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post #16 of 32
I have only dabbled in the cookie decorating but I know it wears me out to make even a few..it's an all day thing. This past week my daughter-in-law came over and we baked and decorated cookies for my grandaughter's birthday. As we were working away she says she now sees why they are so pricey online...I had to laugh. Everyone at the party was in awe at the outcome though so it was worth it all..
post #17 of 32
Bear in mind, it depends largely on where you live. Cookies in metropolitan areas or near large cities (especially 'hip' ones) will generally sell higher than in other, more rural in comparison areas. So that is a factor as well.
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post #18 of 32
About a year ago when i started doing edible images on cookies for friends and family, i got a call from someone who saw them who wanted to know how much i'd charge for 50 photo cookies for something she was planning. I quoted her $2 a cookie, which didn't even include the time it takes to crop and fix up the pic she wanted. She said she'd get back to me.

Then she calls and says she only needs 10. Like that's going to make a difference in the work involved or the price? You guys all know what i mean. I just told her that there is a min. of 2 dozen per order plus $5 for customizing the photo cuz i wanted her to go away. Which she did.

I just uploaded a picture of a flower bouquet i gave to a friend for helping me out with something. She told me that it was soooo nice and i just had to sell them. I asked her how much she would pay for something like that (there were 4 of those cookies in the vase, each wrapped with stick in cello and ribboned) and she said $30. Do you guys think that is a fair price for those?
post #19 of 32
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Originally Posted by luv2bake6

Then she calls and says she only needs 10. Like that's going to make a difference .....



Oh yeah, I always love the ones that think smaller is easier/cheaper.

Had a bride make a catering inquiry and asked if she got a discount because it was "only" for 50 people. I replied that she would be paying a surcharge because it was "only" 50 people. Same amount of gas to get there, no matter if there is food for 50 or food for 150 in my van; a 6 hour set-up/reception/tear-down/cleanup costs me the same in payroll whether there's food for 50 or food for 150 on the table; table linens cost the same to rent no matter if there is food for 50 or food for 150 sitting on top of them.

(big sigh!)
post #20 of 32
I never thought of that with regards to catering but that is so true.

Whether i'm doing 5 cookies or 100, i still need to make the cookie dough (i'm not gonna split it), make the icing, take out all the bags, tips, colors, etc. They really don't realize that. And, i'm not going to work on a photo and run my printer for only a few cookies!! (there are test runs and screw ups with the colors and stuff)
post #21 of 32
Just thought i'd come back to this topic and say

1. i checked for a plain normal baked cookie at a shop called cookieman and they sell them for $2.20 AUD ($1.80 USD) and that is mass produced without all that effort of decorating so therefore it is fair what we charge.

2. I asked my friends how much they would buy my dress cookies i made for each and they both said about $4 AUD ($3.20 USD) cose of all the work and i was shocked and said i would prob go to just $3 AUD ($2.5 USD)....good to have friends who appreciate the work that goes into cookies icon_smile.gif
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post #22 of 32
*shocked that they didn't say a really low price that is...
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post #23 of 32
They will never get what they want at WalMart. You get what you pay for. Even Cookies By Design cookies are often made in different shapes than the design, and I find that "cheap" looking. However, if folks want to go there and pay $7.98 for a cookie on a stick, they're welcome to get that sticker shock when they go to order. After that, $4.60 sounds cheap, and they come back to gladly pay that. Friends always expect "a deal." Of all people who should be willing to pay for all of your work, it should be your friends. Sometimes I tell them if they're willing to come to my place and spend two days there getting their two dozen cookies made, then I will give them a discount for their time and effort. No one ever comes.
post #24 of 32
That's funny bonnie42
post #25 of 32
I am just starting out and was wondering what to charge for decorated sugar cookies. This does help me out, but like many others I am also afraid that people will think "Gosh I can go to my local grocery store and get them so much cheaper".
I can make them just not sure what to charge.

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post #26 of 32
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Originally Posted by sweet-treats1975

.... but like many others I am also afraid that people will think "Gosh I can go to my local grocery store and get them so much cheaper".



Why are you "afraid" they will think that? This is not a "I want them to LIKE me" contest. You're out to make money, not friends.

If someone tells me "I can get it at walmart cheaper", I tell them "yes, you can. It's three minutes down the road that way."

They need to decide if they want a grocery store cookie or YOUR cookie. They are not the same thing.

Not everyone can afford me and that's ok.
post #27 of 32
LOL!! Good comeback Bonnie 42! A lot of my friends find my prices too high.... Now I vent to them how insulting I find it that people expect my time to come cheap (or free!). I'm noticing now how my friends that still come to me for cookies are now willing to pay for them. It just boils down to the sad fact that people don't realize (or sometimes turn a blind eye) to the time we put into it. If they are rude enough to insult us in such a manner.... there are subtle ways to throw it right back at them icon_rolleyes.gif
post #28 of 32
As mentioned, you get what you pay for. Unfortunately, some people seriously cannot tell the difference. My MIL is one of them. We were at a function this weekend where someone had brought star shape sugar cookies.They were quickly iced and covered in sprinkles (LOTS of sprinkles). My MIL asked if I had brought them, because they looked like my star cutter. I'm no cake/cookie snob, but it was obvious these cookies were done by the gaggle of girls who were sitting at a table with their Brownie uniforms on. Sigh. I just smiled and told my MIL that no, I had not brought them.
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post #29 of 32
You know, before I began cutting and decorating cookies, I didn't have a clue either. But I do know that I used to steer away from all the designs for decorated cakes in the Wilton mags that had decorated cookies included because they just looked way too hard to do. I was right. Cakes are just so much faster to do. The best thing about cookies is that there is no shortening in the icing. I remember how I hated cleaning up after doing cakes -- there was all that "lard" to deal with. Stand your ground with your cookie prices. If one is going to "give them away," they can just be given as gifts to whomever you please, and you'll never worry about fussy or complaining customers. Everyone will love to see you coming. The ONLY gifts I ever give to family and friends are cookies (I give 12" cutout cookies to grandchildren and others) -- even as wedding gifts. Does that sound cheap??? My gifts are never duplicated, and no one ever doesn't use them. You get pleasure while you're making that very special cookie, and you get pleasure when the receivers are dlighted with them. You're lucky to have such a unique ability. And that is my soapbox for the day.
post #30 of 32
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Originally Posted by Bonnie42

(I give 12" cutout cookies to grandchildren and others) -- even as wedding gifts. Does that sound cheap???



Nope! And when I've given wedding cakes as gifts to my family, I've managed to work into the conversation ".....bet you no one ELSE gave you a $700 wedding gift!" icon_rolleyes.gif
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