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post #31 of 139
any updates? any payment made in FULL yet? interested to know the outcome.
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post #32 of 139
After reading the posts I tend to agree with adven68. Maybe after seeing the cake she realized that no way was a cake like that worth $45.00 and feels it is worth way more than that. I think by "researching" it shows that she is aware that a custom castles cake would definitely sell for much more. I hope I am not being an optomist, but maybe when all is said and done she'll end up surprising you in a good way.

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post #33 of 139
Please update us, I only do cakes for family and friends, but I did a Bratz cake for a friend's daughter's birthday and quoted her $25 her exact words after my quote were, "that's kind of cheap, but ok". She gave me $50. Hopefully it will work out this way for you too.
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post #34 of 139
I know it's once again after the fact but I have been reading a lot of problems like this here. Everyone knows to get half down and draw up some agreement BEFORE starting a cake, thinking it isn't necessary is very risky and 2 of the biggest risks are you foot the bill and you have animosity about the customer. Having said that, I just wanted to say that while all you decorators put love, sweat and tears into each inch of cake there are those who still just see it as cake. Remember the term "easy as pie?" well the same goes for cake in many peoples minds. My husband has come in here and seen me scouring cake galleries and while I'm in awe of how it's even possible to create such confectionery art he just pretty much rolls his eyes and walks out. For me, I am becoming more and more aware of the value of a beautiful cake (or cookie) but for him it's still just cake with a decorative coat that goes in one way and comes out the other. I suspect there are a lot of people like him. Please don't assume everything will turn out in the end, you deserve to protect your work, investment and talents. I hope this works out for the best and I'm sorry this happened AGAIN to someone who tried so hard to create the perfect cake. Please let us know what happens.
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post #35 of 139
I hope she is just trying to find out how much MORE she should pay you. But honestly, if the cake was for this past weekend, she really should have paid you by now.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.

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post #36 of 139
Oh my gosh! I feel sorry for you, I haven't had this problem luckily,my past orders have come from either mail or phone, so no payments upfront but when they come pick up the cake i have the boxes open on the table so they can see it and then i say "umm so you like it, I think i quoted you for £££?" then they give me the payment and i close the box. Hope you get your money and if that was your first one too, you should definitely make sure you get the money for it!
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post #37 of 139
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Originally Posted by adven68

What occurred to me is that she may have thought you were charging her too little. Perhaps they are researching to see what it really would cost so that you get a fair price!!!

I hope so.....let us know!



Yes this is what I was trying to say, but adven said it better! While I do think she should have paid you for now, it might be premature to jump all over this woman. I mean there is a GOOD chance this isnt the case, but lets hope you get a nice check instead.
post #38 of 139
I hope this turns out for you. I have never had this problem. I quote all my cakes in advance, even though I undercharge, at least I get what I asked for.
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post #39 of 139
I'd like to know how things turned out too.

I was thinking the same thing as one of the other posters. Maybe she wants to give you more and doesn't want to rip you off. Wouldn't that be wonderful?
post #40 of 139
I just read through this thread and now I am sooooo curious. Did she want to pay less or more? I hope this thread is updated soon! (my life's kinda sad, huh? icon_lol.gif )
post #41 of 139
I can't wait to see the outcome of this one.

When I first started out, I did a Spiderman cake for a co-worker (shaped pan) and I told her $15. SHe thought I said $50 and was willing to pay it. I told her no and she ended up paying $25. IT was then and there that I realized that I needed to be charging more for my time, even if I am just doing on the side.

Keep us posted.
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post #42 of 139
I just read through this thread and now I am sooooo curious. Did she want to pay less or more? I hope this thread is updated soon! (my life's kinda sad, huh? icon_lol.gif )
post #43 of 139
Some people are way too cheap! That's crazy that she has to research it. Even if she thought she owed you more she should have just given you more money instead of drawing it out and researching it. That is very rude and inconsiderate. What if you needed that money to pay a bill? What do you do, call the bill collectors and tell them your researching how much you think you should pay them?! Come on now - she's retarded!!!!
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post #44 of 139
I really, really, really hope that adven/merissa are right and that she thinks it's worth more than that.

but then the other part of me thinks if she really thinks you deserve more, she would just give you more than the $45 and be done with it.

I quoted a coworker $62 for cupcakes a few months ago and she loved them so much, she gave $75 - no research involved. If you think someone deserves more, you give more. If I love a waiter's service, i give more than the standard, I don't have to go research it first.


Just let us know when we can saddle up and research her behind. icon_razz.gif I do hope you at least get your $45 soon! Anything less than that would be a slap in the face.

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post #45 of 139
I regularly get more than I quote because they think I under charge. Cross your fingers, maybe you'll get a nice tip in there!
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