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post #31 of 57
I, personally, hope she takes the classes... Maybe it'll give her a better appreciation for all of the hard work and talent that goes into it.
post #32 of 57
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icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif Hi Lemon and Cakegal...wow you really had me laughing now!!
That is one thing I always GET THE DEPOSIT up front and the BALANCE is DUE IN THE 2 WEEK PERIOD of the final meeting. I tell them up front "No, Final Balance Paid, NO cake"...Then they try the 'ol "can't I make payments to you?". My answer is simply, "no"..I do mention to them, "Do you make payments to the grocery store or the limo or the florist"...

Cakegal,,that is a good idea about doubling my prices and during negotiating, do the drop the price in half thing...But it still gets me in a cringe knowing I did lose about $250.00 in the whole deal. But live and learn....And YES it did feel real good putting my neighbor in check in front of her neighbor about my cutting prices and "working" with the price and her. Hey,,I'm NOT that desperate for orders.....And IF she does take cake classes, you can bet I will order a cake from her and turn the tables!!! hehehe....... icon_evil.gificon_evil.gificon_lol.gif
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post #33 of 57
OMG!!! I just found this and can't believe I didn't see it before! Yes, you had every right to be furious and I agree with your husband to explain to her that it wouldn't be fair to your other customers.

Sorry to say it but I wouldn't do the wedding cake. That is way too much money to lose. Sometimes I feel guilty about charging what I do for my sheet cakes and all when I know they could just go to Costco and get a larger filled sheet cake for $14-$17! Then I think about all the time I put into the cake along with the detail. You don't find that at Costco!!! Plus my frosting doesn't taste like you're eating plastic!

Good for you and may you get friendlier people who appreciate your time, effort, and talent!


Amy
post #34 of 57
You know i agree ablout the Costco "plastic frosting"
Do people really know that their cakes are so "cheap" because they're already premade somewhere,who knows how long they were sittiing around and that Icing they love so much comes in big plastic buckets?
They never stop to think that there is a difference with cakes made by us and cakes made at discount and wholesale clubs like sams and costco and walmart?
And some of those decorators there really don't do the intricate stuff we do ourselves?
case in point( not downing anyone here who works in the bakeries at those places)
but I had to order a cake from sams because my hand was in a cast and I told the group who wanted the cake i couldn't do it they'd have to get it from sam's.. so they assigned me the task of ordering the cake
So i go in with my fantasticly skilled self and I order this cake and i asked the decorator if she could give me some flowers and let them not be roses... you know like daisies,pansies ..etc
Lo and Behold......
the decorater says to me.. Sweetheart you gotta order what you see in this book,and she throws me a book with jus" spring flowers " next to where it said flowers..
I'm saying to the lady.. Um with all respect to the craft can you do anything else beside roses? i want something else.. she shoots back
" LOOK AT THE PAGE DEAR THAT'S ALL WE CAN DO!"

So we do have the plus of having a lot more skill in various types of flowers,patterns,designs and ideas to share with our customers.
When they get a hissy.. you really don't need their business
even if it's a neighbor,crazy cousin, friend or even dead grand-ma... Honey if it were donald trump would they try to negotiate with him?
fair is fair... so keep that in mind..
and always remember..MY BUSINESS DOES NOT RUN ON YOUR GOOD CREDIT.


Lemon
post #35 of 57
Heehee, Lemon, you have such a way with words, love the way you put things!
Yes they are only allowed to follow those books. The people that decorate the cakes at many of these places are only shown how to do certain decorations or only allowed to do certain ones even if they know how to do others. That is because there is a time limit per cake and they are not allowed to go outside the perimeters set. I feel for them, many could decorate well if they were allowed.
And for the customers that cannot tell the difference, well, they likely wouldn't appreciate your efforts anyway, so you are likely better off without them.
Most of these stores purchase frozen cakes, some of them are even flat-iced when they receive them.
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post #36 of 57
ok i got to stick up for the bakeries at sams club lolicon_razz.gif.... i workin as a cake decorator for 3 yrs at one.. it was my first cake decorating job.. and its not that we cant make fancier stuff.. its that we are not allowed to... we got in trouble if we did anything other then the basics... and the decorators that i knew from there were way more talented then some i see on here!!
post #37 of 57
oo i also forgot to mention.. sams cakes are from dawn baking company.. or they were anyway... they used to bake everything fresh there but of course like any big company they started getting them in frozen and sometimes during graduation season they came in pre-iced.. i must admit dawn cakes are my favorite!!! i still love sam's cakes icon_smile.gif
post #38 of 57
I work in a bakery too, and I am HAPPY to report that they let me do whatever I want on the cake! I recently did one with roses, daises, rosebuds and sweet peas framing two opposite corners with the sides and the outer edge of the top airbrushed blue. I'm grateful after reading about Sam's Club that I work where I do.
post #39 of 57
Okay, I don't think that anyone was trying to bash sam's club cake decorators. And saying they decorate better than some of the people on here was just mean in my opinion. I certainly hope they{Sams} are better than some people, because they are selling cakes! Some people on here are just learning and doing this as a hobby. They don't have 3 years experience of doing cakes daily yet to build the skills. They are just showing cakes trying to get a little support. I suppose we should only post the perfect pictures??? I think just think that comment was out of line IMHO. Sorry
post #40 of 57
lol i never said anyone was... i was just stickin up for them icon_smile.gif
post #41 of 57
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Originally Posted by msumissa

Okay, I don't think that anyone was trying to bash sam's club cake decorators. And saying they decorate better than some of the people on here was just mean in my opinion. I certainly hope they{Sams} are better than some people, because they are selling cakes! Some people on here are just learning and doing this as a hobby. They don't have 3 years experience of doing cakes daily yet to build the skills. They are just showing cakes trying to get a little support. I suppose we should only post the perfect pictures??? I think just think that comment was out of line IMHO. Sorry



I don't think that magentaa23 was putting down the people here that post their cakes, I think it was more of a unintentional compliment actually. It sounds like she was saying that there are alot of good talented decorators that post their pictures here and she knew decorators at Sam's who were very talented as well BUT limited where they were at. At least that is what I got out of it.

Hope that helps. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong magentaa23. = )

Mixee
post #42 of 57
no you are exactly right icon_smile.gif
post #43 of 57
I guess it goes to show that you never know how someone is going to read something. icon_biggrin.gif
post #44 of 57
Can I blame it on the sticky heat here that put me in a bad mood... I should have known that no one on here would be mean.... icon_redface.gif
post #45 of 57
Well, I must admit I read it the same way that you did. I figured it was meant to support cake decorators at these places, that part I got and fully agree with. But I did cringe at the thought that it might be interpreted as a bit of a put down to some cake decorators on this site, because it mentioned the site.
I don't think it was meant that way at all, but because it wasn't a general comment, I did think it might be taken that way.
I am glad to see it cleared up so nicely though! Whew, I was worried there might be yet another fight brewing on a cake site! I don't know about other folks, but I am sick to death of these difference of opinions that branch out into an all-out fight!
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