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Bride's Request, not sure how to answer!

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Ok so I am working with my first bride. I got all the specifics on what she wants, and she has gone over it with me 3 times since the initial. She has already signed the contract and so on. However, yesterday she called me (we are coworkers so we talk regularly), and she mentioned in random conversation that she wanted me to get receipts for everything that I purchased....just to ensure that everything is "fair". I was so in shock, as we all know, our ingredients are just a very small portion of our pricing. We are for our time than anything else. I'm afraid of how this is going to turn. I figured out my cost for ingredients and it's approx $30. So she is going to look at the reciepts for said ingredients, and wonder why she is paying $400 for her wedding cake. I'm not sure how to handle this....anyone have any suggestions?
post #2 of 126
ok lets get some things in a row first

is she paying you for this cake?
if so how much is she paying per serving??

has she given you a deposit ??

If I were you I would tell her that because you buy your ingredients in bulk, you cannot give her an itemized supply list and anyway it is very much not the norm.

I can guarantee you she doesnt go out to eat and ask the waiter to bring her an ingredients cost sheet to make sure that what they are charging you is "fair". She is off her rocker. Shes probably thinking that since your 'friends' you shouldnt be making any money off of her.

This is when I would start trying to find the quickest most politically correct exit strategy
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I would tell her to look for another baker as that's not the way I do business. You have to account for you shopping time, travel time, gas expense to go to the store, wear and tear on your car, auto insurance, utilities to make the cake, clean up time, depreciation on your equipment, your hourly rate etc. You get where I'm going with this.
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post #4 of 126
Ummmm, I wouldn't show her the receipts. It sounds like you may have problems with her regarding the prices even if you did. If you buy wholesale or in bulk, your prices are going to be less than what she may be used to seeing at the local store. But even if it does cost you $30 to get the ingredients to make the cake, it still is your time, skill etc to get a naked cake to look amazing.

Cake supplies: $30.00
Time & effort: $370.00

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post #5 of 126
First of all she has no business knowing what you paid for ingredients. You quoted her a price for the cake period. She either accepts or declines based on that. If she were to go to a bakery and order a cake does she think they will provide their cost for her? I would clear this up right away so there is no question about it or tell her you cannot make her cake.
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post #6 of 126
Ask her if the florist and the caterer, etc. are providing receipts!! lol
post #7 of 126
I would opt out of this one. Since you work together it may be a little awkward to tell her where to get off but I certainly wouldn't do this cake or justify my pricing. What's "fair" is that she pays and you make the cake agreed upon, end of story.

I bet she wouldn't walk into a bakery and ask for that. It is totally out of line IMO.

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post #8 of 126
Lol....I imagine she thinks that the cost of her cake is completely supplies only. Twit.
post #9 of 126
Have to agree with everything Auryn and Tiggy2 wrote.


Not only that but you have given her a contract - it is signed and YOUR costs are just that - YOUR costs.
She has no right to see a list of what you have paid.

Sorry to say - but i am thinking that *she* is having 2nd thoughts about the cost of her cake - even so - she has no rights to want to see your Business paperwork/invoicing/statements.

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Make sure to attach your electricity bill on there!
post #11 of 126
You can show her the receipts and then tell her she is paying for your time (x amount of $ per hour), skill, gas cost of getting the ingredients, and I assume delivery/set up too? There is nothing "fair" or "unfair" about the pricing of a cake in my opinion. If in the end she doesn't find it "fair", she has the choice to go elsewhere.
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Make sure to attach your electricity bill on there!



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Shes probably thinking that since your 'friends' you shouldnt be making any money off of her.



Ain't that the truth. God forbid you should actually make money doing her wedding cake. icon_rolleyes.gif I'd tell her that if she feels that she isn't getting a fair deal she might want to check else where. Don't explain sh!t to her about buying in bulk. It's none of her business how you buy your supplies.
I just had some tshirts made, I didn't ask the guy what he was paying for the tshirts to resell them to me. It's none of my business. I wanted the shirts, I paid his price. If she wants to comparison shop that's one thing. But she doesn't need to know anything about your business.(PERIOD)
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post #14 of 126
Hmmmm, KitchenAid 6-qt Pro, MagicLine pans, mixing bowls, spatulas ... the list goes on and on. Items that you have already purchased are still a cost of doing business. I would most definitely not give her receipts, but I think I would try to get out of doing this one.
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Originally Posted by __Jamie__

Lol.... Twit.



LOL


Why shouldn't she divulge her costs??? The mechanic does and does it so proudly too! (I was being sarcastic with this comment if anyone couldn't tell)

Light bulb- .95
Labor- 35.95
tax on part .10
tax on labor 5.00
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total....costs more than the price of the whole car!
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