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post #31 of 58
Indy some people just don't appreciate quality stuff.

We sell mainly cookies, brownies, banana bread, some cupcakes and slices of cake to friends in the neighborhood.

I make all goodies from scratch and use real butter in everything. Due to the heat this summer we have had to use crisco icing on the cupcake frosting or it melts in about a minute though.

We have alot of regulars who appreciate the freshly baked cookies and treats.

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We charge $2.00 for 6 small chocolate chip cookies. That plus the plastic box weighs 4 oz. If someone spends $8.00 or more in food they can get a $2.00 box free.

Most people who know the quality and taste are eager to buy and usually will 1 - 2 times a week. But sometimes my eldest son runs into someone who says, $2.00 for 6 cookies? I can go to the liquor store and get 6 for a $1.00!

Then go then! Go spend $4.00 in gas to get to the super market. That irritates me to no end. Not because some people are too cheap to appreciate good quality fresh cookies, but because my son comes home wondering if we are charging too much.

I tell him if we are too high then all these other people wouldn't be buying. Let them go walk 20 minutes to the nearest liquor store and buy crappy cookies that have sat on a shelf for months.

Recently we took the kids out to dinner at Home town Buffet. It was dessert time and my eldest son went and got a cookie. He started eating it and was like, "This don't taste good."

I said, "Of course it doesn't. It is not fresh. Who knows what junky ingredients are in it."

Funny thing is, 3 of my kids took a bite and not one of them could even identify WHAT kind of cookie it was! LOL

I gave it the old sniff but wasn't brave enough to eat it. There looked like a few nuts on it so I told the kids it was peanut butter. Case settled!
post #32 of 58
You know really if people don't want to pay the prices you charge for the cookies you make then DON"T do it for a cheaper price just to sell cookies. It's not like the product is sitting on your shelf rotting away and needing to be sold. People have BMW taste with Ford Neon prices. It's no skin off my back to NOT do something for a cheap price. I refuse to do it. Just remember your time is worth something. When people balk ask them if they would do their job for less money...when they say no then tell them you don't either.

Teri
post #33 of 58
I am the baker for a small grab and go deli, and we charge 1.50 a cookie, and these are just your regular chocolate chip, snicker-doodle type cookies. Nothing too special, just darn good. We haven't had many people complain about prices, and are thinking of raising again because of all the extra costs now. I also work at Starbucks, and I figure if people are willing to pay $4 for a cup of coffee that they deem "very good" then they should have no problem paying that much for my baked goods!
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post #34 of 58
Sstaph that is what I tell my son all the time. We live in a world where people spend $4.30 at Starbucks just for coffee. Some people do it every day. Some once a week, some once a month as a treat. but they still pay!
post #35 of 58
I have some customers that come in 3-4 times a day and don't have a problem paying. I keep asking if I can be their child icon_wink.gif
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post #36 of 58
3-4 times a day? WOW! lol
post #37 of 58
Yeah, I usually work the morning shift and see them 2 times, but on the rare occasion I work a double, I see them at least once more. Granted, I live in an area with a lot of retirees, so if they want to spend their time and money at a coffee shop, god bless them.
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post #38 of 58
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Originally Posted by stsapph

I have some customers that come in 3-4 times a day and don't have a problem paying. I keep asking if I can be their child icon_wink.gif



This is my FIL. He only gets a cup of coffee (which is cheaper than my Frappachino) but still that's a whack! **And my dh calls it Fourbucks.

So, for the cookies, abt how big are they. Are they avg or ginormous? And for those who do brownies how big are they? I hate flat brownies. But I noticed these huge brownies at Books-A-Million & they had samples (of course I tried) & had there been a trash can I would have vomited! It was sooo nasty. But I want appealing but worth my while & for people to not feel they're being totally ripped (like $2 for a 1" brownie--which I would never do)
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post #39 of 58
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Originally Posted by CakeRN

You know really if people don't want to pay the prices you charge for the cookies you make then DON"T do it for a cheaper price just to sell cookies. It's not like the product is sitting on your shelf rotting away and needing to be sold. People have BMW taste with Ford Neon prices. It's no skin off my back to NOT do something for a cheap price. I refuse to do it. Just remember your time is worth something. When people balk ask them if they would do their job for less money...when they say no then tell them you don't either.

Teri



This is going to be my motto from now on....Well said!!!
post #40 of 58
My brownies are 1.75 and they are about 3" x 3" x 1". Mind you, I just bake them, and the owner prices them. I still think he needs to raise the price, but oh well. It's his profit, I'm still getting paid.
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post #41 of 58
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We charge $2.00 for 6 small chocolate chip cookies. That plus the plastic box weighs 4 oz. If someone spends $8.00 or more in food they can get a $2.00 box free.





Sorry to change the subject but: Your cookies look so deliciuos, do you mind sharing the recipe? mine always end up flat and I use Mrs. Fields recipes.
post #42 of 58
Solecito

Thank you for the compliment. I have actually gotten about 15 different request from people for the recipe so I am all out.




J/K!!!

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I will pm it to you. one lady already baked some yesterday and said they were the bomb. haha

If you think they look delicious, wait til you taste them! You have to use real butter though. If anyone else wants the recipe please pm me as I don't always go back to threads I have posted in.
post #43 of 58
Thank you so much!! I'll give them a try this weekend.
post #44 of 58
If I were to make sugar cookies that were iced very simply how much should I charge for each one or per dozen for that matter? I only sold them once, and I kind of pulled the price out of the air. How much more should I charge if I wrap them individualy in a bag? Please help!! Thanks!
post #45 of 58
I just went to a local place and paid $1.50 for a 3X4 inch brownie (kid wanted it). It was dry and bland. I would GLADLY pay $4 for a GOOD brownie.

My local "mom & pop" bakery has chocolate cupcakes that are really not chocolate-y. You can taste the freshness & home-madeness though. It's a quality you can't duplicate with store bought or box.

Funny is my 4 year old can taste the difference. She knows the good stuff from the not. She'll pass on cakes at birthday parties! She didn't like the brownie either!

Fourbucks....I love it. (I love Starbucks, actually...and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf...and Peet's....)
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