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post #16 of 25
Shoot.... you need to have a serious Come to Jesus talk with that lady! If she only wants to spend $62.50 for a sheet and a half, I'd suggest she go visit her local Sam's or Costco.... she can get 1/2 sheets for $15.00 each there, and she'll get what she's paying for! I would quote her $85.00 for both, decorate only the half sheet, and she can
arrange for pick up.

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post #17 of 25
Interesting and lots of work for $62.50. I would go with a minimum of $1 a serving regardless of where you live, I think that is more than fair. Most folks charge a $15 delivery fee too. But personally I wouldn't do it for under $100. Heck I charge $60 for a 10 inch round two layer, now mind you it is fully decorated, but still!
The thing is if you make a committment for a regular order like this, you better make sure you are happy with your price because each month when you have to make the cake, you will be resentful if you don't feel the price is fair. And, as someone else suggested, you may find yourself with a whole lot more orders at a similar price. Not worth it in the long run!
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post #18 of 25
When I did the 16x16 square for a Church Anniversary I charged $65.00 for simple border and writing, I threw in a little extra on my own. She gives me all her business. The local bakery was charging $55.00 with simple border and no writing. She has already put in an order for the same size again for September. I figured that it only cost me about $12.00 in material.

Do you think that I should charge more or is this a fair price?
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post #19 of 25
OK...now remember this is coming from someone who is not as busy as I would like to be decorating cakes, but....from experiences of my aunts, a friend here that decorates, and stories I have heard here I go..
OK...I am wondering if she can prove she only paid that much for what she got before...not I think I would be able to ask, but I have heard of people giving one price for things they want...craft projects and cakes included but only saying the amount to get things cheaper....for her to come up with such an odd price makes me think she is dabbling prices.... I agree you should not sell yourself short... come out and tell her what you would charge normally for something like this, and then maybe give her a "deal"...tell her you make everything from scratch and your skills lead to a higher price but you would be willing to give her a deal....
man the people wanting something for close to nothing!
post #20 of 25
That is just silly.. you can't do it. an I agree that the cake is way more than they need. What I would do is 2 11x 15 cakes which is my medium sheet.. They serve 55 each so they would be getting 110 servings total. One white and one chocolate they fit in boxes.. etc.. I start those cakes at $60 each and that is just plain with borders. If they want more than that I would up it.
post #21 of 25
Have you thought about or can you talk to the orginal decorator. Since she is moving i don't see this as tacky. See what size she was making, and also, see how they are about paying and see if they really were only paying $60 for the cake.
post #22 of 25
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Well, I called her back and explained a few things. I was willing to do what she wanted for $80 at the bare minimum (and that is really cutting it). Or to do something smaller. Her response?

"OK, well thanks!" End of conversation. She didn't want to budge from that crazy price!

That cemented it for me - this is not worth it. My friend completely understands and was also shocked to hear they were paying $62.50, she had no idea. She said the former baker did know the boss or something along those lines. That explains a lot. My friend actually apologized to me and said "it's not worth your time. I wanted to help you out and your cakes are much better than what we were getting but I don't want you to sell yourself short."

Oh well. You win some, you lose some.
post #23 of 25
That's just plain CRAZY for that lady to only want to pay $62.50!! I was at Food Lion last night "looking" around the bakery and checking out things. Their half sheets are $25. That is for plain sheets, nothing fance. So even for bare minimum they would charge $75 for a full sheet and half.

I would be REALLY tempted try to contact the lady that is moving to "chat" with her. But then again, it probably would be better to just let it alone since you won't be doing the cakes.

Better luck next time, hopefully you will get a person to deal with who will appreciate home made cakes!
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post #24 of 25
I would definitely think you should charge more...but you might think about a couple of things and decide if it is worth it. First of all, you might analize to see if you could get other business for doing these cakes. You might be able to do cakes for other employees for birthdays,showers and maybe even weddings. You could give out lots of business cards and have them pass it on. I used to do birthday cakes for a lady that owned a kid's party place. I gave her a good deal on basic cakes...but in return she put a book of pictures with my work for people who wanted a theme. I did get some business from it...and then eventually she went out of business. You could always do it for 2-3 months and see what happens...if you are not happy then you could stop. But I would give her a price of at least 80.00...and that would still be a great deal considering delivery. Good luck!
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post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by Ironbaker

Well, I called her back and explained a few things. I was willing to do what she wanted for $80 at the bare minimum (and that is really cutting it). Or to do something smaller. Her response?

"OK, well thanks!" End of conversation. She didn't want to budge from that crazy price!

That cemented it for me - this is not worth it. My friend completely understands and was also shocked to hear they were paying $62.50, she had no idea. She said the former baker did know the boss or something along those lines. That explains a lot. My friend actually apologized to me and said "it's not worth your time. I wanted to help you out and your cakes are much better than what we were getting but I don't want you to sell yourself short."

Oh well. You win some, you lose some.



....you're right, you win some and you lose some......But, personally, I think you WON this one, in the long run! Good for you, for sticking to your guns!! thumbs_up.gif
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