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post #31 of 81
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Totally off topic here but our town literally has 200 people in it and it's 25 miles from where the kids go to school....I'm not sure if that even qualifies as small, maybe more like microscopic icon_smile.gif?!?!?!

Hey! I lived in that town! It's the one where the horse died! icon_lol.gif Didn't have a newspaper, but we DID have Cecil's Barbershop. icon_lol.gif
post #32 of 81
Live in a town of 217 people and not once has someone ordered a cake from me and NOT ask the price. BTW Indydebi I always love your post!
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post #33 of 81
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Live in a town of 217 people and not once has someone ordered a cake from me and NOT ask the price. BTW Indydebi I always love your post!



MAN LOL I've got more than 200 people on my STREET. LOL

Mike
post #34 of 81
You had a barbershop?!?!? So Jealous...we just have to get out the calf clippers when it's that time of the year icon_smile.gif! I grew up in a 500 person town (in another state) where my mom was my first grade teacher....just picture little Diane sitting at her little desk, raising her hand and asking Mrs. Mom (?) for help..........so confusing icon_smile.gif!
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post #35 of 81
Sliding off topic a second, my 1st grade teacher was my DAD'S first grade teacher! icon_eek.gif As I mentioned, I am literally related to most of the county I live in. My maiden name is VERY well known. The sitting mayor today is my cousin. Streets and sub-divisions carry my family's name. My children are the 6th generation baptized in our Catholic Church. Hubby and I used to play a game of "let's see where we go and what's the record of seeing people we know?" The record is 10 people in Kmart within 30 minutes. icon_lol.gif Heck, we went to Gatlinburg, TN and saw 5 people we know from back home! icon_surprised.gificon_lol.gif

I always describe my hometown of "big enough to have lots to do, but small enough that everyone knows you're doing it!" icon_lol.gif
post #36 of 81
Lol.... I live in a city with 280 000 residents and on any gioven day, out to eat, or at a coffee shop, walking down the street.... I'll know at least 15 people.

Hubby is always astounded.
post #37 of 81
Mike, just had to say that up until a couple of years ago I also lived where there were more people on my street than in the entire town in which I now live. Talk about culture shock!!
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post #38 of 81
OK--just one more small town off-topic digression--I have dialed the wrong number and ended up talking to the person who answered for 15 minutes (knew them) and it has happened in reverse to me as well...a number of times icon_smile.gif! OK, no more digressions, I promise!
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post #39 of 81
There are alot of times I wish I lived where there was less traffic, and generally less people. Then I think about it, and sure am greatful that I can go out at three in the morning, and buy a bag of flour.

Mike
post #40 of 81
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Originally Posted by Mike1394

There are alot of times I wish I lived where there was less traffic, and generally less people. Then I think about it, and sure am greatful that I can go out at three in the morning, and buy a bag of flour.

Mike



Exactly why I liked living in a bigger city! I moved from a place of population over a million to a population of 200,000 and the lack of 24 hour places (they have them now) when I first got here used to drive me crazy! That and them and calling this place a "City"! icon_lol.gif
post #41 of 81
The point is, no matter if you live in a city of 2 million or a town of 200, no matter if the order is 6 mos in advance or 2 days in advance..always give your price up front and at the very least get a deposit for the cake if not the full payment. You need to protect yourself and your business. I would never be able to rent a hall for a wedding without putting down the deposit and if it were last minute I'd have to pay in full. You need to make sure your clients know that this is the proceedure for getting cakes from you. I've never had a client complain about it, nor have I ever, as an event coordinator, ever complained about it. It's just the way it's done to protect the business from spending money up front for materials or labor before the item is delivered.

And, yes, I'm sick of the way the media portrays small town people like they are idiots...especially small town people who have an accent...like the accent brings down the IQ level or something. UGH!
post #42 of 81
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I live in a pretty small community, and there are a lot of "seasoned citizens" who actually get downright ornery when you tell them the price. They don't like talking about the money, I think some of them were brought up to think its rude to speak about money.


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There are a lot of us out here who, although we have legit. businesses, are in super small rural communities (population-wise), repeat customers who are well-known neighbors, deliveries miles and miles away.....


I'm not sure what any of the above has to do with telling them the cost of something. icon_confused.gif My husband believes it's in bad taste to talk about money, but you can bet your a$$ he never buys something without knowing how much it costs!

You mean these people never take their car in to get it worked on and find out how much it will cost UP FRONT? You mean they never buy a house and agree on a purchase price BEFORE the final closing? You mean they send their kids to college and have NO IDEA how much tuition is before they get the bill?

I am so tired of small town people being depicted as mindless hicks who have no access to those "talkin' pitcher boxes", who have no idea what's going on in the world, who are unable to know the value of what they're buying, who think they are living in the 1950's Mayberry mentality.

I grew up in small towns. Lived in a one-horse town, but we had to stop calling it that because the horse died. And many of the most influential, intelligent, worldly people I've ever met crossed my path in those little towns, and they helped mold me in the person I am. (some of you may think that's nto necessarily a good thing! icon_lol.gif )

In my hometown, not only do we all know everyone but I"m related to everyone (dated one guy and we had to go back 4 generations to find out it's ok to date. My current hubby and I share a relative ... his aunt is my cousin). And I"m here to tell you that not ONE PERSON ever contracted with me for cake/food without knowing a price. NOT ONE PERSON ever brought their car to my father in law's garage and didn't know how much it would cost up front. I never went to get my hair done without knowing how much money I'd need.

I find this answer to be a cop out. Not telling someone the price up front is irresponsible and I"m sorry but if the baker gets screwed because of his/her hesitation to "I don't want to talk about money", then they deserve it.

If you're going to pretend to be in business, then at least pretend to do it right.


Hey, I wasn't trying to "cop out" I was just trying to relate to the OP. Sheesh.
You're right, it isn't good business to not do a price quote up front, but sometimes it does happen. Never had a problem with a customer not paying though, I guess I'm lucky.
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post #43 of 81
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Wow! You guys (or should I say, "Y'all") had alot to say!! icon_smile.gif I will be contacting the customer-- who I personally know-- to say, "I forgot to ask you what your budget is." The cake is for Tuesday, so even if it isn't what I usually charge, I will do it anyway. Thanks for the advice. I've got to get over my insecurity about pricing and just state the facts and move on. I operate out of my daughter's coffee shop-- so I'm legit in case you're curious. Thanks again!
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post #44 of 81
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Originally Posted by Mike1394

There are alot of times I wish I lived where there was less traffic, and generally less people. Then I think about it, and sure am greatful that I can go out at three in the morning, and buy a bag of flour.

Mike



omg ain't it great! I've got 2 Sam's clubs within 15 minutes of me; a GFS store 10 minutes away, plus a Syco and McFarling Foods in town so I can pick up stuff at their will-call, a walmart just over the fence from my house, plus 2 others 10 minutes to the south of me and 15 minutes to the north of me. I am SO spoiled!

I was in Nogales, AZ (one of my warehouses that I managed was there) and mentioned that I needed to get to walmart to buy a book for the night. My warehouse clerk said, "You better get going! They close in an hour!" I looked at her in surprise and said, "Your walmart closes???" icon_eek.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
post #45 of 81
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update............ I talked to the customer and for a cake to feed 50-- she thought $40- $45 icon_smile.gif Live and learn people..........Live and learn!! I am going to do the cake I had in mind, state the price on the receipt and charge her $45.
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