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post #16 of 58
I have note sold any cookies yet, it's hard enought with people in the area thinking they can pay $20.00 for a double 12" round cake decorated specially for them...Do they just not look a supermarket prices!? You can't get something crappy for that much less homemade
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post #17 of 58
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Originally Posted by Jenn2179

Yes I get calls all the time. I tell them how much and silence. Oh well. I am not working for free and there are people who will pay my prices.



Maybe we should start opening this inquiries with "Have you ever bought or priced cookies in a bouquet arrangement before? No? Then let me explain a bit about them ..... they are not simple drop cookies like you see in the grocery for $6 or $7. These are custom designed labor intensive creations...."
post #18 of 58
I just started all this cake stuff. I have done about 10 cakes soo far (all did for free or was MADE to take the money). I posted a bulletin on my site for all of my friends telling them I'd do pre-molded cakes for about $15 to $20, and that i would charge about $40-$50 for a more decorated cake or a sculpted one. No one responded. lol. Even that to people around here for cakes was like "woah?!". I just found out not to long ago that Wal-Mart doesnt even bake their cakes! I didnt know this for the longest time. They come pre-frozen. And i think i see that their cheapest, smallest cake was about $20-$25.
post #19 of 58
Good for you deb for sticking to your guns. I have a hard enough time trying to push my cake prices around here. I could only imagine the response I'd get if I sold cookies. icon_mad.gif
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post #20 of 58
i just had a friend ask me about making 3 doz for an end of the year/season soccer game (that would be enough for players, coaches and parents) and she just about fell off her chair!! lol-people just don't understand the work that goes into making really the decorating of these small works of art! i told her that i could make cupcakes look like soccer balls and that would be less expensive-i told her i don't normally quote prices off the top of my head and i'd get back to her. i had to stop myself from saying i usually charge such and such but i'll charge you...i've done that before and i told my dh NO MORE FREEBIES!! hey deb, that would include delivery charges too!! thanks for sticking to your guns, cuz you help others like me do it too!!
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post #21 of 58
This morning I delivered 12, 3.5 inch flower cookies, bagged and tied with matching ribbon. The lady came to look at the cookies and said are they individually boxed? I thought for what I am charging you, you think they are individually boxed!! I wanted to say, sure I'll box them up for you and add another $2.00 per cookie!!
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post #22 of 58
That's why I just do stuff for my immediate family.
If someone asks me to make them cookies/cakes, I tell them right out... NO WAY!!! It's not worth my time and expense to make them something they don't want to pay for ...and I'm not making it for nothing...
It's such a sad thing, too. Because you guys really make some awesome stuff.
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post #23 of 58
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I just worked on a special request order today for 3 dz custard filled eclairs (never made an eclair before in my life!! Never made custard before, either!). I used 31 eggs to make these suckers and 3 mid-size cartons of whipping cream!! icon_surprised.gif That doesn't include the practice batch I made yesterday!

Yeah ... they're gonna be surprised at the price on THESE!! icon_eek.gif
post #24 of 58
I definitely have to increase my prices. I charge $1.50 each for decorated cookies. I'm afraid to increase my prices b/c I have the same issues with clients as you guys have had especially regarding prices.

Yes, I know, I know...$1.50 each is way to low but I try to take into consideration what I think I would spend for some delicious made from scratch cookies.

However, I checked out some local cookie companies in this area and they charge anywhere from $50 -$60 just for a 6 cookie bouquet.
post #25 of 58
Indy, I know what you mean. People see gas prices, food prices rising, but they complain when we raise ours. It's like we should eat the extra costs or something. Who's eating our extra costs? No one.

I would rather turn people away than do something for free/too cheap. My cookies are $3 apiece, which is way too low at the current cost of gas & food, and I know that. But people still balk at the price. The "other" cookie place charges $7 apiece. Now tell me they're not getting a deal!?

I'm thinking of raising all my prices, in fact. Has anyone else raised theirs yet?
post #26 of 58
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I just raised my catering prices 20% eff 6-1-08.
post #27 of 58
Decorated cookies are very popular now and I've had people ask if I do them. I have just had a feeling no one would want to pay what I think I wouldl need to charge to make it worth it to me, so the answer has been "No." Seems like it would be labor intensive with all these cute little designs. It's hard enough for me to charge what I need to for decorated cakes.
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post #28 of 58
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Perhaps by starting the response with, "Oh sure I make them! That (national chain) company will sell you 5 cookies for $3X, but I can do them for you at $2X." Let 'em know right up front what a deal your cookies are!
post #29 of 58
mgdqueen, where in TN are you? I'm in between Nashville & Knoxville.

Oh, cookie prices are more shocking than cake prices to people. I charge (after reading here) $1/ in of the cutter for up to 3 colors--not including the outling. I mostly cover w/ RBC & detail w/ RI. If it were a movie, they would be like Jim Carey & picking their jaw up off the floor.

I seriously think it goes through their head----I can buy a cookie cutter, some refrigerated dough & decorate them for just $3/4 total & she's wanting $3/cookie?! Heaven forbid they make the dough, chill the dough, roll out the dough, cut the dough, bake the cookies, cool them, (in my case) make, color, roll out & cut the RBC, then decorate, let dry, and bag. Oh, yes I will be charging $.35/cookie to bag too. I get told I have such goooood cookies, but no one wants to pay the price & I would like to charge more since I cover w/ RBC but people would have a heart attack for sure.

It infuriates me when people have a concept of what something should cost. Cookies take at least 2 days (and that's working full steam ahead) and people gawk at $70 for a bouquet. Can I scream?!
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post #30 of 58
LisaMS, your photos are amazing. Your work is awesome!

Indy - we're debating moving from Michigan. I looked up the top best/worst cities to live in in the U.S. Out of the top 10, 5 of them were Michigan cities, including the city we live in. That was really a wake up call. I haven't had any orders in 3 weeks. And before that, my orders were dwindling down to 1 or 2 a week. Thankfully, I don't have a storefront, and I pay per hour at a commercial kitchen, because so many businesses here are going under, it's sick.

I want to raise my prices, but it almost seems like What's the point?

I was thinking of starting a new thread on CC'ers opinions on decent places to live. This is turning into a ghost town!
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