....Big huge conglomeration (sp?) vs small home based baker. Give me a break. Obviously she just wanted a cake... any cake. No matter what it tasted like as long as the price was right. But remember that this is also the way a lot of people live their lives. They "settle". Instead of purchasing quality products they "settle" for cheap goods made at a cheap price. Personally I don't settle!

Lazy_Susan
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"God will probably not be interested in how much we included in our day, but how much of our day included Him." - Allia Zobel-Nolan
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post #14 of 76
Our walmarts doesn't do cakes, but all the groceries are right around the 40-50 dollar mark. No way i can do a full sheet for that price. And i have told people that too. If you want my product you will have to pay for it or you aren't going to be wasting anymore of my time.

How can they sell cakes for this cheap, well first of all they don't bake the cake, its a frozen sheet that they just pull out and ice, the icing is made in bulk from a mix, slapped on the cake and some plastic decos are thrown on. Lets face it if you see a nice grad hat on a cake in the grocery it sure isn't chocolate like you would get from me.

Then to top it off the bakery is a lost leader, they count on people coming in and buying that cake then spending a whole lot more money on stuff that has a much higher mark up.
post #15 of 76
Does WalMart even bake their own cakes? From what I understand they are shipped in frozen. No wonder they are dried out.
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