Good Lord K8... can you take a joke?
But honestly.. if I was to get a cake that claimed to be a scratch cake and it was a mix I'd be upset as a customer. Not going to happen because I bake cakes and I'm not going to pay someone to do what I can do myself, but speaking in hypotheticals here and all.
The whole point of this thread was to be honest about what you are doing. If you do that.. then there's no harm in it. Just don't be deceitful.. maybe I sound a bit snobbish, but I don't consider anything that is started with a mix from scratch. I'm not saying that can't be yummy.. just that they are not scratch.
I do make things with helpers.. I have made a casserole with cream of mushroom soup from a can.. I have also made it from scratch. I don't call the can my own and I let people know what's in there. I'm not saying that mixes are bad on the whole. I did state my preference to not eat them and that is my right. Just like it would be someone's right to say they don't like to eat scratch cakes.
Bad cake is bad cake no matter how it started, and there are some bad scratch recipes out there.. they have little flavor and are nothing special, but you can tweak them or find a new one.
It comes down to personal choice.. until that choice is clouded by elusive terms. If you trick your customers you take away that choice for them. That I don't agree with.